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What are the requirements for building an ADU?

The requirements for building an ADU vary depending on the location and municipal regulations. You must adhere to local zoning laws, building codes, and any regulations specific to your project's design, size, and construction method.

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1. Size: ADUs are typically smaller than the primary dwelling unit and have a maximum size limit. This limit is usually based on the size of the primary dwelling unit and the size of the lot on which the ADU is located.

2. Setbacks: ADUs may have to meet setback requirements, which specify the minimum distance that the ADU must be located from the property lines or other structures.

3. Parking: ADUs may be required to have off-street parking or to provide a certain number of parking spaces.

4. Access: ADUs may have to have separate access from the primary dwelling unit, such as a separate entrance or driveway.

5. Utilities: ADUs may need to be connected to utilities, such as water, sewage, and electricity.

6. Building codes: ADUs must meet all applicable building codes, including requirements for fire safety, structural integrity, and energy efficiency.

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