In an attempt to ease housing pressures, Santa Barbara County has streamlined its permit process for secondary residential dwellings ​— ​called accessory dwelling units, or ADUs. ADUs located within an existing building or within a portion of an existing or a new building will be granted exemptions or will require what’s called a “zoning clearance.” Previously, those proposing ADUs were required to obtain land-use and building permits. The county is providing a one-year grace period for anyone with a land-use permit to obtain a building permit. Otherwise, permits issued before August 14, 2019 will become invalid.


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