ADU Basics

The City of Woodland Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance follows State regulations.

Do I need to hire a contractor?

  • The City of Woodland strongly encourages the use of a contractor/architect when building an ADU on your property.  
  • For information on how to find a reputable contractor visit: Contractor Information

What are the basic requirements of an ADU?

ADUs are defined as complete independent dwelling units that have permanent provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking, and sanitation located on the same property as a single-family home. Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are also known as second dwelling units, in-law units, granny flats, and/or mother-in-law quarters.  ADUs may either be attached or detached from the primary home and/or include a conversion of existing legal space on the property. 

  1.  ADUs require a separate exterior entrance. 
  2.  ADUs require a kitchen.
    1. Kitchen Sink
    2. Food Preparation Counters
    3. Food Storage Cabinets
    4. Refrigerator
    5. Stove Top or Range Oven
  3. ADUs require a sanitation facility (bathroom).
    1. Bathroom Sink
    2. Toilet
    3. Shower or Shower/Tub
  4. ADUs should match or complement the architectural style of the primary dwelling. 

Junior Accessory Dwelling Units (JADU) may have different requirements. Please refer to the JADU Page.

Planning to build an ADU on a multi-family lot?

  • A multi-family lot may have up to two detached ADUs that are under 800 square feet, have side and rear setbacks of at least 4 feet and are under 16-feet to the peak or portions that are not used as livable space may be converted to livable space (ADU) if the unit meets fire/life safety and building code standards.
  • Contact Planning or reference the City of Woodland ADU Ordinance for more information on ADUs located on multi-unit development sites. 

Planning to build an ADU in a historic district?

  • An ADU to be constructed on a lot that has an identified historical resource listed on the federal, state, or local register of historic places must comply with all applicable ministerial requirements imposed by the Secretary of Interior.

Planning Division Public Consultation Hours

Planning Staff are generally available to assist the public at the Community Development Department Public Counter: Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00am- Noon and 1:00pm- 2:00pm, or by appointment.

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