Why the ADU policies don’t quite work in the City of Kirkland

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Most of Kirkland is suburbia.

With subdivisions that were enacted in the 1960s and 1970s, many of them come with Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&Rs). Here is one example.

Even though the City of Kirkland zoning code allows having up to 3 units (main house and 2 ADUs) on a property, neighborhood level CC&Rs supersede what the city allows.

In this case, each lot is only allowed to have one single family dwelling, not to exceed 2 stories, min 800 square feet lot coverage, and no more than a 2 car garage!

Key takeaway: it is important to review CC&Rs to see what can or cannot be built.


Adrian Chu is a full-service real estate professional based in Seattle and San Francisco. Adrian is the Founder & Principal of CHU Design + Build (an urban infill residential development company) and Specialty Real Estate Group (a full-service residential and commercial real estate services company). Adrian is a Managing Broker in WA, Broker in CA, Principal Broker in OR, as well as a Mortgage Loan Originator (MLO-920749) in WA and CA. Adrian is a proud Husky with a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington.  In his previous life, Adrian held various technical lead and program management roles with several FORTUNE 100 technology companies.

Adrian can be reached by phone or text at (206) 407-5452 and by email at Adrian@AdrianChu.com.


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