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.
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
- Building Permits
- Building Safety & Inspection Services
- Land Use Board of Adjustment (BOA)
- Board of Review
- Boulder County Comprehensive Plan
- Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP)
- Fire Code Review Committee
- Boulder County Flood Recovery
- Forest Health
- Historic Preservation
- Historic Preservation Advisory Board
- Intergovernmental Agreements (IGAs)
- Boulder County Land Use Code
- Land Use Code Enforcement
- Land Use Records Search
- Land Use Staff Directory
- Land Use Systems Team
- Oil & Gas Development
- Mountain Addressing System
- Planning Division
- Land Use Planning Commission (PC)
- Transferable Development Credit Information
- Wildfire Mitigation
- Boulder County Zoning