Unlock the Benefits of the System Development Charge (SDC) Waiver Program with Shelter Solutions

Building an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) in Portland, Oregon, is an excellent way to maximize your property’s potential, create additional living space, and generate rental income. At Shelter Solutions, we specialize in designing and constructing custom ADUs that meet your unique needs. One significant advantage available to Portland homeowners is the System Development Charge (SDC) Waiver Program. Understanding this program can help you save thousands of dollars on your ADU project.

What is the SDC Waiver Program?

The SDC Waiver Program, offered by the City of Portland, provides a financial incentive to encourage the construction of ADUs. System Development Charges are fees assessed to new developments to offset the impact on public infrastructure such as water, sewer, and transportation systems. However, these charges can be waived for eligible ADUs, significantly reducing the cost of your project.

Eligibility for the SDC Waiver Program

To qualify for the SDC Waiver Program, the following criteria must be met:

  • Owner-Occupied or Long-Term Rental: The ADU must be owner-occupied or rented on a month-to-month basis for at least ten years. Short-term rentals (e.g., Airbnb) do not qualify for the waiver.
  • Covenant Agreement: Homeowners must sign a covenant agreement with the City of Portland, committing to the program’s conditions for ten years. This covenant is recorded against the property, ensuring compliance.

How to Apply for the SDC Waiver Program

Applying for the SDC Waiver Program involves several steps:

  1. Permit Application: Submit a complete and accurate building permit application for your ADU project.
  2. Covenant Submission: Scan and email the signed covenant agreement to the Bureau of Revenue and Financial Services, including your permit number in the subject line.
  3. Approval Process: The Revenue Division reviews your application and, once approved, the SDC waiver is applied to your ADU permit.

Benefits of the SDC Waiver Program

Participating in the SDC Waiver Program can save homeowners significant money, making ADU projects more affordable. By reducing the initial costs, homeowners can allocate their budget towards high-quality materials and custom designs, ensuring their ADU meets all their needs and preferences.

Shelter Solutions: Your Partner in ADU Construction

At Shelter Solutions, we are dedicated to helping Portland homeowners navigate the complexities of ADU construction. Our team of experienced professionals provides comprehensive services, from initial design to final construction. We understand the intricacies of the SDC Waiver Program and can guide you through the application process, ensuring you maximize your savings.

Why Choose Shelter Solutions?

  • Custom Designs: We create ADUs tailored to your specific requirements and aesthetic preferences.
  • Expert Guidance: Our knowledgeable team stays up-to-date with Portland’s ADU regulations and programs, providing valuable insights and assistance.
  • Quality Construction: We use high-quality materials and skilled craftsmanship to build durable and beautiful ADUs.

Contact Us Today

Ready to explore the possibilities of adding an ADU to your property? Contact Shelter Solutions today to learn more about the SDC Waiver Program and how we can help you build the perfect ADU in Portland, Oregon, and the surrounding areas. 


By understanding and leveraging the SDC Waiver Program, you can make your ADU project more affordable and efficient. Let Shelter Solutions be your trusted partner in creating a valuable addition to your property.