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City ordinances and state codes outline these 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 instance: parents, children, foster children, grandparents, aunts, etc.
Visit the assessor’s website to find the zoning district for an address.
|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.
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||
|three or more units||
A 10 ft. by 10 ft. bedroom, with a standard eight-foot ceiling, lodges two (2) adults. The same sized room could lodge four (4) children.
- Find the total square footage.
- Subtract the area of closets, hallways, bathrooms and utility rooms.
Bedrooms, dens, studies, dining rooms, and kitchens count towards the livable space.
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