Are You Ready to Build an ADU? Here’s How to Tell

Sometimes, a person may think they are ready to build their own accessory dwelling unit, but when it comes time for the actual construction, they realize that maybe they aren’t as prepared as they thought. But don’t worry! We’ve put together a list of ways to know if you’re really ready for this project or not. So read on and find out if your home is truly equipped for building an ADU!

Find Out If You Are Eligible To Build An ADU

It is important to find out if you are eligible because there may be zoning issues that restrict your ability to build a unit on your property or building code restrictions for accessory dwellings that vary from city to city.

Some cities require an owner to live in one of the homes before they can rent out their accessory dwelling unit while other cities don’t have any requirements regarding who lives were as long as it’s safe.

You Have Complied With Parking Ordinances Set By Your County Or State

Before you build accessory dwelling units, consider if parking will be important for residents and guests. If your accessory dwelling unit does not include dedicated off-street parking, make sure that it’s okay with your city ordinance requirements. 

Some cities require one on-site space per bedroom in accessory dwellings but other locations allow guest spots only or no required number at all because they have public transportation available within walking distance of most homes.

You Have Secured The Necessary Permits

In order to ensure compliance with the law, it is important to secure all necessary building permits before starting your ADU project. This includes a permit from the municipality as well as the homeowner association if applicable. 

It is also helpful for homeowners and builders alike, especially those new or inexperienced with accessory dwelling unit construction projects, to find an experienced professional who understands accessory dwellings and has successfully worked on these types of building projects in their area. 

A licensed architect or general contractor will be able to provide this experience which may ultimately save time. The following are advantages of securing permits before building an ADU:

  • It’s important to get the necessary permits before building accessory dwelling units because if you do not, it could be difficult or impossible to get them later on.
  • The process for getting a permit may take some time and by starting early, homeowners are more likely to have their accessory dwellings authorized in advance of construction.
  • Permits help you to understand any additional costs
  • You can avoid costly change orders due to plans that don’t meet code requirements.

You Have Verified Design Guidelines

Before you begin building your accessory dwelling unit or accessory structure you should verify local design guidelines with a city planner. Some areas may require additional clearance for utilities around your accessory structure while others may limit how close it can be placed to your next-door neighbor’s home. 

You will also need to check that the construction materials meet any fireproof requirements set by conditional-use permits in your area before beginning work on framing walls or installing windows and doors.

You Have Consulted With Your Contractor About Building Codes And Fire Safety Regulations

It’s not enough for accessory units just to meet building code—they also need to pass a more specific inspection, including one on their potential for adding another level of risk if problems occur during an emergency situation like a wildfire or earthquake.

An accessory dwelling unit is important to be fire regulations compliant before building an ADU because if not, you could add unnecessary expenses when it comes time to sell your property. You must be able to show that your accessory dwelling unit meets the fire codes in the city where you live.

Your design and construction plans will most likely require additional approvals from local authorities before the accessory dwelling is approved and built. This step ensures all safety precautions are taken into consideration when designing and building accessory dwellings within city limits.

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    You’ve Already Checked How To Connect To Existing Utilities

    If you are building an accessory dwelling unit, one of the first things that need to be considered is how will this new structure connect with existing utilities. This includes both water and sewer lines as well as electrical service and gas meters if natural gas or propane heat would be preferred for your ADU.

    If these connections aren’t possible it could add a lot of time and expense to getting your accessory dwelling unit up and running so having them available from the outset is ideal. Also, consider whether there may already even be an unused connection nearby such as on side of a house where you can tap into without needing major renovations done to accommodate another line run.

    If you answered yes to all of these questions, congratulations! You are now ready to build an ADU. Contact us today and we will be happy to provide more information on how we can help with the process.

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