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Planning & Development ServicesP.O. Box 9960 | 1101 Texas Ave.College Station, TX 77842979.764.3570


The occupancy of a typical dwelling unit in College Station is limited to not more than four (4) unrelated persons. However, the City has adopted two overlay zoning districts that modify this restriction: the ROO Restricted Occupancy Overlay and the HOO High Occupancy Overlay. Additional information on these zoning districts is available below. 

As a tool to assist with understanding where varied occupancy restrictions are in place, the City has developed an Occupancy Difference Map. Please use this map carefully to understand the occupancy restriction of the dwelling unit.  

ROO Restricted Occupancy Overlay

The Restricted Occupancy Overlay District (ROO) is a single-family overlay zoning district that is intended to limit occupancy to no more than two unrelated persons in single-family neighborhoods. The regulations of the ROO apply to each individual single-family dwelling or accessory living quarters within the overlay boundaries. For more information about the ROO Restricted Occupancy Overlay or any of our single-family overlay districts, visit Single-Family Overlay Districts.

HOO High Occupancy Overlay

The HOO High Occupancy Overlay zoning district allows occupancy levels beyond the citywide standard that no more than four unrelated people can live together in a home. However, being zoned HOO High Occupancy Overlay does not automatically allow more than four unrelated people within a home. A use called shared housing can be allowed within the HOO High Occupancy Overlay zoning district with an additional review through a minor site plan application. Shared housing uses allow more than four unrelated people in a home, but with additional requirements. For more information about shared housing, visit Shared Housing.

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