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Jefferson County does not have a use tax. Visit the Colorado Department of Revenue, Division of Taxation website to learn more. In Colorado, the state collects sales taxes for the counties. The state must also collect city sales taxes for a city that is not a home-rule city. Contact the Colorado Department of Revenue for more information about sales taxes, 303-238-3278 or 303-238-7378.
100 Jefferson County Parkway
Golden, CO 80419-4560
Most of the jet aircraft taking off and landing at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (RMMA) are following the established departure procedures or glide path for our instrument approach and must make certain altitude adjustments at certain points to perform a safe landing. An airplane’s ability to fly the designated approach or departure is what primarily governs the design of these procedures.
An aircraft must be able to slow from its cruising speed to its landing speed during the approach, and it must maintain a certain minimum speed on departure to stay airborne. This limits a plane’s climb angle. Terrain avoidance and obstacle clearance are also primary concerns. RMMA does not have any enforcement authority over aircraft that violate regulations and fly too low. If you believe an aircraft is flying too low, please contact the Federal Aviation Administration at 303-342-1100 and report the violation.
No. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Federal Aviation Regulations control the flight paths and aircraft routing into and out of every airport. Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (RMMA) does not control traffic routing near the airport or anywhere in the Denver airspace system. Traffic arriving and departing RMMA become part of this system and must mix with traffic arriving and departing DIA, Centennial, Front Range and other airports. Each aircraft is assigned altitudes and headings that will safely integrate them in the system. The RMMA tower only controls aircraft within five miles of the airport and below 3,000 feet. Aircraft outside this envelope are generally controlled by Denver Center or are visual flight rules (VFR) and regulated by Part 91 of the Federal Aviation Regulations. Changing one component alters other parts of the system; therefore, changes to our aircraft routes are significant. But again, the FAA determines them.
Noise statistics are reported in a format similar to that used by Denver International Airport. Statistics are tracked by household and neighborhood to help determine problem areas. The offending aircraft can sometimes - not always - be tracked, and when the situation warrants, we can contact the aircraft owner to discuss the situation. Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (RMMA) is part of the National Airspace System, and the federal government has designated it as a National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) facility. This means RMMA is essential to the nation's air transportation system and cannot deny access to any specific user, nor does the airport have the authority to limit hours of operation. Contact us at 303-271-4850 for more details.
We continually promote our program to our tenants and users and conduct quarterly meetings with the FAA control tower manager. As part of the ongoing campaign, airport staff visits many airport tenants with maps and information about why aircraft noise is a critical issue that everyone must help to mitigate. Because the program is voluntary, we focus on the most frequent airport users. It is important to note that business jets are normally on instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plans when arriving and departing, meaning they are limited in what they can do to minimize their noise footprint. As newer and quieter aircraft hit the market, airport noise will be noticeably reduced. We continue to gather information from the National Business Aircraft Association noise mitigation programs. For more information, contact us at 303-271-4850.
Those efforts are mainly for airports with residences that lie within an area of very high noise levels as delineated by the airport's noise contours. Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport does not have a significant number of residences (if any) in this area, and the projected noise contours for the airport over the next 20 years show a decrease in noise contour lines due to quieter aircraft being produced. Airports that experience a classification change may also have their noise contours modified. Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport is, and always has been, a "reliever” for Denver International Airport, and the master plan does not include changes to this status. For any other questions, contact us at 303-271-4850.
The line is used to track the noise program's effectiveness and attempt to identify excessively loud aircraft. There are naturally more complaints during the summer months because aircraft performance suffers in warmer temperatures and people spend time with windows and doors open or go outside to enjoy the weather. As a result, we know this is a time to heavily promote the program. Also, if there are several complaints against one particular aircraft at a specific date and time, we can sometimes track the "offender" and directly contact the company. Airport staff has found this direct company contact to be beneficial. Calling the noise line for every aircraft that flies overhead reduces the program's effectiveness.
