The City of Alameda Wants You to Have a Backyard Cottage (ADU)!

On September 27, 2016, Governor Brown signed three bills into law (AB 2299, SB 1069, and AB 2406), which modify State regulations related to accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in Government Code Section 65852.2.

On April 10, 2017, the City of Alameda Planning Board held a study session to discuss proposed amendments to the Alameda Municipal Code (AMC) to bring the zoning ordinance into compliance with the new State laws.

In May of 2017, the Planning Board met again to discuss and finalize the amendments to the City of Alameda Zoning Ordinance (AMC Chapter 30), which now make it possible for Alameda to enjoy the benefits of backyard cottages and tiny homes.

In short, these new regulations make it easier than ever to increase the the useable living space of your home, add value to your property, and create a viable housing opportunity for family, friends, or tenants- all while maintaining the unique neighborhood feel of Alameda that we love. Permitting and building accessory dwelling units, also know as ADUs in Alameda is our specialty.

This City of Alameda ADU checklist will help us determine if your property is a viable candidate for an Alameda Tiny Home.