Accessory Dwelling Units
Important Notice about the Trial ADU Fee Waiver program:
You may be familiar with the County of
San Diego trial impact fee waiver that went into effect January 9th 2019. This was a trial waiver that was
funded for 5 years that will be ending on January 9
Projects that are started prior to January 9th 2024 will have plan check fees waived as they start the review process. Permit and all other impact fees are not collected until a project is ready to be issued and will not be covered if the permit is issued after the January 9th 2024 date. If your project is currently under review we will be working to provide any corrections as soon as possible so that your design team can work to update the plans and obtain your permit prior to 1-9-24. Please work with your design professionals to get plans updated and returned to the County so that projects may be approved in a timely manner.
If you have any questions about this
trial program or you feel you will not be able to provide your plans
for review prior to the 1-9-24 date please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you live in the unincorporated area of the County of San
Diego, please click here for the complete Accessory Dwelling
Unit (ADU) and Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit (JADU)
If your property is within the County of San Diego, one ADU and one JADU may potentially be permitted on lots with an existing or proposed dwelling unit.
To find out if you live in the unincorporated area of the County of San Diego please click here.
What is an ADU?
|NEW! Browse Pre-Approved County Standard ADU Building Plans!|
ADU's and JADU's can be created in many different shapes and styles:
Where is an ADU allowed?
|Is a building permit required
for an ADU?
Yes, you will be required to obtain a Building Permit to ensure that the new house meets all the zoning, building, health & safety codes.
What size ADU is allowed? How big?
Examples for allowable ADU sizes are provided below:
Square Footage of Existing single-family residence (SFD)
Maximum Allowed Square Footage for Detached ADU
|Maximum Allowed Square Footage for Attached ADU (up to 50% of SFD)|
|Studio or 1 Bedroom ADU||2 Bedrooms or more ADU|
|500 sq. ft.||1,200 sq. ft.||850 sq. ft.||1,000 sq. ft.|
|1,000 sq. ft.||1,200 sq. ft.||850 sq. ft.||1,000 sq. ft.|
|1,800 sq. ft.||1,200 sq. ft.||900 sq. ft.||1,000 sq. ft.|
|2,000 sq. ft.||1,200 sq. ft.||1,000 sq. ft.||1,000 sq. ft.|
|2,200 sq. ft.||1,200 sq. ft.||1,100 sq. ft.||1,100 sq. ft.|
|3,000 sq. ft.||1,200 sq. ft.||1,200 sq. ft.||1,200 sq. ft.|
|4,500 sq. ft.||1,200 sq. ft.||1,200 sq. ft.||1,200 sq. ft.|
After reviewing the information provided on ADU’s and JADU's, if you
still have any questions please contact us via email at PDS.ADUquestions@sdcounty.ca.gov or PDSZoningPermitCounter@sdcounty.ca.gov
To find out how your property is zoned, please click here and enter your APN # on the upcoming screen.
For the complete list of ADU & JADU regulations, please click here.
For Instructions for obtaining a building permit, please click here.
For the min. plot plan requirements, please click here.