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The law also will let homeowners create a second unit within existing space, such as a garage, that sits within a setback area.
The other big bonus is the reduction or elimination of certain fees.
Toni Gardner plays with her grandchildren, Amelia, 2, and Jonah, 5, in the second unit that she had built in the backyard of her residence.
The new laws would have removed some of the obstacles, she said.
Some of those roadblocks, such as converting most of her backyard into three parking places and paying more than ,000 in water hookup fees, would have been reduced under the new laws. 1 — AB2299 and SB1069 — amend the state law governing second units and rename them “accessory dwelling units.” About two-thirds of California’s cities and counties have their own second-unit ordinances, but the state law is more permissive than most of them.
Jurisdictions that have not adopted or amended a local ordinance that complies with the new state law by Jan.
For most homeowners, the bill will remove a big impediment to second-unit creation: the need to create off-street parking.
One set of rules will apply if the second unit is created within an existing space — such as a bedroom, basement, attic or garage.
Another set will apply if the new unit, whether attached or detached, adds square footage outside or on top of existing structures.
The amended law will allow accessory units up to 1,200 square feet, but allows jurisdictions to impose lower limits and establish standards governing height, setback, lot coverage, landscaping and architectural review.
The state law does not prevent homeowners from renting out the second unit to short-term guests or require them to live in one of the units.
Homeowners will still have to comply with local building codes, find a contractor and arrange financing.