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Common Land Use Violations

Common Land Use Violations

The following are examples of common Land Use Code violations the Community Planning & Permitting Department receives complaints about. Please reference the Boulder County Land Use Code for the full text regarding these violations.

Accessory Dwellings

Accessory dwellings are only allowed in limited circumstances. Please reference Article 4-516 (D) of the Boulder County Land Use Code.

Building without a Permit

With a few exceptions, building permits are required to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a structure, electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system. For more information, please reference the Construction Without a Permit publication.


Grading involving more than 50 cubic yards of dirt requires a Grading Permit and Site Plan Review Waiver approval. Movement of more than 500 cubic yards requires Limited Impact Special Use (LU) Review. Grading associated with agriculture, permitted mining activities, and permitted foundational construction are exempt from these provisions.

Home Occupations

Home occupations must meet the requirements of Article 4-516 (Q) of the Boulder County Land Use Code. View Home Occupations information.

Illegal Signs

Signs are required to be in compliance with Article 13 of the Boulder Land Use Code. Signs in rights-of-way are the responsibility of the applicable owner.

Inoperable/Unlicensed Vehicles

Vehicles or trailers must be licensed, operable, and may not be used for storage. Agricultural equipment is exempt from this provision. Please reference Article 14 of the Boulder County Land Use Code.

Outdoor Storage

Items stored outdoors must be adequately screened from the view of adjacent properties and roadways. Please reference Article 4-516 (F) of the Boulder County Land Use Code.


View information on public rights-of-way in unincorporated Boulder County.


This includes trash, junk, and garbage which causes or is likely to cause a public hazard or nuisance. Rubbish must be removed. Please reference Article 14 of the Boulder County Land Use Code.

Short-term Dwelling Rentals Not Registered

The Boulder County Land Use Code defines Short-term Dwelling Rentals as dwellings that are rented in durations of less than 30 days. Owners must complete a short-term dwelling rental registration form and submit it to the Land Use Department where the registration form shall be available for public review. The registration form will include the address of the rental unit, the number of bedrooms in the house, the owner’s name, address, and phone number, and the name and phone number of a property manager, if applicable, among other requirements. See Short-term Dwelling Rentals for complete regulations. Download the Short-Term Dwelling Rentals Registration Form.

Tall Weeds/Brush

Brush, shrubs, grasses, and weeds on properties smaller than 2.5 acres must be kept less than 9 inches in height. Please reference Article 14 of the Boulder County Land Use Code.

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