Solana Beach ADU Regulations & Zoning

Solana Beach, California

Zip Codes: 92075
Neighborhoods: Solana Beach

Solana Beach Regulation & Permitting Requirements:

  • ADU SIZE & BUILDING CONSTRAINTS

    What size detached ADU can you build in Solana Beach?

    Solana Beach allows for a detached ADU up to 850 sqft for units with 1 bedroom, and up to 1000 sqft for 2+ bedrooms. ADUs up to 800 square feet are exempt from lot coverage requirements. (Meaning: You can build an ADU of this size even if you’re maxed out on lot coverages).

    What is the height requirement for an ADU in Solana Beach? Can you build a 2-story ADU in Solana Beach?

    The height of a detached ADU can be up to 16′.

    Does Solana Beach allow roof decks on ADUs?

    No, roof decks are not permitted on detached ADUs in Solana Beach.

    How big can an attached ADU be in Solana Beach?

    The square footage of any attached ADU may not to exceed 50% of the primary dwelling square footage, or 1,200 sqft, whichever is less, but not less than 800 square feet.

    What are the requirements of the exterior of the ADU?

    The exterior roofing, trim, walls, windows and the color palette of the ADU shall incorporate the same features as the primary dwelling unit.

  • SETBACKS

    What is the setback requirement for an ADU in Solana Beach?

    ADUs must have 4′ minimum setbacks from rear and side-yard property lines, with front yard setback per zoning standards. An ADU taking advantage of the 4′ setbacks cannot exceed a height of 16 feet. An ADU exceeding 16′ must comply with the setbacks of the underlying zoning.

    What is the minimum distance the ADU must be from existing structures?

    The minimum required distance between structures is 6′ (eave to eave), with a minimum of 10′ (eave to eave) from the entrance of an ADU if it is facing the wall of another structure on the property..

  • ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

    Does Solana Beach require in-person submission of plans for an ADU?

    Yes, Solana Beach requires in-person submission of plans and does not accept digital applications at this time.

    Does Solana Beach require a soils report for an ADU?

    No, Solana Beach does not mandate soils reports for ADUs.

    Does Solana Beach require coastal development permits?

    Yes, accessory dwelling units developed within the coastal zone are subject to requirements of the Local Coastal Program (LCP).

  • MULTIFAMILY

    How many ADUs does Solana Beach allow for multifamily properties?

    Up to two detached accessory dwelling units shall be permitted on a lot with an existing multifamily dwelling, not to exceed 16′ in height.

    Can you stack detached ADUs on top of each other?

    No, you cannot stack ADUs on top of each other in Solana Beach.

    Can you attach two ADUs to each other in Solana Beach?

    It is currently undetermined if two detached ADUs can be attached to each other; this will be subject to city interpretation.

    Can you convert existing space to an ADU?

    Yes, existing non-livable space may be converted to ADUs (e.g. storage areas and garages). The minimum number of ADU conversions allowed is one, up to a maximum equal to 25% of the number of existing multifamily units. This is in addition to the allowed number of detached ADUs.

  • PARKING

    What is the parking requirement for an ADU in Carlsbad?

    A parking space is not required for an ADU in any of the following instances:
    o Within a one-half mile walking distance from public transit, which includes bus stops.
    o Within an established historic district.
    o Converted from the existing space of a primary residence or accessory structure, or are attached to an existing or proposed primary residence.

    Where can a parking space be located?

    If a parking space is required, it may be located within the setbacks and in an existing driveway as tandem parking. Parking spaces don’t need to be replaced when a garage, carport, or covered parking structure is demolished in conjunction with the construction of an ADU or converted to an ADU.

  • RENT RATES

    How much will an ADU rent for in Solana Beach?

    Below are median rental prices by zip code and bedroom count. Be sure to run comps for your specific area or check with a realtor.

    RENT RATES IN SOLANA BEACH
    Zip Neighborhood 1BR 2BR 3BR
    92075 Solana Beach $2120 $3350 $4225

    Source: Rentometer Nov 2021

Solana Beach ADU Projects:

$185,000

Design
Punta Baja Drive
Solana Beach, California 92075
1 Bed • 1 Bath • 420 ft2

Solana Beach Regulation & Permitting Requirements:

  • ADU SIZE & BUILDING CONSTRAINTS

    What size detached ADU can you build in Solana Beach?

