Five-Star Certification Program

Jefferson County is now opening Five-Star Certification applications to all restaurants (with or without drive-throughs), personal services, and gyms and fitness centers. With the success of phase one implementation with some restaurants, Jefferson County is now contacting  and sending inspectors to personal service and gym and fitness center businesses that have indicated interest for certification and participation in the program, and who filled out an application that was approved.

Any restaurant that is participating in the Five-Star program, whether they have only indoor dining or also have a drive-through option, must meet all requirements of the program for indoor dining. Food that is delivered through a drive-through should be treated the same as curbside delivery. 

Given the early elevation to Level Orange by Gov. Polis of all counties that were in Level Red, CDPHE has stated certified businesses will not be able to take advantage of the Five-Star program and operate at one level above the county’s current level on the dial (Level Yellow at this time) until Jefferson County’s dashboard numbers have met the Level Orange requirements for seven continuous days. These requirements include:

  • Incident rate less than 350 per 100,000 people 
  • Percent positivity rate below 15% 
  • Hospitalizations decreasing or stable for more than eight days

At this time, Jefferson County has not yet met those requirements. Because of that, we are currently pre-certifying businesses.  At such time as the county meets the Level Orange metrics for seven continuous days, these pre-certified businesses will be issued a permit to operate under Level Yellow restrictions. You can view the latest CDPHE Report Card for Jefferson County for the latest numbers. 

See the Jefferson County Operating Requirements page for the latest on the level Jefferson County currently holds on Colorado COVID-19 Dial as well as the operating requirements and allowances for businesses at each level of the COVID-19 Dial. 

Jeffco Program Information

Jeffco is now contacting and inviting personal service businesses, gyms and fitness centers, and all restaurants, to apply for the Five-Star Certification Program. They must create a detailed plan on how they will enact the state-issued program guidelines and go through the application process which will follow these steps: 

  • Download, complete and save a copy of the Five-Star Application and Business Implementation and Compliance Plan for your type of business, which includes a checklist confirming your compliance with the elevated best practices and criteria for the program.
  • Once your application has been reviewed and approved, you will be contacted about scheduling an inspection. 
    • The inspection and certification process will be implemented by the county’s third-party vendor, SAFEbuilt, with oversight from the Five-Star Certification Program Administrative Committee. 
    • SAFEbuilt will also be responsible for reinspection and enforcement of the program requirements. 
  • Once this process is completed, you will be placed on a list of pre-certified businesses. 
    • Since Jefferson County was moved to Level Orange on Jan. 4 but still has not met the metrics for Level Orange, businesses must still operate under Level Orange restrictions. 
    • Certified businesses will not be permitted to operate under Level Yellow restrictions until such time as the county meets the Level Orange metrics for seven continuous days. 
    • As soon as Jefferson County maintains those metrics, you will be notified that you have been issued a permit, which you will be able to download  from your SAFEbuilt Community Core portal where you uploaded your application documents.  

We are working to open applications as soon as possible for other types of businesses in the county. These Jeffco businesses are encouraged to submit a Business Interest Form stating their business is willing and able to meet all the criteria to be considered for the Five-Star Certification Program. We will be contacting those businesses and posting more information as we are able. We appreciate your patience. 

General Program Information

The State of Colorado’s 5-Star Certified Business Variance Program allows businesses to expand operations by implementing safety measures beyond what is already required by public health orders and guidelines to help slow the spread of COVID-19. This program is designed for responsible businesses that are following public health guidance and going above and beyond to prioritize the health and safety of their staff and customers.

This program is voluntary and businesses may choose not to be certified, however, only those businesses obtaining certification are authorized to operate with expanded capacity. Under the State’s requirements, businesses will be ineligible if they received either a Notice of Violation of the public health orders from Jefferson County Public Health since December 16, 2020 or if they have received two total Notices of Violation in general. Certified businesses will be subject to ongoing inspections as part of the program.

This variance from the state falls under the direction of the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners, and will be administered in partnership by the county, Jefferson County Public Health, Jefferson County municipalities, as well as the chambers and economic development groups within Jeffco. 

The criteria for the program has been outlined by CDPHE and includes mandatory mask enforcement, social distancing, regular sanitation, employee symptom and exposure checks, and more. A business-specific plan for outbreak detection, reporting and response would need to be included as well. There are resources available from CDPHE for these requirements. See the Jefferson County Operating Requirements page for the details. 

NOTE: This program is free for all businesses. There are no fees associated with initial application, inspection or certification.