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Occupancy Standards

The City of Madison’s Ordinances, and state codes, outline occupancy standards. Occupancy is complex, and this information is only a guide. The following information deals only with zoning regulations. For zoning purposes, "family" refers to a group of related individuals (e.g. parents, children, foster children, grandparents, aunts, etc.).

Visit the assessor’s website to find the zoning district for an address.

Single-family Unit

If the dwelling unit is a occupancy can be OR
owner-occupied unit in Madison a family AND max four (4) unrelated roomers max five (5) unrelated individuals? 
single-family rental unit in Madison  a family N/A

single-family rental unit in zoning districts:

SR-C1, SR-C2, SR-C3, TR-C1, TR-C2, TR-C3, TR-C4, TR-R and TR-P

a family AND one (1) unrelated roomer max two (2) unrelated individuals
single-family rental unit in all other zoning districts that allow dwelling units a family AND max four (4) unrelated roomers max five (5) unrelated individuals? 

 

NOTE: If the dwelling unit is located in a building with more than one unit, it's not a single-family dwelling.

Non-single-family Units

For units that aren't single-family units, the following space requirement also apply:

If the building has units needs to provide
two or more units
  • 150 sq. ft. for the first occupant
  • 100 sq. ft. for each additional occupant
three or more units
  • 150 sq. ft. for the first occupant
  • 100 sq. ft. for each additional occupant

AND

  • 400 cubic feet of sleeping area per adult
  • 200 cubic feet of sleeping area per child

A 10 ft. by 10 ft. bedroom, with a standard eight-foot ceiling, accommodates two (2) adults. The same size bedroom could accommodate four (4) children.

 

To find the occupiable area of a dwelling unit:

  1. Find the total square footage.
  2. Subtract the area of closets, hallways, bathrooms and utility rooms. (Bedrooms, dens, studies, dining rooms, and kitchens count towards the occupiable space.)
Last Updated: 12/01/2020

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