The New State Law on Accessory Dwelling Units

We want to alert you to a new state law which may affect your property.  The new law mandates and overrides cities and counties in allowing second living units without discretionary review such as that now conducted by the City of Santa Barbara’s Architectural Board of Review or Planning Commission. Such units can be up to a 1200 sq. ft. detached guest house, a portion of your home which is half the size of the remaining house area (1200 sq. ft. max), or even a remodeled garage.  Off-street parking can be tandem, even in setbacks, or none if within a half mile of a bus stop. Modifications to rules accordingly are being discussed daily at the City and County.  To learn more about whether your or neighboring properties may be affected by this change, contact an architect or a planning consultant.

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