Vista ADU Regulations & Zoning

Vista, California

Zip Codes: 92081, 92083, 92084
Neighborhoods: Ocean Hills, Richland

Vista Regulation & Permitting Requirements:

  • ADU SIZE & BUILDING CONSTRAINTS

    What size detached ADU can you build in Vista?

    Vista allows for a detached ADU up to 1200 sqft. 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 Vista? Can you build a 2-story ADU in Vista?

    The height of a detached ADU can be up to 16′, not exceed 1 story, except 2nd story may be approved, provided it is determined the structure is not out of character with the neighborhood and existing primary structure.

    Does Vista allow roof decks on ADUs?

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

    How big can an attached ADU be in Vista?

    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 Vista?

    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, unless above a garage, which would have 5′ side and rear setbacks.

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

    The minimum required distance between structures is 10′ for single story, 15′ for 2-story.

  • ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

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

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

    Does Vista require a soils report for an ADU?

    No, Vista does not mandate soils reports for ADUs.

    Does Vista require coastal development permits?

    No areas are subject to Coastal requirements.

  • MULTIFAMILY

    How many ADUs does Vista allow for multifamily properties?

    Up to two detached accessory dwelling units shall be permitted on a lot with an existing multifamily dwelling.

    Can you stack detached ADUs on top of each other?

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

    Can you attach two ADUs to each other in Vista?

    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 Vista?

    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 VISTA
    Zip Neighborhood 1BR 2BR 3BR
    92081 Ocean Hills $1955 $2175 $2740
    92083 Richland $1725 $1995 $2995

    Source: Rentometer Nov 2021

Vista ADU Projects:

$170,000

Completed
Royal Road
Vista, California 92084
0 Bed • 1 Bath • 600 ft2

$170,000

Completed
Hawley Drive
Vista, California 92084
0 Bed • 1 Bath • 600 ft2

$255,000

Permitting
Lemon Avenue
Vista, California 92084
3 Bed • 2 Bath • 998 ft2

$363

Permitting
Amelia Court
Vista, California 92084
4 Bed • 3 Bath • 1,200 ft2

$170,000

Design
Hilo Drive
Vista, California 92081
1 Bed • 1 Bath • 498 ft2

$215

Design
Elm Drive
Vista, California 92084
2 Bed • 1 Bath • 750 ft2

Vista Regulation & Permitting Requirements:

  • ADU SIZE & BUILDING CONSTRAINTS

    What size detached ADU can you build in Vista?

    Vista allows for a detached ADU up to 1200 sqft. 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 Vista? Can you build a 2-story ADU in Vista?

    The height of a detached ADU can be up to 16′, not exceed 1 story, except 2nd story may be approved, provided it is determined the structure is not out of character with the neighborhood and existing primary structure.

    Does Vista allow roof decks on ADUs?

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

    How big can an attached ADU be in Vista?

    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 Vista?

    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, unless above a garage, which would have 5′ side and rear setbacks.

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

    The minimum required distance between structures is 10′ for single story, 15′ for 2-story.

  • ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

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

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

    Does Vista require a soils report for an ADU?

    No, Vista does not mandate soils reports for ADUs.

    Does Vista require coastal development permits?

    No areas are subject to Coastal requirements.

  • MULTIFAMILY

    How many ADUs does Vista allow for multifamily properties?

    Up to two detached accessory dwelling units shall be permitted on a lot with an existing multifamily dwelling.

    Can you stack detached ADUs on top of each other?

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

    Can you attach two ADUs to each other in Vista?

    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 Vista?

    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 VISTA
    Zip Neighborhood 1BR 2BR 3BR
    92081 Ocean Hills $1955 $2175 $2740
    92083 Richland $1725 $1995 $2995

    Source: Rentometer Nov 2021

Vista ADU Projects:

$170,000

Completed
Royal Road
Vista, California 92084
0 Bed • 1 Bath • 600 ft2

$170,000

Completed
Hawley Drive
Vista, California 92084
0 Bed • 1 Bath • 600 ft2

$255,000

Permitting
Lemon Avenue
Vista, California 92084
3 Bed • 2 Bath • 998 ft2

$363

Permitting
Amelia Court
Vista, California 92084
4 Bed • 3 Bath • 1,200 ft2

$170,000

Design
Hilo Drive
Vista, California 92081
1 Bed • 1 Bath • 498 ft2

$215

Design
Elm Drive
Vista, California 92084
2 Bed • 1 Bath • 750 ft2