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Accessory Dwelling Units

At the November 19, 2015, Council meeting, the Council approved the following changes to the ADU regulations:

  • Reduce minimum lot size for ADUs on SF-3 zoned lots to 5,750 square feet.
     
  • Set the maximum size of an ADU to 1,100 square feet or 0.15 FAR whichever is smaller
     
  • Reduce building separation to 10 feet (front to back and side to side).
     
  • Eliminate the requirement that an entry is more than 10 feet from a property line.
     
  • Remove driveway requirement
     
  • Provide one parking space for the ADU in addition to the main structure parking.
     
  • Eliminate parking requirement for ADU within 1/4 mile of an activity corridor as identified in the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan that is also served by transit
     
  • Limit use as a short-term rental to a maximum of 30 days per year for ADUs constructed after October 1, 2015.
     
  • Prohibit use as a Type 2 short term rental.

Ordinance 20151119-080

ADU Areas of Reduced Parking on Interactive ArcGIS Map

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