We have a proactive noise abatement program that includes maps and guidelines for airport users. We meet with flight schools and other tenants to continually emphasize the importance of mitigating noise, and it is often a topic during our quarterly brief. The noise abatement program is designed to help the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport users coexist peacefully with the surrounding communities. It is every pilot's responsibility to follow the airport recommended noise abatement procedures, while staying within safe aircraft operational parameters; however, we can't control the traffic after it departs. This is the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) area of authority.
Additionally, we continue to advise surrounding cities and developers about how the airport will affect their developments. In some neighborhoods, avigation easements are included in the closing paperwork so residents are aware of the potential hazards associated with living near the airport. We will continue to make recommendations and promote our noise abatement program to try to minimize the impact of aircraft noise as much as possible. Contact us for any further questions at 303-271-4850.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations control the flight paths and aircraft routing into and out of every airport. Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport does not control traffic routing near the airport or anywhere in the Denver airspace system. The airport can only encourage pilots on visual flight rules (VFR) flights to fly over unpopulated areas, but these areas are disappearing rapidly. And VFR arrivals and departures account for only a fraction of the total operations conducted. Please call the FAA at 303-342-1100 with questions about aircraft operation in our airspace.
Airplanes at this altitude (5,670 feet above sea level) don’t perform as well as they do at lower elevations. This means they can’t climb as quickly because their wings, engines and propellers are less efficient in the thin air. The planes create more noise because they are forced into a more shallow climb angle. At lower elevations, pilots typically use the lowest power setting possible for take off, reducing engine wear, saving fuel and creating less noise. At a high-altitude airport like ours, pilots must use a higher power setting for safety reasons; plane engines don’t provide as much thrust at this elevation. The result is more noise because planes must fly closer to the ground for longer periods; nothing can change this physical fact. Call us at 303-271-4850 for more information.
Rock Creek subdivision will soon span the entire western aerial access to the airport so flights over this area are unavoidable. Currently, our noise abatement procedures encourage visual flight rules (VFR) traffic to fly south of the development; however, these procedures are not mandatory and will soon be impossible to perform. The Federal Aviation Administration flight check director determines the safest route for instrument flight rules (IFR) aircraft to follow with respect to terrain avoidance and airspace procedures. The airport can't change them, and we don't have control over aircraft after they leave our runways. Flight safety must take priority over all other concerns. Pilots generally want to limit their noise impact below, but they are occupied with the demands of aircraft control, navigation and traffic avoidance. For more details, call us at 303-271-4850.
Jet aircraft operate in the early morning and late-evening hours for various reasons. Many are medical flights with patients or critical organs on board or check-carrying cargo operations. Other flights involve corporations and businesses based near the airport.
All homeowners in our influence area are required to sign an avigation easement when they purchase their home. This document ensures residents are aware of and accept the noise and vibration aircraft may generate while operating at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport. Consult your closing documents or call your city for more information.
The RMMACNR can make recommendations to Jefferson County and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) about ways to address noise concerns. However, the FAA retains sole control and regulatory authority over the National Airspace System. RMMA has no control over how and where the aircraft fly. Once the wheels of the aircraft leave the pavement, the aircraft is under the control of the Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Control. Safety is the number one concern and keeping maximum separation between aircraft takes precedence over noise related concerns.
Activity levels at airports are measured by aircraft operations. An operation is defined by the FAA as a takeoff or a landing. So, a “touch and go” conducted by a training aircraft counts as two operations. In 2019, RMMA experienced 195,762 aircraft operations. That’s, on average, a takeoff or landing approximately every three minutes. However, the amount of operations varies significantly by season and time of day. The highest annual operations at RMMA occurred in 1977, with more than 248,000 aircraft operations.
As a public-use airport, RMMA is open for business 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in most weather conditions. Airport administration office hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, excluding holidays. Airport operations are staffed 24/7.
