Building Small for Big Impact

There’s never been a better time to build an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) in El Dorado County

Key Resources

Jumpstart ADU (JS ADU) is here to support your ADU project

Building an ADU can be overwhelming. Our resources can help you find inspiration, navigate the process, and build your ideal ADU.

Are you a builder or real estate professional?

we want to hear from you!

We would love to hear about your experiences with ADUs, so we can learn how to streamline the process; specifically, in El Dorado County. 

Please use the survey linked below to send us feedback, or email us at

Join our ADU vendor list!

We’re working on a list of preferred vendors for homeowners looking to build an ADU. You can submit your information to be included on the public list, soon to be posted on this site.  

Building an ADU is an investment that will grow with you and your family over time.

Housing Family

A home as you age

rental income

property investment

extra hands

community support

The ADU Process

From your first ADU ideas to setting out the welcome mat, we have everything you need to build an ADU on the Western Slope of El Dorado County. Follow the links below for every step of the way.

Getting Started

How will I use my ADU? What kind of ADU should I build?

Learning the Rules

What can I build on my property? What rules will I have to follow?

Budgeting & Finance

How much will my ADU cost? What options do I have for financing it?


Who do I hire to design my ADU? What design features should I include?


How do I get building and other permits? What does the application include?


Who do I hire to build my ADU? What do I do during the construction process?

Move-in & Renting

How do I rent out my ADU? What rules do I need to follow as a landlord?

The Project Timeline

Typical ADU projects take 12-24 months from initial conception through construction. 


Tell us your thoughts!

Please give us feedback about ADUs in our area. If you leave your contact info, we may be able to get back to you with more information. 

If you’re looking for specific advice or information about your property and ADU, please use the contact information for El Dorado County or the City of Placerville at the bottom of this website. 

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