With the recent changes, and given additional changes on the horizon related to encouraging more development of Middle Housing
types, it is important to note that land use regulations make up only part of the approval requirements for establishing a new dwelling.
A permit will be required. Whether converting an existing structure or building a new one, compliance with applicable codes must be determined to establish a new living unit. Through the building permit review process, applications are checked for compliance with all applicable regulations in effect at the time of submittal, including local Eugene Code
standards and current building code requirements.
Eugene’s land use code regulates how properties may be used or developed and is an expression of our community’s values around economic development, housing affordability and choice, natural resource protection, compact urban development, transportation options, climate change and energy resiliency, and neighborhood livability. The land use code governs how projects fit into the community by regulating details like building setbacks, allowable uses, height limits, parking requirements, and similar standards.
The building code focuses on ensuring that structures are built to an appropriate standard and are safe for their intended use. Application for most building permits must be accompanied by detailed construction drawings to show how code requirements are met. Only after a building permit is approved and issued, can project construction begin.
In addition to meeting applicable regulations, adding an ADU will require payment of Systems Development Charges
(SDCs). SDCs are fees that apply to building projects to help offset the impact of new development, redevelopment, or an intensification of use. Fees are collected to help provide the infrastructure capacity needed to serve new growth in Eugene and are based on methodology intended to recoup a fair share of the costs. SDC charges must be paid in full at the time of issuance or may be put on contract.
Whether you are interested in converting an existing structure or building a new ADU, check out this helpful information sheet
for an overview of requirements. You can also find additional information and resources on our Pre-Approved ADU Plans Program
For assistance with your project, contact Allie Camp
, Development Liaison.
For pre-approved ADU Program questions, contact Jen Knapp
, Urban Designer