Boulder housing code currently prohibits shared households made up of more than 3 or 4 unrelated people. People living in “over-occupied” houses are breaking the law and are subject to eviction and legal penalties.

Diverse, high quality, affordable housing is a key element of a successful, vibrant city. That’s why we’re calling on Boulder’s City Council to allow for more shared housing in our community. This will make it easier for people to live here affordably, and reduce our impact on the planet.

We are asking City Council to:

  1. repeal or increase the occupancy limits for unrelated people,
  2. provide a straightforward, legal pathway for the creation of cooperative households, and
  3. remove restrictions that prevent the creation of small secondary living units alongside single family homes throughout the city.

 Click here to sign the above petition.

Want to get more involved?

Make Boulder Home invites you to participate in our process to make Boulder more affordable. Email housing staff member Jay Sugnet at and city council with your thoughts at, show up at city council meetings and planning board meetings, write letters to the editor, and spread the word! Please copy a submission to us for the personal stories section of our website. Send us your story here.

To be added to our email list, fill out our petition and tell us that you want to receive emails. If you want to volunteer or help directly with the campaign, email us directly!

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