An accessory dwelling unit is a small residence that shares a single-family lot with a larger primary dwelling.
• As an independent living space, an ADU is self-contained, with its own kitchen or kitchenette, bathroom and living/ sleeping area. (Garage apartments and backyard cottages are each a type of ADU.)
• ADUs can enable homeowners to provide needed housing for their parents, adult children, grandchildren or other loved ones.
• An ADU can provide older adults a way to downsize on their own property while a tenant or family member resides in the larger house.
• Since homeowners can legally rent out an ADU house or apartment, ADUs are an often-essential income source.
• ADUs help to improve housing affordability and diversify a community’s housing stock without changing the physical character of a neighborhood.
• ADUs are a beneficial — and needed — housing option for people of all ages.