Cupertino homeowners invited to attend workshop on accessory dwelling units

The city of Cupertino and Cupertino Chamber of Commerce are holding a workshop this week to educate local residents on the “ins and outs” of building an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) on their property.

The workshop is set to take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16 at Cupertino Community Hall, 10350 Torre Ave.

This year, laws took effect in California that aim to make it easier and less costly for homeowners to create ADUs, also known as granny flats, in-law units, secondary units, backyard cottages and more. In response, the city council recently approved implementing minor revisions in the city’s regulations on ADUs. Guidelines on ADU units in Cupertino, including where they can be built in the city, can be accessed here.

The city and chamber are pitching ADUs as a possible “innovative, affordable and effective option for adding value to your home.” Such units can be used for family members, extra income and tax saving, among other benefits, according to the city.