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What's New?

New Accessory Dwelling Unit Laws Effective Jan. 1, 2020 

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are known by many as granny flats, in-law units, backyard cottages, and secondary units.   On January 1, 2020 a series of new state laws will go into effect that revise the laws governing ADUs.  The new laws are intended to help address the housing shortage in California and make it easier for property owners to build ADUs. The City of Alameda has updated its permit requirements in compliance with the new state laws.

Learn More: ADU FAQ & Application(PDF, 469KB)

Permit Center 510-747-6800

Planning Division510-747-6805

Building Division510-747-6800

Code Enforcement510-747-6818

Andrew has worked in Alameda on a variety of development, planning and transportation initiatives since 2002, including plans for Alameda Point, Alameda Landing, and the Northern Waterfront; and expansion of public transportation services funded by new development. Andrew has a master’s in City Planning from UC Berkeley and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.