    Solana Beach allows for a detached ADU up to 850 sqft for units with 1 bedroom, and up to 1000 sqft for 2+ bedrooms. ADUs up to 800 square feet are exempt from lot coverage requirements. (Meaning: You can build an ADU of this size even if you’re maxed out on lot coverages).

    What is the height requirement for an ADU in Solana Beach? Can you build a 2-story ADU in Solana Beach?

    The height of a detached ADU can be up to 16′.

    Does Solana Beach allow roof decks on ADUs?

    No, roof decks are not permitted on detached ADUs in Solana Beach.

    How big can an attached ADU be in Solana Beach?

    The square footage of any attached ADU may not to exceed 50% of the primary dwelling square footage, or 1,200 sqft, whichever is less, but not less than 800 square feet.

    What are the requirements of the exterior of the ADU?

    The exterior roofing, trim, walls, windows and the color palette of the ADU shall incorporate the same features as the primary dwelling unit.

  • SETBACKS

    What is the setback requirement for an ADU in Solana Beach?

    ADUs must have 4′ minimum setbacks from rear and side-yard property lines, with front yard setback per zoning standards. An ADU taking advantage of the 4′ setbacks cannot exceed a height of 16 feet. An ADU exceeding 16′ must comply with the setbacks of the underlying zoning.

    What is the minimum distance the ADU must be from existing structures?

    The minimum required distance between structures is 6′ (eave to eave), with a minimum of 10′ (eave to eave) from the entrance of an ADU if it is facing the wall of another structure on the property..

  • ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

    Does Solana Beach require in-person submission of plans for an ADU?

    Yes, Solana Beach requires in-person submission of plans and does not accept digital applications at this time.

    Does Solana Beach require a soils report for an ADU?

    No, Solana Beach does not mandate soils reports for ADUs.

    Does Solana Beach require coastal development permits?

    Yes, accessory dwelling units developed within the coastal zone are subject to requirements of the Local Coastal Program (LCP).

  • MULTIFAMILY

    How many ADUs does Solana Beach allow for multifamily properties?

    Up to two detached accessory dwelling units shall be permitted on a lot with an existing multifamily dwelling, not to exceed 16′ in height.

    Can you stack detached ADUs on top of each other?

    No, you cannot stack ADUs on top of each other in Solana Beach.

    Can you attach two ADUs to each other in Solana Beach?

    It is currently undetermined if two detached ADUs can be attached to each other; this will be subject to city interpretation.

    Can you convert existing space to an ADU?

    Yes, existing non-livable space may be converted to ADUs (e.g. storage areas and garages). The minimum number of ADU conversions allowed is one, up to a maximum equal to 25% of the number of existing multifamily units. This is in addition to the allowed number of detached ADUs.

  • PARKING

    What is the parking requirement for an ADU in Carlsbad?

    A parking space is not required for an ADU in any of the following instances:
    o Within a one-half mile walking distance from public transit, which includes bus stops.
    o Within an established historic district.
    o Converted from the existing space of a primary residence or accessory structure, or are attached to an existing or proposed primary residence.

    Where can a parking space be located?

    If a parking space is required, it may be located within the setbacks and in an existing driveway as tandem parking. Parking spaces don’t need to be replaced when a garage, carport, or covered parking structure is demolished in conjunction with the construction of an ADU or converted to an ADU.

  • RENT RATES

    How much will an ADU rent for in Solana Beach?

    Below are median rental prices by zip code and bedroom count. Be sure to run comps for your specific area or check with a realtor.

    RENT RATES IN SOLANA BEACH
    Zip Neighborhood 1BR 2BR 3BR
    92075 Solana Beach $2120 $3350 $4225

    Source: Rentometer Nov 2021

Solana Beach ADU Projects:

$185,000

Design
Punta Baja Drive
Solana Beach, California 92075
1 Bed • 1 Bath • 420 ft2