News and Events

  • For general inquiries: e-mail us or use our online form
  • To schedule a virtual appointment with staff: book an appointment online or call us at 303-271-8700
  • To submit applications for Land Disturbance Permits, Floodplain Permits, Minor Adjustments, Pre-Applications, visit our online portal
  • To submit applications for other permits: e-mail us
  • Sign pick-up: Please schedule an appointment and pre-pay any applicable fees online using our online portal
  • Electronic documents are strongly encouraged for fastest service. There is also a drop box located just outside the Planning & Zoning office. Please note, providing physical documents instead of electronic documents will cause a significant delay in service. 
  • Checks and other sensitive documents can be mailed for security reasons: Jefferson County Planning & Zoning, 100 Jefferson Parkway, Suite 3550, Golden, CO 80419

Office Closed: Virtual Appointments Only

Due to COVID-19, the Planning and Zoning office is closed to the public. We are offering virtual appointments only. Please schedule an appointment by clicking the "book now" button below, or call us at 303-271-8700. Everyone is still able to submit documents online (PDF).

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Call for Entries: 2021 Edition of Historically Jeffco

Each year the Jefferson County Historical Commission publishes it’s award winning magazine, Historically Jeffco.  This year’s theme is “Education & Diversity”; highlighting the educational heritage of the County, along with the many different groups of people whose lives have combined to create the patchwork pattern of history here.

The Commission invites you or your organization to contribute an article to the magazine. We are hoping that you will respond based on your unique perspective of the County’s heritage.

Please submit your article by email with the completed Article Submission Packet (PDF)* by May 1, 2021. Thank you for any contribution you and your group can make towards commemorating Jefferson County history!

* To fill out the Article Submission Packet on your computer: Save the PDF to your computer first before entering your information.

Wind turbine.Regulation Amendments

The County has drafted changes to two sections of the Zoning Resolution to address non-commercial Wind Energy Conversion Systems (WECS). Section 11 - Board of Adjustment and Section 18 - Alternative Energy Resources are proposed to be updated to include additional submittal item requirements as well as review criteria to be used when a proposed freestanding WECS exceeds the allowed height, including a Special Exception review by the Board of Adjustment.  Non-commercial WECS are intended to serve only principal and accessory uses on a  property and not to generate additional energy that can be sold. 

Email us your comments by Monday, April 26, 2021.

2020 Historically Jeffco Magazine Now Available

The Jefferson County Historical Commission (JCHC) invites readers to pick up a fresh copy of its annual publication, Historically Jeffco magazine. Following the theme of Legacy Trades and Businesses, the 2020 edition highlights numerous local commercial enterprises that have thrived through generations. Also featured in the 72-page publication are special anniversaries such as Prohibition and Women’s Suffrage, spotlights on Coors and Lockheed Martin, and much more!

Historically Jeffco Magazine 2020 CoverHow to Get Your Copy of Historically Jeffco

As always, all issues of Historically Jeffco are available for free download on our Historical Publications page. Once COVID public health restrictions are lifted, a limited number of hard copies of the 2020 edition of Historically Jeffco will be available for pickup at the Planning & Zoning Division offices (100 Jefferson County Pkwy, Suite 3550, in the Jefferson County Courthouse). Watch this space for updates!

Past issues of the magazine in hard copy format may be purchased through the Friends of the JCHC with proceeds going to fund JCHC programs and events. For details, please contact us.

Jefferson County Historical Commission Hall of Fame Event

The Jefferson County Historical Commission held their annual Hall of Fame event on December third - virtually! The annual Hall of Fame celebrates the rich local history of Jefferson County by recognizing exemplary individuals, landmarks, and groups that have made timeless contributions to our community. View the virtual Hall of Fame video here.external_site_marker Opens in new window

Virtual Hearings

Board of County Commissioners (BCC), Planning Commission (PC), and Board of Adjustment (BOA) Hearings have shifted to a virtual hearing format due to COVID-19. Visit our virtual hearings page for information about hearing dates and how to participate.

Community Meetings have shifted to a virtual community meeting format due to COVID-19. Visit our community meetings page to access and participate in virtual Community Meetings.

You may click on the buttons below to visit the Virtual Hearings and Virtual Community Meetings pages.

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Restaurants/Bars Can Apply for Temporary Outdoor Seating

  1. Please make sure to download the forms before entering your information to make sure your changes are saved. Only complete applications will be accepted. 
  2. Complete the Temporary Outdoor Seating Area Permit Application and Modification of Liquor License Application (if applicable).
  3. Send us an email with your application and attachments. Please make sure to attach all the necessary documents listed on the Temporary Outdoor Seating Area Permit Application.

Click below to view and download the forms and regulations:

2020 Fees

2020 Permit and Development Fees and Traffic Impact Fees are available now. See the Fees page.

FEMA Preliminary Coal Creek Canyon Floodplain

FEMA has proposed floodplain boundaries around Coal Creek, Beaver Creek, and Rock Creek near the Coal Creek Canyon area in Jefferson County. Postcards for this case (19-121991AR) were sent to residents in that area to provide notification of the proposed floodplain boundaries. Jefferson County will adopt the preliminary floodplain boundaries as part of the Floodplain Overlay District. For more information, including how to check if your property is in the floodplain, please visit the FEMA Preliminary Coal Creek Canyon Floodplain Page.

Online Applications

Minor Adjustments can now be applied for through the County’s online application system similar to Grading Permits, Floodplain Permits and Pre-Application submittals. It is recommended that this system be used for Minor Adjustment Applications. See the Online Applications page.

Jefferson County Comprehensive Master Plan data available through online mapping application “jMap”

Before the Jefferson County Comprehensive Master Plan was adopted in October of 2013, the over 500,000 sprawling acres of the unincorporated county were divided into nine separate Community Plans. Each Community Plan was unique to its specific diverse region, from the North Mountains to the South Plains. These plans were available online and in printed form and were updated periodically.

Each plan had a host of static maps including specific Land Use Recommendations. When a citizen would inquire about an individual parcel and its associated recommended land use, they would have to contact Planning and Zoning staff or find a static map and deduce which plan recommendation their parcel was within.

During the drafting of the Comprehensive Master Plan, Planning and Zoning staff saw an incredible opportunity to utilize available technology and create a spatial inventory of Comprehensive Master Plan data. This data would be available anytime to the general public as well as utilized to support and benefit day to day planning functions within the division through the jMap Online Mapping application.

Merging spatial data from nine separate and unique Community Plans proved to be a daunting task and took many staff members over a year to construct a working layer. The layer gives the same citizen noted above the ability to open a website on their computer or any mobile device and in a matter of a few clicks, they will be able to find information about plan recommendations and other informative spatial data. Staff continues to work on this layer to make it even more user friendly in the months to come.