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Statutory County

2 Dec
Boulder County is a statutory county. In practical terms, what this means to you as a property and home owner is that the county does not and is really not authorized to actively look for code violations (no building permits, etc.). All they can really do is respond to complaints from county residents. In other words, keep good relationships with your neighbors when you can! This has significant, obvious ramifications but we will go into more details about this later!

125% Rule

25 Nov
One of the real offenders to personal property rights is the 125% rule. The 125% rule says that you can only increase the square footage of your home by enough space so that the final square footage is no more than 125% of the median square footage in your official neighborhood. If your home is already larger than the median square footage, you are sol (shit out of luck). You aren’t allowed to add any net square footage to your property. Unfortunately, if you have any structures not connected to your primary residents such as a barn, that square footage is included in the calculations of your total square footage. An example: the median square footage of a house in our neighborhood is 2744 square foot. Therefore, I can add enough square footage to bring my 1936 square foot house to 3429 square feet, about a 1377 square foot increase. We have a 340 square foot barn, so now we can add only 1037 square feet, barely a second floor that cover 1/2 the original footprint of the house. Our neighbors have a 1000 square foot barn with a house about the same size as our’s. This means that unless they deconstruct their barn, they can add only 300 – 400 square feet! One of the county’s goals is to “maintain the rural nature of the county”. How does suggesting someone deconstruct a barn “maintain the rural nature of the county”? With as much open space as the county has, allowing people to build their dream house (within reason) wont be detrimental to that goal and allows personal property rights every American should have. (The houses described above are on 1/2 – 1 acre lots). But there are ways around this … see Clever Solutions section!

Living in Temporary Structures

14 Nov

Did you know that a tent or a tipi is considered a “temporary accessory structure” and can only be up for 14 days??? Chief Niwot would have been cited pretty quickly! (More details to come on this rule).