Prior to 2019, Minneapolis was one of the rare cities in the Country that regulated occupancy in both the Zoning Code and the Housing Code - which put restrictive limits on occupancy relying on outdated definitions of household structures.
In 2019, the removal of occupancy regulations from the Zoning Code added flexibility to the residential dwelling unit occupancy regulations.
This proposed update to the Housing Code complements this process by amending the definition of “family” in Section 244.40 -- which guides occupancy limits -- to include unrelated people, while still employing the physical space requirements in Chapter 244. These updates are intended to lowering housing barriers while supporting the following goals:
- Ensuring equity for unrelated renters
- Acknowledging the reality of Minneapolis housing stock: older properties with small bedrooms, few 3- and 4- bedroom properties available for low-income residents
- Relying on safety considerations, not outdated definitions of household structure, to guide occupancy limits
- Simplifying the enforcement process for both residents and inspectors
The amendment does not remove all restrictions on the number of people allowed in a dwelling unit. Occupancy will continue to be restricted by physical space requirements found the City’s housing code.
See Code of Ordinances § 244.810. - Required space in dwelling units