As part of our comprehensive effort to enable more residents to own and rent accessory dwelling units (ADUs), Mayor Jenny Durkan has called for pre-approved plans for detached ADUs that offer homeowners a faster, easier, and more predictable design and permitting process. Homeowners choosing a pre-approved plan will pay reduced permit fees and get their permit faster — as quickly as 2-6 weeks. Pre-approved plans will be featured in an online gallery on the City’s ADU website.
Our first step in this effort was a public survey about design principles we should consider when selecting plans for pre-approval. Between September 30 and October 21, we received almost 600 responses to the survey and have summarized major themes in this survey results report. Thank you to everyone who took the time to share their ideas through our survey.
Our next step is to finalize the selection criteria, publish a detailed submission guide, and formally launch the call for designs. For more information, email us at DADUplans@seattle.gov.