If you are applying to legalize an existing ADU on your property, please use the Existing ADU Application and review this informational handout.
If no, please instead use the Existing ADU Application.
This informational handout summarizes the requirements and considerations associated with ADUs. The City's complete ADU ordinance is available here.
Proof of Submission Form
Your application cannot be processed if the City of Wheat Ridge electronic payment form is not attached. There is specific information on the form that is needed to run the payment.
The form is located here: Electronic Payment Form Be sure to save to your computer before attaching to this application.
Per Section 26-646 of the City Code, property owners are required to live in either the ADU or the primary dwelling on a property. This is accomplished through a two-page deed restriction which also prohibits the ADU from being sold separately from the primary dwelling. The property owner(s) will need to sign and submit the deed restriction prior to the issuance of the building permit. A sample is at the bottom of this ADU information page.
Refer to the informational handout regarding the maximum size limitations for new ADUs.
This may be the same size as the ADU (as in the case of a new detached ADU) or it may be larger if additional remodeling is required (as in the case of an interior remodel or addition to accomodate a new ADU).
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