It is common to find accessory apartments in Orem homes. Many times, the improved area is called a “mother in-law” apartment and then illegally rented out. In 2004, Orem decided to prohibit the approval of new accessory apartments because of a few parking complaints. However, this didn’t stop the construction, or renting out, of basement apartments. All it did was create a whole new class of taxpaying lawbreakers.
After several public hearings, on June 10, 2012, the Orem City Council voted to once again allow accessory apartments to be built and approved. Several regulatory steps are needed to obtain legal approval for existing apartments or to construct a new one. Here is a summary of the new rules for obtaining City of Orem approval:
Orem Accessory Apartment Restrictions
- Maximum Bedrooms: Two
- Maximum Square Feet: 1200
- Minimum Square Feet: 300
- Minimum Ceiling Height: Seven Feet
- Parking Requirement: Three Paved Pads