On June, 29, 2021, the Sacramento City Council voted on the final Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) ordinance.
The final ordinance utilizes State standards except for:
– Parking. State law allow one space to be required and Sacramento’s ADU ordinance requires no parking.
– Set backs. State law allows for four foot rear- and sideyard setbacks and Sacramento allows zero setbacks from the first floor level if the ADU is 60 feet from the front property line.
– Types of ADUs. State law allows for one junior and one full-sized ADU. Sacramento allows two full sized ADUs. A junior ADU has to be within the building envelope and less than 500 sq ft. A full size ADU can be the greater of 50% of the primary unit or 850 sq ft or 1000 sq feet.
Save Sacramento Neighborhoods supported using all of the State law standards because these standards help minimize the impacts of ADUs on neighborhoods. The City had originally proposed increasing the size of ADUs (from 800 to 1200 sq feet) that would be exempt from lot coverage, but after hearing from Sacramentans in opposition, they dropped this.