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

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 will be 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 may have a threat of future danger 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 are able to get pre-flood value out of the property and Boulder County is able to ensure that the land will no longer have threatened development on site. At the moment there are a total of 66 properties in line for buyout – a map of the locations with more details about the purchases is now available. 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.

Development Applications

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.

Land Use Services & Resources

Latest News

Commissioners to review proposed Boulder County Land Use Code Amendments regarding firing ranges

April 27, 2017
On June 9, 2015, the Board of County Commissioners authorized Land Use staff to pursue text amendments to the Boulder County... read more →

Boulder County Commissioners pledge to continue to protect public health, safety, and the environment from local oil & gas development

April 25, 2017
At a public meeting on April 25, 2017, the Board of County Commissioners and staff rolled out plans to address... read more →

Public Meeting on Oil & Gas Development – April 25

April 21, 2017
Public Meeting on Oil & Gas Development - April 25 County Commissioners to review multi-pronged approach to addressing potential public... read more →

Boulder County to launch refreshed website on Wednesday, April 19

April 17, 2017
Boulder County to launch refreshed website on April 19The updated website will include a more mobile-friendly platform and a streamlined... read more →

Public Hearing for Proposed Floodplain Map and Code Amendments – Wednesday, April 19

April 14, 2017
Public Hearing for Proposed Floodplain Map and Code Amendments – Wednesday, April 19The estimated start time of these agenda items... read more →

Pella Crossing Opening Ceremony Rescheduled to April 26, 4:30 p.m.

April 4, 2017
Pella Crossing Opening Ceremony Rescheduled to April 26, 4:30 p.m.Soggy conditions have delayed work and postponed the reopening of the... 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.
Map & Directions

Mailing Address

PO Box 471
Boulder, CO 80306