Hi Bigger pockets,
Quick question. I am looking at a property with a mother in law suite in the basement with its own separate entrance, kitchen, basically everything to make this a stand alone unit. If I wanted to rent out the basement as a long term rental (1 year lease) is this legal if the house is zoned as the following
“additional home occupations and room-renting to one or two persons are allowed upon application and issuance of a permit. Density = 7.3 dwelling units/acre.” It’s a residential zoning with permitted additional home occupants upon application.
Thanks for the help,
Interesting topic. Where did you pull that zoning description? I believe that's from Denver's old code for homes formerly zoned R-1. That whole zoning format doesn't exist anymore.
Zoning designations follow a different format now -- like "U-SU-B" or "E-SU-A," etc. The first letter is the neighborhood type -- "U" for urban, "E" for urban edge, "S" for suburban, etc. The second letters are the type of housing allowed -- "SU" for single unit, "TU" for two unit, etc. There are a lot of variations within. The typical R1 zoning, which was just a single-family house zoning is now replaced by "SU," or "single unit."
If you're looking up the zoning of properties in Denver, use the city of Denver's zoning map page. You can search by address, and it will tell you the zoning designation. And then go to the zoning articles that pertain to either "urban" or "urban edge" or whatever the start of the zoning designation is and read the actual article on you property's exact zoning.
So, as an example, let's look up 5548 Worchester. I go to the zoning map, search "5548 Worchester." It tells me the zoning is "S-SU-D." I then go the zoning articles page. Because the "S" at the beginning of the designation means "suburban," click on "Article 3 Suburban (S)..." Scroll down to page 8 in the doc --- Sec. 18.104.22.168, and you'll see what's allowed in that type of property.