Staff at the Development Services Permit Center are happy to help you understand if your property qualifies, how the development standards for an ADU apply on your lot, and what you need to do get a building permit. See the Development Services Permit Center webpage for hours and contact information -- we're here to help you.
Muncipal Code 20.90.220(B)(2) - When a garage, carport, or covered parking structure is demolished or converted in conjunction with the construction of a Secondary Dwelling, and the required off-street parking spaces that were provided by such garage, carport, or covered parking structure, are required to be replaced on-site, the replacement spaces may be covered spaces, uncovered spaces, or tandem spaces, or replaced by the use of mechanical automobile parking lifts and in any setback area unless specific findings are made that tandem parking and parking in setback areas is not feasible based on specific site or regional topographical or fire and life safety conditions.
Exemptions - Muncipal Code 20.30.150.I - No additional parking shall be required for an ADU that meets any of the below criteria.
2018 Secondary Unit Ordinance Changes
on public input, City staff proposed updates to Section 20.30 of the
Zoning Code to ease requirements for ADUs. At its May 9, 2018
meeting, the Planning Commission held a public hearing and reviewed the
proposed changes; view the memorandum the revised ordinance. The commission voted unanimously to recommend
that the City Council adopt the proposed changes. The Council approved the
changes on June 19, 2018 and further expanded the proposed changes by allowing for
2-story ADUs of any size, and allowing for 2-bedroom ADUs for units sized 800 sq. ft. or
The changes are now expressed in Section 20.30.150 of the Zoning Ordinance. The table below reflects the changes.
Lot Size (sf)
ADU Maximum Size (sf)
3,000 - 5,444
5,445 - 9,000
9,001 - 10,000
10,001 - Up
An ADU requires 1 space unless the property qualifies for an exemption under State law—see the Parking section of this webpage. If a garage has been converted, the main dwelling parking space must be replaced, as uncovered or in front or side setback areas. Parking spaces may be configured on-site per state law.