Accessory Dwelling Units

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As housing demand continues to outpace supply in the District, creative solutions are needed to provide additional housing in order to reduce rental costs. Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are one such solution. An ADU is a secondary living unit in a house, with a separate entrance/exit. Examples of ADUs include basement apartments, backyard cottages, in-law suites, and garage apartments.

By building ADUs across the city, we can weave additional housing into residential neighborhoods in ways that enhance the community fabric, promote intergenerational living arrangements, and improve housing affordability. After recent changes to the District’s zoning code made it easier for property owners to build ADUs on their lots, the Coalition for Smarter Growth has led the way in promoting the production of ADUs to take advantage of these changes.

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Latest Happenings


DC ADU Homeowner Online Workshop with UPO

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On January 25, we hosted a workshop with the United Planning Organization (UPO) for DC homeowners about building an accessory dwelling unit (ADU).
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RELEASE: DC homeowners get help to build ADUs on their lots

RELEASE: DC homeowners get help to build ADUs on their lots

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CSG-UPO ADU manual press release 1-12-2021Download
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ADU D.C. Homeowner's Manual

ADU D.C. Homeowner’s Manual

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How to Build an Accessory Apartment or Second Dwelling in the District of Columbia The ADU D.C. Homeowner's Manual is a product of the year-long ADU DC initiative launched in the spring of 2019. This effort was made possible with the support of founding funder Citi, and led by the
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Webinar: Understanding ADU Zoning in DC

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Want to build an accessory dwelling unit in DC, but unsure of the zoning review process?  Watch our July 29, 2020 webinar on the zoning code with Mamadou Ndaw, Supervisory Engineering Technician, DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA).  View Mamadou Ndaw's, DCRA, powerpoint presentation here. View Cheryl Cort's, Coalition
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