- Ensure that your property is a minimum of 4000sf. At this time, Seattle lots smaller than that do not allow a DADU.
- The size restrictions are 800sf total. This includes a garage if it is part of the DADU, and includes all stories (not just the footprint). Additionally, there is a limit to how much of your lot you can cover with building - typically, 35%. Depending on the size of the existing structures on your property, you may be limited by more than the 800sf.
- Ensure that you can provde 2 parking spaces (one for the main house and one for the DADU). There are some exceptions to when you are required parking, but most projects will require two spots. Furthermore, Seattle has some very specific rules about where on your property the parking can be located. This often becomes a tricky problem to solve, as many properties have difficulty providing access to additional parking without expense.
- Remember that the height limits for DADUs are lower than for a typical single family home.
- Allow yourself ample time for design and construction. The permitting and building processes typically take longer people expect, but building a DADU is a long term project, well worth the time and effort.
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