Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) & Junior Accessory Dwelling Units (JADU) FAQ

In 2020, the State of California updated legislation pertaining to Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and Junior Accessory Dwelling Units (JADU's), formerly referred to as Second Dwelling Units. The City updated the previous ADU Ordinance to comply with State guidelines. 

Adopted Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance No. 1220

Covenants and Agreement for Accessory Dwelling Units and Junior Accessory Dwelling Units 

When an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) or Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit (JADU) is legally created on or after April 16, 2021, a Covenant and Agreement for Accessory Dwelling Unit/Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit Structure (Covenant) shall be required as specified in Brea City Code (BCC) Section 20.208.040(P)(4). Attached is a list of steps necessary to record a Covenant. This checklist should be reviewed with a Planner at the Permit Counter and an unrecorded Covenant must be submitted with your plans. A Covenant will not be accepted unless accompanied by plans submitted for Plan Check.

If you have any questions regarding ADU's in the City of Brea, please contact the Planning Division at 714-990-7674 or