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2012-07-18 16:21:46
Orem Accessory Apartments 2012 Update

Orem Revises Accessory Apartment Ordinance in 2012

After several public hearings, on June 10, 2012, the Orem City Council made the decision to allow accessory apartments to be built and approved once again.  Several regulatory steps are needed to obtain legal approval for existing apartments or to construct a new one.

Orem Accessory Apartment Restrictions

  • Maximum Bedrooms:        Two
  • Maximum Square Feet:     1200
  • Minimum Square Feet:      300
  • Minimum Ceiling Height:    Seven Feet
  • Parking Requirement:      Three Paved Pads
  • Outside Entrance:            Cannot Face Street

Orem Accessory Apartment Approval Fees

  • Sewer and water Impact Fee:   $1895.85
  • Building Permit:                      $60 - $500

Occupancy Requirements

  • Owner must reside at the location
  • Owner must sign an affidavit that both units will not simultaneously be rented
  • Rentals restricted to one family or three singles

Fire-Safety Requirements

  • One-hour fire-resistive construction between units, under stairs, and in furnace room
  • 20-minute fire-rated, self-closing door(s) between units and furnace room
  • Handrails installed where necessary
  • Windows and window-well size minimums
  • Smoke detectors in each bedroom and hallway
  • Carbon Monoxide detector installed on each level

Mechanical System Requirements

  • Own source of heat and air conditioning
  • Proper amount of combustable air for gas appliances
  • Proper exterior venting for clothes dryer
  • Bathroom and kitchen countertop outlets must have a ground-fault-interrupter receptacle or breaker
  • Electrical circuits serving bedrooms need to be arc-fault protected

It would be my pleasure to assist you with any questions you have about real estate.  Please remember me if you hear of anyone wanting to buy or sell a home.

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