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Apple Valley Town Council expands allowances for second dwelling units

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. — On March 27, 2019, the Town of Apple Valley announced the council unanimously approved to expand the opportunities for construction of accessory dwelling units in Apple Valley.

This was necessary to comply with new State law requirements.

Also known as a granny house or a second home, accessory dwelling units (ADUs) can provide independent living for family members or others in need of affordable housing.

In October of last year, the Town Council discussed development standards for ADUs and noted that the size restrictions placed upon ADUs may be overly restrictive particularly for larger parcels. The Council requested the Planning Commission review the issue and forward a recommendation back to them. Last month, the Planning Commission recommended an amendment to the Development Code to increase the minimum size for ADUs and other accessory structures based upon lot size. 

At its March 26 meeting, the Town Council adopted Ordinance No. 502, providing for changes to Title 9 “Development Code” of the Town Municipal Code by modifying Chapter 9.29 “Specific Use Regulations” as it pertains to accessory structures and accessory dwelling units.

Highlights of the new ADU rules include:

  • Effective date April 26, 2019
  • Maximum size of the ADU is 50% of the footprint of the primary house, or 30% when attached to the primary house. Bigger units may be permitted on lots one acre or larger.
  • Property owner must live on the property.
  • The second house cannot be sold separately but can be rented out and have separate utility meters.
  • Sewer may be required for properties under one acre in size.
  • Building permits are required.

For additional information, please visit or contact the Planning Department at (760) 240-7000, ext. 7200.

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