Available to City of Arroyo Grande Homeowners

ADU Workshops in Arroyo Grande: April 24 or 27th

Attention Arroyo Grande homeowners: Back-to-Back Workshops will be held in the City Council Chambers from 10am-noon on Wednesday, April 24 and Saturday, April 27. Join Smart Share Housing Solutions & Arroyo Grande City planning staff at either of these free workshops to learn more about design, permitting, finance, and construction of ADUs & THOWs:

  • ADU 101--Learn about design, permitting, finance and construction of ADUs and THOWs (75 minutes)

  • ADU 102--have more specific questions for City staff about applications or for lenders about financing options? Stay for ADU 102 (45 minutes)

Both classes will be offered on both dates. Pick the combo that works for you! No RSVP required. 

Council Chambers Address: 215 E Branch Street.

See the website or call the City of Arroyo Grande for more info: 805-473-5400

Smart Share Housing Solutions is pleased to continue its Arroyo Grande–ADU AND THOW community educational workshop program in April 2023 and 2024. Smart Share has an American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant from the City of Arroyo Grande to enhance affordable accessory dwelling unit production in the City. The program aims to: 1) assist lower-income homeowners to produce ADUs; and 2) to create lower cost ADUs that can be rented to lower income residents or family members for affordable rents.

Join the Smart Share mailing list to receive more information on upcoming free community workshops, backyard feasibility visits and other activities. Site feasibility visits and ADU information services will be limited to City of Arroyo Grande homeowners only.


In 2023 we were pleased to welcome over 120 enthusiastic and very interested Arroyo Grande homeowners to our workshops. Attendees received a wealth of information about Design, Permitting, Finance, and Construction of ADUs & THOWs from Smart Share staff and the City of Arroyo Grande City planning staff.

If you missed these workshops and/or would like to review the Presentation, click on the button below for the "How to ADU" Slides:


  • Casita Coalition has a wealth of information regarding "Legalizing Unpermitted ADUs", "ADU Financing Guide For the Homeowners", and "Guide to Garage Conversions" -
  • HelloADU's programs are designed to support homeowners through every phase of the design and construction process creating housing stability for existing homeowners while adding new rental units that are affordable to a median-income tenant:

PROJECT DESCRIPTION. The project has multiple parts over two years, 2023 and 2024.

  1. May/June 2023 - Community Outreach & Education – website information and 5 free public workshops for City of Arroyo Grande homeowners.

  2. Summer/Fall 2023 - Technical, site (backyard) feasibility visits. Funding is available for up to 30 home site visits! Contact us at for the Sign Up Link.

  3. 2024 - Look for more community educational workshops and homeowner feasibility assistance.


An Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is an attached or detached residential dwelling unit that provides complete, independent living facilities for one or more persons, including permanent provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking, sanitation, and parking, and is located on a lot with a proposed or existing dwelling.


Movable tiny houses are typically separate, independent living quarters with the following characteristics:

  • No larger than 400 square feet
  • Mounted on a wheeled trailer frame
  • Includes basic functional areas that support normal daily routines, including a bathroom, kitchen, and sleeping area
  • Designed and built to look like a conventional single-family house
  • Utilizes conventional building materials


Pre-reviewed plans have been drawn by licensed architects and have already been cleared by the building department to be safe. Sets of these plans are available free for Arroyo Grande homeowners and can save thousands of dollars of design fees and reduce permitting and processing costs and time.  The unit sizes range from a 316 square foot studio to a 1,007 square foot two-bedroom unit and are available in four different architectural styles, shown below (L to R): Backyard Craftsman, California Modern, Beach Bungalow, and Coastal Ranch.

For a complete list of the various sizes and design types of Arroyo Grande pre-reviewed plans, see here:
Enter in your address and contact info in the form to get detailed plan sets emailed to you.


Workshop description: ADU workshops are for City of Arroyo Grande homeowners considering constructing an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) in their backyards.

Consider constructing an ADU in the city? Join Smart Share Housing and City planning staff at a workshop to learn more about what's possible and how to do it:

  • Types of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and Tiny Houses On Wheels (THOWs)
  • What's allowed–setbacks, size, height, fees and fee waivers
  • Design–pre-reviewed plans and other designs
  • Cost & financing–be prepared; it may be more than you think
  • Permitting–how to, start to finish
  • Construction–choosing a builder or contractor
  • Rental management–things to consider, e.g. insurance, maintenance, property taxes and finding renters that are right for you

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