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Many of our staff members are working from home during this event. In an effort to maintain a quick response time, we encourage you to submit your questions and concerns via email to: Emails will be checked frequently.

During this time, we are allowing land use applications to be emailed to: Once submitted, we will confirm receipt of the materials and guide you to our online permit center to pay the application fee. You may also mail your application (and include a check payable to the City of Yakima if you are not paying online) to:
City of Yakima Planning Division
129 N 2nd St
Yakima, WA 98901

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Are Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) permitted in the city of Yakima?

ADUs are one way to supply affordable housing and provide property owners with extra income. They are allowed on lots containing a single-family residence, and may be attached to the primary residence, attached to or above a detached garage, or be its own stand-alone structure. ADUs are allowed on all parcels containing a single-family dwelling under a Type 1 Review in the R-2, R-3, B-1, B-2, HB, SCC, LCC, GC, RD and M-1 zoning districts; and under a Type 2 Review in the SR and R-1 zoning districts. The chart indicating zones where ADUs are allowed and the type of review required can be found in YMC 15.04.030.

Requirements. One factor in determining if you can have an ADU is the size of your lot. YMC 15.09.045 states that ADUs shall only be permitted on lots/parcels appropriately sized for a duplex per YMC 15.05.030 Table 5-2. However, ADUs proposed on lots smaller than this may be approved after undergoing one additional level of review as shown in YMC 15.04.030 Table 4-1. ADUs must not exceed 1,000 sq ft in floor area, and must follow other requirements related to setback requirements, aesthetics, and connections to public sewer and water. SEE YMC 15.09.045 FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF REQUIREMENTS.

Please note that a parcel/lot cannot have more than one single-family residence and one ADU. Also, ADUs are not permitted on parcels containing a duplex or multifamily dwelling, or a commercial or industrial structure/use.