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Want to Build a Granny Flat in Orange County?

Updated: Jan 22, 2018

Did you know that new California laws took effect in 2017 making it significantly easier to build a "granny flat" (aka in-law suite, guest house, or backyard home) throughout Orange County?

Check out this article in the OC Register discussing some of the new rules, including:

• Prohibits sprinkler requirements if they are not required in the primary residence.

• Eliminates parking restrictions when the home is located within a half mile of public transit, within one block of a car-share area, is within a historic district or is part of an existing residence or structure. Tandem parking — or one car parked behind another — is permitted.

• Requires city staff approval without discretionary review by a governing body like, for example, a city council, for remodeling existing homes. The new or converted unit must meet building and safety codes.

• Connection fees for such utilities as sewer or water can’t be charged when the new unit is within an existing residence or structure, and new or separate connections can’t be required for new structures. Any connection fee must be reasonable and proportionate to the burden of the unit on the water or sewer system.

• Increased floor area of an attached accessory dwelling unit shall not exceed 50 percent of the existing living area for an attached ADU, with a maximum increase in floor area to 1,200 square feet for a detached ADU.

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