ADU’s, or Accessory Dwelling Units, are a great way to expand the footprint of your lot without adding on to your existing home. The City of Los Angeles has made things even easier with pre-approved plans that can help you create extra space and, in turn, generate some additional rental income.
Known as the Standard Plan Program, the City established this program to streamline the permitting process for ADU’s that are repeatedly built. Homeowners have access to plans that are designed by private and licensed architects with oversight from engineers. This dramatically reduces the timeline for permit issuance.
An ADU can be attached or detached, but they’re always residential dwellings that offer independent living quarters for one or more people on a lot with an existing primary residence or a proposed one.
The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) reviews and pre-approves plans to ensure they comply with building, residential and green codes. Homeowners who select an approved Standard Plan will have their property reviewed for site-specific factors to ensure that zoning code and foundation requirements are met.
There are currently 30 different Approved Standard Plans to choose from, and you can view them on the City’s website here. Some of the plans offer unique features like roof decks, mechanical rooms, covered outdoor space, and more.
If you have been thinking about adding an ADU to your property, I would love to discuss the options with you. I’m a local real estate agent with decades of experience in the local market. I have helped countless buyers and sellers, and I would love to discuss your unique objectives. Give me a call if you would like to chat. I am here to support you.