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WHY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE STEEL HOUSE?
Steel houses are buildings with high resistants to earthquakes.
Steel houses are flexible and light. They shake but do not cave in even in most destructive earthquakes.
Mounting period of steel houses are much shorter than traditional buildings. Besides, steel buildings can be disassembled and assembled many times.
Steel houses are produced compatible to all kinds of climate conditions with related heat and static calculations.
Load-bearing system does not corrode or deform due to its high density galvanized steel structure. Steel houses can be used reliably for many years.
WHY FIBER CEMENT IS USED IN FACADE COATING?
Fiber cement, used in facade coating of steel housing, is produced with natural materials and hence, it is environment-friendly.
Fiber cement does not contain asbestos or any material harmful to human health.
Fiber cement, used in facade coating of steel housing, is incombustible, does not melt and helps putting out the fire.
Fiber cement, used in facade coating of steel housing, is not affected from water and its water absorption rate is lower than those of concrete buildings.
Fiber cement has good heat and sound insulation.
Fiber cement provides an elegant appearance with its wooden patterned application and viable housing for people.
Small size steel buildings are perfect for Secondary Dwellings
Introduction and Purpose
(Information from - County of Santa Clara Department of Planning and Development)
This informational handout is intended to familiarize property owners and the public with the
County’s regulations and procedures for building secondary dwellings. It is also intended to
promote interest in the opportunities for constructing new secondary dwellings and to facilitate
those application processes. It also addresses manufactured housing and its potential uses.
The State of California and the County of Santa Clara strongly value and promote secondary
dwellings as a means of meeting the demand for market-rate housing, and for special needs
housing that is affordable to lower income households or that meets specific housing needs.
What is a “Secondary Dwelling”?
A secondary dwelling is a residence or “dwelling unit” that functions independently from the
primary dwelling on the property, with facilities for a kitchen, bath, sleeping quarters and living
area. It is referred to as a secondary dwelling in part because it is subordinate to the primary
dwelling and is limited in size. They are also referred to as ‘granny units,’ ‘mother-in-law units,’
and other terms. State law uses the term ‘second units.’
Why are Secondary Dwellings a Valuable Asset?
Secondary dwellings represent an important means of creating affordable housing, primarily due
to their limited size and use of existing developed properties. They also create less demand on
existing urban infrastructure and services, can make efficient use of space on existing lots, and
newer units typically consume less energy. In many cases, they provide an important means of
housing extended family members, students, young adults, care-givers, and other small
households. Compared to the region's higher priced housing stock, secondary dwellings can be
an important part of a jurisdiction’s strategy to maintain affordable housing and promote infill
development and sustainable land use patterns. They can also provide rental income to the
County’s History of Improving Secondary Dwelling Regulations
The County first adopted secondary dwelling regulations in 1984, and it was one of the first in
the region to do so. Since then, the County has revised its secondary dwelling requirements a
number of times to reduce permitting requirements, for consistency with changes in State law,
and to make allowances for larger, more useful dwellings, while retaining their subordinate
status to the primary dwelling. These program advancements have included:
• Allowing them as a “matter of right” in most situations, without a Special Permit and
public hearing requirement;
• No income and/or asset restrictions for occupants;
• Exempting them from County Green Building requirements (if 1,200 sq. ft. or less in
• Providing certain exemptions from other discretionary approvals such as Design Review;
• Allowing them to be constructed in the front, side, or rear yard with residential setback
Who Can Live in a Secondary Dwelling?
The County places no income or asset restrictions on secondary dwelling occupants, increasing
flexibility for owners. Secondary dwellings are well suited to smaller households, senior citizens,
au pairs, students, those with special housing needs, extended family members, and/or
The County requires that the property owner occupy either the primary or secondary dwelling on
a lot. The County enforces this requirement through a recorded deed restriction. Owners may
occupy the smaller secondary dwelling and rent out the larger residence in response to their
household size, income and/or other factors, or remain in the primary unit. In addition, the
owner occupancy requirement provides on-site and neighborhood benefits such as proper
maintenance, oversight, and security that absentee ownership may not.
Where Are Secondary Dwellings Allowed?
The County Zoning Ordinance allows secondary dwellings in all urban single-family residential
zoning districts and most rural zoning districts, with certain minimum lot size requirements and
other development standards. They are not allowed in R2, Two-Family Residential Districts, or
R3, Multi-Family Districts, where multi-family dwellings are permitted. Not all lots are suitable
for or capable of satisfying the requirements for secondary dwellings, so it is best to inquire with
the Planning Office to determine if a lot qualifies for a secondary dwelling and if it can meet all
applicable standards before submitting for permits.
What Permits Are Required for Secondary Dwellings?
In many cases, the County requires only a building permit for a new secondary dwelling. A
building permit is a type of ‘ministerial’ approval, as opposed to a ‘discretionary’ approval that
requires a public hearing.
Secondary dwellings must be located on approved building sites (see Planning Office brochure
entitled " Building Site Approval" for more information). In addition to a building permit, other
permits may be required, such as septic system permit or sewer connection, encroachment permit
for a driveway, water tank for fire protection, and other similar permits as needed.
The County Zoning Ordinance defines secondary dwellings in Section 2.10.030 and details the
particular requirements and procedures for them in Section 4.10.340. Parking regulations are
contained in Ch. 4.30. These regulations are available on the Planning Office website
(www.sccplanning.org) and at the office’s public service counter.
Secondary Dwelling Regulations in Urban Residential Zones
Certain zoning districts in the unincorporated areas of the County are defined as urban residential
base zones. These include the R1, R1E, RHS, R1S and R3S zones, where secondary dwellings
are allowed. These areas are located in the urban areas of the County, inside city Urban Service
Areas (USAs). In these zoning districts, the size and configuration of allowable secondary
dwellings depends upon the lot size.
For more information contact your County's Department of Planning and Development.