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All ADU Regulations

Escondido, California

Escondido has updated its ADU ordinance to comply with new state laws. Below are the up-to-date requirements for permitting an ADU in Escondido
Updated Jul 27, 2022

Escondido

In Escondido, accessory dwelling units (ADUs) are a great way to add extra living space to your home. They can be used as a guest house, rental unit, or even a home office. ADUs are a great way to increase your home’s value and they can be built relatively easily. If you’re thinking about building an ADU in Escondido call us. We specialize building ADUs we know you will love!

Zoning

All properties zoned for single family and multifamily use may be eligible to build ADUs.

Number of units

The number of ADUs you’re able to build depends on how your lot is zoned:
  • Lots zoned for single family use may add 1 ADU and 1 Jr. ADU (JADU).
  • Lots zoned for multi-family may add 2 new detached ADUs and at least one conversion ADU (interior conversion of existing building, but no more than 25% of the original number of units. (E.g. an apartment with 4 units may add 2 detached ADUs and 1 conversion ADU.)

Building size

  • The maximum size is 500.0 sq. ft. for a JADU
  • 800sq. ft. max for a detached ADU
  • Attached ADU Max Size: 1200, or 50% of main home - at least 800 sf shall be allowed

Building height

  • Building height attached: The height of a detached ADU can be up to 24′, and accessory dwelling units shall conform to the height limits of the zone (which may be less than 24′).
  • Building height attached: The height of a detached ADU can be up to 24′, and accessory dwelling units shall conform to the height limits of the zone (which may be less than 24′).

Setbacks

  • Backyard Existing Structure Setback: 10ft usually, 5ft if both structures are single story
  • Side Yard Existing Structure Setback: 10ft usually, 5ft if both structures are single story

Parking

State Law - No requirements for parking if any of the following true:
  • The accessory dwelling unit is located within one-half mile walking distance of public transit.
  • The accessory dwelling unit is located within an architecturally and historically significant historic district.
  • The accessory dwelling unit is part of the proposed or existing primary residence or an accessory structure.
  • When on-street parking permits are required but not offered to the occupant of the accessory dwelling unit.
  • When there is a car share vehicle located within one block of the accessory dwelling unit.

Restrictions

  • Owner occupancy not required
  • No short term rentals (<30 days)
  • No sale of the ADU separate from the main home

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