Accessory Dwelling Units Application Process
Are you looking for general information on ADUs and Legalization? Please visit this page.
ADU staff is now available to conduct all reviews for ADU and Legalization permit submittals. Comments will be provided at the 5th floor counter or within five business days. They will also field all general inquiries on ADU and Legalization permits, including preservation-related questions. You may also email your ADU/ Legalization inquiries to CPC.ADU@sfgov.org
Limited Holiday Hours
Counter 38 will have the following limited hours for the winter holidays:
- Mon, December 24: 10am – 12:15pm, 1pm – 3pm
- Tues, December 25: CLOSED
- Wed, December 26 through Fri, December 28: 10am – 12:15pm, 1pm – 3pm
- Mon, December 31 and Tues, January 1: CLOSED
Regular hours will resume on January 2, 2019.
Questions related to Preservation are reviewed
Mon / Tue / Thur / Fri
from 8AM to 10AM
or by emailing CPC.ADU@sfgov.org
Or Make an Appointment Online
In addition, we offer appointment-based preliminary plan review opportunities. This is similar to a Planning Department project review meeting. This optional appointment-based plan review is offered only prior to permit filing. We will not review projects at the Intake review stage for filing/submittal at these appointments. Preliminary plans are required for comprehensive review and feedback for your project.
Pre-Application Meeting with Building and Fire
Starting August 27, 2018, Planning began joining Building and Fire at DBI's Preapplication meetings for ADUs. If you schedule a Preapplication meeting for an ADU, at this time it is mandatory for Planning to join these meetings. Be sure to include key Planning inquiries in your notes, including Code, policy and preservation. Please view DBI's Preapplication materials here.
- Look up your zoning information on the Property Information Map.
- Accessory Dwelling Unit Checklist
- ADU Plan Checklist
- Legalization of Unauthorized Units Checklist
- All permits at intake also require the Project Application Form
For more information
If you have questions about the program, please contact staff at: