Permits

Building Permits

The Boulder County Land Use Department issues building permits for unincorporated areas of Boulder County. If work has been started or completed without a permit, a building permit is still required and must be applied for.

Flood Recovery, Restoration and Repair Permit

The 2013 Flood Recovery, Restoration and Repair Permit is for flood repairs and restoration of flood-damaged (not destroyed or severely damaged) buildings to pre-flood configuration. Eligible (flood-damaged) components include replacement of drywall and insulation, doors, windows, siding, roof recovering, replacement of furnaces, boilers, water heaters, electrical wiring and equipment, gas piping, and plumbing. Remodeling and finishing of basements are not included. Use and sales tax will be collected based on original permit cost.

To apply, download, print and fill out the 2013 Flood Recovery, Restoration and Repair Permit form before applying in-person at the Land Use Department (Map & Directions). The permit allows you to submit your application and receive an over-the-counter permit during the same visit in most situations.

If you have questions, contact the Flood Rebuilding & Permit Information Center located at Rembrandt Yard, 1301 Spruce Street (Garden Level), Boulder. The Center is open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Temporary Emergency Permit

Temporary Emergency Permits are granted when immediate action is necessary to protect public health, safety, welfare, property and the environment. An emergency does not remove the property owner's responsibility to obtain necessary permits following the cessation of the immediate emergency situation. Temporary Emergency Permits are not issued in order to make a structure habitable, and are not considered permanent permits. If emergency work is commenced, the owner does so at their own risk. If temporary work has been started or completed without a permit, a Temporary Emergency Permit is still required and must be applied for.

To apply, download, print and fill out the Temporary Emergency Permit Application before applying in-person at the Land Use Department (Map & Directions). The permit allows you to submit your application and receive an over-the-counter permit during the same visit in most situations. The Temporary Emergency Permit fee is $25.

If you have questions, contact the Flood Rebuilding & Permit Information Center located at the Land Use Department, 2045 13th Street, Boulder. The Center is open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Flood Recovery Access Permit

Residents who need to repair or rebuild private roads or driveways to public roads, including culvert replacement and waterway crossings, need to obtain a Flood Recovery Access Permit (sample) from the Transportation Department.


Hazard Mitigation Review

On October 23, 2013, the Board of County Commissioners adopted interim rules for rebuilding homes that were destroyed or severely damaged in the aftermath of the flooding and mudslides that occurred in September. The adopted regulations allow property owners to restore and rebuild structures at the same size or smaller and at a safer location, as determined by a Hazard Mitigation Review planning process.

View DC-13-0003: Front Range Flood and Extreme Rain Text Amendments to Article 19 of Land Use Code for more information on the Land Use Code regulations concerning flood rebuilding.


Contacts

Land Use Building Safety and Inspection Services

Email
Main: 303-441-3926
Fax: 303-441-4856

Courthouse Annex Building

2045 13th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. M-F (Closed Tuesdays 8 a.m.-10 a.m.)
Plan review services for building permits are not available on Tuesdays.
Building permits can be applied for and issued until 4 p.m.
Map & Directions

Mailing Address

PO Box 471
Boulder, CO 80306
www.bouldercounty.org

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