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Posted on: May 18, 2022

City of Dublin Incentivizes the Building of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

Interested in building an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) on your property?  The City of Dublin has taken a number of steps to make the building of an ADU much easier for homeowners.  The City's ADU website is a one-stop shop for information and resources to assist residents.

Two key resources on the website include an ADU Manual and prototype plans. The ADU Manual is a how-to guide for building ADUs, designed for homeowners who are not familiar with the development process. The City also prepared eight different permit-ready ADU prototype plans.  This includes five ADUs designed to be either attached to the primary dwelling or detached, and three plans for converting a garage to an ADU, ranging in size from 224 to 909 square feet. 

An ADU is a residential unit that provides independent living facilities that include a kitchen, sleeping, and bathroom facilities.  ADUs can provide living spaces for elderly parents or grown children, or a steady source of rental income.  To incentivize ADUs, the City has:

  • Streamlined the review process;
  • Modified the development standards, such as parking;
  • Developed prototype plans;
  • Prepared an ADU Manual, a how-to guide for ADUs; and
  • Waived permit fees for certain ADUs. 

For more information, please visit the ADU webpage or contact the Planning Department at (925) 833-6610.