To accelerate the building of more housing units in Seattle, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan has directed the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) to fast-track pre-approved designs for Detached Accessory Dwelling Units (DADUs), also known as backyard cottages. The City will hire architects to develop several standard architectural plans for backyard cottages that could be built and permitted more quickly and at a lower cost to residents.
“Seattle faces an affordability and housing crisis, and we are taking urgent action to increase the supply of rental housing options as quickly as possible. Too many people are being pushed out of this city or can’t find a place to live. We need to use every tool in our toolbox to boost the supply of housing. Fast-tracked designs for backyard cottages will allow us to get more housing online faster,” Mayor Durkan said. “We will continue to work on all fronts – from adding more shelter beds to innovative permanent housing options – to build a more affordable future for Seattle.”
Standardized, pre-approved plans will allow builders and residents to save time and money by streamlining the design process, reducing costs for architectural designs, and accelerating the permitting process led by SDCI. Lower barriers should incentivize more construction: Paired with efforts to remove regulatory barriers to backyard cottages, pre-approved designs could boost housing production in coming years.