“Up to Code” Grants Now Available
In December 2019, the Montgomery County Council unanimously passed a zoning change to remove significant barriers for homeowners who wish to build or restore Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) on their properties. ADUs are a popular solution for families that have relatives who want to live independently in a separate unit, for seniors who want to age in place but need additional income to meet increased housing costs, or for renters who want more affordable housing options in communities that are close to public transportation and other amenities.
In Takoma Park, the majority of ADUs are converted basements or other interior spaces that provide a separate entrance, bathroom, and kitchen. Many homes in the City have the remnants of accessory apartments leftover from a time, decades ago, when these apartments were encouraged. Often these spaces require modification to meet current Montgomery County safety codes, such as egress windows, widths of doorways, or ceiling height.
Up to Code Grant Program Information
To begin to address these needs, the City of Takoma Park has launched a grant program, Up to Code, to help homeowners complete the last step in bringing an ADU into compliance.
Up to Code grants are awarded, up to $10,000, to bring a unit into code-compliance in response to issues identified by County inspectors during an ADU permit application inspection.
Once approved, the City will either reimburse the applicant for approved work or pay the licensed contractor directly.