The city will hold a series of virtual public input sessions, beginning in late January, to hear from the community on potential changes to regulations that govern residential accessory buildings in single-family neighborhoods.
City staff will be on hand to explain and answer questions about the proposed revisions ahead of a public hearing, tentatively scheduled for spring.

The public input sessions will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19; 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27; and 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4.

The amendments to the city’s zoning code under discussion would revise the regulations for accessory buildings and also allow the placement of accessory dwellings within accessory buildings. Under the proposal, an accessory apartment within the main house would also be allowed.

An accessory building is a detached structure in the rear yard, such as a shed or garage.

An accessory apartment is a small living unit, separate from but enclosed within the main house.

An accessory apartment added to existing house.

An accessory dwelling unit is a second, smaller dwelling on the same grounds as the main, single-family house but in an accessory building. Examples of these include an apartment over a garage or a smaller, separate structure (on a foundation) in the backyard.

A free-standing accessory dwelling unit.

For more details about the proposed revisions, including how to register for the virtual public input sessions, visit www.rockville md.gov/2345.