Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) and Junior Dwelling Units


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Size Bathroom required Kitchen Required

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) and Junior Dwelling Units (JADU) Guidelines for Single Family Residential lots

Additional requirements may apply. Please see a Planner.

The following represents a summary of development standards for ADU and JADU, please refer Ordinance No. 2480, of the West Covina Municipal Code for complete standards .

(New) Attached ADU
Max 1,000 sq. ft. OR
50% of the existing primary residence (*which ever is greater)

(New) Detached ADU Max 1,200 sq. ft.

Converting a Permitted Structure

Demo and Conversion (of a legal non-conforming structure)

Limited to size of original structure but cannot exceed 1,200 sq. ft.

JADU (*must be attached) Max 500 sq. ft.

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No, a shared bathroom can be

provided within the main house

No, but it must include an efficiency

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

kitchen (i.e. food preparation counter,

storage cabinets, and a sink)

Side Setback

4'

4'

Existing

Existing

4'

Rear Setback

4'

4'

Existing

Existing

4'

Front Setback

25'

25'

Existing

Existing

25'

Distance between a new ADU and other

10’

10’

N/A

10’

N/A

structures on the same property

Height limitations

The ADU /JADU cannot exceed 16’

New Address allowed

No

No

No

No

No

Number of units allowed Utilities

Only (1) ADU and (1) JADU Must be connected to public utilities, including water, electric, and sewer services. No separate utility connection between the accessory dwelling unit and the main dwelling.

Parking Requirements

1 parking space of 10’x20’ (Not required if within a ½ mile of a public bus stop or transit station or if the accessory structure is a studio.)

No parking required

Driveway Width Location Exterior Access Architectural Style Renting
Owner Occupancy
Updated 12/2021

If the garage is converted into an ADU the driveway cannot be wider than 20’

May NOT be located in front of the

N/A

primary residence *see ordinance for

N/A

N/A

reverse corner lots

The entrance shall be separate from the entrance to the primary dwelling unit

A JADU shall be entirely within a single-family residence.

The exterior materials, colors, roof pitch and architecture shall match the primary unit. Shall not be rented for a term of 30 days or less.
No, Not Required

Yes, The owner of a parcel proposed for a JADU shall occupy as a primary
residence either the primary dwelling or the JADU

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