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Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) and Junior Accessory Dwelling Units (JADU)  

In response to the Bay Area’s regional housing shortages, the State of California adopted legislation (SB 13, AB 68, and AB 881) to encourage the construction of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) and Junior Accessory Dwelling Units (JADU) by reducing the regulatory barriers commonly found in local zoning ordinances.  

On August 17, 2020, the City Council adopted an ordinance amending Chapter 25.59 (Accessory Dwelling Units) of the Municipal Code to be consistent with adopted amendments to California Government Code Sections 65852.2 and 65852.22.  Please click on the following link to view the ADU Regulations:

Chapter 25.59 - Accessory Dwelling Units

For an overview of the ADU requirements, including FAQs (frequently asked questions) and development standards, please visit our Accessory Dwelling Unit Guidelines

The approval process for ADUs and JADUs is ministerial (neighborhood notification is not required if they comply with all ADU requirements).  However, you will be required to file an application for an ADU Permit with the Planning Division.  Once the ADU Permit is approved, you may then submit an application for a building permit.

Submittal Requirements
Application Form
Filing Fees (does not include building permit fees)

* If you are considering a prefabricated ADU, please first review the ADU Regulations (Chapter 25.59) and ADU Guidelines to ensure that it is compliant with our regulations.  Should you have any questions, please contact the Planning Division at planningdept@burlingame.org

Please contact the Planning Division at (650) 558-7250 or planningdept@burlingame.org for additional assistance.