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Accessory Dwelling Unit Owners Survey

February 1, 2024

Impact of Accessory Dwelling Units on Housing Supply in Santa Barbara County to be evaluated in a survey conducted by consulting firm Robert D. Niehaus, Inc. (RDN) on behalf of Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG)

Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG) to survey homeowners about Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) to better understand how they are used, the ownership experience, and their role in the county’s housing market. The survey will be conducted by the consulting firm Robert D. Niehaus, Inc. (RDN).

The construction and rental of ADUs have attracted the attention of policymakers and urban planners.

“To develop accessible, inclusive, and sustainable housing solutions, local cities and the county need to gather feedback from those who have direct experience with ADUs,” said Michael Becker, SBCAG director of planning. “If you own an ADU in Santa Barbara County, we strongly encourage you to participate in this survey, you will soon receive a letter in your mailbox with instructions on how to participate.”

To meet the need for this information, a survey is being conducted, focusing on various aspects of ADU utilization and cost, as well as the challenges associated with obtaining financing, permitting, and construction.

The survey presents a unique opportunity for all ADU owners to voice their views and contribute to better housing policies and guidelines for the development of ADUs throughout the county.

Owners of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in Santa Barbara County will receive a letter in their mailbox beginning Thursday, Feb. 1 containing instructions on how to complete the survey. There are $5,000 worth of incentives offered to those who participate.

The survey period is limited and must be completed by midnight on Sunday, March 17. All submissions are voluntary and confidential. RDN will not disclose any information to SBCAG or any other party that could be traced back to a specific respondent or property.

The survey’s success is contingent on the valuable insights and opinions shared by participants.

For more information about the survey, owners of accessory dwelling units can contact RDN by email at or reach the help desk by phone at (800) 350-4888.

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