Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)

Building an ADU has never been easier or cheaper than now!

An Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU), also known as a granny flat or guest house, are attached or detached residential dwelling units, on the same lot as an existing single -family dwelling unit. An ADU must include complete independent living facilities for one or more people. A sleeping area, kitchen for cooking, and sanitation must all be present in an ADU. They generate great rental income, increase property value, and can enhance your family’s overall lifestyle.  

A Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit (JADU) is a residential dwelling unit that is no more than 500 square feet in area, contained entirely within an existing single-family residence, and can have separate sanitation facilities from, or shared sanitation facilities with, the existing residence.

Cross Construction can help with all phases of building your ADU:

  • Financing
  • Design
  • Civil Engineering / Site Plan & Surveys
  • Soils Testing
  • Permitting & Fees / Utility Connections
  • Building Costs / Schedules / Construction
  • Landscaping
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City of Encinitas has created the Permit-Ready Accessory Dwelling Unit Program (PRADU), which encourages the building of ADUs:

  • Offering selection of pre-approved ADU building plans
  • Reduce pre-construction costs
  • Expedited building permits

The city has contracted two architects to provide eight Permit-Ready Plans. Yvonne St. Pierre, AIA, Design Path Studio, and Bart Smith, AIA, DZN Partners.

The city of Encinitas passed a new ordinance that waives all city development fees and has provided pre-approved ADU building plans.

  • EASIER – Multiple pre -approved building plans to select from
  • CHEAPER – City Development Fees waived, Reduced pre-construction costs
  • FASTER – Expedited building permits, Saved time on planning and design

Design Path Studio:

DZN Partners:

Potential Program Savings:

  • 3 – 6 Months of planning and design
  • Average total savings:
    • $10,000 - $18,000

ADU Development Standards:

Click HERE for a full list of the Standards for building your ADU. Provided by the city of Encinitas

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