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City Hint: The City of Beverly Hills permitted a total of 33 ADU projects in the past year of 2020.
Number of ADUs allowed:
Under state law, each single-family home may now add at least one Accessory Dwelling Unit. Owner occupied single-family lots may add one Accessory Dwelling Unit and one JADU. Multi-family lots, per every four existing residential units, may add one Accessory Dwelling Unit, so long as the existing units were legally established.
Types of ADUs allowed:
Detached ADU, Attached ADU, Junior ADU are approved. ADUs may be new construction or converted from existing space. JADUs must be converted from existing space.
Residential parcels will not be subject to any minimum lot size for Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)s by ordinance or of the underlying zoning district. ~ Updated: State Law AB-68
Residential parcels will be allowed to construct up to 850 square ft. for a one bedroom ADU or up to 1,000 square ft. for a two bedroom ADU, regardless of the underlying zoning standards of the property. A Junior ADU is allowed up to 500 square ft.. According to California Residential Code, the minimum size of any living unit is 150 square ft. (including ADUs and Junior ADUs). ~ AB-68
Setbacks for a detached new construction Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) shall be no more than 4 feet from the rear and side lot lines. No setbacks shall be required for Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)s and Junior ADUs converted from legally eastablished existing space. Attached new construction Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)s and conversions from existing space to be expanded must comply with the setbacks of the underlying zone. ~ AB68
Replacement parking shall not apply to lots which convert an existing garage to an Accessory Dwelling Unit or Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit. ~ Updated: State Law AB-68
An accessory dwelling unit shall not be required to provide fire sprinklers if they are not required for the primary dwelling, provided the side and REAR setbacks are sufficient for fire safety.
Shape, materials and style:
Neighborhoods that in the aggregate provide a variety of housing types, densities, forms and designs and a mix of uses and services that support the needs of residents.
Height: The accessory dwelling unit shall be subject to the same height limitations as other accessory structures on the site area. In addition to an application for an accessory dwelling unit use permit, a separate application for an R-1 permit must be submitted to allow for an increase in the applicable height limitations.
Reviewing Authority: Unless otherwise specified, the reviewing authority for a accessory dwelling unit use permit shall be the director of planning and community development. If, in the opinion of the director, an application merits review by the planning commission, the director may refer such application to the planning commission, and the planning commission shall serve as the reviewing authority and shall conduct a noticed public hearing regarding the requested accessory dwelling unit use permit.If the application for a accessory dwelling unit use permit accompanies an application for any other type of discretionary permit for the same site area, the reviewing authority and the administrative review process applicable to that other type of discretionary permit shall apply to the accessory dwelling unit use permit application. However, the standards for the granting or denial of the accessory dwelling unit use permit application shall continue to be those set forth in this section or any of its successors.
Number of Bedrooms:
Not specified by State Standards.
Between between 2020 and 2025, owner occupancy requirements will not apply to new Accessory Dwelling Units. (applicable to new construction and conversion units) ~ According To SB13
accessory dwelling units shall not be considered new residential uses for purposes of calculating local agency connection fees or capacity charges for utilities, including water and sewer service. Utility Connections: The applicant for any accessory dwelling unit approved pursuant to Section 10-3- 409 A. 20 of this Article, shall not be required to install a new or separate utility connection directly between the accessory dwelling unit and the utility or impose a related connection fee or capacity charge. The applicant for any accessory dwelling unit that is not described in Section 10-3- 409 A. 20 of this Article, may be required to install a new or separate utility connection directly between the accessory dwelling unit and the utility, and consistent with Government Code Section 66013, the connection may be subject to a connection fee or capacity charge that shall be proportionate to the burden of the proposed accessory dwelling unit upon the water or sewer system, based upon either its size or the number of its plumbing fixtures.
Historic Resources. Any Accessory Dwelling Unit that has the potential to adversely impact an historical resource listed on the National Register, California Register of HistoricPlaces, or the City of Beverly Hills Register of Historic Properties, shall comply with the Secretary of Interior shall be designed and constructed in accordance with The Secretary Of The Interior's Standards For The Treatment Of Historic Properties With Guidelines For Preserving, Rehabilitating, Restoring, And Reconstructing Historic Buildings found at 36 CFR 68.3, as amended from time to time.
The proposed Accessory Dwelling Unit has independent exterior access from the existing residence
*** Beginning in 2020, according to state law, all residential zoning districts, including single-family and multi-family, are allowed to build Accessory Dwelling Units. ***
Conversion of Existing Space
Conversion of existing space within a single-family residence or within an accessory structure to an Accessory Dwelling Unit shall be permitted by right, provided that the proposed Accessory Dwelling Unit has independent exterior access from the existing residence, and the side and rear setbacks are sufficient for fire safety.
Residential Building Code:
The California Building Code (CBC) 2019 is adopted.
This estimate is based on recently completed projects in the area and is inclusive of all typical soft costs such as permitting, design and engineering fees.