Are you hoping to help end the housing shortage in California? If you own a single-family home, then there are options for you to be more than just an advocate. Thanks to new legislation surrounding Accessory Dwelling Units, more single-family homes can easily be turned into triplexes. California has endeavored to simplify the entire process. That said, if you hope to do it on your own, there are several things to keep in mind.
The new law that was signed into effect allows the state to operate the new ADU approval process completely separate from your local zoning ordinance. Some cities will either only require the state’s minimum requirements for your ADU approval or will have additional requirements that you must meet in order to be approved by the local planning department. No matter what, you need to ensure you meet all requirements set in place by your city and state.
Essentially, the new state ADU law will give local governments two options. Either they can introduce a new local ordinance that is in compliance with California law, or they will agree to process ADU permit applications at the state’s minimum standards.
With these new laws, most homeowners can more easily convert their home to a triplex by creating a Junior ADU out of their garage. Then, they can build a detached ADU in their backyard. These accessory structures will boost the overall value of homes. An ADU can be situated anywhere within a lot as long as it adheres to the usual state codes.
As you look to build an ADU, you will need to prepare plans, submit for a permit, comply with building codes, and then gain the necessary financing. However, the new law has cut out most of the red tape. As of right now, it appears that this simplified process will be effective in speeding up the construction of ADUs, alleviating some of the pains of the housing crisis.
However, local governments may be wary of this new law, and they may fight back against the new standards. As a result, you should be prepared for resistance on their end. Because it is a new law, it may take time for the kinks to be smoothed out. In the event that they introduce new restrictions, you can simply point them towards the state law which bars them from doing this. If they continue to violate the state law, you can point out the new ADU standards and raise the issues until they allow you to move forward.
In the end, a triplex can be an effective way to raise your property’s value and actively work to help end the housing crisis.