ADU to JR Unit Comparison

Accessory Dwelling Unit (Novato) JR Unit (Novato)
Size 150-750 sq. ft.; up to 1,000 sq. ft. on lots over 10,000 sq. ft. 150 -500 sq. ft. – conversion of existing bedroom required, no building expansion.
Kitchen Kitchen components not limited. Wet-bar type kitchen only. Limits on sink and counter sizes; limit on size of drain line; no gas service and limit on electrical service (110v)
Bathroom Required as part of the unit Separate bathroom for unit not required – shared bathroom OK
Access Interior access not required External and internal access required
Parking One additional space required Not required if existing dwelling meets original parking standards when built
Owner Occupancy Owner occupancy required Owner occupancy required
Approval Process Zoning Administrator ministerial approval unless project deviates from standards (e.g., upper story addition, exceeds size limit, etc.); Notification to adjacent property owners. Zoning Administrator ministerial approval unless project deviates from standards; Notification to adjacent property owners.
Deed Restriction Recordation of a deed restriction requiring owner occupancy Recordation of a deed restriction requiring owner occupancy