Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

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For Information on ADU

Email: planner@CityofPaloAlto.org
Phone: 
(650) 617-3117

ADU Ordinance 5507

ADU Handout 2020(PDF, 421KB)

Recent & Upcoming Events

State law adopted in the fall of 2019 led to the City's preparation and adoption of an Interim Urgency Ordinance which was effective until January 31, 2021. Staff presented the new ADU ordinance to City Council on October 5, 2020 and it was formally adopted – replacing the Interim Urgency Ordinance. The new ordinance (5507) was effective 30 days after the second reading of the adopted ordinance on October 26. In the meeting on October 5, Council directed staff to return to the PTC regarding outstanding items that members of the community had requested Council adopt. Currently, staff anticipates going to PTC for a study session of these items in January of 2021.

June 2017 to Present Ordinance Update Meeting Materials

City Council Meetings

Planning and Transportation Commission Meetings

Want to learn more?

Please peruse the ADU resources page to learn more about local, regional and state ADU and JADU policies and approval processes.