Administering Funds & Assuring Compliance

The city is responsible for assuring compliance for investments and grants with federal, state and local regulatory requirements. This webpage provides compliance information and resources.

News & Updates

  • The City of Boulder hereby invites interested persons to participate in the review of a Draft Programmatic Agreement for Historic Preservation designed to expedite the review of undertakings directly funded by HUD. The draft programmatic agreement relates to projects subject to environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act and its HUD implementing regulations at 24 CFR Part 58, Protection and Enhancement of Environmental Quality, as well as Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), 16 U.S.C. § 470f, and its implementing regulations at 36 C.F.R. Part 800, Protection of Historic and Cultural Properties.

    The City of Boulder welcomes the consultation of interested parties and organizations as we strive for more effective public participation in NEPA and Section 106 analyses, in our efforts to achieve more informed decision making and to promote cultural heritage and identity. In order to meet program timeframes, we request that you advise the City of Boulder with your comments regarding the draft agreement no later than Sunday, November 12, 2023.

    Please submit your written comments to Shelly Conley Housing Sr Compliance Manager at P.O. Box 791 Boulder, Colorado. 80306 or via email at
  • Update Contact Information: Please be sure to submit any changes in Ownership, Property Management, staffing and property assignments to compliance staff.
  • The proposed updates to the Rental Compliance Manual have been adopted effective 1/1/2023. All previous versions of the manual are now obsolete. We strongly encourage all Owners and Managers to read through these updates. A copy of the manual can downloaded from the city’s website and by clicking on the hyperlink below.
  • 2023 Income & Rent Limits were published in Late May 2023. An email notification will be sent to affordable Owners/Managers.


The City of Boulder is an Entitlement Community administering HOME Investment Partnership and Community Development Block Grant funds.

The Department of Housing & Human Services also administers local funds that include CHAP, Affordable housing Funds in addition to assuring compliance with Inclusionary Housing requirements

Rental Compliance

The Housing & Human Services Department works with community partners to provide a variety of housing choices to households at all income levels. In Boulder the market provides housing choices for households with higher income levels. The Affordable Housing Program focuses its efforts on providing permanently affordable housing options to households with incomes at the lower end of the income spectrum.

City Council supports the goal of the city to have at least 15% of the overall housing stock be permanently affordable to households earning income up to ten percent above the HUD low-income limit. In addition, the City is attempting to create an affordable housing continuum that ensures housing choices at every income level. The preservation of existing affordable units is given equal importance to that of the creation of new units and the purchase of land for future development of affordable units.

Housing units produced or acquired through a grant allocation from the City of Boulder or provided through the Inclusionary Housing Program or Annexation are subject to compliance and eligibility requirements in perpetuity. These requirements are formally agreed to by the signing of a Low-Income Housing Covenant prior to the drawdown of any funds or issuance of building permits. These Covenants run with the land and may only be amended by agreement of all signing parties. Read the Rental Compliance Manual.

Rental Compliance Orientation

The online Rental Compliance Orientation is now available for new owners and managers of permanently affordable rental housing, as well as new property management staff. View the video below.

Community Development Project Compliance

In addition to providing affordable housing opportunities in Boulder, the City is also committed to providing access to support services for low income residents of Boulder. The City accomplishes this effort by awarding Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to local nonprofit organizations which provide a valuable or necessary service to the community.

Learn more by reading the Community Development Policies & Procedures Compliance Manaul PDF.

Compliance Reports

As a recipient of funds, each Grantee has entered into an Agreement and/or Covenant which outlines the compliance requirements specific to the Grantee’s project, property, or program. Each funded project is subject to quarterly and annual reporting requirements. The Annual Reporting Guide provides guidance on the reporting requirements associated with city-supported projects, properties and programs. The guide is designed to help Grantees, Owners and Managers understand the reporting requirements that apply to specific activities, programs, and projects.

Specific questions related to funded projects, should be directed to Shelly Conley, Housing Sr Compliance Manager.

Quarterly Progress Reports

Quarterly Progress Reports are required for all “open” projects that have not fully expended the funds awarded to the project or until construction projects are complete and units area leased up.

Annual Reports

The Annual Reporting Guide describes the purpose of the following annual reports:

Training Tools & Resources

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME)

Uniform Relocation Act

Davis Bacon

Other Federal Requirements & Resources

Lead Based Paint

Race & Ethnicity Compliance Reports

Leases & Addendums