An owner-occupied, single-family residence means any non-multiple unit building containing space used for living, sleeping, cooking, eating, etc., by one family who owns the property as their permanent and primary residence both prior to and after renovation or demolition, and can be demonstrated as such upon request. It includes houses, mobile homes, trailers, detached garages, and outbuildings.
It’s important to determine if your home qualifies as an owner-occupied, single-family residence because requirements are distinct and not adhering to them could result in a substantial fine. Your home likely does not qualify as one if you answer “yes” to any of these questions:
Does someone else own the structure? (e.g., developer, relative, etc.)
Does someone else pay the property tax?
Is the structure currently something other than your permanent, primary residence?
Will the structure be used for something other than your permanent, primary residence after the renovation or demolition is complete?
Does more than one family reside in the structure?
Is the structure a vacation or seasonal home?
Is or will the structure be a rental property?
Is or will the structure be a mixed-use building (e.g. home business)?
Was the structure previously used for public or business/commercial purposes?
Will the structure be demolished as part of an urban renewal project, highway construction project, or city/county ordered demolition?
Will the structure be used for fire training?