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Providence Zoning Ordinance

The Zoning Ordinance controls the number of dwelling units that are allowed in a building. Generally, if you are occupying a basement unit, an attic with steep sloping ceilings and low headroom, or a unit on a floor that has access to only one stairway, there is a good chance your unit may be illegal.

If you are occupying an illegal unit, and the owner is taken to court, you could be evicted before the end of the school year. Never rent a unit that appears to be illegal without checking. If you have a concern about the legality of a unit or any question regarding zoning violations, you may contact the Structures and Zoning Division at 421-7740, ext. 356.

The Providence Zoning Ordinance limits the number of unrelated occupants living in a single dwelling unit to a maximum of three occupants. This ordinance is designed specifically to address the problem of the overcrowding of apartment buildings. Violation of this ordinance can result in court action against the landlord and/or the occupants.

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