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Types of Dwellings/Occupancy limits/Rentals

Section 4.3.2. of the Land Use Code describes different residential uses that are allowed in various zone districts in Larimer County. Dwellings may be built on site (stick built) or they may be modular homes or manufactured homes.

Types of Dwellings

  • Single-family dwelling
  • Duplex dwelling
  • Multiple-family dwelling

Residential Occupancy (Occupancy limits)

This is based on the Land Use Code's definitions for single family dwelling, living unit and family. A single-family dwelling may be occupied by one living unit. See the Occupancy handout

Living unit. One family, plus up to two additional individuals whose place of residence is with the family in the dwelling unit.
Family. An individual or group of people living together who are related by blood, marriage or adoption.


Vacation or other rentals of single family dwellings for less than 31 days are not allowed in the unincorporated area of the county without review and approval by Larimer County. The Land Use Code addresses rentals in its definitions of dwellings. If a single family dwelling is rented, the rental period must be a minimum of 31 days. Use of a single family dwelling property as a rental unit cannot convert the property to a use contemplated by tourist or accommodation zoning, i.e. as a resort cabin, providing single night transient rentals. Resort lodge/cabins may be allowed through the Special Review process or other processes in certain zone districts. Contact Planning staff at (970) 498-7679 or via email for information about review process options.

If you would like more specific information or if you have a question that's not answered here, please contact the Larimer County Planning Department at 970-498-7679 or send us email.

Common Questions

Additional Resources and Information

Larimer County Zoning Information - For links to zoning district descriptions and allowed uses.

Larimer County Assessor - For information about vaulation and assessment of property and access to on-line property records and maps.

Occupancy handout

Illegal Dwellings handout

Converting Existing Buildings handout

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