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 805-698-1971 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 involvedHere 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):

Click here to read the article in Noozhawk:

Santa Barbara area (and nationwide)-

Santa Barbara Council Bucks Sacramento Over ADUs in Foothill and High-Fire Zones

Click here to read the article in Noozhawk:

State regulation combined with a huge push for affordable housing are making 2020 the year of the ADU – See article from Aaron Norris here:


Goleta City Council Revises Accessory Dwelling Unit Law to Match State Requirements – Read the Noozhawk article here:

Previous Updates:

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:


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 805-698-1971 or email