CHICO, Calif. — Changes to Chico's building code laws will take effect in January, rendering the existing accessory dwelling unit (ADU) plans available to residents non-compliant. Accessory dwelling units are second dwellings built on a property, either attached to or separate from the existing structure.
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These ADUs have become a popular means of supplementing income through rentals, but have also been a valuable resource in addressing post-Camp Fire housing shortages.
The City of Chico currently offers a catalog of thirteen different approved ADU floorplans that residents can use for free in their own construction, with plans of 496, 599 and 749 square feet. With the new building code changes, each of these existing plans will no longer be compliant and will need to be updated to meet standards. The city is working actively to garner funding to make the necessary updates but still anticipates fewer options being available and a potentially months-long delay before these new plans are available to the public.