Step 2: What permits will I need?
Accessory Dwelling Unit. (2022). California Department of Housing and Community Development. https://www.hcd.ca.gov/sites/default/files/2022-07/ADUHandbookUpdate.pdf
Depending on the size and style of ADU, you may need a Building Permit, an ADU Permit, or a Zoning Administrator Permit (ZAP).
- All ADUs shall satisfy the requirements of the California Building Standards Code, as amended by the City, and any other applicable laws.
When do I need a Building Permit?
- An ADU that is less than 800 square feet in size, under 16-feet in height, with side & rear setbacks of at least 4-feet may be allowed with Building Permit review only (staff review).
- ADUs converting an already existing structure may only need a Building Permit, check with Planning staff.
- ADUs subject to building permit review shall comply with Building Permit submittal requirements summarized below (see Building Permit, below).
- Visit Building for a complete set of requirements.
When do I need an ADU Permit?
- An ADU that is between 800 and 1,000 square feet in size, and up to two bedrooms, is subject to a staff level review, ADU Permit in addition to Building Permit review.
- ADUs subject to ADU Permit requirements are required to meet architectural, landscape and screening standards.
- ADUs subject staff level ADU Permit review shall comply with submittal requirements provided in the City ordinance 17.104.010 (E)(5), and summarized below (see ADU Permit, below).
When do I need a Zoning Administrator Permit?
- An ADU between 1,000 and 1,200 square feet in size, and/or three bedrooms, requires discretionary staff level review through a Zoning Administrator Permit in addition to Building Permit review.
- ADUs subject to discretionary review shall comply with Zoning Administrator Permit application requirements summarized below (see ZAP, below).
What are the submittal requirements?
- ADU Basics
- Step 1: Where can I build an ADU?
- Step 2: What permits will I need?
- Step 3: Does my ADU meet zoning requirements?
- Step 4: How much will it cost?
- Step 5: What happens after I build my ADU?
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ADUs subject to building permit review will comply with building permit submittal requirements.
- Before a building permit can be issued, a deed restriction must be filed.
- The purpose of which is to provide notice and disclosure to any subsequent purchaser or transferee of the limitations associated with the approval of an ADU. The City has a simple form to be filled out that can be used to record the deed at the Yolo County Recorder’s office, located at 625 Court Street, Room B01, Woodland CA 95695; (530) 666-8130; https://www.yolorecorder.org/
- Cover Memo to Property Owners
- Sample Completed Deed Restriction Form
- Deed Restriction Fillable Word Form
For an ADU permit, you may be required to submit the following:
- General Application
- Plot plan
- Floor plan
- Photographs of the existing conditions on the site
- Filing fee