The City of Concord has officially introduced its pre-approved Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) program to help people save time and money during the design, planning, and permitting process of building an ADU.
Sometimes called “granny units” or “in-law units,” ADUs are residential units located on the same lot as an existing or proposed single- or multi-family principal dwelling and provide complete independent living facilities for one or more people.
Thanks to a grant from the California Department of Housing and Community Development, Concord was able to create six building code-compliant, construction-level drawings, which are now available to the public at no cost. Of the six designs, they include different studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedrooms layouts that range from 200 to 900 square feet. The designs also have multiple architectural styles commonly found in Concord.
Using the pre-approved plans saves residents the costs of hiring a design profession to prepare drawings and reduced the plan check fees associated with the issuance of a building permit. It also significantly reduces the time it takes to obtain a building permit, as complete applications with pre-approved plans can be approved within as few as five days.
To learn more about the ADU program and view floor plans/elevations, site plan templates, and full drawing sets, please visit www.cityofconcord.org/ADUs and read the full press release here.