Proposed ADU Ordinance Information

Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Draft Ordinances

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about ADUs (Click here for a PDF version)

What is an ADU?

ADU stands for Accessory Dwelling Unit which is generally a smaller, independent residential dwelling unit located on the same lot as a one- or two-family home. ADUs go by many different names throughout the U.S., including accessory apartments, secondary suites, and granny flats. Many are converted free standing garages. Asbury Park will consider an ADU in the main house as long the owner lives in the smaller unit.

How does an ADU differ from a two family?

A two family home is two principal residences on one lot, depending on the lot and building configuration. A lot with an ADU is one principal residence and one accessory residence located in a separate structure. An ADU can be in a converted garage or a second small structure. The ADU is on the same lot as the principal residence and must be owned by the person who owns the property and the principal residence.

Where are ADUs permitted? 

One and two family lots in R zoning districts and the B zoning district.

Can I rent out my ADU?

You can rent out your ADU long term or you can have a family member live in it. The City of Asbury Park will not permit short term rental of ADUs.

How many can I build on my lot?


What do I need to do to build one?

First, you will need to hire a design professional to inform you on how an ADU can be legally accommodated on the lot in terms of zoning regulations and infrastructure (water, sewer). ADUs must be permanent structures. Plans are also needed for a prefabricated structure.   You will need to submit an application for approval at the Department of Planning and Redevelopment and with the Office of the Construction Code Official before beginning construction.  

Do I have to provide parking?

Yes.  There is a parking requirement of 1 space per ADU. However, if you have a current driveway and enough room, the parking can be provided in the driveway.

Are there other requirements?

The owner of the property must live on the property. There must be a separate entrance to the ADU; it cannot share an entrance with the principal residence. There are also regulations as to how high and how much land the ADU can take up. In addition, the City requires the unit to be licensed and registered annually.  

I have a three family house – Will I be permitted an ADU on my property?

No. ADUs will be permitted for one and two family houses of record in all R zoning districts and the B zoning district.

Why is the City permitting these?

The City of Asbury Park is looking to expand different housing types and provide more affordable housing to the market.

Are there any incentives to build an ADU?

If you build a deed restricted affordable ADU that meets state requirements and are assigned a tenant from the affordable housing wait list, you would be eligible for a grant from $25,000 to $35,000 for construction. The deed restriction would have to be for a minimum of 10 years.  In addition, with a deed restricted affordable unit, the parking requirement is waived and there is a building coverage bonus.

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