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ADU Builder in Hollywood

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Benefits of building an ADU in Hollywood

Second source of income

Rentals are a great source for creating passive income. There are responsibilities attached to being a landlord, but the benefits of passive rental income, building up your retirement account, appreciation to your house greatly outweigh the possible negatives. When building an ADU on your property you have the choice to either rent for the long term or short term. Short term rentals include listing it on Airbnb or VRBO. These are more seasonal, but you can make 2-3x the money each month than a long term rental. In the city of Hollywood you can rent your ADU for periods shorter and longer than 30 days. If you choose to rent your Accessory Dwelling unit long term, you will have to separate your meter and gas line so you can charge it to the renter. You can save costs by renting it short term and not having to deal with a separate meter or gas line.  

Improve your space

If you decide to build an ADU in Hollywood there are many other options as well. At NEO builders we’ve worked on home offices and yoga studios. The options are endless. Remember your ADU will have its own mailing address and entrance so inviting clients into your studio will be hassle free. Running a business or a short term rental are both great opportunities for an ADU in Hollywood.

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

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Designing ADUs

Designing ADUs

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Steps to building an ADU in Hollywood

  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 Hollywood’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 Hollywood.

  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 Hollywood.

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 home owner to certify all letters.


Once all paper work 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 40-120 days but the city Hollywood has been know to take their time. There is an expedited process but it does cost a bit more.

Understanding Parking at your ADU

You are only required to provide 1 extra parking space per Accessory dwelling unit. This frees up your space considerably. Even if you have a 1200 sqf ADU with 3 bedrooms you only are required to offer one parking space. The great thing about Hollywood is that you probably live within less than ½ mile of a bus stop, train station, or paratransit stop.

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 built 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 accessory 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 Hollywood 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 the other 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. 

JADU vs ADU in Hollywood

A JADU is known as a Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit and is an independent living space created through the conversion of an existing legally permitted bedroom. They are typically very small living units and are up to 500 sqft. You are allowed to add an efficiency kitchen and other necessities.

An ADU or Accessory Dwelling Unit is a larger independent living space either built from scratch or converting a garage into a legal living space. You have to add a kitchen, bathroom, and other amenities and follow all zoning laws. These spaces can be up to 1200 sqft.


Los Angeles has made it easier to build an Accessory Dwelling Unit or convert your Garage into a guest house. NEO Builders takes you by the hand and assists from city planning to finished construction.

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