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Land Use
Land Use Department - Courthouse Annex Building
The Land Use Dept. office will close at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 23 for an off-site staff event. The office will reopen at 8 a.m. on Friday, August 24.
Thanks for your understanding, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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 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.

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

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August 15, 2018 August 20 Open House to kickoff Comprehensive Plan Public Health Element addition Open House in Longmont scheduled for Monday, August... read more →

Planning Commission agenda for 3 p.m. August 15, 2018

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Updates to the Boulder County Regulatory Floodplain

August 1, 2018 Updates to the Boulder County Floodplain with Approval of Docket Z-17-0002 The Boulder County Official Floodplain Map is available online... read more →

Boulder County Commissioner Elise Jones Testifies at COGCC hearing on 8 North Drilling and Spacing Units

July 31, 2018 Boulder County protests 8 North's drilling and spacing units applications Boulder County Commissioner Elise Jones Testifies at COGCC hearing –... read more →

COGCC hearing on 8 North Drilling & Spacing Units scheduled for July 31, 2018

July 23, 2018 COGCC hearing on 8 North Drilling and Spacing Units scheduled for July 31, 2018 In-person public comment accepted on July... read more →

Boulder County Floodplain Remapping Project public hearing – Tuesday, July 24

July 17, 2018 Public Hearing for Proposed Floodplain Map Amendments - Tuesday, July 24 Staff recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners is... 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