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Each single-family (RS) zoned lot with a primary structure is allowed one (1) accessory dwelling unit (ADU). ADUs are required to apply for and obtain a building permit.
All attached or detached ADUs in RS zones must meet the standards and criteria outlined in Puyallup Municipal Code 20.20.010 (11). Below is a list of standards that will be helpful in getting you started. Please note that this list is non-exhaustive and to reference PMC 20.20.010 (11), contact planning at Planning@PuyallupWA.gov, or see the ADU informational sheet.
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Please see the Public Data Viewer where you can search for your property and learn about the zoning and other information (e.g. utilities, critical areas, etc.) about your property. To search for your property in the public data viewer, click on the magnifying glass and enter the address or parcel number. Data layers may be turned on and off by expanding the layer headings in the ‘data layers’ section, and clicking on the ‘eyeball’ symbol next to the data layer name. If you can't determine the zone by the public data viewer, and you know the address or parcel number of the property you are inquiring about, please contact the Planning Division at Planning@PuyallupWA.gov for assistance. Other map related information is accessible on the Public GIS Portal.
A permit is not required for the construction of a fence under 6’ tall. The fence can be built on the property line. We recommend hiring a surveyor to delineate your property line. In any single-family (RS) zone, the maximum height of a fence in the front yard cannot exceed 3-1/2’ in height for the first 20' from the property line. For a street side yard property line, the maximum fence height is 3-1/2' for the first twenty feet from the front yard property line. However, open-wire, welded-wire, chain-link, split-rail or similar fences may be as tall as five feet in height. The remaining portion of the property can have a fence height not to exceed 6 feet in height. Please email Planning@puyallupwa.gov for more information.
For any single-family (RS) zoned lot, a detached accessory building 200 square feet or less will not need a building permit. However, detached accessory structures of any size must meet the following setbacks:
Front yard: Setback for applicable zone; see PMC 20.20.020Rear yard: 5'Interior side yard: 5'Street side yard: Setback for applicable zone; see PMC 20.20.020Distance from other structures: 5'
Please email Planning@puyallupwa.gov for more information.
In any single-family (RS) zone, open, unenclosed decks not covered by a roof may project into any required yard setbacks (PMC 20.20.020). Please email Planning@puyallupwa.gov for more information.
Any detached structure larger than 200 square feet requires a building permit. On an RS-zoned lot less than or equal to one acre in size, the maximum size for a detached accessory building is limited to 50% of the footprint of the primary structure on the lot. On an RS-zone lot greater than one acre in size, the maximum size for a detached accessory building is limited to 80% of the footprint of the primary structure on the lot. When calculating the allowed size of the detached accessory structure, accessory structures (e.g. attached garage) which are attached to a dwelling unit shall be considered part of the overall primary structure footprint for the purposes of calculating the size ratio allowance. Any detached accessory structure greater than 200 square feet will need to meet the maximum lot coverage and floor area for the applicable zone, and the setbacks provided below. Please email Planning@puyallupwa.gov for more information.
Detached accessory structures of any size must meet the following setbacks:
Front yard: Setback for applicable zone; see PMC 20.20.020Rear yard: 5'Interior side yard: 5'Street side yard: Setback for applicable zone; ; see PMC 20.20.020Distance from other structures: 5'