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Thank you for registering for the ADU Tour

Open Hours for the ADUs on the tour are 10am-4pm on Saturday, June 25th

Thank you for registering to attend the 7th Build Small, Live Large: Portland’s Accessory Dwelling Unit Tour.

We’re so excited for the ADU Tour this Saturday!

The ADU Tour web page is now available for tour registrants.

The Tour Website is:
The password is: 2022

Using the Google Map on that page, you can navigate by foot, bike, or vehicle to your next ADU tour location.

ADU Tour Booklets and Wristbands

In order to visit the ADUs, you will need ADU tour booklets and wristbands. Volunteers will be checking for wristbands at each ADU. You may not enter the ADUs without them.

You can pick up your wristbands and ADU Tour booklets on the day of the tour, beginning at 9am, at 5009 NE 11th Ave, Portland, OR, 97211

When picking up them up, you do not need to print out a physical copy of your ticket. You’ll just need to bring a photo ID. You can pick up booklets and wristbands for others as well– just have the other registrants forward their confirmation email to you.

Routes: You Can Go Your Own Way

Please do NOT visit the ADUs starting at #1 or #13 at 10am, or you will likely be stuck in a large wave of others trying to do the same thing. If you go in order starting at 10am, please start anywhere other ADU #1 or ADU #13.

Count on being able to visit 2 ADUs any hour. So, it is feasible to visit all of the ADUs, but it’s ok to be selective and only visit the ADUs that pertain to your personal interests.

Educate yourself about the ADUs: Read the ADUs profiles available online before the tour so you can use your time effectively. The project profiles and several posters and signage located at each ADU will likely address many of the questions that you have about the ADUs. To make the tour better for everyone, don’t ask redundant questions of the hosts, designers, or builders, that are already addressed directly in the website or in the posters. Ask questions that are more nuanced or aren’t addressed in the tour literature provided.

The Mobile-Friendly Google Map for the ADU Tour

Using the Google Map, you can:

  • Navigate by foot, bike, or vehicle to your next ADU tour location using Google Maps
  • Read the project profile for each ADU and see preview images of each ADU on the tour

Tour Logistics

Heat: It’s predicted to be hot on Saturday afternoon. Many of the sites will have shade when you are waiting in a queue, but some will not. Please wear a brimmed hat, and consider bringing a sun umbrella if you are especially concerned about being in the sun.

Masks: Please bring a mask. Some of the hosts will require masks.

Water: Bring a water bottle to fill up along the way. You can fill up your bottle at each ADU, and some of the hosts will provide ice for you to use to keep cool. How cool!

Bike!: We encourage you to ride a bike, if you’re able. Biking will substantially minimize the traffic impact on the neighborhoods that you’ll be visiting this weekend. There will be large bike racks located at each ADU and we encourage you to bike if you’re able. Remember to lock your bikes to the racks. More information is available about biking on the tour page.

Driving: If you’re driving, be aware that parking at each ADU will be limited; expect to walk 1-2 blocks at each location.

Volunteers: At each ADU, there will be a tour volunteer stationed to answer questions, check wristbands, and keep an eye on the bike racks.

Be Respectful: Be respectful of the ADU homeowners, designers, and builders, who have opened up their ADUs for the tour. Some homeowners may ask you to remove your shoes. Some won’t. Be respectful of their wishes.

Bathrooms: There won’t be bathrooms available at any of the ADUs for you to use since the bathrooms need to be kept clean for the other tour attendees to see. So, you’ll have to rely on using restrooms at retail establishments along your tour route.

Other attendees: ADUs are inherently small and this tour will have many attendees. Volunteers will be there to manage a queue outside of each ADU. We will follow state guidance on COVID 19 protocols at the time of the tour.

The Saturday Evening ADU Workshop


You must purchase an add-on ticket when you are purchasing your ADU Tour ticket in order to attend the two hour workshop.

  • If you purchased this add-on ticket through Eventbrite, then we will be able to check you at the door of the event simply using your name. No paperwork or anything else is needed.
  • If you did not purchase admission for the workshop at the time that you purchased your ADU Tour ticket, you can do so by using this link. When you show up at the workshop, you will have to produce the PayPal email confirmation of this purchase on a smart phone or in printed form.

Space is limited to 230 people. The standalone registration cost is $30.

When and Where:

This presentation will be held in the sanctuary at Taborspace, located at 5441 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97215. Plan to arrive at 5:45pm. The talk will begin at 6pm. It will go to 8pm and will include opportunities for questions and answers.


