Tiny House as Guest House (with limitations)

El Paso (County), Colorado


Name Tiny House as Guest House (with limitations)
Municipality El Paso (County)
Zoning Districts Single-Family Lot
Effective Date
Municipal Code Chapter 5 – Use Specific Development Standards; 5.2.1 – Accessory Living Quarters
Code Link https://library.municode.com/co/el_paso_county/codes/land_development_code?nodeId=CH5USDIST_5.2UECDEST
Authority Planning and Community Development


Accessory Living Quarters are permissible but have a few different rules in El Paso.

All utilities must be connected to the main house.

Occupancy Limited. Accessory living quarters shall only be utilized for temporary occupancy, non-paying guests or visitors, and may not be leased or rented, including short-term rental. A temporary occupant may not receive mail, enroll in K-12 school, or establish permanent residency at the accessory living quarters unless otherwise modified by the Sections below. This provision does not prohibit:

  • An immediate family member or an employee who permanently occupies an attached accessory living quarters as set forth below.
  • An immediate family member who permanently occupies the detached accessory living quarters, provided the appropriate special use approval is obtained as set forth below.

Special Provisions for a Detached Accessory Living Quarters for Permanent Occupancy. Detached accessory living quarters may be utilized for permanent occupancy by special use approval. The special use may be approved if the accessory living quarters requirements listed above are met as well as the following requirements:

Use Limited to Family Members. A special use may be applied for and approved to:

  • Provide for temporary living arrangements to house immediate family members whom are elderly, disabled, or exhibit a family need; or,
  • Provide for temporary living arrangements to house immediate family providing for the needs of the residents of the primary residence on the property.

A family member shall be related by blood, half blood or at law, and which term “at law” includes in-law relationships arising from a deceased or former spouse.

Key Contacts

Planning and Community Development
2880 International Circle, Suite 110
Colorado Springs, CO 80910
(719) 520-6300

Staff Directory


Source: https://www.elpasoco.com/

Updated:  March 2021 – Loran

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Building Code — Legislation that speaks to how to construct a tiny house.

Zoning Code — Legislation that speaks to how the lot will be used.


ADU — Accessory Dwelling Unit

DMV — Division of Motor Vehicles

IB — Industrialized Buildings

IRC — International Residential Code

PUD — Planned Unit Development

RV — Recreational Vehicle

SF — Single Family Dwelling

T — Transitional Housing

UDO — Unified Development Ordinance

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