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Occupancy Standards

City ordinances and state codes outline occupancy standards. Occupancy is complex, and this page is only a guide.

The tables below deal only with zoning rules. In zoning, "family" means a group of related people. For example, 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 in a building with more than one unit, it's not a single-family dwelling.

Non-single-family dwellings

For dwellings that are not single-family units, these space rules also apply:

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

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, lodges two (2) adults. The same size bedroom could lodge four (4) children.

 

To find the livable 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 livable space.

Last Updated: 08/30/2021

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