Refer to this helpful handout for a simple summary of how building height is measured in Cottonwood Heights.
To determine what is considered a story, click here.
CAN I RENT OUT A MOTHER-IN-LAW APARTMENT IN MY HOUSE?
Single-family homes may only be used for one family. Per city ordinance, a family is defined as: "One or more persons related by blood, marriage, or adoption; or a group not to exceed four persons not all related by blood or marriage, adoption or guardianship." Renting a portion of a home to an unrelated individual or to another family is prohibited by city ordinance if the total number of unrelated people living in the home exceeds four. Accessory dwelling units (i.e. separate dwelling units constructed in an accessory building or constructed as an independent and separate unit within the same home, are prohibited).
CAN I USE MY HOME AS A SHORT-TERM RENTAL (SKI RENTAL, AirBNB, ETC.)
Short-term rental means the rental of a home or rooms within a home for more than 3 but less than 30 days.
Short-term rentals are not allowed in any single-family residential zone in Cottonwood Heights. In multi-family or mixed use zones, short-term rentals are only allowed in PUDs or condominium projects containing at least 8 units, all of which front on a privately owned and maintained street.
Retaining walls 4' or more in height are required to be designed by a licensed structural engineer, and require a building permit.
HOW DO I GET A ZONING VERIFICATION LETTER?
Fill out the Zoning Verification Application form as completely as possible, including the specific information that is being requested, and email it to city staff at email@example.com. The zoning verification application fee is $150 and typically takes two weeks to process.
A Planned Unit Development, or PUD, is an area of land developed as a single entity in conformity with an overall development plan. PUDs are used to provide greater flexibility in the design of buildings, yards, courts, and circulation than would otherwise be allowed in a standard subdivision.
In exchange for this flexibility, developers are required to provide higher-quality design standards, open space, circulation, fencing, signage, etc. than would be required in a standard subdivision.
PUDs in Cottonwood Heights do not allow developers additional density.
WHAT IS MY PROPERTY ZONED, AND WHAT ARE MY BUILDING SETBACKS?
Click here to check your zoning, setbacks, building height, etc. online, or call the planning department at 801-944-7060.