November 10, 2016
A miracle has happened in California and soon the requirement for an additional parking space will be abolished for many accessory dwelling units! As we noted in an earlier posting, parking requirements kill more potential ADUs than anything else. As of January 1, 2017, California jurisdictions will no longer be able to require a homeowner to add a parking space in order to create an accessory dwelling unit if the ADU falls into one of these five categories:
- The accessory dwelling unit is located within one-half mile of public transit.
- The accessory dwelling unit is located within an architecturally and historically significant historic district.
- The accessory dwelling unit is part of the existing primary residence or an existing accessory structure.
- When on-street parking permits are required but not offered to the occupant of the accessory dwelling unit.
- When there is a car share vehicle located within one block of the accessory dwelling unit.
So if you or someone you know is thinking about creating an ADU or has one that was never permitted because of parking constraints, it’s a great time to consider building or legalizing one to house loved ones or people who work in our community! Additional parking may still be necessary when building a new detached ADU or enlarging the house to create space for an ADU. And if you are thinking about turning your garage into an ADU, you will still have to replace the lost parking space(s) elsewhere on your property, but no additional parking spaces will be required.