Santa Cruz ADU Laws & Regulations

Zoning

R-1/R-2

Lot Size

Must follow new construction guidelines.

Maximum ADU Floor area

1200sf

Rear Yard Coverage

40%

No. Bedrooms

2 bedrooms

Kitchen

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

Bath

Required

Parking

1 space per ADU, except in historic districts, within 1 block of designated car share parking, within 1/2 mile walking distance of any transit stop (except in designated coastal areas) 

Setbacks

Front

Side

Rear


10-40ft (depends on zone district)

4ft

4ft

Height

Inside Urban Services Line (USL): 16ft (21ft allowed with Zoning Administrator approval), Outside USL: Zone District Standard (usually 28ft)

Design

NA

Entryways

Required

Second Address

Y – prefer whole numbers, not half numbers or alphabetical suffixes.

ADU Regulation Website

 

https://www.sccoplanning.com/Portals/2/County/adu/2020%20ADU%20Brochure%20-%20Development%20Standards.pdf?version=051420