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New City Regulations in St. Petersburg, Florida 08/2023

Updated: Dec 8, 2023

Do you own a home or want to buy in the St. Pete area?

The city has now increased the density zones that allow you to build carriage homes, also known as accessory dwelling units, on your lot.

This comes just in time to encourage a positive economic increase as we near closer to a recession, as these units can be rented out if desired.

To verify if an ADU is allowed on your property, please email your request for verification to, including your address. For those who qualify, loans are offered that help fund your build-approved ADU designs.

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Does an ADU need to be located in a separate structure?

A. No, an ADU can be connected to the principle structure or detached.

Are short-term rentals allowed, like an Airbnb?

A. No, In residential districts, you must rent for a minimum period of 30 days or more.

Do I need a permit to build an ADU?

Yes! Plans are submitted through the city's ePlan permitting system.

For more information on the permit process, please call 404-414-7850 or email


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