Before you create your building plans, we highly recommend you meet with a City Planner to make sure the project location and concept complies with the Zoning Code. Please bring these items:
For questions, speak with a Public Works representative by calling 408-535-3555.
Step 3: Will your project require a Variance from the Fire Department?
In the event of an emergency, it's important that emergency responders can quickly find and access the ADU. The Bureau of Fire Prevention staff will evaluate your ADU project for compliance with the California Fire Code (CFC), including these items:
Preparing building plans involves technical codes and regulations, and homeowners are advised to hire a professional to draw their plans. City staff will not process an inaccurate or incomplete plan submittal; they will inform you of the needed information and ask you to resubmit the plans.
For details on what the plans should include, see Bulletin #211 - ADU Building Plans Submittal Checklist.
For information on who can apply for a building permit and submit the plans, see our bulletin, How to Get a Building Permit.
Your ADU Plan Submittal Package requires these items: