The popularity of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) continued in 2023 with the City’s issuance of 28 ADU permits. ADUs, also known as granny flats, allow a homeowner to construct a second living unit on an existing property. ADUs have most commonly been used as a housing choice for families needing independent living space for a family member, while others are choosing to add an ADU for rental income.
In 2017, many state and local laws were relaxed to encourage the construction of an ADU as a way to address the housing crisis. Prior to 2017, the City would issue on average, one ADU permit each year. However, since that time, the yearly average has risen to 14 ADUs with 28 issued in 2023.
The City’s increase in ADUs can also be attributed to the popularity of the City of Citrus Heights’ Permit-Ready Accessory Dwelling Unit Program (PRADU). The City’s PRADU program provides free, pre-approved plans for Citrus Heights property owners. Since the program began in summer of 2021, 18 property owners have built an ADU using the preapproved plans, with more than half of those issued in 2023!
The City’s preapproved plans include 1- or 2-bedroom units with varying exterior styles and range in size from 499 square feet to 749 square feet. The City’s PRADU program eliminates the need to hire an architect, eliminates the plan review process, and ultimately saves Citrus Heights property owners more than $7,000 in plan preparation fees.
To learn more about ADUs or the City’s PRADU program, visit www.citrusheights.net/aducentral