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City Exploring ADU's, Inviting Residents to Public Meeting

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Tampa's code only allows Accessory Dwelling Units in the Seminole Heights and Lowry Park areas.

As part of a multi-pronged approach to addressing our affordable housing crisis, the City of Tampa and the Tampa City Council are exploring zoning changes that would allow for more Accessory Dwelling Units. 

Commonly referred to as "mother-in-law" cottages, garage apartments, and tiny homes, ADU's are generally more affordable than a traditional residence because of their small size. Currently, Tampa's code only allows ADU's to be constructed in Seminole Heights and the area around Lowry Park. Everywhere else in the City, ADU's may only be created for a family member. 

"While they may not be appropriate for every neighborhood, considering the huge demand we are seeing for rental properties, Accessory Dwelling Units can be a great tool for increasing our affordable housing inventory," said Mayor Jane Castor. "Household demographics are changing all around us, making it critical for us to adapt and evolve in a way that meets the new demands." 

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 and an overwhelming majority of participants said they were interested in learning more about the process of building an ADU on their property. Click here to view the complete survey results.

A virtual public information meeting on ADU's will be held on Tuesday, October 18 at 6:00 p.m. Registration is required. Please click here for more information. City staff will present the proposed changes on ADU code reform at the Thursday, October 27 City Council workshop.