Bend ADU Guide

A Resource for Homeowners

Bend ADU Guide

A Resource for Homeowners

“ADU” is an Acronym for Accessory Dwelling Unit

A secondary living space, i.e. an apartment or small home, constructed on a lot where there is already a primary residence.

Financing & Costs


Zoning & Permitting


Design & Construction


Property Management


With the recent adoption of House Bill 2001, homeowners have more options to add additional housing to their lots. This can provide homeowners with income to offset their mortgage and add more workforce housing to our community.

 This guide is meant to answer some questions about the process of building, financing, and renting an ADU. It is not meant to be a comprehensive guide but it will direct you to resources that will help you as you build an ADU on your property in the city of Bend.

Rural ADUs are not yet permitted in unincorporated Deschutes County. For information on the status of the County’s implementation process as outlined in Senate Bill 391, visit the Deschutes County website.

Workforce Housing

Increasing the supply of affordable and attainable housing to support Bend’s growing population is one of our guiding policy principles. Adding an ADU to your property is one of several ways to help add workforce housing to our community. Click below to learn more about the Chamber’s Workforce Housing Initiative.

Types of ADUs

ADU Detached


structure, such as a backyard cottage

ADU Detached


Shares at least one
wall with the
primary home

ADU-Types_Interior Conversion


Built from existing converted space (an attic or basement)

ADU Detached


Converted former garage space

ADU Detached


Unit built above
the garage

The Bend ADU Guide is Courtesy of the Leadership Bend Class of 2022

Leadership BendThis guide was created by members of the Leadership Bend Class of 2022. Our team met with Katy Brooks, Bend Chamber CEO, to find out what kind of project would make the most impact in our community. She said that after each of the Workforce Housing webinars, attendees asked what they could do personally to help alleviate the housing crisis. We felt it made sense for us to create a project that utilized our individual strengths and realms of influence: city zoning and permits, design, construction, financing, property management, and marketing (and someone who’s been through the process!) to create a resource for those people who wanted to help.

Leadership Bend Contributors:

  • Sean Bearden — Hayden Homes
  • Eric Berlin — First Interstate Bank
  • Chloe Crabtree — PrideStaff
  • Heather Dion — CASA of Central Oregon
  • Jennifer Gordon — Bend Chamber of Commerce
  • Matthew Guthrie — BBT Architects
  • Matt Kelly — Ten Over Studio
  • Cynthia Maree — St. Charles Health System
  • Jeff Sanders — Mid Oregon Credit Union
  • Ryan Schomburg — Guiding Vision
  • Meli Wellington — Arbor Mortgage Group
  • Jo Wells — City of Bend


The Bend Chamber is actively supported by these Signature Investors