City of Desert Hot Springs Launches Predesigned Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) to Encourage ADU Construction

DESERT HOT SPRINGS — The City of Desert Hot Springs has announced a new initiative aimed at promoting the construction of detached Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) within the city. In collaboration with the architectural firm YNG, the city has developed a range of Pre-Approved ADU plans
that will simplify the process and reduce costs for property owners who want to build an ADU.

To cater to the diverse needs of property owners, the Pre-Approved ADU plans offer four architectural styles and eight unit sizes. These plans can be customized with different external styles and materials that are compatible with the design of the main dwelling unit. The advantages of utilizing these pre-approved plans include reduced preconstruction fees and an expedited permitting process. By using the prescribed plans, property owners can save time and money. However, additional documents and schematics will be required at the time of submittal.

To assist property owners with the Pre-Approved Plans and permitting process, a comprehensive guidebook has been created and is available on the City of Desert Hot Springs website:

Additionally, two informational workshops will be held in the coming weeks to provide further guidance and address any questions or concerns:

  • Wednesday June 28th, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Council Chambers (English Version)
  • Wednesday July 12th, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Council Chambers (Spanish Version)

Property owners are required to schedule a consultation with the Planning Department to discuss their plans for constructing a new detached ADU. During the consultation, a planner will assess the property’s compatibility with the preferred Pre-approved ADU plan based on lot size and zoning regulations. The Pre-Approved ADU plans are provided free of charge to residents, but certain submittals such as a site plan and possibly a grading plan (dependent on lot configuration) will still be required.
This pioneering project by the City of Desert Hot Springs aims to promote sustainable and affordable housing options while maintaining high-quality construction standards.

For more information and access to the Pre-Approved ADU plans and forms, please
visit the City of Desert Hot Springs website at

For more information, please contact Erick Becerril, Community Programs Manager
at http://[email protected]