City Council recently passed an ordinance modifying accessory dwelling units / basement apartments in the City and establishing conditions which must be met to keep the residential character of our neighborhoods protected.
Some of these conditions include, but are not limited to the following:
- Accessory dwelling unit shall only be permitted in single-family homes that are owner occupied.
- Accessory dwelling unit shall not be permitted in detached accessory buildings and must be attached to the main dwelling unit.
- No more than one (1) accessory dwelling unit shall be considered for each single-family home.
- The unit and home shall be modified to meet all fire, safety, health, and building code requirements.
- The entrance to the accessory dwelling unit shall be provided from the rear of the home; a side entrance is allowable in the event that the entrance is camouflaged by property fencing or landscaping and is not visible from the street.
- The front of the home shall not be modified to appear to have separate units except separate addresses to assist first responders.
An application is required to register an accessory dwelling unit. The application will be reviewed by the community development department. If it is a new accessory dwelling unit, the applicant will also have to file for a building permit. Any building permit fees are in addition to the accessory dwelling unit application.
Example Accessory Dwelling Unit Choices:
If you are unsure if your home has an approved accessory dwelling unit, please call the building department at 801-772-4516 or the community development department at 801-772-4506.