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Pending Richmond Legislation to Allow Accessory Dwelling Units By Right

In July 2023, Richmond’s Department of Planning and Development Review released their proposed ordinance to allow accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in any residential zone that includes single-family housing. ADUs are smaller dwelling units, such as a basement apartment, carriage house, backyard cottage, etc., that are built on the same lot as a single-family home. Currently, ADUs are legal but require waivers, permits, and a vote from City Council to be approved.  The Planning Commission continued the ordinance to their September meeting, so that it can be considered alongside the city’s proposed short-term rental ordinance. For more information, follow this link.

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