In an effort to accelerate housing construction throughout California, the State legislature passed a series of laws to encourage Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) in single and multi-family neighborhoods. ADUs are an innovative and affordable option for increasing housing within the City. ADUs provide a way for the City to expand its housing stock and may provide additional income for property owners.

The City has responded to the State’s direction by incorporating development standards for ADUs consistent with State law. For more information, please feel free to contact us at (559) 324-2340.

What is an ADU?

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) have gone by many names, including granny flats, in-law units, and secondary units. By definition, an ADU is a self-contained, additional housing unit, on a permanent foundation, that contains a kitchen, bathroom, and a place to sleep. ADUs range in size from 150 square feet for a studio to 1,200 square feet for a unit with multiple bedrooms (see matrix for additional information).

What is a Junior ADU?

Like an ADU, a Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit (JADU) is an additional housing unit on a residential property. JADUs are limited to a maximum of 500 square feet in size and must be contained within the walls of an existing or proposed home. JADUs require an efficiency kitchen (, and may share a bathroom with the main house or include their own bathroom.

Types of ADUs

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Internal Conversion

Built from existing space within the home

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Shares at least one wall with the primary home

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Free-standing structure

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Garage Conversion

Existing garage that is converted to an ADU

Cottage Home Program

If your property has alley access and is within Clovis city limits then the City of Clovis’ Cottage Home Program could be right for you! 

The Cottage Home  Program offers residents an opportunity to construct one of three free streamlined Cottage Home plans on their property with a rear yard facing an alley.

To see if you qualify, visit our website for more information.

Financing for ADUs

The City of Clovis is in partnership with Self-Help Enterprises, a non-profit organization, that is providing financing to eligible propertyy owners seeking funding to build or repair ADUs on their existing single-family lot. The program targets the City of Clovis’ ADU Program/Cottage Home Program.

For more information, download the flyer here, or contact Juan Jaime at Self-Help Enterprises at 559-802-1642 or at

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