Accessory Dwelling Units

In Government Code Section 65852.150, the California Legislature found and declared that allowing accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in zones that allow single-family and multifamily uses provides additional rental housing and is an essential component in addressing California’s housing needs. ADUs are a unique opportunity to address a variety of housing needs and provide affordable housing options for family members, friends, students, the elderly, in-home health care providers, people with disabilities, and others. Further, ADUs offer an opportunity to maximize and integrate housing choices within existing neighborhoods. 


On March 2, 2021 the City Council adopted an ADU Ordinance, providing standards for the development of ADUs on single- and multi-family properties throughout the City. 


Note that development of an ADU is also subject to regulations of the TRPA Code of Ordinances, which includes additional limitations and requirements for ADU development. 

City of South Lake Tahoe ADU Ordinance