New Culver City Standards for ADUs Now in Effect

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are known by many names: “granny flats”, “in-law units”, “backyard cottages”, “secondary units”, and more. ADUs can be an innovative, affordable, and effective option for adding housing in California.

The City of Culver City’s ADU ordinance and current review process for ADUs were updated on January 1, 2020 in accordance with State of California law. All ADUs and Junior ADUs, whether new construction or the conversion of existing space, are required to obtain a City Building Permit and a new, separate address.

Typically more affordable to construct than other homes because they do not require paying for land, major new infrastructure, structured parking or elevators and can give homeowners the flexibility to share independent living areas with family members and others, allowing seniors to age in place

The City has prepared a helpful handout regarding constructing an ADU to answer your questions. Go to

For further questions, please contact the City’s Current Planning Division at (310) 253-5710 and refer to more information online.

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  1. I could locate the ADU ordinance of culver city. Kindly mail a link to me. Above link does not work.

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