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PLANNING SERVICES DEPARTMENT 411 Main Street (530) 879-6800 P.O. Box 3420 Chico, CA 95927
Accessory Dwelling Unit Permit
Applicant Information Applicant
Project Information Property Address/Location Assessor’s Parcel No(s)
Main Dwelling Size / Stories
Unit Size / Stories
Existing Land Use
Unit No. of Bedrooms
Present General Plan Designation
Required Signature I hereby certify that this application and all other documents submitted are true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief. I also certify that I am the owner of the above property or have attached the owner’s written consent to file this application. I understand that verification of property ownership or interests in the property or application may be required. (Before signing, see the information on page 2 of this application.) Applicant’s Signature
For Office Use Only Application Received By
Application Fee $
Assigned Planner Total Fees $
(Check payable to City of Chico)
Accessory Dwelling Unit Permit Application
City of Chico Planning Services Is the accessory unit:
An attached conversion?
Is the accessory unit:
Is the accessory unit:
Adjacent to a public alley?
A conversion of an accessory structure?
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Over a detached garage?
Describe alley width and condition (e.g. 15' gravel)_____________________________________________________________
Project Architectural Detail Building Square Footage (Main Unit)
Building Square Footage (Accessory Unit)
Construction Type (Main Unit)
Construction Type (Accessory Unit)
Building Height (Main Unit)
Building Height (Accessory Unit)
Roof Style and Pitch (Main Unit)
Roof Style and Pitch (Accessory Unit)
Roofing Material and Color (Main Unit)
Roofing Material and Color (Accessory Unit)
Exterior Wall Material (Main Unit)
Exterior Wall Material (Accessory Unit)
Exterior Wall and Trim Colors (Main Unit)
Exterior Wall and Trim Colors (Accessory Unit)
Type and Location of Mechanical Units (Main Unit)
Type and Location of Mechanical Units (Accessory Unit)
Number of Parking Spaces Provided (Main Unit)
Number of Parking Spaces Provided (Accessory Unit)
Number of Parking Spaces Required (Main Unit)
Number of Parking Spaces Required (Accessory Unit)
Exterior Lighting for Accessory Unit: type, location, height and number (Building, Site, Parking Area, Alley) New Fencing: Location, Material, Color and Height* Briefly describe design (e.g., Contemporary, Mission, Colonial, etc.): Proposed Open Space / Recreation Area(s) for Second Unit: Type, Location and Square Footage
*Note: Continuous fencing or wall between the main and accessory dwelling units is prohibited, unless it includes a gate to allow pedestrian access to the street from both units.
If you have any questions, contact Planning staff at (530) 879-6800. Project Applicants are encouraged to meet with Planning staff prior to submittal. Complete applications which comply with the adopted accessory dwelling unit standards will help to expedite the review process.
Accessory Dwelling Unit Permit Application
City of Chico Planning Services
SITE PLAN CHECKLIST - NEW DEVELOPMENT
The following information is normally required when new development is proposed (not always necessary for conversions of an existing space). Please consult with a planner to determine the information that is necessary for a site plan.
Indication of all adjacent land uses. Location of all structures (including height) and setbacks on adjacent parcels
Workable scale (a graphic scale is preferred)
Dimensions of property lines, acreage and setbacks
Adjacent streets and alleys
Indicate presence, absence and condition of curb, gutter, sidewalk, shoulder paving, and street paving at the property frontage
Existing features: structures and size, landscaping, utility poles, hydrants, street lights, trees (describe size and type, and note whether to be retained or removed)
Footprint and location of new structures
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All walkways (alley-accessed units must provide pedestrian walkway to street frontage)
Location and height of fences and light fixtures
Trash areas with screening
Location of transformer boxes and other utility equipment
Street address of main dwelling unit
Assessor’s parcel number(s)
Name and address of Applicant
Calculations: lot size, floor area, number of parking stalls, landscaped area, lot coverage, parcel size/ area
Parking stalls, driveways and dimensions (including handicapped stall and ramp as applicable) New landscaping: perimeter and interior
City of Chico Planning Services
Accessory Dwelling Unit Permit Application
Requirements for a ADU Permit Application The following items are REQUIRED for a complete application: 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
Completed and Signed Application Form Applicable Fees Written Authorization from the Property Owner (if Applicant is not the Owner) Copy of property Deed or Current Title Report, or Lot Book Guarantee 8½" X 11" (11" X 17" preferred) Site Plan of Proposed and Existing Development. Indicate dimensions and all information pertinent to the proposed project. (See attached Site Plan Checklist) 8½" X 11" (11" X 17" preferred) Building Elevations of Proposed and Existing Development (See attached Site Plan Checklist) 8½" X 11" (11" X 17" preferred) Landscape Plan (See attached Site Plan Checklist) 8½" X 11" (11" X 17" preferred) Floor Plan of the Proposed Accessory Dwelling Unit Color and Material Samples, including roofing, paint, stucco and stain finishes and textures Photos of existing unit
OWNER OCCUPANCY DEED RESTRICTION REQUIRED There is a deed restriction requirement for accessory dwelling approval pursuant to Section 19.76.130 of Title 19 in the Chico Municipal Code. It is intended to ensure owner occupancy of either the main or the accessory dwelling on the subject property, assuming both dwellings are being inhabited. Upon recordation, it becomes a part of the title, informing future property owners of the owner-occupancy limitation. Take the original to the County Recorder’s Office, which is located at the Butte County Hall of Records, 155 Nelson Ave, Oroville CA, then return a recorded copy of the deed restriction to planning staff. The ADU permit is not effective until a notarized copy of the ADU deed restriction is returned to planning staff for inclusion in the project file.