Airplanes must take off and land into the wind. The prevailing wind direction at RMMA is from the northwest, and the primary sets of runways are oriented accordingly.
The areas immediately underneath the departure and approach ends of the runways will experience high volumes of aircraft overflights. Areas underneath the standard traffic pattern will also experience substantial volumes of aircraft overflights.
RMMA collects noise complaints. If you have been affected by noise from RMMA, please call the noise complaint line at 303-271-4874 or complete the online complaint form.
RMMA publishes voluntary noise abatement procedures in order to encourage pilots to fly as community-friendly as possible. These procedures should be used only when practical.In all cases, safety and air traffic control instructions take precedence.
In addition to the above procedures, RMMA encourages all tenants and airport users to follow the National Business Aircraft Association’s Fly Quiet procedures. These procedures can be found on the NBAA Environment web page.
Federal Aviation Regulations specify a minimum safe altitude of 1,000 feet over congested areas and 500 feet over non-congested areas. Helicopters and aircraft that are in the process of taking off or landing are exempt from these altitude requirements.
The law requires all animal bites that break the skin (with the exception of rodents) be reported to the animal control office in the jurisdiction where the bite occurred. If there is any question, please contact animal control at 303-271-5070. Visit the animal control webpage for more information. Email Animal Control.
In Jefferson County, it is unlawful to harbor a female dog in heat / season unless the dog is confined during such time in a house, building or secure enclosure so the dog does not create a neighborhood nuisance. A dog owner commits a Class II petty offense if he or she does not comply with this regulation.
Female dogs that have not been spayed can be expected to come into heat twice each year, and each cycle lasts about three weeks. During this time, the female dog must be properly confined.
Visit the Animal Control webpages for more information.
Dogs allowed to roam the streets are a nuisance and dangerous to the public, and they are in constant danger from cars, irate people and other dogs. For these reasons, all dogs must be on a leash or confined on the owner's premises at all times. Dogs found in violation of the leash law may be detained by a citizen, turned over to animal control and impounded at the animal shelter. In addition to impound fees, owners can be issued a summons for a violation of county regulations.
For further see the Leash Law (PDF). Please check signage posted at any park before allowing your dog to roam freely. View the Animal Control webpage for more information.
Licensing reunites lost pets with their owners. A dog license can be traced 24 hours a day, every day of the year by an on-call animal control officer in any part of the county. The license information includes home and alternate phone numbers, a secondary person to contact in case of emergency and medical and dietary information for the dog. Before the dog license, owners were only required to have a current rabies tag on their pet. Rabies tags could only be traced through the issuing veterinary clinic and only when the clinic was open.
Visit the License Your Dog webpage for more information.
Example Using a $300,000 Residence and 100 Mills Levy
If the total mill levy is 100 mills and using the residential assessment rate of 7.15% and a non-residential assessment rate of 29%, annual taxes would be:
However, taxes for like-valued properties will vary based on the specific mill levy for the tax district where the property is located.
The Assessor’s office is responsible for determining the actual value of your property. We revalue all properties every two years as ordered by state statute. For example, in 2019 and 2020, we determined the market value of residential property by analyzing sales of properties that sold between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2018. These dates are set by the state. Once these sales were verified, they were compared to the property being valued by a computer program and adjusted for size, age, date of sale, and amenities, such as bathrooms, garages, basements, porches, etc. This adjusted value is what the Assessor’s Office believes is a reasonable market value for your property and is the value used by the Treasurer’s Office to calculate your taxes. We call this value the actual value.
Property taxes are calculated using this actual value by plugging it in to the formulas below:
Actual Value x Assessment Rate = Assessed Value
Assessed Value x Mill Levy = Taxes
Here is an example calculating the taxes of a $300,000 residence with 100 mills levy using the 2020 assessment rate:
Taxes for like-valued properties will vary based on the specific mill levy for the tax district where the property is located, and taxes for properties in the same tax district will vary based on having different values.
