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ADUs in Los Angeles: The Ultimate Guide for 2024

Accessory Dwelling Units – or ADUs – are exploding in popularity across Los Angeles, and for good reason. These versatile secondary homes can boost property value, generate rental income, or give family members a place of their own. But, navigating the often-complex rules around ADU building in LA can be tricky.

That’s where this guide comes in. We’ll break down the key 2024 updates to Los Angeles ADU regulations, walk you through the full construction process, and explain why a specialized design-build company like 360 Builders is your best bet for a seamless ADU project.

Understanding Los Angeles ADU Regulations in 2024

Recent changes to California state law and local ordinances have made building an ADU in Los Angeles easier than ever. Here are the highlights:

  • Zoning: ADUs are now permitted in most residential zones across LA.
  • Parking: If you’re within a half-mile of public transit, you likely won’t need to provide additional parking for your ADU.
  • Setbacks: Minimum setbacks (distance from property lines) have been reduced for many lots, allowing greater buildable space.

For the most up-to-date and lot-specific rules, always check with the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS).

The Step-by-Step ADU Building Process

  1. Planning & Design: Partnering with a design-build firm like 360 Builders streamlines this phase. We’ll discuss your goals, evaluate your lot, tailor a design, and handle the initial permit applications.
  2. Site Preparation: This includes any necessary grading, foundation work, and utility connections.
  3. Construction: The framing, roofing, interior finishes, and all the intricate details bringing your ADU to life.
  4. Final Inspections & Occupancy: LADBS will inspect your completed ADU, and with approvals in hand, you’re ready to move in or welcome tenants!

ADU Cost Breakdown and Financing Options

ADU costs in Los Angeles vary greatly depending on size, finishes, and site conditions. At 360 Builders, we provide transparent pricing and work with you to find a budget that aligns with your vision.

Several financing options exist:

  • Home Equity Lines of Credit (HELOCs)
  • Construction Loans
  • Cash-Out Refinancing

Why Choose 360 Builders for Your Los Angeles ADU

Our design-build approach means a single point of contact throughout your project. This eliminates the miscommunications and delays common when working with separate architects and contractors. We’re experts in navigating LA’s ADU landscape and offer:

  • In-house design for personalized ADUs
  • Established permitting processes with LADBS
  • High-quality construction and craftsmanship
  • Transparent timelines and communication

Ready to Unlock the Potential of Your Property?

An ADU can be a transformative investment. Let 360 Builders guide you through the process. Contact us for a free consultation and discover how we can make your Los Angeles ADU dream a reality.

360Builders is a Los Angeles based construction company specializing in new construction and multi-family ADUs. We pride ourselves on providing safe, cost-effective solutions to all our customers’ construction needs.


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