EVALUATE YOUR LOT

  • To identify the optimal location for your ADU, assess your lot’s legal boundaries, zoning restrictions, topography, and adjacent features, culminating in a Site Plan drawing necessary for obtaining a building permit.

HIRE A GENERAL CONTRACTOR

  • Secure a contractor early to ensure a smooth construction process. Once the contractor is procured, they will oversee the entire building process using the detailed House Plans provided. We are available for any questions or clarifications.

HAVE YOUR SITE PLAN CREATED

  • The City mandates a review of the ADU project for land use and zoning codes, necessitating the creation of a unique Site Plan for each lot. Your contractor can organize this plan, incorporating a topographical survey detailing legal boundaries, road frontage, topography, utility locations, flood hazard areas, stormwater management, hard surfaces, and existing structures on the property.

GET YOUR SOILS TESTED & HAVE THE FOUNDATION DESIGN CONFIRMED

  • Each project site’s uniqueness in soils and topography requires confirmation of the ADU’s foundation layout through a site-specific assessment. Engage a soils engineer to test your site’s soils,
  • For the Ascension Home foundation, the foundation manufacturer will organize this process with your GC. Expect a project service fee of around $1,500. While the manufactured foundation installation is swift, obtaining confirmed components can take up to eight weeks, so ordering in advance is advisable.
  • For an ADU with a slab-on-grade foundation, an engineering review is also necessary, managed by your General Contractor with associated fees typically amounting to a few hundred dollars.

APPLY FOR A BUILDING PERMIT

  • Once the site plan is ready, your Contractor can initiate the permit process by submitting an application on the City’s Building Permit Portal, along with the site plan, complete ADU drawing set, and necessary documents such as a certificate of workers’ compensation insurance. During the review, the City may request clarifications, and your General Contractor will manage communication

CONSTRUCTION BEGINS  

INSPECTION AND MOVE IN

  • Your contractor will schedule essential rough-in inspections with the City throughout the construction process. Once all final inspections are completed, you can apply for a Certificate of Occupancy, which will be issued by the City upon successful completion of all inspections.

See How to Get Your ADU Built for more detailed steps.