What’s Up With Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) in Los Altos?

In July of 2018, the Los Altos city council approved changes to the town’s ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit) specifications to fall in line with the state’s Assembly Bill 494 that passed in 2017.

The changes might help facilitate multigenerational living and enable caregivers to live near the people they’re caring for. To mitigate fears that new ADUs will result in short-term rentals through companies like Airbnb, the new ordinance states that rentals must be for 30 days or longer.

2 Notable Changes:

  • A size increase for an allowable ADU. The previous maximum was 800 square feet.
  • A reduction in minimum lot size for construction of an ADU. Previously, the lot had to be 15,000 square feet.

Here are 3 recent documents with more information:

  1. https://www.losaltosca.gov/sites/default/files/fileattachments/community_development/page/41321/adu_handout.pdf
  2. https://www.losaltosonline.com/special-sections2/sections/your-home/58219-los-altos-passes-adu-laws
  3. https://www.losaltosonline.com/news/sections/news/199-city-affairs/57299-los-altos-makes-changes-to-granny-unit-law

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