Make Room For Marin: A Guide to Accessory Dwelling Units
Do you dream of a backyard cottage to house a relative? Have you been thinking about transforming your garage into a unit that will generate income in your retirement? You can help address the housing crisis in Marin by creating a home for a valuable member of your community.
Now is a great time to build an ADU or JADU; recent modifications in state law have made it easier and more affordable. This website provides a general guide for everything from design considerations to the permitting process. Please consult your local jurisdiction for more detailed information.
Second units are known by many different names. You may be familiar with in-law units, backyard cottages, second units; planners call them ADUs (Accessory Dwelling Units) and they come in many different forms. Second units can be attached or detached from a home, they can take the form of a converted garage or even a new building in a backyard. JADUs (Junior Accessory Dwelling Units), created within an existing single-family home, may also be an option for you. California legislation that went into effect on January 1, 2017 gave local government more flexibility and latitude for allowing homeowners to build ADUs and JADUs.
You can use this website as a tool to guide you through the process of transforming your garage or basement, build an addition to your home, or construct a detached unit. Suburban and rural communities across California are recognizing the many benefits of ADUs and JADUs:
- Improve air quality and decrease traffic congestion by expanding housing opportunities for Marin workers.
- Create auxiliary income streams for homeowners.
- Support older adults wishing to age in place by encouraging more local homes for caregivers to live in.
- Create economical housing options in areas with great schools, jobs, and amenities.