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Occupancy Limits

Occupancy Limits

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Occupancy Limits

Sign showing required language and font sizes Owners of rental dwellings in Boulder must inform current and potential tenants about the maximum number of unrelated individuals allowed to live in their units.

The key provisions of the ordinance are:

  • Only properties with less than five dwelling units are required to post the sign conspicuously inside the main entrance to each dwelling unit
  • The occupancy sign only needs to be posted when showing the unit to a prospective renter
  • The sign should list a maximum occupancy no greater than the city’s maximum unrelated occupants under Section 9-8-5 B.R.C. 1981 and the posted limit can be smaller than that allowed by Section 9-8-5
  • All advertisements for rentals should list a maximum occupancy no greater than the city’s maximum unrelated occupants under Section 9-8-5 B.R.C. 1981 and the advertised limit can be smaller than that allowed by Section 9-8-5

Advertisements for rental units also must state the maximum number of unrelated occupants.

Maximum occupancy is determined by zoning district, and property owners, managers and tenants are responsible for knowing the allowed legal occupancy. Property owners can limit the number of occupants to fewer people than their zoning designation allows.

Find the maximum permissible occupancy for your unit

The maximum number of unrelated individuals allowed to live in a dwelling is determined by zoning district. To find your zoning district:

Up to three unrelated individuals are allowed to live in a dwelling in P, A, RR, RE and RL zones; up to four persons in MU, RM, RMX, RH, BT, BC, BMS, BR, DT, IS, IG, IM and IMS zones.

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