Do I Qualify?
1. What size is your lot and where would you build or add your ADU?
In the City of Santa Cruz- you can build up to 10% of your lot size with a maximum allowable ADU of 1200sf
In the County of Santa Cruz- they allow up to 640sf, 800sf, or 1200sf depending on your parcel address.
ADUs can be built in front or behind your house, you can convert a garage or add on to an existing garage or even attach the ADU to your existing house. Contact us to find out more about your specific ADU potential
2. Will the owner live on the property?
There are no exceptions to this rule. The owner must live in the main house OR the ADU.
Congratulations, if you meet the minimum City or County requirements and plan to live in either the main house or the ADU- then your property is eligible for an ADU. However there are setback considerations and other factors that may restrict building an ADU.
Setbacks: The city requires minimum setbacks for side, front and rear. These differ depending on your lot size and will require review by the Planning Department.
Other conditions that can affect approval are: Heritage trees, unstable soil, a steep lot, close proximity to a waterway, land has archeological value, or house or property has historical value.
Note: If any of these conditions exist, it still may be possible to build an ADU. The site would need further study and an Administrative Use Permit may be required.
Call us, we’ll be glad to help determine if an ADU is feasible!