Benefits of an ADU

ADU’s are a huge opportunity for individual home owners to provide new housing units in their own backyard. ADU’s provide several benefits including but not limited to:

ADU’s do not require land, major new infrastructure, structured parking, or elevators. ADU’s would be the most cost effective dwelling to build.
ADU’s provide a source of secondary income for homeowners reducing the overall mortgage expense by a significant amount!
ADU’s provide young adults working towards purchasing their own homes an affordable alternative while living in developed suburban neighborhoods.
Flexibility & Privacy
ADU’s are perfect for providing independent living areas with family members and others while maintaining privacy.
ADU’s are designed to provide as much living space as most newly built apartments and condominiums and are perfect for couples, small families, friends, young professionals, and/or seniors.
ADU’s are legal, permitted dwelling spaces. Therefore, the increase in square footage adds immediate value to your overall property, virtually paying for itself in the process.

ADU Rules for California & Los Angeles

The City of Los Angeles is finalizing an Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance in mid-2019 (estimated). Until then, the following State of California standards will apply:

ADUs can be legally rented
ADUs can not be sold separate from the primary residence but may be rented.
Where ADUs Are Permitted
ADUs can be built on lots zoned for single-family use and contain an existing single-family dwelling.
Types Of ADUs
ADUs can be either: Attached to the existing dwelling, located within an existing dwelling or detached from the existing dwelling and located on the same lot as the existing dwelling.
Max Size
Total area of floor space for a detached ADU can not exceed 1,200 square feet. Increased floor area of an attached accessory dwelling unit can not exceed 50 percent of the existing living area, with a maximum increase of 1,200 square feet.
Setbacks + Passageways
Setbacks are not required for an existing garage that is converted to an accessory dwelling unit, and a setback of no more than five feet from the side and rear lot lines are not required for an accessory dwelling unit that is constructed above a garage. Passageways are not required in conjunction with the construction of an accessory dwelling unit.
Parking requirements are one parking space per unit or per bedroom. These spaces may be provided as tandem parking on an existing driveway. ADUs do not need to privide any parking if they are: Within a half mile from public transit, within an architecturally and historically significant historic district, part of an existing primary residence or an existing accessory structure, in an area where on-street parking permits are required, but not offered to the occupant of the ADU or located within one block of a car share area.
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ADU Timeline & Process

ADU Process + Timeline

How long does it take for DCLA to design, engineer, permit and build one of our ADU models in your backyard?

New Construction

Design Modification
3-4 Week
Construction Documents
3-4 Week
Plans & Permitting
6-8 Week
Complete Construction
16-24 Week

Garage Conversion

Design Modification
2-3 Week
Construction Documents
3-4 Week
Plans & Permitting
2-4 Week
Complete Construction
4-8 Week

Get In Touch

DCLA has been involved in real estate development and design since 2009 and we have constructed and renovated well over $100 million worth of real estate. We not only build ADU’s for our own investment properties, but we also regularly create ADU’s for other homeowners and investors who simply do not have the time, patience, or experience to deal with construction or permitting and who want their ADU to not only be high-quality in terms of construction and functionality, but also want a structure that is beautifully-designed with a modern look and feel. If you are ready to hear about your options for an ADU on your property, click the button below and fill out the form to apply for a free consultation and someone from our team will get back to you within 24 hours. Tel: 626.460.2115