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November 17, 2020
Did you know? The City of Florence will pick up your bagged leaves! Just place them in trash bags, "leaf" them on the curbside, and our Public Works Department will haul them away. Please note: Leaves must be bagged, or they will not be picked up. Contact City Hall at 719-784-4848 if you have any questions.
November 17, 2020
City Hall will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27, 2020 in observance of Thanksgiving.

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Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

What is an ADU?

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are secondary living areas on a residential lot or within the main home. ADUs are often referred to as ancillary apartments, mother-in-law suites/cottages, granny flats, or guesthouses. These residential units are smaller than the main home and include a sleeping area, sanitary facilities, and gas/electrical facilities for cooking. ADUs can come in a number of forms, such as:

  • Above a detached garage

  • A separate structure in the backyard

  • Attached to the main house as a converted basement or attic

Click here to view a guide to ADUs by AARP

ADU Types

Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Proposed Ordinance

The Florence City Council and Planning Commission have discussed implementing accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in Florence city limits. This would allow property owners in specific zones throughout the city to have a second dwelling unit on their property as long as certain criteria are met.

Click here to read the proposed ADU Ordinance

Click here for more information from the City of Florence

The City of Florence would like your feedback on the proposed Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) ordinance. Please provide as much information and be as specific as possible, so we can better address these concerns. These items will be reviewed and may be discussed at Planning Commission and City Council meetings.

If you have additional comments, please contact the Planning Director, Wade Broadhead, at wbroadhead@florencecolorado.org or 719-784-4848 ext. 227.

Code Enforcement: Did you know?

In addition to their yards, the cleanliness and weed maintenance of the alleyway and the tree lawn (space between the sidewalk and curb in the front/side yard) is the responsibility of the homeowner. Please keep these areas clean and clear of weeds, leaves, trash, and debris.

Code Enforcement

Sidewalks must remain clear of obstruction, including but not limited to snow, ice, mud, dirt, trash, stone, coal, firewood, boxes, barrels, crates, tables, and vehicles. The occupant of the adjacent property is responsible to maintain these areas.

There are restrictions on where property owners may place sheds or accessory structures on their property. Please contact the Planning Department if you are unsure whether you are following the setback requirements for your zone district.

There are a maximum of three (3) dogs allowed on each property in the City of Florence, and each dog must be licensed. See our Dog License page for more information.

Citizens are required to obtain a poultry license in order to have ducks or chickens on their property. Only female chickens and ducks are allowed (no roosters or drakes), and no more than eight (8) are allowed per single-family dwelling. Click here for more information from the Florence Municipal Code.

SFC Ray Adam Archuletta