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Posted on: September 30, 2021

New Permits Required - Accessory Dwelling Units

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The Draper City Council recently adopted a new ordinance requiring a permit for all accessory dwellings in the City. If you have an accessory dwelling, like a basement apartment or a detached guest house, you will be required to obtain an Accessory Dwelling Unit Permit with the City.  Permit applications will be accepted as of October 1, 2021. 

During the 2021 legislative session the Utah State Legislature passed H.B. 82 requiring cities to allow Internal Accessory Dwelling Units (I-ADUs) to be created within most owner-occupied single-family homes. In response to this, the Draper City Council passed Ordinance #1499. The new regulations cover I-ADUs and Detached Accessory Dwelling Units (D-ADUs). It also requires second kitchens within single-family homes to have a building permit. The goal of the new ordinance is to make positive changes within the city to address issues like housing availability and affordability while minimizing the potential of negative impacts to neighborhoods that might be created with possible increases to traffic volumes and parking needs, or a lack of visual conformity with existing development. The City Council also adopted Resolution #21-47 which outlines an implementation policy. For applications made before February 1, 2022, there will be an 8-month grace period to obtain the permit and bring the property into compliance with the new ordinance. Applications made after February 1, 2022 will not be provided a grace period for compliance.  

If you have questions about the new ADU code, implementation policy, permits, or whether your property is eligible for an ADU please contact the Planning Department at 801-576-6399 or at planning@drapertutah.gov. Some helpful links have been provided below.  

To apply for an ADU permit, please complete an application and email it to planning@draperutah.gov.   

Please review our interactive map to see if your property is eligible for an ADU. 

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