Land Use
Land Use Department - Courthouse Annex Building

Land Use

TUESDAY OFFICE CLOSURE NOTICE:
In response to the severe hailstorms that hit Boulder County in mid-July, 2018, the Boulder County Land Use Department is instituting a temporary change in services available on Tuesday’s.
In order to maintain functioning permit activities, the Building Safety & Inspection Services division will be CLOSED to the public on Tuesday’s until further notice.
All automated and online systems will remain fully functioning, and field inspections will not be affected. Staff will respond to voicemails and emails as soon as possible during these closure times, but longer response times should be anticipated.
We understand that this may present a temporary hardship for our customers, and we thank you for your patience as we work through this localized hail emergency.

The Boulder County Land Use Department actively promotes the preservation of the integrity of our landscape, conservation of natural resources for a sustainable future, and provision of safety and well being of the citizens of Boulder County through the best in service, public policy, and process.

The Department provides development review, comprehensive planning, building permits, building inspections, mapping services, zoning enforcement, forest health and wildfire protection planning, and monitors legislative activity for unincorporated Boulder County.

It is the goal of the Land Use Department to provide timely, responsive and helpful service to all members of the public and promote innovative development that effectively balances conservation, development and sustainability.

Dale Case, AICP
Director, Boulder County Land Use

Development Applications (Dockets)

If you have recently received a postcard notification about a review process in your area, check for updates in Development Applications Under Review. If you are not able to find the application/docket information you are looking for, please contact us via our Ask a Planner Form webform.

Land Use Records Search

Search Land Use records such as Building Permits, Planning Applications, and Code Enforcement cases via Land Use Records Search.

Comprehensive Plan Updates

Learn about and get involved with the Boulder County Comprehensive Plan Update and the BVCP-15-0001: Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan Update.

Cold Springs Fire Recovery

View the Cold Springs Fire Recovery information.

2013 Flood Rebuilding and Recovery

Visit Boulder County Flood for information on the 2013 Flood and recovery.

The Flood Rebuilding & Permit Information Center is a resource for those facing rebuilding, and is staffed by functional experts in onsite wastewater (septic) systems, floodplain regulations, transportation (driveways, roads & bridges), planning and building codes. Review Rebuilding for information on minor flood restoration and repair to residential structures.

Building Back Better

Recovering from the 2013 Flood is a multi-year commitment for Boulder County, the municipalities and our community as a whole. Boulder County is committed to building back stronger and more resilient than before.

One program that Boulder County is administering in the wake of the 2013 Flood is the Buyout Program. This program aims to purchase flood damaged properties that if redeveloped would pose a future high risk in a flood or rain event and turn the property into undeveloped land in perpetuity. The program accepted applications from affected homeowners through July, 2016, and the application period is now closed.

Through this program homeowners of the flood-damaged homes were able to get pre-flood value out of the property and Boulder County is able to eliminate the risk to occupants and first responders by removing development on site. The acquisition portion of the program is now completed, with a total of 47 properties acquired. Demolitions are under way and are expected to be completed by October 2017. View a map of the locations with more details about the purchases. The projected cost for all buyout properties is roughly $24.6M.

Land Use Services & Resources

Latest News

Oct. 30 public hearing on the temporary moratorium on proposed development in the Niwot Rural Community District

October 23, 2018 Oct. 30 public hearing on the temporary moratorium on proposed development in the Niwot Rural Community District Board of County... read more →

Land Use Director issues a determination in response to Denver Water’s (Gross Reservoir Dam Expansion Proposal) project request

October 23, 2018 Determination states that Denver Water must obtain a 1041 permit under Article 8 of the Land Use Code. read more →

Boulder County Commissioners condemn millions in late money backing Amendment 74

October 22, 2018 Boulder County Commissioners condemn millions in late money backing Amendment 74 Boulder County Commissioners condemn brazen attempt by the industry... read more →

Staff report available for upcoming public hearing on DC-18-0002: Solar Energy Systems Update

October 19, 2018 Staff report available for upcoming public hearing on DC-18-0002: Solar Energy Systems Update Board of County Commissioners public hearing scheduled... read more →

Prescribed burns scheduled for this fall and winter

October 12, 2018 Prescribed burns scheduled for this fall and winter Slash pile burns may begin this Sunday, Oct. 14, at Walker Ranch.... read more →

Draft proposed DC-18-0003 Land Use Code Agriculture-Related Amendments now available

October 12, 2018 Draft proposed DC-18-0003 Land Use Code Agriculture-Related Amendments now available Public review and comments requested by Oct. 25 We greatly appreciate... read more →

Contact Us

Land Use Dept.

Email: Ask a Planner Form
Main: 303-441-3930
Fax: 303-441-4856

Courthouse Annex Building

2045 13th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
Hours:
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M, W, Th, F (Building permits can be applied for and issued until 4 p.m.)
10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tuesday (For Planning and Zoning services only)
The Building Safety & Inspection Services office is closed on Tuesday.
Map & Directions

Mailing Address

PO Box 471
Boulder, CO 80306
www.BoulderCounty.org/lu