Accessory Dwelling Units & Junior Accessory Dwelling Units

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and Junior Accessory Dwelling Units (JADUs) are an inexpensive way to create smaller, more affordable rental housing units that may provide revenue streams for property owners, while increasing the availability of rental housing in the county.

What's the difference between an ADU, a JADU, and a guest house?

Updated ADU and JADU Ordinance Effective October 14, 2021

On September 14, 2021, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved changes to the Zoning Code that updated ADU and JADU regulations. 

ADU Ordinance

JADU Ordinance

ADU vs. JADU

Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)

Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) are allowed in conjunction with a primary single-family or multi-family dwelling in residential, mixed-use, or agricultural zones. 

ADUs may be attached or detached from the main dwelling.

Most residential zoning districts allow one ADU unless the property has the "Z" (Accessory Dwelling Unit Exclusion) overlay zoning district.

ADUs can be rented for long-term occupancy, but they cannot be used as short-term rentals.

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Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit (JADU)

Junior Accessory Dwelling Units (JADUs) are created out of space within an existing single-family home.

JADUs may be up to 500 square feet in size.  

A JADU is created by adding a small kitchen and exterior door to space in an existing single-family dwelling. It may include a bathroom or may share a bathroom with the primary dwelling.

JADUs are allowed in every zoning district that allows a single-family dwelling.

JADUs can be rented for long-term occupancy, but cannot be used as short-term rentals.

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Contact Information

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ADUs & JADUs

Accessory Dwelling Unit Regulations

Accessory Dwelling Unit Calculator
The ADU Calculator is a resource to help estimate the costs, returns, and benefits associated with building an ADU

Napa Sonoma ADU Center
The Napa Sonoma ADU Center is a fiscally-sponsored project of Napa Valley Community Foundation with support from Community Foundation Sonoma County and others. They provide resources for homeowners in Napa and Sonoma counties who want to build an ADU.

Fire Prevention & ADUs

Fire Prevention Information on Accessory Dwelling Units

Fire Prevention and HazMat

Requirements for ADUs including fire access, sprinklers, and more.

Sonoma County Housing Authority

Resources for Property Owners

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If you plan to rent your ADU, consider participating in the Housing Authority's Housing Choice Voucher program and being a part of the solution to the County's affordable housing crisis.

State ADU Law

California Department of Housing and Community Development's web site describing state laws and regulations about Accessory Dwelling Units.

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