Limited Impact Special Use (LU) Review

Limited Impact Special Use (LU) Review

A use permitted by Limited Impact Special Use Review may be established only upon approval of the Board of County Commissioners, and subject to the conditions set forth in an approval of the use by the Board of County Commissioners.

Limited Impact Special Use Reviews typically include developments or uses that may potentially have a significant impact on the property, its resources, and the surrounding areas.

These uses include developments such as:

  • Earthwork of more than 500 Cubic Yards;
  • Accessory Dwelling for Agricultural Unit;
  • Wind Powered Electric Generator;
  • Limited Impact Open Mining;
  • Temporary Fireworks Stand; and
  • Adaptive Reuse of a Historic Landmark. See the Boulder County Land Use Code for more information.

Pre-Application Conference

Applicant(s) must first contact the Land Use Department to make an appointment for a Land Use Review Pre-Application Conference with a Planner to discuss the proposal prior to its submittal.

Limited Impact Special Use Review Information

Additional Information

Due to ongoing flood recovery efforts, the Land Use Department is currently controlling the number of planning applications accepted to meet the resources we have available, and a waitlist for new planning applications is being managed. Once application packets are prepared following your pre-application conference, please contact the Land Use office to get on the waitlist or to check waitlist status. Visit for flood recovery information, or 2013 Flood Rebuilding for information on repair or rebuilding of residential structures.

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