Senate approves Wieckowski's accessory dwelling unit bill to streamline process

May 22, 2019

SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate today passed SB 13, a significant housing bill authored by Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to remove some of the biggest remaining barriers on homeowners who want to build accessory dwelling units (ADUs), also known as granny-flats, on their property.

“Solving our housing crisis will take a multi-pronged approach, and ADUs play an important role,” said Wieckowski, a member of the Senate Housing Committee and the author of prior legislation that has increased the number of ADUs being built in California.  “Allowing homeowners to contribute to the solution by building accessory units is a great way to increase the supply of more affordable homes. I have worked to streamline the system and we are making progress. More needs to be done to really take advantage of the full potential of these accessory homes.”

SB 13 attacks three of the biggest remaining barriers to accessory dwelling units by:

  • Reducing excessive developer impact fees
  • Granting more oversight authority to the Housing and Community Development Department
  • Providing a pathway to bring unpermitted existing units up to code
  • And eliminating owner occupancy requirements

“SB 13 prohibits local governments from unduly restricting the development of accessory dwelling units – one of the most cost-effective, naturally affordable housing options available to Californians struggling to keep up with rising housing costs,” said Eden Housing President Linda Mandolini.  “It would help the 20,000 households currently on our waiting lists – along with millions of other Californians desperately seeking affordable housing.  As rising housing costs continue to put financial pressure on Californians, forcing millions of residents into ever-longer commutes, overcrowded and unsafe housing, or onto the streets, there is no better time to protect vulnerable tenants and produce more affordable housing.”

SB 13 is supported by the Bay Area Council, California Yimby, California Chamber of Commerce, SV@Home, San Jose Conservation Corps, California Association of Realtors, PrefabADU, Casita Coalition, Eden Housing and several others.

Senator Wieckowski represents the 10th District, which includes southern Alameda County and parts of Santa Clara County.