Blog Stories Good News! ADU fee waiver extension!

Good News! ADU fee waiver extension!

By Sean Patrick O'Feery, June 27, 2018

Good News for ADUs

With new limitations of use regarding Short Term Rentals

This just out: City Council Extends the SDC Waiver for ADUs

City Council passed an ordinance on June 27, 2018 to extend a waiver of system development charges (SDCs) for accessory dwelling units (ADUs) with additional requirements to contribute to Portland’s housing capacity.The program requires the property owner to sign a covenant stating that neither the ADU nor the house will be rented as accessory short-term rentals (ASTRs) for 10 years.

  • Property owners who participate in the ADU SDC Waiver Program receive a waiver of the SDC fees.
  • The program requires the property owner to sign a covenant stating that neither the ADU nor the house will be rented as accessory short-term rentals for 10 years.
  • Listing any on site structure on a short term rental platform is a violation of the covenant. Participating owners who violate the covenant will be required to repay waived fees at a rate of 150% the current SDC rates.
  • Property owners who don’t participate in the ADU Waiver Program will pay full SDC fees and can list the ADU on a short term rental platform. The revised ADU SDC Waiver Program goes into effect August 1, 2018 and does not have an expiration date.

Staff from the Bureau of Development Services (BDS), Water Bureau, Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Bureau of Environmental Services and Revenue Division of the Bureau of Revenue and Financial Services collaborated to develop a process for development applications that involve SDC waivers for ADUs and to ensure property owners who accept the SDC waiver sign and record the covenant. Title 17 and Title 21 were also updated to reflect the ADU SDC Waiver Program.

The Revenue Division will be responsible for administering the restrictive covenant and enforcing violations. There is a $400 application fee for the ADU SDC waiver, which will help fund a position in the Revenue Division to oversee the program and administer covenants. The Revenue Division will also collect annual data about rents charged for ADUs that receive SDC waivers to report to City Council every two years.

In 2009, the year before SDC fees were waived, 24 permits for new ADUs were issued – both newly constructed and conversions of existing living space. In 2016, 615 ADU permits were issued, amounting about 10 percent of permits for new dwelling units that year.

Additionally, due to the need to complete and record the restrictive covenant, it will be less likely that permits for ADUs can be approved over the counter in the Development Services Center.

If you would like genuine, focused and sincere representation in the sale or purchase of your home please call or email, providing excellent service has been a long-standing source of pride.

Sean O'Feery

Earth Advantage & ADU Specialist Broker

Hello my name is Sean Patrick O'Feery, I am thrilled to give you the attention to detail and service that you deserve from a skilled, motivated and intuitive Real Estate agent.  I love this work and will make your purchase or sale to be as smooth, rewarding and exciting and it should be.
  • My business has been built on referrals; over 90% of my clients in 2016 came to me from other happy clients, friends or family.  What does this mean for you?  I spend my team focusing on you and our sale or purchase, I don't spend my time chasing down the 'next' client.  I hope you will be the next to refer me for it.
  • Integrity is the most important component of my business.  My reputation is a reflection of the integrity I bring to my work and I work hard to earn it.  You can count on me to give you my honest and informed opinion that will serve you first.  My fiduciary responsibly is to you; my client and I hold this ideal to the highest standard.
  • Communication is essential!  I will provide for you complete and timely information so you can make good decisions.  I will keep you informed to the next step and beyond at every point of the process from the introduction meeting to the closing and beyond.
  • Negotiation skills in this business are a must; I will be a fierce advocate for you throughout the process.
  • I am always seeking to refine my practice, learning new tools or to solidify my knowledge of our market, neighborhoods and the inventory.  You can count on me to be informed, skilled and up to date with the latest search and marketing tools.
  • I want to maintain our relationship to continue and to be a valuable resource for you.  I love to be of service.
As your buying agent: I am dedicated to having you feel cared for before, during and after the purchase.  I meet clients where they are at and find out how I can provide the best service. Every purchase is individually tailored to each buyer. My priority is to find the home you love in the best condition for the best value. As your selling agent: I am dedicated to having you feel cared for before, during and after the sale. I will work closely with you to identify your priorities. A complete marketing plan supported by the brokerage best know in Portland for marketing tools, skills and style will serve you well. My consistent focus on every sale is to get you the best return from the most qualified buyers for the sale of your home. My neighborhoods: I live on the East Side and know the areas from Gresham to inner East Side like a well warn glove. I love to work, shop and spend time on the West Side. I know the nuances of the West Side communities from downtown to Hillsboro. Oregon City is a great community and Tigard is no stranger. For me, it's about finding what is best for you in the greater Portland area. I happy to introduce you to the unique communities that make this area so great! If you want to know a little more about me- I love, live and breathe Real Estate. & I built a home with my dad. I know what a quality build looks like and some things to watch out for. The inspection period in sale or purchase of a home is an opportunity for me to shine. I have recently remodeled two homes with my wife and we own a couple of great rentals. Maintaining great relationships with vetted contractors is a must in my life and work. I spend winters watching the snow reports of Baker, Steven's, Crystal, Brundage, Meadows and Mt. Bachelor. Photo is circa 1993 coming down from Camp Muir on Mt Rainier... in Oakley Blades. This is my wife. This is my child. My pets. My family. If you would like genuine, focused and sincere representation in the sale or purchase of your home please call or email, providing excellent service has been a long-standing source of pride. Sincerely, Sean O’Feery 971-266-0805
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