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Prefab ADU in Santa Cruz County

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About Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz County, known for its stunning coastline and vibrant community, is an ideal spot for homeowners considering expanding their living space. Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) have become a popular solution to add value and functionality to properties. Prefabricated ADUs (Prefab ADUs) are an efficient and modern approach to this home improvement trend. Abodu, a leading provider of high-quality prefab ADUs, offers various options tailored to the needs and preferences of Santa Cruz County residents.

What are the benefits of having an ADU?

ADUs offer several advantages for homeowners. They can provide additional rental income, accommodate family members, increase property value, and contribute to the community by addressing housing shortages. Moreover, as prefab units are constructed off-site and delivered ready to be installed, they promise a faster, more efficient, and less disruptive building process compared to traditional construction methods.

An Abodu One being installed with a crane.

An Abodu One being installed with a crane.

Santa Cruz County ADU requirements

When planning to build a prefab ADU in Santa Cruz County, you must adhere to specific requirements. The County of Santa Cruz County Planning Department ADU page is the best place to learn about requirements.


How much does an ADU cost in Santa Cruz County?

Estimate fees and costs by using the county’s ADU calculator tool.

Building Permits

How do I get an ADU permit in Santa Cruz County?

Securing an ADU permit involves a review of your property and ensuring your building plans adhere to local zoning and building codes. Santa Cruz County's ADU how-to guide explains the process. You can submit your ADU application and plans online.


What are the top ADU requirements in Santa Cruz County?

California state law requires secondary units separate from the primary residence to have access to basic utilities like water, sewage, and electricity. Additionally, each city within Santa Cruz County has specific requirements for ADU utilities like solar panels and fire sprinklers.


How do I finance an ADU in Santa Cruz County?

You can finance prefab ADU projects through various channels, including home equity loans, personal loans, or savings. Some prefab ADU companies also offer financing solutions, making the process easier for homeowners.

FAQs: Prefab ADUs in Santa Cruz County

Fee schedules for ADU permits in Santa Cruz County vary by city and unit size, but you can expect to pay a few thousand dollars. Find more information on your city's permitting page. Our Abodu Project Managers handle the permitting process for all prefab ADU builds.

California state law mandates a minimum distance of 4 feet between the ADU and a homeowner’s property line.

In Santa Cruz County, the maximum size for newly constructed ADUs is between 800 square feet and 1,200 square feet depending on several factors, including type of ADU, floor area, and number of bedrooms. More details are available on the county’s overview of ADU regulations page or you can enter your address in the eligibility tool for more specific information.

ADUs usually come equipped with several essential appliances, including, but not limited to:

  • Stove or cooktop

  • Refrigerator

  • Oven

  • Dishwasher

  • Washer and dryer

  • Water heater

  • HVAC system

Whether you’re in Aptos, Boulder Creek, Capitola, the city of Santa Cruz, Soquel, or Watsonville, Abodu is ready to help you navigate the process of adding a beautiful, functional ADU to your home.

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