Land Use
Land Use Department - Courthouse Annex Building

Land Use

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 46 properties acquired. Demolitions are under way and are expected to be completed by September 2017. View a map of the locations with more details about the purchases. The projected cost for all buyout properties is roughly $26.8M.

Tuesday Plan Review Office Hours Change in Effect

Plan review services by the Building Safety & Inspection Services are currently unavailable on Tuesdays. Building permits that require a plan review and counter questions will not be accepted on Tuesdays. If you need to verify what type of process you need, please contact the Building Safety & Inspection Services Team at 303-441-3926. Building code questions can be answered by calling 720-564-2640.

Over the counter EZBP building permits are available on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. See the EZ BP Program for Residential Building Permits for more information.

Land Use Services & Resources

Latest News

Planning Commission Decisions Regarding the 2015 Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan (BVCP) Update

July 21, 2017
Planning Commission Decisions Regarding the 2015 Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan (BVCP) Update On July 19, 2017, the Boulder County... read more →

Adoption of 2017 National Electric Code

July 7, 2017
Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Adoption of 2017 National Electric Code As of July... read more →

Planning Commission agenda for Wednesday, July 19, 2017

July 7, 2017
The next meeting of the Boulder County Planning Commission will be Wednesday, July 19, beginning at 1:30 p.m.: Boulder County... read more →

Reminder: Planning Commission (7/19) and County Commissioners (7/26) Public Meetings on BVCP Major Update; City of Boulder and Boulder County Comprehensive Development Plan IGA Renewal

July 5, 2017
Public meetings to deliberate and decide on items related to: Docket BVCP-15-0001: Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan 2015 Major Update Docket... read more →

Reminder: Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners to hold Joint Public Hearing – Wednesday, June 28

June 19, 2017
Reminder: Boulder County Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners to Hold Joint Public Hearing – Wednesday, June 28 RE:... read more →

BCCP-16-0001: Resource Conservation Advisory Board to review proposed Boulder County Comprehensive Plan Solid Waste Element update

June 16, 2017
Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.On Wednesday, June 28, Boulder County staff will gather input... read more →

Contact Us

Land Use

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

Courthouse Annex Building

2045 13th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M, W, Th, F
10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tuesday
Plan review services for building permits are not available on Tuesdays. Building permits can be applied for and issued until 4 p.m.
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Mailing Address

PO Box 471
Boulder, CO 80306