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City Eases Permit Process for In-Law Units
by Alexandra Cannarella
Oct 09, 2018

San Francisco’s program to permit accessory dwelling units, or in-law units, has resulted in just 81 new homes, a low rate City officials are keenly aware of, and trying to fix.

“We acknowledge that the lengthy permitting process and strict building codes are one reason more ADUs have not been built,” Breed wrote in Sept. 3 response to the civil grand jury report. “Through better coordination between City departments, permitting times have already fallen significantly.” To date, 393 units have been approved for construction and the program has received nearly 900 applications for one or more units.