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Council approves code amendments for accessory dwellings

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Bloomington Briefing Published November 2, 2022
Updated on November 2, 2022

The City Council recently adopted changes to its regulations of accessory dwelling units associated with single-family houses, commonly referred to as in-law suites or carriage houses.

The key change is that accessory dwelling units are now allowed to be physically separate from the main house. Accessory dwelling units will still be subject to many of the same standards required of home additions. The City previously only allowed accessory dwelling units that were attached to or inside houses. The City began allowing accessory dwelling units in 2009 to expand housing options for residents.

Before drafting the ordinance and conducting public hearings, staff gathered feedback from residents about detached accessory dwelling units.

“The comments from community members were very valuable when considering the new ordinance,” Planner Tom Ramler-Olson said.

To learn more, visit the project webpage at Reach out to Ramler-Olson with questions at or 952-563-8928.