See if you can add new units to your residential property
Check to see if you can add an ADU. Check the rules to find out what you can build.
Contact the City about your ADU
If you have questions, you should discuss your project first with a City planner. You will avoid complications later if you talk to us in the early stages of your project.
Design your ADU
The next step is to draft architectural plans. You will submit your plans with your permit application. Homeowners often hire an architect or designer to create the plans.
Plans must meet:
- Planning Department guide for drafting plans
- Department of Building Inspection ADU information sheet (includes historical preservation and fire code)
Go to a pre-application meeting
The meeting gives you a chance to ask questions before you submit your permit application. After the meeting, you will get notes and a written agreement on code interpretation. You should attach these agreements to your submission.
Apply for your ADU permit
Typically, plans are drafted by a state-licensed architect. If you are planning any changes to the building facades, your plans must meet the City’s:
- design guidelines
- code sections
- preservation standards
Pick up your approved permit
After your accessory dwelling unit (ADU) plans are approved you must pick them up and pay the remainder of your fee.
Last updated December 10, 2019