Where Can I Build an ADU?
Most accessory dwelling units are built as standalone structures in your yard, but they can also be partially attached to your home, built over your garage, or even as a garage remodel.
The laws regarding ADU construction in Oakland are still changing, to feel free to contact us to make sure that your planned placement is viable.
What Can I Use an ADU For?
ADUS are perfect as rental properties, backyard studios, backyard offices, housing for aging parents, and more. They can also be used for entertaining space, including backyard bars, upscale “she-sheds,” or pool houses. Finally, ADUs make great flexible spaces that can be used as a guest room one week, storage the next, and entertaining space after that. The choice is yours!
What Are The General Restrictions on ADU Construction in Oakland?
Oakland makes it easy to build an ADU that is 800 sqft or less, 16 feet in height or less, and set back from the side and rear property lines by at least 4 feet. While East Bay Mud doesn’t require a separate meter, PG%E typically requires a separate gas meter. The fire marshal also requires detached ADUs to have a separate address, so many homeowners opt for separate meters for the property.
Learn more about Oakland’s current restrictions and guidelines for ADUs »