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ADU Builder in Azusa

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Benefits of building an ADU in Azusa

Second source of income

Most homeowners understand the possibility of creating steady passive income through rentals. If you started your journey renting, its easy to imagine the benefits of becoming a landlord. When building an ADU you have the choice of long term rentals or short term. With online services like Airbnb increasing city tourism, some ADU owners are doubling monthly income. In the city of Azusa you can rent your ADU for periods longer then 30 days. If you do choose to rent your accessory dwelling unit long term, it will have a separate meter and gas line so you will know exactly how much energy your tenant uses.

Improve your space

If you choose not to rent your ADU in The City of Azusa there are many other options, we have built home offices and yoga studios to name a few. Remember your ADU will have its own mailing address and entrance, so inviting clients to your studio is hassle free and running a business is simple!

Family Flexibility

A majority of homeowners use their new space as a private living quarters for their loved ones and friends. Originally these ADUs were called grannyflats, there purpose was to house aging parents. This could be beneficial for both parties, with senior housing becoming more expensive, we have seen a high demand for older family members to live close to home with the privacy of their own space.

Rent Your ADU

Rent Your ADU

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Garage Conversions

Garage Conversions

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ADU Builders

ADU Builders

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Designing ADUs

Designing ADUs

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Steps to building an ADU in Azusa

  1. Free Phone/In Person consultation to determine what the size of the project can legally be.

  2. Meet with an Architect and Designer to make sure you have the elements you want in your ADU and that it is built to the city of Azusa's expectations. This is a very important meeting and cannot be skipped. Let NEO Builders help you work with one of our Architects so is ready to work with you today.

  3. Plan submittal to the city. We submit the plans to the city, you pay for the permits, and we begin the prep work to build your ADU!

  4. Building your ADU. This is the least stressful part of the process because you are working with NEO Builders. We create these ADUs to your specifications and we are one of the most trusted builders in Los Angeles County and within Azusa.

  5. Final inspections. We walk the inspectors through your property to ensure that it is correct to city code.

  6. Renting or living in your new unit!

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What should you keep in mind in the planning stage of your ADU?

Since January 2020 it has become much simpler to get plans approved by the city of Azusa.

All plans need to include “Site Plan” showing location size and setbacks of all existing and proposed structures. The site plan must also have dimensions of easements/right of ways on the property. The floor plan and building elevations will come in place. Utility easements will be important and should be discussed in the first meeting with the general contractor.

Clients must have Deed restrictions and provide proof of recordation; this can be done by the architect but would need the homeowner to certify all letters.


Once all paperwork is recorded the draftsman will submit complete plans with required structural and energy reports to the building and safety division for review. This process should take around 120 days, but the city Azusa has been known to take their time. There is an expedited process, but it does cost a bit more.

Understanding Parking at your ADU

1 extra space per ADU, that means even if you have a 1200 sqf ADU with 3 bedrooms you are only required to offer one parking space. The good things is, if you are one of the many that live within ½ mile from a bus stop, train station, or paratransit stop you will not be held to parking enforcement.

Setbacks are an important part of planning your ADU

Five feet shall be required from the side lot line which means no ADUs can be build on the corner of the lot. There is also a 10 foot setback from rear lot line and the street. No setback shall be required for a legally established existing garage that is converted to an accessory dwelling unit or into part of an accessary dwelling unit. Homes with rear alley ways will have easier times with set back. Please make sure to ask about us about alley ways.


Unit size has grown over the years, In January 2020 the maximum size of an ADU in the city of Azusa is 1200 square feet. The increased floor area of an accessory dwelling unit shall not exceed 50 percent of the existing living area.


Passageway to the main entrance of the ADU is defined as a pathway that is unobstructed clear to the sky and extends from the accessory dwelling unit main entrance to the street. An accessory dwelling unit that is placed 15 feet or less from a residential unit on the same parcel shall not have windows that directly face windows in theother unit.

Title 24 in California

Title 24 is California building energy efficiency standers. California energy code is designed to reduce wasteful and unnecessary energy consumption in newly constructed buildings. The states energy commission updates the building standers every three years by working with public stakeholders.

All ADUs that are permitted after January 1st 2020 must comply with 2019 Title-24 standards.

New building energy standards will help reduce wasteful and inefficient consumption of energy. The new ordinate is specific about water heaters, high performance attics, walls and windows. Every set of plans will come with window schedule, this will be discussed in your meeting with our architect. 

Occupancy and Rent in Azusa

Unfortunately, the city of Azusa doesn’t want short term rentals like Airbnb, the laws of the city clarify, ADUs may be rented for terms longer than 30 days.

The property owner shall comply with Section 14-352 and Section 18-703


Working with NEO Builders will give you piece of mind and expedited plans, We not only have a working relationship with the City of Azusa but specialize in ADU Building.

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