Land Disturbance Permitting

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Notice of Intent Permit

A Notice of Intent is required for Land Disturbance greater than 5,000 square feet, but under one acre.  Plans are required to be signed and stamped by a Professional Engineer registered in the state of Colorado, unless otherwise approved by Planning and Zoning. Please see the Land Disturbance Section of the Zoning Resolution for more information on requirements. Notice of Intent Permits are accepted through the On-Line Application system. A signed application is still required to be uploaded with the online application. 

Grading Permit 

A Grading Permit is required for Land Disturbance greater than one acre, or within a sensitive area as defined in the Zoning Resolution Land Disturbance Section. This includes North Table Mountain, South Table Mountain, Green Mountain, the Hoback, floodplain overlay zones, geology overlay zones, major drainageways, and areas with existing slopes greater than 20 percent (unless otherwise approved by a previous County process). Plans are required to be signed and stamped by a Professional Engineer registered in the state of Colorado, unless otherwise approved by Planning and Zoning. Please see the Land Disturbance Section of the Zoning Resolution for more information on requirements.

Grading Permits are accepted through the On-Line Application system. A signed application is still required to be uploaded with the online application.

If the area of disturbance is greater than one (1) acre you must also obtain a Construction Site Stormwater Permit from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Detailed permit information can be found on the Colorado State Water Quality Permitting page.

Natural Surface Trails Permit For Hiking & Biking Trails

This Permit is required for land disturbance associated with the construction of natural surface trails. The land disturbance associated with the construction of natural surface trails shall conform with the performance standards of the Land Disturbance Section in the Zoning Resolution. Natural Surface Trail Permits are accepted through the On-Line Application system. A signed application is still required to be uploaded with the online application. 

Retaining Walls

Any retaining wall over 36 inches in height requires a Miscellaneous Permit. Construction plans, details and supporting calculations are required in accordance with the Land Disturbance Section of the Zoning Resolution. Plans and calculations are required to be signed and stamped by a Professional Engineer registered in the state of Colorado, unless otherwise approved by Planning and Zoning.

Inspections

Once the Notice of Intent or Grading Permit plans are approved, they are sent to Transportation and Engineering to begin the Inspection process and send the approval letter.

Fees

Development, Building and Traffic Impact Fees

Finding an Engineer

If you are looking for an engineer to assist in your Land Disturbance permit process, Jefferson County is not permitted to make recommendations for engineers. The Active Cases Search page can be used to view publicly available case documents and engineers that have submitted plans to the County.