BHC Co-op Certification
If you're interested in forming a housing cooperative under the ordinance recently adopted by the City of Boulder, you've come to the right place!

To get a co-op license, you'll need to be certified by an "Expert Cooperative Housing Organization" (or ECHO) which has been designated by the City, like the Boulder Housing Coalition (BHC). If you'd like to work with the BHC to get certified as a co-op as part of your application to the City, fill out this form, and we'll get the ball rolling. This form should only take a couple of minutes to fill out, and is only the first step in a much longer process.

If you have additional questions or want to reach out to the folks at the BHC who are working on co-op certification, you can send us an email at: echo@boulderhousingcoalition.org. We are a committee of the unpaid board of the BHC, supported by a single staff person. Most of us have lived in housing co-ops for many years, and we're excited to help foster new co-ops in Boulder and do whatever we can to ensure they thrive!
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What's the name of your cooperative? *
This doesn't have to be official yet -- we just need to know what to call y'all!
If you already have a location secured, what's the address?
This is important because co-ops must be separated from each other by at least 500 feet, according to the city's co-op ordinance. If you already have a location, please include the full address here.
What is your desired move-in date? *
This is important because the whole co-op licensing process will probably take something like 6-8 weeks, and we need to know if there's enough lead time to make it work. If you are already living together in the place you're going to turn into a co-op, let us know when you originally moved in. If you're not already living together, let us know when you're hoping to move in together.
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How many members does your co-op or core group have right now? *
This is the people who are planning to live together -- you might not have all your members yet, and that's fine.
How many members do you ultimately intend to have? *
In the low-density zones, co-ops are allowed a maximum of 12 members. In medium and high density zones, co-ops can have up to 15 members. You must have at least 200 square feet of living space per person in your co-op, and enough safe, legal bedroom space to accommodate everyone. This doesn't need to be exact.
What type of co-op are you trying to create? *
The city's co-op ordinance enables three types of co-ops: Equity, Rental, and Non-Profit Permanently Affordable. In an Equity Co-op, most of the residents of the co-op are owners of the property. In a Rental Co-op, most of the residents are not owners of the property. In a Non-Profit Permanently Affordable Co-op, the property is owned by a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides affordable housing (like the BHC, for example) and would typically require substantial grant funding.
What's the status of your co-op's governing documents? *
Name of first co-op contact. *
Email of first co-op contact. *
Phone number of first co-op contact. *
Name of second co-op contact. *
Email of second co-op contact. *
Phone number of second co-op contact. *
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