As you can see, there are a number of reasons that your taxes could have gone up. However the most common reason that your taxes go up is that the value assigned to your property has increased. The valued assigned by the Assessor’s Office will follow the pattern of market value of properties in your neighborhood. As the value of homes in the neighborhood increase, so too does the value assigned by the Assessor’s Office. If homes are selling for more, you home becomes more valuable, even if no changes have been made to your property.
The appeal timeframe is May 1st thru June 1st each year. It is important to review your Notice of Value sent every odd year to every property owner to determine if you agree with the Assessor Value.
The Assessor’s Office transfers ownership by publicly recorded documents. These documents are recorded for public record at the Jefferson County Clerk & Recorder’s Office. They can be reached at the Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder website or at 303-271-8121. The Assessor’s Office does not monitor loans for mortgages or refinancing.
The Assessor’s Office does a thorough review AFTER the document is recorded. The document is checked for the signature, notary acknowledgement and the correct legal description before the title is changed.
If you think you may be a victim of credit theft please contact the Jefferson County Sherriff’s Office at 303-271-0211 or report a crime online.
If you would like to take additional steps to protect yourself, please contact an attorney or outside company. The Jefferson County Assessor’s Office does not provide these services.
The deed or other document should be recorded at the Jefferson County Clerk & Recorder’s Office for public record. They can be reached at the Clerk and Recorder website or 303-271-8122.
To get copies of documents you will need to contact the Clerk and Recorder’s Office online at or via phone at (303) 271-8186.
We are currently processing documents as quickly and accurately as we can. Ownership changes that occurred after the month that we are currently processing may not be reflected on Property Record Search results. Thank you for your patience. See what month we are currently processing on our home page.
We are currently processing documents as quickly and accurately as we can. Ownership changes that occurred after the month that we are currently processing may not be reflected on Property Record Search results. Thank you for your patience. See what month we are currently processing on our home page.
The Assessor’s Office does not track or research easements. Easements are researched by viewing and scaling out the legal description for all recorded documents involved in the chain of title for the property in question and possibly the surrounding area. It is recommended that you hire an attorney or title company to assist you in this process. If you wish to view public documents, they are recorded at the Clerk & Recorder’s Office. They can be reached on their website or via telephone 303-271-8122.
Please use our contact form to contact us with your schedule number and the details of the misspelling. We will correct the information and you will see it reflected on the website within a few days.
Residential property sales data can be found in the “Qualified Residential Sales” document on our Reappraisal Sales Data webpage.
Commercial property sales data can be found in the “Qualified Commercial Improved Sales” document on our Reappraisal Sales Data webpage.
Once a mortgage is paid off, the mortgage company files the documentation with the Jefferson County Public Trustee showing the loan is paid in full. The Public Trustee will process this release of lien and send it to the Jefferson County Clerk & Recorder for recording. A new deed is not issued at this time. To obtain a copy of your original deed from your purchase or any deeds you may have recorded, you will need to contact the Jefferson County Clerk & Recorder on the Clerk and Recorder website or at 303-271-8121
The Assessor’s office does not determine the zoning of property. We value the property based on how it is used. Zoning is determined by the Planning and Zoning department. You can contact them on the Planning and Zoning website or at 303-271-8700
Due to the complexity of mineral rights research, you may need to hire a real estate attorney or a title company to assist you. Mineral rights may or may not appear on your deed. Deeds are recorded for public record at the Clerk & Recorder’s Office. They can be reached at the Clerk and Recorder website or 303-271-8122.
The Assessor’s Office does not work with or research liens. Liens are recorded for public record at the Jefferson County Clerk & Recorder’s Office. They can be reached at the Clerk and Recorder website or 303-271-8122.
The Assessor’s Office is notified of changes in ownership by recorded documents. The Assessor’s Office is unable to provide legal advice as to which document you should record. You may want to contact an attorney or title company to assist you in choosing the correct document. The document you choose should be recorded at the Jefferson County Clerk & Recorder’s Office for public record. They can be reached at the Clerk and Recorder website or 303-271-8122.
