What The Heck is an ADU?!

Glendale CA ADUs are a hot topic. Have you heard the buzz?  California passed a law that makes ADU legal everywhere in California.

Which begs the question…

What the heck is an ADU and why should I care?

(the following quotes come from a Memorandum published by the California Department of Housing and Community Development )

An ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit) is a secondary dwelling unit with complete independent living facilities for one or more persons – California Department of Housing and Community Development

Translation- if you own a home in a neighborhood zoned for single family homes you can add a unit that is independent living space. A space that could be lived in by “other than the homeowner”.

If you already HAVE an unpermitted guest unit, bonus room or converted garage- this law might allow you to make the space legal and permitted Glendale CA ADU!

Do you have a home with an ADU or possible ADU? Hire DIGGS to get top dollar.

Why do we need this?!

Our housing shortage is critical. We are not adding enough new housing to meet the demand and lack of housing has all sort of consequences that will eventually erode every aspect of our lifestyle if not addressed.

A UC Berkeley study noted that one unit of affordable housing in the Bay Area costs about $500,000 to develop whereas an ADU can range anywhere up to $200,000 on the expensive end in high housing cost areas

Allowing homeowners to add a Glendale CA ADU is an easier and more cost-effective way to add much-needed housing.

Who are we looking to house?

ADUs are a unique opportunity to address a variety of housing needs and provide affordable housing options for family members, friends, students, the elderly, in-home health care providers, the disabled, and others.

No one is expecting Glendale CA ADU’s to solve homelessness or house society’s unwanted. But, we all know families torn apart, physically, because affordable options for our young adults or aging relatives are not available.

What if I want an ADU?

This is a controversial law. It is statewide and was intended to supersede any existing local laws… but cities are racing to pass new laws in order to preserve their status quo.

Anyone who wants to add an accessory dwelling unit OR legalize an existing unit needs to get clarification on what is, and is not, allowable.

The waters are murky, at best, but DIGGS is here to help.

The City of Glendale CA ADU policies and regulations were updated in early 2018.

Find out what is possible. Ask questions about your specific situation. Explore legalizing your existing space!

Are you looking for a home with ADU possibilities? Work with DIGGS.

We are not here to debate

We know this is a controversial issue. Intelligent and well-reasoned opinions exist both for and against the ADU law.

However, we are not here to debate that issue right now. We are neither for or against the ADU law- we are here to help our community navigate the waters as they exist right now.

If you have strong feelings and opinions about this subject and wish to effect change- we respect you, but this is not the place.


Last month DIGGS hosted an informative workshop on Accessory Dwelling Units in the Los Angeles area. We invited local architects and ADU experts Arlene Edjourian and Javier Mariscal to present the basics of ADUs to our community. The response to their presentation was overwhelmingly positive and the workshop attendees were able to get their questions answered in a one on one discussion session after the presentation.

Besides detailing the rules and regulations within each community that DIGGS serves, Arlene and Javier went over the reasons that an ADU might be a good option for a homeowner, and the steps needed to bring your project from imagination to completion.




If you weren’t able to make it to the event, or need a refresher. Here is the complete presentation from Arlene and Javier.

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