Rapid City is creating registration policies for accessory dwelling units

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - Now that the accessory dwelling unit (ADU) ordinance has passed, which allows options like tiny homes and basement apartments, Rapid City is moving forward with their strategic housing plan.

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Although an ADU can be a tiny home, many ADUs are not tiny homes.

The City is in the process of creating registration policies for ADUs.

New units will need to meet the current Rapid City building code requirements.

The Community Development Director is recommending a $50 fee for registering ADUs.

"One of the things we're really trying to achieve right now is to provide new and better and increased options for affordable housing and tiny homes is one of those options that we're trying to promote, so whether that be as part of an accessory dwelling unit on a single-family home lot or we're also looking at an opportunity to create zoning that we can create a little village of tiny homes," said Ken Young, Community Development Director for Rapid City.

The City said ADUs can be inside a home or detached from the home.

Starting in January 2020, Rapid City will be accepting registrations both online and in-person.

Rapid City is also working on legislation to allow tiny homes that would not be considered accessory dwelling units.