The Assessor’s Office cannot provide any legal advice, but this PDF about free legal clinics in Jefferson County may help you in your search for an attorney.
Tax bills are sent by and paid to the Jefferson County Treasurer’s Office. They can be reached at the Treasurer website or 303-271-8330.
Legal descriptions may be located on deeds, plats, or other recorded documents. The Assessor’s Office is unable to provide legal descriptions or determine what legal description should be used on legal documents. You may need to seek advice from a title company or a real estate attorney.
Recorded documents are available from the Jefferson County Clerk & Recorder. For more information, visit the Clerk and Recorder website or at 303-271-8121.
Ownership or legal descriptions are changed in the Assessor’s office by recorded documents. The Assessor’s Office is unable to provide legal advice as to which document you should record. If the property is in unincorporated Jefferson County, a division or combination of property may need to be approved by Jefferson County Planning & Zoning. If the property is located within city limits, you may need to contact the planning & zoning office for your city. Jefferson County Planning and Zoning can be reached on the Jeffco Planning and Zoning website or at 303-271-8700.
If your intent in requesting to combine parcels is to have an adjacent lot or parcel classified as residential, the lot or parcels do not have to be combined to qualify. If you would like more information about this, please submit your question to our contact form, list your question as “Land and Agricultural,” and note that this is what you are asking about.
Property lines can only be determined by a surveyor. Jefferson County does not offer this service. If your property is within a platted subdivision, you may view the recorded plats at the Jefferson County Clerk & Recorder’s Office. The Jefferson County Clerk & Recorder can be reached on their website or at 303-271-8122. The Jefferson County Assessor’s parcel maps can be viewed by locating the property in question through the Assessor Property Records Search Application.
When an owner on a deed dies, the death certificate may need to be recorded with the Clerk and Recorder. For more information on recording a death certificate, visit the Clerk and Recorder website or reach them at 303-271-8121.
The rest of the process depends on what kind of ownership the property is.
If the property is joint tenancy, the recording of a death certificate may result in the deceased owner being removed, but we still recommend getting legal advice from an attorney or probate court to be certain.
If the property is tenants in common, the recording of the death certificate will not automatically result in the deceased owner being removed. You will need to contact probate court or an attorney to have the deceased owner removed. The Assessor’s Office is unable to provide any legal advice. Probate court can be reached at 720-772-2500 and is located at 100 Jefferson County Parkway Golden, CO 80419.
We are unable to provide new schedule numbers before the plat, split, or deed is processed as they do not exist until that time. Plats, splits, and deeds will be worked in chronological order by recording date. To check where we are in processing deeds, please look at the notice on our home page. With the Jefferson County offices previously closed due to COVID-19 we are working hard to address this backlog. We appreciate your patience.
Plot plans and blueprints, if on file, will be with planning and zoning. If you live within unincorporated Jefferson County, you can contact the Jefferson County Planning & Zoning department on the Jeffco Planning and Zoning website or at 303-271-8700. If you are within city limits, you will need to contact your city’s planning and zoning department for this information.
If you sustained a service-connected disability while serving on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs rated your service-connected disability as one hundred percent permanent and total, and you have owned and occupied the property as your primary residence since at least January 1 of the year of application, you probably qualify. However, there are additional qualifications and exceptions for certain situations. For more details on eligibility, please visit our Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption webpage.
If you are at least 65 years old on January 1 of the year in which you hope to qualify and have owned and occupied the property as your primary residence for at least ten years prior to January 1, you probably qualify. However, there are additional qualifications and exceptions for certain situations. For more details on eligibility, please visit our Senior Property Tax Exemption webpage.
