FAQ Topic: Planning

Startup costs

Lawyer for partnership agreement/lease review Filing fees—business license, permits, fictitious name Design of logo or other graphics Printing brochure, letterhead, flyers, etc Development of website Market research Telephone system/answering machine Utilities Rent or purchase of a building Insurance Advertising Board of Equalization bond Laundry and cleaning Directories for customer contact File incorporation papers Association dues … Continued

Startup basics

Prepare a business plan Get a business license Obtain a sellers permit File a fictitious business name Draft a partnership agreement or incorporate with the Secretary of State Open a checking account Talk with an accountant about bookkeeping Set up bookkeeping systems Research insurance needs Develop rate structure Develop brochure, logo and/or website Draft contracts … Continued

Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit (JADU)

A unit that is up to 500 square feet in size and is contained entirely within an existing single-family structure. A JADU must have an efficiency kitchen and a separate exterior entrance, and may include separate sanitation facilities, or may share sanitation facilities with the primary residence.


The unit is attached to the primary residence as an integrated addition with an independent entrance.


The unit is separate from the primary residence as either a newly constructed detached accessory structure or as the conversion of an existing detached accessory structure (i.e. detached garage).

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