Lottery set to select 11 recipients of Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) permits

San Juan County Department of Community Development (DCD) will hold a lottery for Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)  permits, open to the public, on March 5, 2019, at 11:30 am, at the front counter in the DCD office at 135 Rhone St, Friday Harbor, WA. Results will also be available immediately following at:

Because 11 new ADU applications were received by the deadline, and only nine new ADUs are allowed in 2019, an ADU lottery is necessary for new ADU permits only. DCD received a total of 13 ADU eligibility applications. Two applications were submitted for the conversion of an existing accessory structure into an ADU, with two slots available.

Winners of the new ADU lottery will be notified after the lottery. Winners of the new ADU lottery and conversion applicants must submit their complete building permit application to DCD no later than 4:30 PM PT, July 15, 2019. Building permit applications are available online at and must meet the requirements and criteria of San Juan County Code (SJCC) including SJCC 18.40.240 and Ordinance 51-2008. If an ADU permit holder fails to submit a complete and timely building application, that applicant’s ADU permit shall be deemed null and void. The next applicant on the appropriate waitlist will be notified by DCD that they are eligible to submit a complete building application either within 150 days of the eligibility application or by the last business day of the year.

Any ADU eligibility applications received after the lottery will be added to the appropriate waitlist.

1 comment

  • Tom McCarthy Saturday, 02 March 2019 10:55 Comment Link

    Forgive my ignorance, but what IS an ADU conversion?


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