Time Limits Pursuant to Section 19.16.050 of the Chico Municipal Code, the City has thirty (30) days from the date of submittal to determine if an application is complete. *Note: By signing the front of this application form, the applicant is indicating that the project site is not included on any State or local list of hazardous waste sites compiled pursuant to California Government Code Section 65952.5, as amended in January, 1996.
*SAMPLE DEED RESTRICTION* Page 5
When recorded return to: Community Development Director City of Chico P.O. Box 3420 Chico, CA 95927
COVENANT RESPECTING REAL PROPERTY CITY OF CHICO OWNER OCCUPANCY REQUIREMENT FOR PROPERTY WITH A ACCESSORY DWELLING UNIT (ADDRESS ____________, APN _____________) Declarants ___________, as [joint] tenant(s) as fee title owner(s) of the property located at __________, (the “Property”) and described
Declarants have been granted an accessory dwelling unit permit allowing Declarants to maintain a accessory dwelling unit on the Property.
The purpose of this Covenant is to set forth as restrictions on the Property and as covenants running with the land, those conditions of the accessory dwelling unit permit which relate to the use of the two dwelling units on the Property.
NOW THEREFORE, Declarants declare as follows: 1.
The second dwelling unit is restricted to the size, design and location allowed by the terms and conditions of Accessory Dwelling Unit Permit No. ______________ (Name on permit _______________).
At all times that both dwelling units on the Property are occupied, the owner, or one of the owners, of the fee title of the Property shall occupy either the main residence or the accessory dwelling unit.
The restrictions set forth herein shall run with the land and are binding upon the heirs, assigns and successors in interest of Declarants to the property.
The foregoing restrictions may not be revoked or amended without the prior written consent of the City of Chico.
Any violation of the restrictions set forth in this Covenant, or any one of them, is sufficient grounds for the revocation by the City of Chico of the accessory dwelling unit permit authorizing the accessory dwelling unit on the property. Revocation of that permit is in addition to any other remedies that may be available to the City of Chico for a violation of these conditions.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, Declarants have executed this Covenant in the City of Chico, California, on . DECLARANTS * Name 1 _______________________ * Name 2 _______________________ * Name 3 _______________________ *Signature to be notarized
Exhibit I (Adopted 3/20/18, Effective 4/19/18) 19.76.130 Accessory dwelling units. The following definitions, permit requirements, owner occupancy requirements and development standards shall apply to accessory dwelling units. A. Definitions. In addition to the definitions set forth in Chapter 19.04, the following words and phrases shall have the following meanings respectively ascribed to them in this section. 1. “Accessory dwelling unit” means an attached or detached residential dwelling unit which provides complete independent living facilities for one or more persons. It shall include permanent provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking, and sanitation on the same parcel the single-family dwelling is situated. An accessory dwelling unit also includes the following: a. An efficiency unit as defined in Section 17958.1 of the Health and Safety Code. b. A manufactured home as defined in Section 18007 of the Health and Safety Code. 2. “Living area” means the interior habitable area of a dwelling unit, including conditioned basements and attics but not including a garage or any accessory structure. 3. "Main dwelling" means the dwelling unit on the property that is not an accessory dwelling unit. 4. “Public transit” means a transit stop served by at least one publicly provided form of transportation. B. Permit requirements. In the event any conflict should arise between the provisions within this Section and Title 19 of the Chico Municipal Code, the strictest application of the regulations shall apply. 1. Accessory dwelling unit permits. Where a single-family dwelling unit is a permitted use, as set forth in Table 4-2, and a proposed accessory dwelling unit complies with all of the development standards of this section, an accessory dwelling unit shall be pursuant to Chapter 19.19. 2. Use permits. A use permit is required for an accessory dwelling proposed to be located in the SD-4 overlay district. The following findings, in addition to those otherwise required for a use permit by Chapter 19.24, must be made to approve a use permit for an accessory dwelling unit: a. The occupancy of the accessory dwelling unit will not result in excessive noise or traffic that would disturb the existing neighborhood. b. The occupancy of the accessory dwelling unit will not have a significant adverse effect on public services or resources. c. The design of the accessory dwelling unit is compatible with the design of the main dwelling unit and the surrounding neighborhood in terms of size, exterior treatment, height, landscaping, scale and site coverage. C. Owner Occupancy. All accessory dwelling unit permits and use permits allowing an accessory dwelling unit shall be subject to the condition that either the accessory dwelling unit or the main dwelling unit must be occupied by an owner of the property. Such permits shall be Page 1 of 4
