Sec. 65.160 of the Legislative Code defines a sober house and establishes standards and conditions as follows
Sec. 65.160. Sober house.
A dwelling unit occupied by more than four persons, all of whom are in recovery from chemical dependency and considered handicapped under the Federal Fair Housing Act Amendments of 1988. It provides a non-institutional residential environment in which the residents willingly subject themselves to written rules and conditions, including prohibition of alcohol and drug use (except for prescription medications obtained and used under medical supervision), intended to encourage and sustain their recovery. The residents of a sober house are similar to a family unit, and share kitchen and bathroom facilities and other common areas of the unit. Sober houses are financially self-supporting. This definition does not include facilities that receive operating revenue from governmental sources. Sober houses do not provide on-site supportive services to residents, including the following: mental health services; clinical rehabilitation services; social services; medical, dental, nutritional and other health care services; financial management services; legal services; vocational services; and other similar supportive services.
Standards and conditions:
A request for reasonable accommodation for this use as required under the Federal Fair Housing Act Amendments of 1988 by providing an exception to the maximum number of unrelated persons living together in a dwelling unit shall automatically be granted if the following standards and conditions are met. This does not limit the city from granting additional reasonable accommodation for this use under the general provisions of this code.
(a) The operator shall submit a request for reasonable accommodation to the zoning administrator on a form provided by the city, specify the number of residents, and provide information necessary to assure the use meets applicable zoning standards. The maximum total number of residents permitted in the sober house shall be specified by the fire certificate of occupancy
(b) For a sober house that does not meet the parking requirement in section 63.207 (1.5 off-street parking spaces per every 4 adult facility residents), the operator shall submit a written parking plan that demonstrates sufficient parking for the use.
(c) In RL-R4 Residential Districts, the sober house shall serve ten (10) or fewer residents.
(d) For a structure serving seventeen (17) or more sober house residents, a conditional use permit is required. This use shall be exempt from section 61.501 conditional use permit general standards (a), (c), and (d).
(e) Property containing one or more sober house untis shall be a minimum distance of three hundred thirty (330) feet from any other property containing a sober house.