AB 68 legalized the widespread construction of “Granny Flats,” or Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), as easy-to-build affordable housing. ADUs are small, independent homes that are built alongside (or sometimes, within) an existing single- or multi-family home. In addition to traditional ADUs, AB 68 also legalized “junior” ADUs of 500 square feet or smaller, which must be built entirely within an existing home and have a functioning kitchen and bathroom.
Prior to AB 68, cities across California erected substantial barriers to their construction, including high fees, land use and permitting obstacles, and other “red tape.” AB 68 addressed all these issues by:
Existing single-family properties in California have the potential for roughly 1.8 million new ADUs. Roughly 85 percent of these are single-family homes where building an ADU pencils out according to current construction costs and rents; the remainder are sites ideal for both an ADU and JADU.
Author: Assemblymember Phil Ting (D, AD 19)
AB 68 was signed by the governor on 10/9/2019
Assembly Floor (9/13/19): 66 Yes / 5 No
Senate Floor (9/13/19): 26 Yes / 10 No
California’s New Accessory Dwelling Units Laws: What You Should Know – Forbes
California housing legislation seeks to make it easier to build accessory dwelling units – VC Star
Burbank amends ordinance regulating granny flats to meet new state mandates – Los Angeles Times
Opinion: Finally, Governor signs AB 68 into law, effectively ending single-family zoning statewide – Long Beach Post