Exhibit I (Adopted 3/20/18, Effective 4/19/18) further conditioned to require that each owner of the property sign a covenant acknowledging the requirement that the property be owner-occupied and that the covenant be recorded with the county recorder’s office prior to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy for the accessory dwelling unit. Rental occupancy of unit shall only be on the basis of a rental agreement with a term longer than 30 days. D
1. One accessory dwelling unit per parcel. No more than one accessory dwelling unit shall be allowed on any parcel. 2. Attached or detached. An accessory dwelling unit may be either attached to or detached from the main dwelling unit. 3. Maximum size of accessory dwelling units. The maximum square footage for an accessory dwelling unit shall be as follows: a. 75 percent of the living area up to a maximum of 650 sq. ft. for lots up to 4,500 sq. ft. b. 75 percent of the living area up to a maximum of 850 sq. ft. for lots between 4,501 sq. ft. up to 6,000 sq. ft. c. 75 percent of the living area up to a maximum of 1,200 sq. ft. may be permitted on lots over 6,000 sq. ft. 4. Building height shall be limited as follows: New attached additions shall be the same as the main unit at a maximum of 35 feet. New detached accessory dwelling units shall be a maximum of 25 feet. 5.
Lot coverage shall be as follows: a. 50 percent single story main housing unit. b. 40 percent multi-story main housing unit. c. 50 percent in R1-10, and R1-20.
Accessory dwelling unit setbacks shall be as follows: a. No setback shall be required for an existing garage that is converted to an accessory dwelling unit. b. A 5-foot rear and 3-foot side setback shall be required for an accessory dwelling unit constructed above a garage. c. When a detached accessory dwelling unit is located to the side or rear of a main dwelling unit, the units shall be separated by a minimum of 8 feet. d. When an accessory dwelling unit is adjacent to an alley and constitutes a second story on a garage which has less than a 5-foot setback, the rear yard setback for the accessory dwelling unit shall be the same as the existing setback for the garage.
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Exhibit I (Adopted 3/20/18, Effective 4/19/18) 7. Trash storage. The accessory dwelling unit shall be provided with an outdoor area for the storage of trash and recycling receptacles. That area shall have an all-weather surface and be screened from view by a fence, wall or permanent landscaping. 8. Security lighting Accessory dwelling units located adjacent to an alley shall have a minimum of one outdoor security light for illumination of the alleyway adjacent to the unit. Such lighting shall be shielded and directed downward and away from adjacent properties to ensure that it has a minimal impact on neighboring properties. 9. Walls or fences between units. When an accessory dwelling unit is located behind a main dwelling unit, a continuous fence or wall shall not be installed between the main and accessory dwelling units unless it includes a gate allowing pedestrian access from the accessory dwelling unit to the street. 10. Vehicle access. Vehicle access to a second unit may be from a street or an alley. a. Alley access. When an accessory dwelling unit will be located on a site served by an alley, the accessory dwelling unit shall maintain its primary vehicular access from the alley. Such alley access shall be improved per city standards or alternatively, an in-lieu fee paid. Accessory dwelling units located on the street-access terminus of alleys shall be sited to ensure adequate site distance clearance. b. Vehicle access from street frontage. Driveway surfaces installed to provide vehicle access from a street to a second dwelling unit located on the rear of a parcel shall be constructed with permeable-surface, all-weather materials or shall otherwise be constructed to retain runoff on site. New driveways that extend beyond the rear of the main dwelling unit shall consist of two tire strips or be otherwise designed to be of permeable-surface, all-weather material. 11. Pedestrian access to accessory unit. a. Accessory dwelling units with primary vehicle access from an alley shall also be served with a permeable-surface, all-weather walkway connecting the accessory dwelling unit with the street frontage. The driveway for the main dwelling unit may serve as a portion of this walkway. b. Accessory units created within an existing single-family residence shall include an independent exterior access that is separate from the exterior entrance of the existing residence and complies with the minimum side and rear setbacks for fire safety. 12. Fire protection access. Accessory dwelling units not located adjacent to an alley shall be located so that all sides of the structure are within 150 feet of unobstructed access from the street frontage in order to provide adequate fire protection. Accessory dwelling units shall not be required to provide fire sprinklers if they are not required for the main residence. 13. Parking. In addition to the parking required for the main dwelling unit, one parking space shall be required for each second dwelling unit. a. Parking spaces for the accessory dwelling unit and the main residence may be provided in a tandem parking arrangement on an existing driveway.