To apply, please submit your application by July 1 of the year in which you hope to gain the exemption to the Colorado Division of Veterans Affairs. The application is available from the Colorado Division of Veterans Affairs, which can be contacted at:
Colorado Department of Military and Veterans AffairsDivision of Veterans Affairs1355 South Colorado Blvd. Bldg. C Ste 113Denver, CO 80222
Colorado Division of Veterans Affairs Property Tax Exemption Website
To apply for the Senior Property Tax Exemption, you must fill out the application and return it to the Assessor’s Office by July 15 of the first year for which you hope to receive the exemption. For more detailed instructions and to download the application, please visit our Senior Property Tax Exemption webpage.
As of 2020, the actual value of the property is reduced by 50 percent of the first $200,000 of value. For example:
Probably not, but maybe. In general, the exemption automatically carries over from year to year, so most people will only have to apply once; however, if the original applicant dies, their spouse must re-apply to keep the exemption. In addition, if there is a change in ownership, for example if the property was transferred to a trust or other legal entity, the applicant must reapply.
To calculate the amount of the reduction for your property:
The Jeffco Small Business Emergency Grant Fund is designed to provide a financial bridge until businesses can return to a more normal level of operation. As our community deals with the health and economic implications of the COVID-19 crisis, small businesses have been especially hard hit. Supporting our small business community is integral to creating jobs for our residents and bringing back the goods and services that provide us with the quality of life we value in Jefferson County.
The Jeffco Nonprofit Emergency Grant Fund is designed to provide a financial bridge for nonprofits that were seeing a much higher volume of clients than usual. As outlined in the CARES Act, the program provides for funding to nonprofit organizations and this grant is meant to cover expenses that are necessary expenditures incurred due to COVID–19 as our community deals with this crisis and until they can get back to a more normal level of operation.
In support of our small business community, Jefferson County provided a second grant opportunity for businesses that are in unincorporated Jefferson County. The Small Business Sustainability Grant program allowed businesses to apply for up to $10,000 to assist with COVID-19 related expenses. Businesses who received funds from the Small Business Emergency Grant program, were also eligible to apply for these additional funds.
In support of our business community, Jefferson County Government offered the Comprehensive Business Stability Award opportunity, It was open from Oct. 8 - 15, 2020. The goal of this award was to provide eligible businesses with financial reimbursement to stabilize operations for COVID-19-related expenses and stability needs incurred from March 1, 2020, to December 30, 2020.
In support of our home-based business community, Jefferson County provided the Home-Based Business Stability Award opportunity, It was open from Oct. 8 - 15, 2020. The goal of this award was to provide eligible home-based businesses with financial reimbursement to stabilize operations for COVID-19-related expenses and stability needs incurred from March 1, 2020, to December 30, 2020.
In support of our Local Government community, Jefferson County provided a funding opportunity of the Expense Reimbursement Award for Local governments within Jefferson County. The COVID-19 Expense Reimbursement Award for Local Governments program was open from Aug. 31 - Oct. 31. The goal of this award was to provide local governments within Jefferson County with assistance related to COVID-19 expenses incurred from March 1 to December 30, 2020.
Yes, if are working full time in your business and have office space, store front, etc. at a physical location outside of your home.
Yes. You can receive these grant funds if you received other CARES Act funds. However, you cannot use the funds to pay the same expenses.
Yes. You can use this grant for costs not paid for by the PPP.
Yes. You qualify if you shut down OR had to operate at a limited capacity.
Conifer, Evergreen, Genesee, Kittredge, Indian Hills, part of Morrison, Southwest Jeffco.
Most of the cities in Jefferson County have their own loan and grant programs which unincorporated Jeffco businesses are not eligible for.
No, the grant funds cannot be used to pay property taxes.
Yes. If you are working full time in your business.
Applications that are determined to not be eligible are contacted after review. Applications determined eligible will be emailed, at the specified email address, a county agreement to be signed by the approved applicant. Once approved by the county the payment will be issued. Due to volume, the approvals will be identified and processed weekly.
Upon execution of the county agreements. Once executed, payments will be issued.
