Long Beach OKs New Rules for Building Granny Flats

Long Beach homeowners and prospective homebuyers should be aware that the City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved new rules and fees regarding the construction of accessory dwelling units, better known as granny flats.

A lot of our clients have asked whether their property qualifies for an ADU, the construction and parking restrictions on qualified properties and getting a permit for illegal granny flats.

This council vote follows the signing of two bills, SB 229 and AB 494, which clarified state regulations of ADUs. The most significant change was that cities cannot require a property owner to provide more than one off-street parking space per new dwelling unit or bedroom. However, the city can institute exceptions for properties in the Coastal Zone or city-designated impacted parking areas.

These new state laws are effective Jan. 1.

Long Beach city council members made the following tweaks during the second reading of the city’s rules governing ADU construction, which are effective Jan. 19.

  • Increase the minimum lot size required to 5,200 square feet
  • Increase the required open space on the property to 30 percent of the ADU’s gross area
  • Reduce an ADU’s size to 50 percent of the gross floor area of the primary dwelling
  • Require off-street parking for ADUs within Impacted Parking Districts and neighborhoods that require parking permits on-street parking
  • Require a covenant to ensure the primary dwelling on the property is owner occupied, the ADU cannot be sold separately and a prohibition on using ADUs as short-term rentals.

State law also requires cities to allow ADUs in single-family zones and allows cities to permit them in multi-family zones. City staffers determined that nearly all Long Beach residential properties eligible for ADUs are within a half-mile of public transit stops, namely Long Beach Transit.  Therefore, most homeowners will not have to provide any off-street parking for tenants of newly-constructed accessory dwellings.

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Shannon Jones has been selling real estate since 1998 and specializes in listing and marketing homes. She has consistently been one of the top Realtors in the Long Beach area. Prior to her award-winning career in real estate with the Shannon jones Team, Shannon has had successful careers in journalism and public relations. She holds a bachelors degree from UC Irvine and a masters degree from UC Berkeley. Shannon holds E-Pro, CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert), and PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) certifications. Shannon is very personable and maintains a very strong moral compass, always putting the best interest of home buyers/sellers above monetary goals. A California native, Shannon enjoys gardening, travel, reading, cooking and poker when she’s not selling homes MY DESIGNATIONS Lic# 01247705 | CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) | E-Pro | PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) MY SERVICE AREAS Anaheim Bellflower Buena Park Carson Cerritos Cypress Downey Fountain Valley Garden Grove Huntington Beach La Palma Lakewood Long Beach Los Alamitos Los Angeles County Norwalk Orange County Rossmoor San Pedro Seal Beach Signal Hill South Bay Westminster

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