Courtesy of Joyce MillerJoyce Miller. ■ By Joyce Miller / Contributed State legislation that took effect January 1, 2017 gave California cities more flexibility and latitude for allowing homeowners to build Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). Last year, the number of building permits for accessory-dwelling units jumped by 63 percent, according to Attom Data Solutions, an Irvine-based real estate data company. Overview An Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is defined as a residential dwelling unit that provides complete independent living facilities for one or more persons, including sleeping, cooking, and sanitation. ADUs can be detached (a separate building in a backyard), attached to or part of the primary residence, or a garage conversion.
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