HOT: ADU Improvements

UPDATE: This legislation is under review.

SB 897 was introduced on 2-1-22 by Senator Wieckowski.

This bill would improve the ADU legislation including:

  • Increase the maximum height of a rear yard ADU to 25’.

  • Restricts an ADU from being defined as a change of occupancy.

  • Prohibits the requirements for sprinklers in the proposed or existing primary dwelling.

  • Prohibits permit denials for ADU’s because of building standard violations.

  • Establishes a grant relief program for funding construction and maintenance of ADU and J-ADU units.



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This bill would exempt new ADU buildings from sections of the California Energy Code, including the requirement for solar panels.

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