Why DID the City start this program?
Additional dwelling units will increase affordable housing options in the City. We want to create safer living arrangements and support multigenerational family arrangements. Our goal is to provide more chances for homeowners to age in place and stay in their homes. An additional dwelling may provide needed income, or a place for a supportive relative to live, or a place with more accessibility for the homeowner. These units offer an opportunity to use existing infrastructure to achieve the City’s housing goals.
What if I sell my home?
If the new owner would like to use the additional dwelling unit as a rental unit, they will need to live on the property. They also must continue to register the unit with the rental registry.
What if there is already an unpermitted additional unit in my home?
We want to help homeowners bring existing units up to code. If you are eligible for the program, and your current unit can meet all of our criteria, you can apply to have it permitted as a rental unit.
What do I do if my property is in the FEMA Flood Zone?
You must be able to show that the lowest elevation of the building (the "Top of Bottom Floor" on your elevation certificate) is above the Base Flood Elevation (BFE) to be eligible for the ADU program. An Elevation Certificate will show the BFE. You may want to check your mortgage documents for this information. If you need to obtain an Elevation Certificate for your property, Elevation Certificates are prepared and certified by a Licensed Land Surveyor, Registered Professional Engineer or Registered Architect who is authorized by state or local law to certify elevation information. There is a useful FEMA website that explains (1) what an Elevation Certificate is and (2) how to get one for your property. Once you obtain an Elevation Certificate for your property, please include it with your application. If you need additional advice, attend an ADU design workshop.
Who can I talk to if I have additional questions?
For general questions about the design of your ADU, sign up to attend an ADU design workshop. For questions about getting an ADU permit, contact the Inspectional Services Department.