Published: May 17, 2022

The Hill neighborhoodWhether you’ll be moving off campus for the first time or you’ve been living in Boulder awhile, here are some tips and reminders for living in Boulder this summer.

Fireworks are illegal and a fire risk

The possession or discharge of fireworks, firecrackers or skyrockets is prohibited in the city of Boulder and Boulder County. This includes but is not limited to sparklers, snaps, bottle rockets, roman candles and smoke bombs. Fireworks not only pose a significant fire risk, but they also can cause a significant noise disruption to residential areas. 

Even if you don’t possess or discharge fireworks, you may be held responsible for roommates’ or guests’ violations of this ordinance. If you find yourself in possession of fireworks, you can turn them into any of the local Boulder fire departments—no questions asked! The fire department will dispose of the fireworks in a responsible manner for you.

Keep your lawn looking fresh

Believe it or not, the city of Boulder might measure the grass in your yard. Be sure to maintain your lawn and don’t let it grow taller than 12 inches. If you’re moving into a new place, check with your landlord to see who is responsible for lawn care. It should also specify in your lease whether you or someone else will cut your grass. If you’re responsible, you’ll also want to know if a mower is provided or not. 

Keep your lawn and areas of your neighborhood free of trash, as you could receive a citation. Most parks have both recycling bins and trash cans, as well as ways to clean up after pets.

Thrift stores are a great resource

If you’re moving out of a Boulder residence, make sure that you properly dispose of any items that you no longer want. Many items, including furniture and electronics, can be easily donated.  When moving into a new place, consider checking out the thrift stores in Boulder to find used furnishings. This can save you money and is good for the environment. Check out the Environmental Center website for more resources on how to recycle or donate your used belongings. 

Boulder has quiet hours

Much like living in the residence halls, the city of Boulder has quiet hours. These hours extend late into the evening and early morning from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. Any noise that can be heard from over 100 feet away can result in a noise citation. If you plan on playing loud music or having guests at your residence, let your neighbors know well beforehand. 

Also know that during the day both you and your neighbors have the right to enjoy the peace and quiet of being at home. Citations may occur if your decibel levels exceed 55 from 7 a.m.-11 p.m. or 50 decibels from 11 p.m.-7 a.m. Note that 50 decibels is roughly the level of conversational speech. You may consider getting a decibel reader app (check out Decibel X) for your phone to monitor your noise level at the edge of your property.

Get to know your neighbors

Boulder is a great city to live in. Many neighborhoods are a combination of students, both undergraduate and graduate, and community members, including families with young children. Everyone plays a part in your neighborhood’s well-being. Take time this summer to introduce yourself and get to know your neighbors. Share contact information cards so your neighbors can easily contact you if they have concerns. 

To learn more about ordinances and helpful tips about living in Boulder, check out the Off-Campus Housing & Neighborhood Relations website. The Off-Campus Living Orientation is a course created to help students prepare for life off campus, avoid tickets and citations and get involved in the Boulder community.

If you have any questions, contact Off-Campus Housing & Neighborhood Relations at