Accessory Dwelling Unit Information

Planning Commission Meeting - September 13, 2023

At the September 13, 2023 Planning Commission Meeting, the Commissioners will review and forward a recommendation to the Town Council on amendments to Chapter 29 (Zoning Regulations) of the Town Code regarding Accessory Dwelling Units.  The proposed amendments also correct outdated references to sections of the Town Code Included in sections pertaining to termination of nonconforming use status, requirements for a two-unit development under Senate Bill 9 (SB 9), and Civil Penalties.  

To view the staff report and supporting documents, go to the Town's Agenda and Minutes Page

You may participate in person in the Town Council Chambers, or via Zoom using the following Zoom link and Passcode:

Zoom Link:; Passcode: 489660

PLEASE NOTE: The Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Ordinance is in the process of being amended.  We hope to have a revised ordinance being reviewed at Planning Commission in September.  If you have any questions, please email

Streamlined ADU permitting process

In response to changes in State law, and as part of the Town’s ongoing efforts to increase efficiency for permit reviews, the Planning and Building Divisions have developed a new Building permit application form and process.  Residents who wish to build a new ADU or JADU can now submit a single application form and proceed through a single plan review process in order to obtain their Building Permit. New guidelines and application forms are available in the ADU and JADU Application and through both the Planning and Building Division webpages. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the Planning Division at (408) 354-6874 or For questions regarding Building Code requirements or the Building Permit process, please contact the Building Division at or (408) 354-6876.

ADU Building Permit Application Packet

ADU Ordinance updates were reviewed and approved by Town Council on April 7, 2020, with a second reading on April 21, 2020.  The Town’s current ordinance went into effect on May 21, 2020.  The Town Council staff reports can be found on the Town Agendas and Minutes Page.  This is Approved Ordinance 2307.  Any discrepancy between State law and the Town Code would default to State law.

This ADU flyer will help answer frequently asked questions and share how to apply. 

Accessory Dwelling Unit Flyer to explain how to apply. An accessible PDF provided above image.