ADU – Everything You Need To Know

We know the ADU trend will have massive influence on the real estate market. We will update this page as rules, regulations and resources evolve.

Bookmark this page and check back frequently and remember… DIGGS is the company to help you buy a home with ADU potential or sell your home with an ADU for top dollar.

Want a current list of ADU ready homes currently on the market? Shoot me an email: [email protected] I comb the internets and physically visit new listings, looking for awesome ADU opportunities.

3 New Laws that go into effect Jan. 2020

Three bills passed this year aim to make the permit process easier for ADUs. Senate Bill 13 specifically addresses the issue of high permit fees (Pasadena has permit fees upwards of $28,000!!) and other barriers to ADU development. Assembly Bill 881 removes owner-occupancy requirements. Assembly Bill 68 allows for two ADUs on the same property.

Under AB 68, homeowners who apply to build accessory dwelling units, or “granny flats,” can also apply to build a second, “junior” ADU on their property — the functional equivalent of statewide triplex zoning.

AB 68 also sets a new minimum standard for ADUs across the state. The law prohibits cities from limiting the maximum ADU size to less than 800 square feet that is at least 16 feet in height with 4-foot side and rear yard setbacks to be constructed. This bill would additionally prohibit the imposition of limits on lot coverage, floor area ratio, open space, and minimum lot size if they prohibit the construction of an accessory dwelling unit meeting those specifications.
AB 881 and SB 13 provide additional incentives for ADU creation by streamlining permit processes, reducing fees, and removing rules that inhibited the construction of ADUs by requiring homeowners to live on-site.

While the new rules don’t allow the subdivision of properties for sale, they could start a boom of ADU construction across the state, leading to a significant increase in housing supply.


Glendale CA ADU – Here are the 14 Things You Need To Know

  1. You are eligible if you currently have just one dwelling unit. (Now a property may have an ADU and a Junior ADU on one lot)
  2. The ADU can be an addition, a seperate building or a garage conversion.
  3. It can be between 150 – 600 square feet (as of Jan 2020 the city must allow 800 square feet)
  4. It must include a bathroom, kitchen, seperate entrance and utilities.
  5. Permit fees are between $9,000 – $13,000 plus $2,348 covenant fee (This fee structure will change in 2020)
  6. Parking- you need one parking space unless you are within 1/2 mile of public transportation or in a historic district
  7. Fire sprinklers may be required
  8. The ADU will have a seperate address
  9. Seperate utility meters are not required unless you want seperate utility bills
  10. Relevant zoning restrictions apply for maximum floor space and lot coverage (maximum floor space and lot coverage rules can no longer apply to ADUs beginning in 2020)
  11. You may rent the ADU if you live in the primary home. (In 2020 you no longer need to occupy the ADU or primary home)
  12. You may not sell the ADU seperately from the primary home,
  13. The ADU design must be architecturally compatible with the existing home
  14. Future additions to the primary home could be affected if the garage is converted to an ADU. (ADU square footage will no longer count towards the floor area ratio)

Here is a link to the City of Glendale ADU Information Pamphlet.

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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