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What is an ADU?

An accessory dwelling unit, usually just called an ADU, is a secondary housing unit on a single-family residential lot. The term “accessory dwelling unit” might sound institutional, but it’s the most commonly-used term across the country to describe this type of housing. Because the full name is a mouthful, we use the shorthand “ADU” instead.

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ADU Regulations in Georgia:

ADU regulations in Georgia are designed to promote diversity and affordability and address the housing needs of the real estate market. Here is a summary of the regulations and requirements based on the provided information:

  • Legalization and Zoning: ADUs were legalized in 2015 and are allowed in specific residential zoning districts, including R-85, R-60, R-50, RM-18, RM-22, and RM-43.
  • Location and Placement: ADUs can be attached or detached from the main house and positioned behind existing houses or beside new constructions.  If the ADU is not attached to the main house, it must be placed in the backyard and occupy at most 30% of the backyard’s footprint.
  • Size and Bedrooms: ADUs should be at most 40% of the main residence’s floor space. The maximum size is 800 square feet, including the garage. Decatur ADUs have a limit of two bedrooms.
  • Occupancy Verification: Owners must verify occupancy of either the main residence or the ADU.
  • Lot Size and Impervious Surfaces: The combined square footage of the main house and ADUs cannot exceed 40% of the lot size. The impervious surfaces should be at most 40% of the lot’s area.

Some cities and counties in Georgia may have different ADU regulations and requirements. It is advisable to research and consult with local authorities to obtain accurate and up-to-date information regarding ADU regulations in your desired location within Georgia.

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