Land Use
Land Use Department - Courthouse Annex Building

Land Use

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 Tuesdays.
In order to maintain functioning permit activities, the Building Safety & Inspection Services division will be CLOSED to the public on Tuesdays until further notice. Other Land use planning services are still open and available on Tuesdays.

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. Please call 303-441-3930 for more information on services available on Tuesdays.

Submittal Schedule for Planning Applications

The Land Use Department manages the number of planning applications accepted each week in order to align with available resources. Once you have had a Pre-application Conference and have a complete application ready for review, please contact the Land Use Department at 303-441-3930 to get on the schedule to submit your planning application.

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

Boulder County Planning Commission agenda for Wed., July 17, 2019

July 3, 2019 Boulder County Planning Commission agenda for Wed., July 17, 2019 Planning Commission public meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. Boulder County,... read more →

Online Speaker Sign-Up Now Available for July 16 Oil and Gas Temporary Moratorium Public Hearing

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Commissioners enact emergency moratorium on new oil and gas development applications and seismic testing

June 28, 2019 The county commissioners approved a temporary moratorium to address public health and safety issues related to oil and gas development operations and ensure that any new applications to drill could be reviewed under the most protective, updated regulations. read more →

Public Meeting to consider Emergency Temporary Moratorium on Oil and Gas Development Applications and Seismic Testing in unincorporated Boulder County

June 27, 2019 Meetings are held in the Commissioners' Hearing Room, Downtown County Courthouse, Third Floor, 1325 Pearl Street, Boulder, Colo. (map) unless... read more →

Crestone Peak Resources sues Boulder County

June 20, 2019 On Wednesday, June 19, 2019, Crestone Peak Resources filed a counterclaim against Boulder County in response to the county’s 2018 lawsuit against Crestone. In its filing, Crestone requests money damages against the county. read more →

Wildfire Partners receives $1.2 million FEMA grant

June 20, 2019 Wildfire Partners receives $1.2 million FEMA grant More than 1,900 Boulder County residents have joined the program since 2014 Boulder... 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
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.
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Mailing Address

PO Box 471
Boulder, CO 80306