Intentional communities

Our zoning code limits the number of people in dwelling units. Intentional communities can exceed the limit if approved by the City.


To qualify as an intentional community, a dwelling group must:

  • Apply to the City of Minneapolis for review and approval
  • Provide a representative member for contact purposes
  • Comply with all related laws:
    • Provisions of the Code of Ordinances involving noisy and unruly assemblies
    • Other regulations that protect public health and safety
  • Share one or both of the following with the City (if applicable):
    • A cooperative registration number or other legal documentation establishing the intentional community
    • A copy of any lease agreement

Read about intentional communities

Rental properties

Rental properties may be operated as intentional communities, with the following restrictions:

  • Landlords are limited to a single intentional community.
  • A landlord with any Tier II or Tier III rental properties is not eligible to operate an intentional community.
    Read about rental license tiering

Dwelling units that do not qualify

A dwelling unit where the occupants act as separate roomers will not be considered an intentional community. An example would be a rooming house.

See the City's rooming house definition


To apply with the City as an intentional community:

  1. Complete an Intentional Community Registration Application
  2. Submit the application in person at the City of Minneapolis Service Center

Please review the application and the instructions carefully.

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