What is an Accessory Dwelling Unit?
An accessory dwelling unit (ADU), also known as an “accessory apartment”, “granny flat”, or “in-law apartment”, is a separate living space within a house or on the same property as an existing house. As an independent living space, an ADU is self-contained, with its own kitchen or kitchenette, bathroom, and living/sleeping area. These units aren’t legal unless they have been established through a permit process.
In accordance with Shelburne’s Zoning Bylaws, accessory apartments are a permitted use in all zoning districts except the Commerce & Industry Zoning District. Accessory Apartments are typically located within an existing, expanded, or new owner-occupied single-family dwelling or an existing, expanded, or new accessory structure. ADU’s may contain not more than two bedrooms and consist of not more than 50 percent of the total habitable floor area of the original dwelling.
Why build an ADU? Here are what some Shelburne residents have said:
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AARP has Information on ADUs