Compliance with State Legislation


The Washington State Legislature passed several bills related to housing that were signed into law by Governor Inslee in 2023. The City of Edmonds is required to comply with these laws by July 2025. 

The following bills will impact our development code in the following areas:

  • Missing Middle Housing - E2SHB 1110 will require the City of Edmonds to allow 2 housing units per 'single-family' lot, 4 units per lot within 1/4 mile of a major transit stop, and 4 units per lot if at least one unit is affordable housing.

  • Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) - EHB 1337 will allow property owners in Edmonds to build detached accessory dwelling units (DADUs), operate an ADU without owner-occupancy requirements, and build up to 2 ADUs. The legislation will also increase maximum floor area requirements to a minimum of 1,000 square feet and eliminate restrictions on entry door locations.
  • Streamlining Development Regulations - ESHB 1293 will require that development regulations for the exterior design of new development be clear and objective. Additionally, the design review process must be conducted at the same time as the project permit process and not include more than 1 public meeting. 
  • Categorical Design Review Exemptions - 2SSB 5412 will allow the City of Edmonds to establish categorical exemptions from the requirements of the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) to accommodate infill development, including housing.

Click here for more information on major changes to Washington's housing laws.