Proposed Revisions to ADU and Additional Bedroom Regulations
Posted on 11/09/2022

Planning Commission & City Council to consider proposed revisions to regulations for ADUs and additional bedrooms within existing dwelling units

 Published November 3, 2022 Updated November 18, 2022

Update (November 18, 2022): The staff report for the City Council meeting is now available for download.

Planning & Building staff will bring a proposed ordinance that revises City regulations regarding accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and adding bedrooms within existing homes to the Planning Commission for review on November 14th, 2022, then to the City Council for approval on November 21st, 2022.

The proposed changes are intended to bring Piedmont’s city code into alignment with new State laws that become effective January 1, 2023.

Proposed revisions to ADU regulations include:

  • Changes to development standards around height and setbacks
  • Allows an ADU to be sold independently from the primary residence if the buyer meets certain criteria
  • Allows for the removal of owner occupancy deed restrictions on ADUs approved before 2020 if the owner accepts a new 15-year deed restriction mandating that if the ADU is rented out, it must be rented to a tenant who meets “very low income” affordability thresholds set by the Association of Bay Area Governments

The proposed ordinance would also create a ministerial process for adding up to two additional bedrooms to an existing dwelling unit in cases where the addition would not require any change to the building’s exterior, allowing the City to approve such a project without a public hearing if it meets certain requirements.

More information about the proposed amendments, applicable State laws, and the full text of the proposed code changes are available in the Planning Commission staff report .

Community members can submit comments regarding the proposed ordinance by email to [email protected], or speak on the item at Planning Commission and City Council meetings in person or via Zoom.

Planning Commission
Monday, November 14th, 2022 5:30pm
Piedmont City Hall, 120 Vista Avenue

City Council
Monday, November 21st, 2022
Piedmont City Hall, 120 Vista Avenue

Both meetings will be broadcast live on KCOM-TV, available to Piedmont residents on Comcast Channel 27, AT&T Uverse Channel 99, or streaming online.

For questions, please contact Planning & Building Director Kevin Jackson at [email protected].