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Posted on: July 8, 2021

City Temporarily Waives ADU Fees to Stimulate Affordable Housing Production

ADU Fee Waiver Pilot Program

In an effort to spur the construction of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU's) to help the City meet its State-mandated share of providing affordable housing units without relying solely on more housing developments, the City of Yorba Linda is temporarily waiving all City plan check and permit fees associated with ADU projects. Commonly known as "granny flats" or "second units," ADUs tend to be relatively small with modest amenities, making them a more affordable option for seniors, students, caretakers, young families, and people with disabilities.

Through considerable public outreach, ADUs have been identified as an attractive gentle-density option for providing and distributing small, affordable units throughout single-family districts in the community. Because California State law now requires jurisdictions, such as Yorba Linda, to allow for nearly every residential property to construct at least one ADU and one Junior ADU, encouraging this type of construction helps the City meet its Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) obligation of planning for 2,415 new housing units through 2029. Additionally, by maximizing ADU production, the City will have more flexibility and control over new housing developments to meet the remainder of the RHNA obligation.

By waiving City plan check and permitting fees, residents constructing an ADU on their property will save approximately $4,500. However, these fees will be reinstated after June 30, 2023. For more information or to begin a project, please visit the City's Planning division webpage.