The Accessory Affordable Apartment Program (Section 9, Article II of the
Code of the Town of Barnstable) is one component of the Town of Barnstable’s
overall Affordable Housing Plan. Since its inception in 2000,
objective of the Program has been to use existing housing to provide safe,
clean, legal and affordable housing while maintaining positive working
relationships between the town and property owners. The Program was amended
in 2002 to allow for the creation of a new accessory affordable housing unit
in an owner-occupied dwelling or within an existing detached structure on
Participation is subject to the issuance of a Comprehensive Permit by the
Zoning Board of Appeals Hearing Officer. To date, approximately 188
affordable housing units have been permitted by this program and 140 are
The Accessory Affordable Housing Coordinator assists the property owner
throughout the permitting process beginning with their initial program
inquiry through the final steps of the Comprehensive Permit application
Helping the property owner to determine if they are eligible.
Helping to assemble application materials.
Coordinating various staff and committee comments on the application.
Assisting the property owner is seeking funding assistance for
rehabilitation and upgrade to an existing unit.