All ADU Regulations

Culver City, California

Culver City has updated its ADU ordinance to comply with new state laws. Below are the up-to-date requirements for permitting an ADU in the municipality.

September 23, 2021
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All properties zoned for single family and multifamily use may be eligible to build ADUs.

Number of units

Lots zoned for single family use that have an existing dwelling are permitted to add 1 ADU and 1 Junior ADU (JADU).

Building size

Maximum square footage is determined by your ADU type:

  • 500 sq. ft. for a Junior ADU (JADU)
  • 1,200 sq. ft. for a detached ADU (unless limited by local zoning rules)
  • 50% of existing dwelling, or none if new building. Exception: A new construction attached or detached accessory dwelling unit shall be permitted that is eight hundred (800) square feet or less in size, provides four (4) foot minimum interior setbacks and does not exceed sixteen (16) feet in height.

Building height

Detached ADUs and Attached ADUs are limited by the specific zoning district within the city limits.


Minimum setbacks of 4 feet from the side and rear lot lines (2ft if abutting non-residential zone, street, or alley), as well as 5 feet from any existing structures are required for detached ADUs.


No new or replacement parking is required for ADUs.


Owner occupancy is not a requirement for permitting an ADU from January 1, 2020 until January 1, 2025. This is a great opportunity for rental property owners to increase their yields in a cost-effective way.


While long-term rentals are permitted for ADUs, short-term rentals (e.g. Airbnb for less than 30 days) are not permitted in Culver City.


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