California ADU Information
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Introduction to ADUs

ADUs are known by many names — including accessory dwelling units, second units, in-law units, granny flats, backyard homes, and casitas. But, no matter what you call them, these are homes located on the same piece of property as another home.

ADUs are a great way for homeowners to add to California’s housing supply, house a caretaker or family member, and earn rental income. Plus, the California State Legislature recently passed legislation to make it easier than ever to build an ADU on your property.

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To learn more about ADUs in your area, select your city from the list below.

Map of California

California quick facts

32,200
Number of ADUs that received building permits in California in 2018 and 2019
12,648,000
Number of parcels located within the state
89%
Percent of ADUs built in 2018 and 2019 were intended to be made available to renter
65,067
Number of transit stops located within California

California by the numbers

$31,960
Average income in California
$610,000
Average property value in California
39,500,000
Number of people who live in California