Some of us are at a wonderful point in our lives where we may be thinking of adding-on a mother’s-in-law, guest or nanny’s quarters. There are countless reasons this all makes sense to be close to our loved ones and to make everyone’s lives a little easier. As you think about making this type of addition, there a couple of things you should keep in mind as you plan expanding your property.
Typically, a separate a detach living area is referred as an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) which is defined as “An attached or a detached residential dwelling unit which provides complete independent living facilities for one or more persons on a lot with a single-family residence.” The unit size cannot exceed 1,200 sq. and 2 bedrooms and have independent exterior access. It must be owned by the main building dwelling owner and cannot be sold separately.
Once you are ready to start your planning process D’Ambra Construction and the City of Huntington Beach have provided some first steps for your next project after working with your preferred contractor.
- Visit the Zoning Counter at the City Hall to discuss you request. During your session, a planner will discuss the application State law requirements so that you can prepare your plans.
- Submit plans at the Zoning Counter. A planner will take them in to review for compliance with State law and get right back to you within a week.
- Once your plans have been checked and are ready for approval, you can pick them up from Planning and submit to the Building Division for a building permit. Payment of applicable development impact fess is required at the time of permit issuance.
- To ensure that the second unit is not sold separately from the main dwelling unit and not rented for less than 30 days, a covenant detailing the ownership and rental terms requirements shall be filed for recordation with the County Recorder within 30 days of Department of Community Development Plan Check approval and issuance of building permits. Evidence of such filing shall be submitted to the Director within 30 days.
When you are ready to welcome other family members, friends and caregivers to stay with you for the foreseeable future you can learn more from D’Ambra Construction and the City of Huntington Beach. Information on applications, zoning requirements, etc. are available by calling D’Ambra Construction at 714-848-9668, located at 7752 Warner Ave.
When all the hard work of planning and constructing your ADU is complete, you and your loved ones will be eternally grateful and have put your piece of mind at rest!