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Exhibit I (Adopted 3/20/18, Effective 4/19/18) b. Off street parking shall be permitted in setback areas as set forth in CMC 19.70.060, or through tandem parking, unless specific findings are made that parking in the setback areas or tandem parking is not feasible based upon specific site or fire and life safety conditions. c. When a garage, carport or covered parking structure is demolished in conjunction with the construction of an accessory dwelling unit, those off-street replacement spaces may be located in any configuration on the same lot as the accessory dwelling unit, including but not limited to, as covered spaces, uncovered spaces, or tandem spaces. 14. Parking exceptions. Parking shall not be required for the accessory dwelling unit in any of the following instances: a. The accessory dwelling unit is located within one-half mile of public transit; b. The accessory dwelling unit is located within an architecturally and historically significant historic district; c. The accessory dwelling unit is part of the existing main residence or an existing accessory structure; d. When on-street parking permits are required but not offered to the occupant of the accessory dwelling unit; e. When there is a car share vehicle located within one block of the accessory dwelling unit. 15. Architectural design. Accessory dwelling units shall comply with the following design standards: a. The accessory dwelling unit shall be architecturally compatible with the main dwelling unit or the immediate neighborhood. Compatibility includes coordination of exterior colors, materials, roofing, other architectural features and landscaping. b. The accessory dwelling unit shall be compatible with the scale of adjoining residences and blend into the existing neighborhood. c. All HVAC or other mechanical units shall be placed so they are not in public view or shall be screened from public view by a fence, wall or permanent landscaping. d. Second story windows or doors shall be designed to lessen privacy impacts on adjacent properties. Acceptable techniques to meet this criteria include obscured glazing, window placement at least six feet above floor level and permanent landscaping of sufficient height. (Ord. 2263; Ord. 2280; Ord. 2325, Ord. 2358 §20; Ord. 2364 §400; Ord. 2397 §15, Ord. 2439 §189, Ord. 2494 §55)
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PLAN CHECK CHECKLIST Applicant Name: _____________________________ Address: ___________________________________ File: ______________ Zoning: _______________ Lot Size: _____________ Unit Type: Attached / Detached Municipal Code Requirements Zoning
R1, R2, R3 zoning districts when accessory to a SFR
Max Floor Area
50 percent of the existing living floor area, max increase of 1,200 sq. ft.
75 percent of the living area of the primary unit
Lots up to 4,500 sq. ft.: 650 sq. ft. max Lots up to 6,000 sq. ft.: 850 sq. ft. max
Lots over 6,000 sq. ft. : 1,200 sq. ft. max One space required in addition to parking required for SFR unless ADU qualifies for exemption (see CMC 19.76) New Attached Same as for primary unit New Detached Same as for accessory structures Existing Attached Existing Detached
Same as primary unit No setback required for existing garage that is converted to ADU 5 feet from rear and 3 feet from the side when ADU is constructed above an existing garage When located to the side of primary unit: 8 feet separation required
Lot Coverage Materials/Design Deed Restriction Other Development Standards
Same as for primary unit (35 feet)
New Detached 25 feet Same as for zoning district (see CMC 19.42.030, table 4-3B) The ADU shall be architecturally compatible with the primary dwelling unit or the immediate neighborhood. Includes: coordination of exterior colors, materials, roofing, other architectural features and landscaping. Notarized and recorded copy provided to staff and included in project file. Open Space: 100 square feet of usable open space for each ADU Trash Storage: Provide outdoor storage area on all-weather surface, screened from view Wall or fence between unit: When an ADU is behind the primary unit, no wall or fence shall be installed between the units unless a gate is provided allowing access to the street. Vehicle access: Vehicle access to the ADU may be from the street or alley; when located on a site served by an alley, the ADU shall maintain primary access from the alley. Pedestrian access: provide all-weather walkway connecting the ADU with the street frontage. Fire protection: All four sides of the structure shall be within 150 feet of unobstructed access from the street frontage to provide adequate fire protection. No fire sprinklers are required if not required from primary residence.