In September 2016, Governor Brown signed two legislative acts that comprised the new law governing accessory dwelling units (ADUs), AB 2299 and SB 1069, both of which came into effect on January 1, 2017. The new statute amended various sections of Government Code section 65852.2 which regulates accessory dwelling units (formerly called second dwelling units) and invalidates a local agency’s existing accessory dwelling unit ordinance if it does not comply with all requirements of the newly adopted state standards.

The intent of the new law is to reduce the regulatory, physical and financial barriers to constructing accessory dwelling units and encourage construction of smaller, often more affordable housing options, for seniors, young adults, and others who are affected by the housing shortage in California.

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