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L.A. is making the process of building backyard homes faster with new, pre-approved designs

The city of Los Angeles now has a variety of pre-approved designs that people can choose from to speed up securing permits to build backyard homes, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Friday.

The new initiative gives homeowners access to 20 pre-approved designs available online from 10 different companies. Those who choose a pre-approved layout will be able to reduce the plan check review process from up to six weeks to as little as one day, according to the mayor’s office.

Accessory dwelling units — also known as granny flats or backyard homes —have become critical to L.A.’s ability to build more homes amid the housing crisis, and they make up 22% of newly-permitted units, city officials said.

“This program is about making ADUs more accessible, more affordable, and more beautiful — and making them part of the blueprint of our efforts to tackle our housing crunch and create more affordable communities citywide,” Garcetti said in a news release.

An accessory dwelling unit is a secondary residential unit on a property with a proposed or […]

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