backyard cottage rules eased

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The Seattle City Council has voted on a host of rules predicted to increase the number of ADUs and DADUs


* Increases the allowed size of backyard cottages (DADUs) from 800 square feet to 1,000 square feet.

* Adds an additional 1-2 feet in height, allowing for more usable space in the units' interiors.

* Allows up to two attached accessory dwelling units (AADUs) or one AADU plus one DADU on a property.

* Limits the floor area ratio of new homes, while excluding the area of ADUs. Thereby encouraging homeowners to build an ADU when building a new home or remodeling.

* Eliminates the owner occupancy requirement.

* Removes the off-street parking requirement.

upcoming workshops

backyard cottages for fun and profit

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Backyard cottages can be used for many things including housing a family member or as a short term rental.  Join Bruce Parker from Microhouse and Stefan Hansmire from Hansmire Builders to learn more about how to plan for and establish a realistic budget for your cottage. Bring your ideas, after the presentation we will have plenty of time to answer questions about the specifics of your project. 


Upcoming workshop dates:

Thursday, March 7,  7:00 pm 
Phinney Neighborhood Center.
6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
Admission Price: $15 members, $25 general public

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