Via check mailed to the specified address on the application.
When applying, describe what your budget would be and why you are not open. The budget should describe how you will use the funds.
Yes. If you rent office space, store front, etc. at a physical location outside of your home.
The grants for FOR profit businesses will be up to $5000.
Email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a copy of the agreement and instructions for supporting documents needed.
Yes, you are eligible to apply if you received other CARES Act funds. However, you cannot use the funds to pay the same expenses.
Email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for updates on your application. The average processing time is 2 to 3 weeks.
COVID Impact Grant: Upon demonstrating a change in normal operations due to COVID-19, the Food Pantries will be eligible to receive a grant of up to $10,000.
COVID Expense Reimbursement: The reimbursement process will commence when Jefferson County begins accepting supporting documentation for expenses on October 26, 2020. Expenses eligible for reimbursement will have occurred during the period of March 1, 2020 to the date the Food Pantry Support Agreement was signed.
Bulk Food Donation: Through demonstrated bulk food need documentation a wholesale food distributor will provide bulk food donations to the Food Pantries.
Yes, the assistance programs are not mutually exclusive. Each form of assistance is subject to its own eligibility requirements.
The food pantries have a catalog of options to choose from to fit the needs of the community they serve. The catalog provides options such as canned goods, produce, meat and bulk offerings in a volume customized for each pantry.
Jefferson County requires ACH information to wire funds for Food Pantry reimbursements and Impact Grant. This can be provided here via this form.
Open grant applications can be accessed on our CARES Act Emergency Grants Funding page.
New grants will be advertised on the Jefferson County website, the Jefferson County social media platforms and in the Jeffco Business & Workforce newsletter. Please use this link to sign up to receive this newsletter.
These expenditures will lead to savings which will enable the County to address COVID-19 related challenges our community will continue to face in 2021.
To Request PPE from Jefferson County, qualifying businesses with 25 employees or less and nonprofits may fill out a form request on our Emergency Grants Program page - look for the tab on "Personal Protective Equipment Program."
Yes, we will accept applications from small nonprofits with employees greater 25. Small businesses are subject to a maximum of 25 employees to apply.
Up to two hand sanitizer bottles, two wipe packages, and one box of each size of gloves ranging from small to extra-large.
You will need to provide your DUNS number to receive the supplies. You can look up or request a DUNS number here. We would prefer you provide a DUNS number and tax identification number on your application.
Yes, we will accept applications in Westminster regardless of county.
Yes, additional requests are based on Jefferson County’s availability of supplies.
The application will be open until December 30, 2020, or before if Jefferson County’s supplies are exhausted.
Yes, if the franchise is locally owned and has less than 25 employees.
Once approved, you will receive an email with the allotted supplies approved and a pickup form directed to your chosen Chamber location.
Yes. If you have a work visa, you must provide the work visa, a completed supplemental form, proof of residency showing you have resided here for at least 90 days and possess a valid hunting license. If you are a non-immigrant with an “admission number” or an immigrant with an “INS form” (green card), you must provide these documents: a completed supplemental form and proof of residency showing you have resided here for at least 90 days.
Visit our concealed handgun permit webpage for more information.
Contact the Open Space or Colorado Parks and Wildlife where you plan to carry because each entity has its own rules and regulations.
No. C.R.S. 18-12-203 (c) states: A sheriff shall issue a permit to carry to an applicant who is not ineligible to possess a firearm pursuant to Federal Law. Federal law 18 USC 922 (g) (3), prohibits any person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance from shipping, transporting, receiving or possessing firearms or ammunition. Marijuana is listed in the Controlled Substances Act as a Schedule I controlled substance, and there are no exceptions in federal law for marijuana purportedly used for medicinal purposes, even if such use is sanctioned by state law. Federal law 18 USC 922 (d) (3), also makes it unlawful for any person to sell or otherwise dispose of any firearm or ammunition to any person knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that such person is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance.
