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Building an ADU on your Property: Here's What To Look Out For

The requirements for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) can vary significantly between different cities and counties within Georgia and Florida. It's important to note that regulations may have changed since then, and it's advisable to check with local planning or zoning departments for the most up-to-date information. Below are some general considerations:

Building an ADU on your Property

Georgia Zoning regulations for ADUs are typically determined at the local level. Check with the city or county planning department where the property is located.

  • Some areas may have specific requirements regarding the size, setback, height, and appearance of ADUs.

A building permit is usually required for the construction of an ADU. The permitting process will vary by jurisdiction. Only very small towns in Georgia may not require permitting, and if that's the case a floor plan is really all you need. But we are talking SMALL towns. Albany and Dublin, GA are not considered "small" anymore, if that helps you with scale.


Some areas may have requirements regarding owner-occupancy, meaning the property owner may need to live on-site. Ensure that the ADU complies with utility and access requirements. This may involve separate utility connections or considerations for access and parking.

As for Florida, Zoning regulations for ADUs are determined at the local level. Check with the city or county planning department where the property is located.

  • Some areas may have specific requirements regarding ADU size, setback, height, and appearance.

A building permit is almost always required for the construction of an ADU. The permitting process will vary by jurisdiction. In Florida, especially due to the risk of hurricanes and flooding, there may be additional considerations for properties located in flood zones.


If the property is part of a homeowners association, check the HOA rules and regulations, as they may have specific guidelines related to ADUs. Some areas may classify ADUs as accessory structures and have specific regulations related to such structures.

Building an ADU on your Property

Our General Recommendations:

  1. Contact Local Authorities: Reach out to the local planning or zoning department in the specific city or county where the property is located. They can provide detailed information about ADU regulations and permitting processes.

  2. Consult with Professionals: Consider consulting with architects, builders, or other professionals who are familiar with local regulations and can help ensure compliance with building codes.

  3. Review Comprehensive Plans: Some localities may have comprehensive plans that outline their vision for development, including ADUs. Reviewing these plans can provide insights into future changes in regulations.

  4. Stay Informed: Zoning regulations can change over time. Stay informed about any updates or changes to local regulations that may impact ADU construction.

Always verify the current regulations and requirements with local authorities, as they can vary widely between jurisdictions on how to build an ADU on your property.

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