This workshop will primarily cover the new zoning regulations in the City of Portland, which include two ADUs, as well as cottage clusters. It will also cover the rules for placing and inhabiting a tiny houses on wheels or an RV on residential property. We will review some of the best practices in terms of development and design and cost, referring specifically to the ADUs that were featured in the ADU Tour. This workshop is capped at 230 people.

Have fun! Learn a lot. Get inspired.

15 comments on “Thank you for registering for the ADU Tour

  1. Marie Morgan
    May 5, 2015

    It would be great at the Tour if there were some sort of (physical and/or electronic) bulletin board for potential contacts with mutual interests. E.g., I hope to build an ADU in Portland for when I come to visit friends & family, but I don’t own a home there…maybe someone wants one on their property but can’t pay for construction right now.

    • vrpdxpert
      May 21, 2015

      Funny you should mention it; I have a home in need of just such an ADU.
      If anyone’s interested in the above circumstances, let me know.

      May 29, 2015

      I have a home in a great location that is in need of an ADU. If you are interested let me know!

  2. GJ
    May 21, 2015

    Where is the “your PDF ticket (available below).” ???

    • kolpeterson
      May 21, 2015

      Thanks for catching that. I’ve corrected it. You’ll actaully receive the PDF ticket by email.

  3. F Mayer
    September 30, 2015

    Are you mailing all tickets instead of email?

    • kolpeterson
      September 30, 2015

      Tickets must be picked up in person.

      All ticket holders can pick up booklets and wristbands during the event, on November 7th from 9am-4pm:

      at Caravan- The Tiny House Hotel

      5009 NE 11th Ave, Portland, OR, 97211.

      Early bird ticket holders can pick up tickets and booklets prior to the event at the following times and locations:

      Monday, October 26th starting at 12pm- Friday, October 30th ending at 12pm

      Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

      811 SW 6th Avenue, 10th floor, Portland, OR, 97204


      Build Small Live Large housing summit attendees can pick up tickets at the summit on Friday, November 6th.

      PSU Smith Center, 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR

  4. Delila
    October 22, 2015

    I live in Seattle. Is there any way I could get the code in advance without traveling to Portland?

    • kolpeterson
      October 22, 2015

      Delila, I will be sending out the access code to the tour web page to registered attendees on October 24th.

  5. Kent
    September 9, 2016

    Instructions re needing and picking up tickets and wristbands are not clear to me. We are attending the Sept 18 tour only. Can tickets and wristbands and all reference material be picked up at the same time at the same place? If so what places and times?
    If not (which seems illogical, but is the way I interpret the info provided) where and when do we get the tickets and then where and when do we get the wristbands?

    • Kol Peterson
      September 9, 2016


      You can pick up booklets and wristbands at: Caravan- The Tiny House Hotel, 5009 NE 11th Ave, Portland, OR, 97211 on

      Sunday, September 11th, from 11am-4pm


      at Caravan- The Tiny House Hotel, 5009 NE 11th Ave, Portland, OR, 97211, on the day of the ADU Tour, on Sunday, September 18th, from 9am-4pm

      Saturday ADU Workshop attendees can also pick up packets/wristbands on Saturday, September 17th at 2120 NE Tillamook St. Portland, OR 97212, where the ADU workshops are being held.

  6. Sara
    September 16, 2016

    If I bring my 9-year-old with me on the self guided tour, does he need a wristband?

    • Kol Peterson
      September 16, 2016

      No, Kids under 12 are free. Volunteers will admit children who are under 12 into the ADU without wristbands.

  7. Cecilia Speth
    September 4, 2017

    Is there any alternative to picking up wrist bands/tour books at the Tiny Caravan site? Living in Sellwood working all day Saturday and attending the SE tour on Sunday, I am hoping to avoid the time/drive to pick them up in the AM. I am guessing that there are not other options at this point, so would like to propose future possibilities. I think if a couple of homes on each tour were designated as wrist band / tour books pick up locations it would allow those of us with limited time to maximize our touring days. Thanks!!

    • Kol Peterson
      September 4, 2017


      Yes, there have been a few pick up locations for early bird registrants, and there’s still a couple more times to pick up your wristbands and booklets prior to the Sunday tour in SE. Check your email confirmation for a list of locations and times.

      We’ve tried in the past to have a pick up point in SE and very few people took advantage of it. So, we don’t do that anymore.


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