The new San Luis Obispo County ordinance for ADUs represents a great opportunity to add value to your house. Here’s why:

Notable changes have been made regarding ADUs in San Luis Obispo County. What is the new state law and what does it mean for you? I’ve brought in Greg Wynn, an expert on this subject, to help explain.

As Greg says, in San Luis Obispo City, we previously had a secondary dwelling unit ordinance that allowed individual legal conforming lots to have a 450-square foot unit to be added to the back of the parcel. For many people, this ordinance was cost-prohibitive and size-prohibitive. On January 1st of this year, the state created a new ordinance that increased the size, decreased the cost, lowered the parking requirement, and changed the configuration requirement for ADUs.

Greg predicts people will look at this as a way to add value to their house. In San Luis Obispo City, ADUs will be required to be owner-occupied, but not in the county. It’s a great opportunity for people to live in either unit—they can live in the back unit and rent the front house or rent out the back unit to a student to help pay for some of their primary mortgage.

Owners can build new units of up to 800 square feet, and you can build up to 1,200 square feet on a large parcel if the primary house is large enough. The over-the-counter permit approval process has also been modified into a simpler checklist.

The ADU configuration component used to be a studio configuration in which the bed, kitchen, and everything else had to be within one living space. Under the new configuration rules, you can have a bedroom, a kitchen, and a dining area that can be separated further out.

As previously stated, the county might not have the same owner-occupancy rules as the city, meaning if someone moved away, they can still rent out that property. If you recently inherited a property from your parents in the city, the owner occupancy rule can be waived for a period of time so you don’t have to sell the property right away while living somewhere far away.

If you have any questions about these new rules and regulations surrounding ADUs, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’d be happy to help you.