Planning, Building & Zoning

Visit for flood recovery and rebuilding assistance. Review 2013 Flood Restoration and Repair for information on repair to residential structures.

Due to ongoing flood recovery efforts, the Land Use Department is currently controlling the number of planning applications accepted to meet the resources we have available, and a waitlist for new planning applications is being managed. Once application packets are prepared following your pre-application conference, please contact the Land Use office to get on the waitlist or to check waitlist status.

Learn about development review, comprehensive planning, building permits, building inspections, and Land Use Code enforcement. Find frequently asked zoning questions related to livestock and pets, home businesses, setbacks, building heights, and how to report a potential zoning, weed, or building violation. Find frequently asked building questions related to obtaining a building permit, roofing requirements, inspections, and contractor licensing. Search land use records and find information on current development proposals under review.

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Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan Update

Since the 1970s, Boulder County and the City of Boulder have jointly adopted the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan (BVCP) to guide planning and development in the city and surrounding area. Every five years the BVCP is updated to reflect changing conditions and community values.


Boulder County BuildSmart, the county’s residential green building code, requirements affect all new residential construction and additions in unincorporated Boulder County.

Historic Preservation

Boulder County is committed to identifying and preserving the rich history of the unincorporated areas of the county. Through our Comprehensive Plan, Land Use Code, and other policies we have created a program to document, protect, and preserve the varying historic resources in our jurisdiction.

Wildfire & Forest Health

Boulder County’s Forest Health program promotes forest sustainability and stewardship of the land through outreach and education with private landowners. Learn how to keep your forest property healthy, prepare for a wildfire, perform wildfire mitigation work, and create defensible space.