As part of its efforts to support a range of housing options, the City Council adopted an ordinance that permits accessory dwelling units (ADUs) to be built within the City of Chattanooga. The ordinance will go into effect June 14, 2022.
Historically, ADUs have been built throughout the city dating back to the early 1900’s. When the zoning ordinance was adopted in 1961, it prohibited ADUs. ADUs were first permitted in the downtown Form Based Code area that was adopted by City Council in 2016, and the new ordinance extends ADUs city-wide.