ADU Program Information

UPDATE: Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Program Neighborhood Meeting

The City of Durango is hosting an open house for the community to learn about and give feedback on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) in the community. The City’s ADU Program was launched over four years ago. Now, City staff would like to gather input from residents on how well the program is working as currently designed and discuss the possibility of adjusting certain standards related to ADUs in Durango.  The meeting is scheduled for:

Monday, March 4th, 2019 from 5:30 to 7:00PM
Family Friendly and Snacks Provided

All interested citizens are invited to attend to learn about ADUs in Durango and discuss potential changes to the existing program. The ADU Program is one strategy mentioned in the City’s recently-adopted Housing Plan. The goals of the Housing Plan are to:

•    Increase affordable housing options for all residents.
•    Create market-friendly policies and regulatory changes.
•    Make 1,000 housing units long-term affordable by the year 2040.
•    Prioritize density and infill development.
•    Establish a permanent housing trust fund.
•    Establish a land banking program.

New ADUs

The Land Use and Development Code (LUDC) for the City of Durango allows for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) to be built in certain parts of the City. New ADUs must show that they meet the standards of the LUDC and obtain a Limited Use Permit (LUP) prior to starting construction. More information regarding new ADUs can be found here. The LUDC Sections that govern the construction of new ADUs are found.

A pre-application meeting is required prior to applying to build a new ADU. If you would like to set up an appointment to discuss options for a new ADU on your property, please contact a City Planner in the Community Development Department by calling (970) 375-4850.


Existing ADU/Duplex Registration
The City conducted a program to inventory and register existing ADUs and Duplexes. Some existing ADUs and Duplexes may have been installed prior to zoning laws and may be legally non-conforming, but many were installed illegally. 

If you have an ADU or multiple units on your property, and missed the registration period, please contact a City Planner in the Community Development Department by calling (970) 375-4850.