FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • Why am I being asked to complete this survey?
    • The Planning Department administers this survey to everyone who builds an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU), as required by the County’s General Plan Housing Element Program 2.9. The purpose of the survey is to gather information about ADUs in Santa Cruz County.

 

  • How will this information be used?
    • The results of this survey will be used for informational monitoring of the ADU program and for developing future ADU policies that better meet the needs of the County’s citizens. Your individual information will not be used; your survey answers will be aggregated with many other survey answers to analyze trends, identify problem areas with our ADU program and develop new policies and processes.
 
  • Will my answers on this survey impact my property’s assessed value or my taxes?
    • No. This survey will be reviewed by Planning Department staff and will not be routed to the Assessor, Tax Collector or any other County department.
 
  • What if I refuse to complete the survey?
    • The survey is voluntary. There is no penalty if you prefer not to fill it out.
 
  • Can I complete the survey but leave my name and/or property information blank?
    • Yes. If you feel uncomfortable identifying your property on the survey, you may fill it out anonymously.  The other information on the survey will still be very useful to the Planning Department.
 
  • What if I am not sure of the exact rent I will charge?
    • Please provide a rough estimate of rent, it is okay if it is not exact.
 
  • What should I write for “tenant type” if I plan to use the ADU for tenants sometimes, and for family members other times over the years?
    • Please write the first tenant type that you will have. 

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* 1. Property Identification (optional – can be left blank)

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* 2. What type of ADU is this?

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* 3. ADU Size (square feet)

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* 4. Number of Bedrooms

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* 5. Estimated rent to be charged (per month)

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* 6. Type of tenant?

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* 7. What has been the biggest barrier to constructing your ADU?

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* 8. Did you find County staff and resources to be helpful during your ADU permit application process?

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* 9. Please describe your answer to Question 8

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* 10. What can we do to improve the ADU permit process?

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