Palo Alto ADU Laws & Regulations

 

Zoning

R1/R2/RE/RMD/OS

Lot Size

R-1/RE/R-2/RMD/PC: 5,000 sq.ft. (10 acres in OS)

Maximum ADU Floor area

900sf

Rear Yard Coverage

NA

No. Bedrooms

2 bedrooms

Kitchen

Full kitchen facility required (permanent range, counter, refrigerator, sink)

Bath

Required

Parking

NA

Setbacks

Front

Side

Rear


Established by Zoning District

4ft

4ft

Height

16ft (30ft 10 acres per parcel closer to los altos hills)

Design

NA

Entryways

Required, detached entrances are faced away from setback

Second Address

Yes (Address A & B, B is the ADU)

ADU Regulation Website

 

https://www.cityofpaloalto.org/files/assets/public/planning-amp-development-services/long-range-planning/adu/adu-handout-2020.pdf