Auxiliary Living Unit or ALU
Auxiliary LivingUnit or ALU is an additional living unit, including separate kitchen, sleeping, and bathroom facilities, separate from the owner-occupied primary residential living unit, on a single-family lot, not to exceed four hundred (400) square feet.
The unit may be attached or a detached residential dwelling unit that provides complete independent living facilities for one or more persons. It may include permanent living, sleeping, eating, cooking, and sanitation provisions on the same parcel as the single-family dwelling.
An ALU can be a cottage on your property or a remodeled room above your garage, but most often, the space in your basement can be remodeled into an additional living space. ALUs have become affordable, realistic housing options to help their loved ones thrive.