Accessory Dwelling Units: Information Library

Assembly Bill 2299 is an exciting State law that came into effect on January 1st, 2017. It supersedes City regulations for Secondary Dwelling Units (AKA granny or in-law units). A lot of people have asked us if and how this new development can help them reach real estate goals. We encourage you to work with appropriate counsel and authorities to see if you can make it happen!

If you have any questions about ADUs, or any other real estate topic, we are always more than happy to help! Give us a call or text at 805-698-0351 or email

By popular demand, here is a wealth of helpful information made available to us. Check back regularly for updates as they develop!

Want to get involved? Here is a schedule of public meetings for the City of Santa Barbara:


News & Updates by Area:

City of Santa Barbara-

City Council voted 5-0 in support of sweeping new regulations (see ordinance here):

Santa Barbara area (and nationwide)-

This  is a really fascinating analysis of different areas (with specific mention of Santa Barbara on page 2). Includes discussion of investment/development advantages. See article from Attom Data here:


Fee structure, and design standards are still being worked on. In one case, a garage conversion’s fees were $17,000. See article here:

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Previous Updates:

Update 7/31/17, from the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors:

“Accessory Dwelling Units

On January 1st of this year, Assembly Bill 2299 by Richard Bloom and Senate Bill 1069 by Bob Wieckowski went into effect. With nearly two-thirds of local agency secondary dwelling unit ordinances becoming null and void after January 1st, there has been a flurry of interest in obtaining permits for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU). September 15th is the last day for this session’s bills to pass, we will know the results of clean-up efforts then. In particular SB1069 will close the current loop-hole on high special districts fees by bringing special districts under same restrictions as local agencies. Legislation AB494 will be used to clean-up current issues.

City of Santa Barbara: The City is not, and may not under state ADU law, refuse ADU applications.  City staff and a consultant have begun drafting a new ordinance that will likely be routed to the Planning Commission and City Council this Fall.

City of Carpinteria:  With the City’s boundaries falling entirely within coastal zone, and until such time as they enact a new ordinance or the Coastal Commission requires application of state ADU law within the coastal zone, existing Carpinteria regulations, development standards, and fees apply.

City of Goleta: The City is working on a new “appropriate” fee schedule for ADU permits so until then, current the residential fee schedule still applies.  To date no ADU applications have been received, and all ADU inquiries are being routed to the Goleta Water and Sanitary Districts for initial approvals.

Goleta Sanitary District:  Since January 1st the District has issued only 3 or 4 “Sewer Service Availability Letters” for new secondary dwelling units.  Upfront fees include $1,441 connection, $170 permit, and $170 inspection.

Goleta Water District: In addition to a Land Use Permit, ADUs are subject to Single Family Impact Fees that range anywhere from $20,000-30,000.

County of Santa Barbara: A draft ordinance has been reviewed by the Montecito Planning Commission and County Planning Commission.  Long Range Planning staff anticipates a final draft to be presented to the Board of Supervisors in early Fall.”


This developing situation can be tricky to navigate, we are always happy to connect you to resources or answer any questions you may have. Give us a call or text at 805-698-0351 or email