A day care home permit is allowed as an accessory use in any residential zone unless prohibited by the neighborhoodA geographic sub-area within the city that contains but is not limited to residential land uses. The extent of a neighborhood is variable and may be defined by tradition, organizational boundaries, period of building and development, or subdivision patterns. Neighborhood boundaries may include such features as major streets or other physical elements. and/or development covenants, and the daycare is limited in size. The maximum number of children for a day care home permit is six children plus two after school. A Colorado State license is required to operate a home day care. Any additional children would be classified as a large day care home which will normally require Conditional Use approval by Planning Commission.
Be sure that you check for any covenants and/or restrictions that may exist at your property prior to submitting an application. Covenants and/or restrictions are additional requirements that apply in neighborhoods and supersede City Code. If a covenant and/or restriction prohibits a home based business, a Home Day Care would not be allowed at the property. The City does not enforce covenants and/or restrictions nor do they have jurisdiction over them. If you have questions about your covenants and/or restrictions, please contact your Homeowner Association.
A $120 non-refundable review fee is required upon submittal of the application. Once approved, the daycare may obtain their State of Colorado licensure and then continue without any renewal requirement.
Childcare facilities are licensed by the Colorado Department of Human Services.
Requirements and Information
Daycare Home Size Restrictions
To qualify for approval under the Daycare Home Permit, a daycare must accommodate no more than a total of six (6) children on a full-time basis plus two (2) additional children on a part-time basis. If a larger daycare is desired, please submit a request for a Pre-Application Meeting. A planner from the LUR Division will meet with you to determine the issues and necessary applications relating to your request.
Unlike Home Occupations, one part-time employee who does not reside at the home is allowed to work at the daycare home. When the normal daycare provider cannot be present, the substitute provider is allowed to work.
Since home daycares are accessory uses and are located in neighborhoods, a small wall sign no more than two (2) square feet is allowed to be placed on the home.
State-required outdoor space must not be located within any front building setback (see Property Zoning) and must be screened from adjacent properties to reduce play area noise.