In 2009 the City of Seattle expanded the their demonstration backyard cottage ordinance to allow backyard cottages in all Seattle neighborhoods. Fast forward to 2016 and the city is poised to expand the ordinance still further. Follow this blog to lean more about these proposed changes and their implementation.
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On the upper left hand corner under under base zone it will say if a detached accessory dwelling unit is allowed. If so, there are additional requirements that will determine what and where you can build. Send us an email with your address and tell us what you plan to use the cottage for and we can perform a free analysis of your project.
Backyard Cottage Parking
Backyard cottages (detached ADUs) require one parking space in addition to any other parking space required for the primary residence. These parking spaces can be provided in tandem. However, these spaces cannot be located in the required front setback.
If your site has physical constraints that prevent you from providing the additional parking space an exception to this requirement may be granted.
Can I convert my garage to a backyard cottage (detached ADU)?
Backyard Cottages - Other Cities
In general the requirements have a few things in common.