What to do
1. Check if your project qualifies for this application
We accept applications for ADUs and work related to ADU construction like:
- Expansions required for an ADU
- Excavations required for an ADU
- New construction for a detached ADU
- Interior remodel work to create independent access to the ADU
Do not use this application if your project includes:
- New construction of a single-family home
- New construction of a multi-unit building
- Expansion of existing building
- New construction of a separate building
- Demolition of an existing structure to make room for an ADU
For those projects, see instructions from the Department of Building Inspection.
Do not use this page for unit legalization or new construction of more than an ADU. If your project includes demolition, you will also need to follow the in-house review process with the Department of Building Inspection.
2. Gather your project team information
We will ask you for:
- Your role on the project
- Billing contact information
- Property owner authorization
3. Gather your project location information
We will ask you about your project location:
- Street address
- Existing and proposed dwelling units
- Present and proposed use
4. Gather your project details
We will ask you for your project details including:
- Estimated construction cost
- Front facade changes
- Horizontal extensions
- Adding height
- Extending beyond the property line
- Excavation or repairing or replacing the building’s foundation
We will ask you about your ADUs including:
- Proposed ADUs unit type and square footage
- What space you are converting to your ADUs
We process ADUs as regular permits, not site permits. If you would like to request a site permit, note this on your project plans.
5. Submit your application
Complete the form with all the required information.
You will also need to upload:
- PDFs of your plans
- Planning forms
- Agent Authorization form
- Fixture Count Form
- School Facility Fee form
This will take about 20 minutes.
6. After you apply
We will send you a confirmation email with your planning application number.
Use our Property Information Map (PIM) for updates about your application. It will take 1 day for your record to appear in PIM.
A planner will email you about next steps within 14 business days.
We will tell you what your initial fee is. You must pay your fees online. We will send you instructions.
Once your permit is approved, we will coordinate with you to verify your licensed contractor information.
We will email you your job card to start construction.
Last updated April 14, 2021