1: How many ADUs can I build, at most, on my property?
For single Family property, you can construct a streamlined detached ADU (≤ 800 sq. ft.) and a JADU for a total of two ADUs. Note that a JADU cannot be combined with either an attached ADU, or a detached ADU that is greater than 800 sq. ft.
For multi-family property, you can construct up to two detached ADUs and convert non-habitable spaces to construct up to 25% of this number of existing units (minimum one) as ADUs.
2: Is there a limit to the number of bedrooms allowed in an ADU?
There is no limit on the number of bedrooms in an ADU. However, for single family property, there are size restrictions depending on the number of bedrooms proposed. For a studio or one-bedroom unit, the maximum size allowable is 850 sq. ft. while for any ADU with two or more bedrooms, the maximum allowable size is 1,000 sq. ft.
3: May I sell or rent my ADU?
An ADU may be rented, but not sold, separately from the principal dwelling unit. However, ADUs, including JADUs, may not be used for short-term rental activity. For JADUs, the owner must occupy either the principal dwelling unit or the JADU. Additionally, the owner shall record a deed restriction prohibiting the sale of the JADU separate from the principal dwelling unit and restricting the size and attributes of the JADU to conform with JADU regulations.
4: Can I have a door or any connection between my attached ADU and my primary dwelling unit?
No internal access is allowed except for a JADU that has a shared bathroom with the principal dwelling unit on property with single family uses. All other ADU’s must be completely separated from the principal dwelling unit or other units (in a multi-family development).
5: Can I have a two-story ADU?
A two-story ADU is allowed if you are converting a portion of existing second story space into an ADU.
6: Is an ADU required to have its own address?
A detached ADU is required to have its own address. All other types of ADUs may have their own address but are not required to.
7: Can I propose a JADU and an attached ADU with my brand new single family home?
No. For single Family property, you can construct a streamlined detached ADU (≤ 800 sq. ft.) and a JADU for a total of two ADUs. Note that a JADU cannot be combined with either an attached ADU, or a detached ADU that is greater than 800 sq. ft.
8: Is there a replacement parking requirement for converting a garage into an ADU?
You do not need to provide replacement parking when converting a garage into an ADU.
9: Can I convert my existing 2-car garage to be a 300 sq. ft. ADU and use the balance of the sq. ft. for my principal dwelling unit?
Existing garages can be converted into an ADU, but no portion of the existing garage may be converted for use as livable/usable space by the principal dwelling unit.
10: Can I convert my existing attached garage into a JADU?
A JADU is created by converting space within the walls of the principal dwelling unit. Therefore, the garage conversion would have to be the property’s only ADU and could not be considered a JADU. In this situation, for single family property, you could not have any other type of ADU (including a JADU).
11: Can an ADU have its own garage and/or covered patio?
Yes, as long as the garage and/or covered patio proposed meet(s) the necessary size, height, and setback regulations; as well as, the Floor Area Ratio and lot coverage restrictions for the property.
12: Can I absorb the space of an ADU built under the relaxed state regulations into the principal dwelling unit?
No. The relaxed floor area and lot coverage standards are to allow additional housing units to become available, not to allow larger principal dwelling units.
13: Do I have to pay impact fees?
ADUs < 750 sq. ft. in size will not incur park, storm drain, or school impact fees. ADUs larger than this size will still incur these impact fees. Please contact the Public Works Department at (408)-777-3354 or Cupertino Union School District at (408)-252-3000 ext. 61-373 for more information.
14: Will my property taxes increase if I build an ADU?
Yes. The County Assessor appraises all new construction and remodels, including ADUs, at fair market value. Please visit www.sccassessor.org for more information.
15: Do I need a separate water and/or electric meter for my ADU?
Please contact your water provider and/or PG&E to determine whether these are needed.