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Accessory Dwelling Units

Accessory Dwelling Units
Accessory Dwelling Units

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are housing units located within an existing property. They function as fully independent living quarters with a kitchen, bathroom, and sleeping area. Examples are:

  • “Mother-in-law" cottages
  • Tiny Homes
  • Garage apartments

ADUs are affordable because they are smaller in size than a full-size home or apartment. Tampa’s code allows ADUs to be constructed in Seminole Heights and the area around Lowry Park. Everywhere else in the City, ADUs may only be created for a family member. The main residence must be owner-occupied. Other developments and use regulations apply.

The City of Tampa conducted an online survey on the topic of Accessory Dwelling Units in the Spring of 2022. Approximately 1,000 responses were received.

Accessory Dwelling Units – Frequently Asked Questions (Coming Soon)