Any person who uses or is addicted to marijuana, regardless of whether his or her state has passed legislation authorizing marijuana use for medicinal purposes, is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance, and is prohibited by federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition.
Visit the concealed handgun permits webpage for more information.
Yes. You must renew your application with the county in which you now reside, own property, or own a business. Renewals in Jefferson County can only be processed for residents. Please note that you may need to start the process from the beginning, or you may have to pay additional fees for fingerprint processing depending on the expiration lapse of your permit.
Yes. Permits are valid throughout the state of Colorado. Other states do have reciprocity with Colorado, and you may go to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation Reciprocity site to find this information.
In order to apply for a permit in Colorado, you must be a legal state resident and posses a valid Colorado driver's license. If you have recently moved to the state, you must apply for a Colorado title and registration for your vehicle within 90 days from establishing residency. Colorado residency is established when one of the following criteria is met:
You can find 18-8-503 at Colorado Revised Statutes online, or at a local library or bookstore.
Per section 18-12-205 (2) (a), “An applicant who knowingly and intentionally makes a false or misleading statement on a permit application or deliberately omits any material information requested on the application commits perjury as described in section 18-8-503. Upon conviction, the applicant shall be punished as provided in section 18-1.3-501. In addition, the applicant shall be denied the right to obtain or possess a permit, and the sheriff shall revoke the applicant’s permit if issued prior to conviction.”
Federal law 18 USC 922 (g) (1-9) prohibits individuals from possessing, shipping, transporting or receiving any firearm or ammunition if they are a person who is:
It is the applicant's responsibility to submit for renewal of a permit before the expiration date on the permit card. You must submit a renewal only in the county you reside, own property, or own a business. Applicants may submit a completed application, proof of residency (a valid Colorado driver's license, Colorado ID or Military Photo Identification) and $35 within 120 days before the permit expires. The “Proof of Firearms Training” on the back of the application does not pertain to renewal applicants as long as a certificate is already on file and the existing permit card is not more than six months expired. The applicant must deliver the original application in person to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Records Unit. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Per C.R.S. 18-12-205 (2) (a), all applicants must sign the completed application in the presence of the issuing county sheriff or designee. These permits are valid for an additional five years from the issuance date.
The process is completed within 90 days after the date the required items are received. Upon approval, the applicant will be notified to come in for a photograph and the issuance of a permit card. Applicants denied a permit have the right to seek a second review by the Sheriff (additional information must be submitted), or they may seek judicial review pursuant to C.R.S. 18-12-207.
A permit is valid for five years from issuance date. Visit the concealed handgun permits webpage for more information.
Once you become a legal resident of Colorado, you have a 90-day grace period with your out-of-state permit as long as Colorado has reciprocity with that state. During this time, applicants must apply for a Colorado permit and provide all required items. Out-of-state permits may not be renewed in Colorado.
It is the applicant's responsibility to submit renewal for a permit before the expiration date in the county they reside, own a property or own a business. Applicants may submit for permit renewal to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office within 120-days before the permit expires. Please note that in addition to a completed application and proof of residency (a valid Colorado driver’s license, Colorado ID or Military Photo Identification), a handgun training certificate and a processing fee must be submitted. Per CBI, the issuing agency must have prints on file for the individual applying for a permit.
Due to some counties and municipalities having ordinances against open carry, it is recommended to contact the agencies where you plan to travel or obtain advice from an attorney. Visit the concealed handgun permits webpage for more information.
No. Per C.R. S. 18-12-206 (3) (a), sheriff’s offices are only allowed to share applicant information with other law enforcement agencies. No information about an applicant is released to the public. The information requested is classified as a criminal justice record covered by Part III of the Open Record’s Act, which states that the custodian may deny access to criminal justice records when disclosure would be contrary to the public interest. 24-72-305(5) C.R.S. Per 18-12-206 (4), a copy of the annual report, prepared for the general assembly, may also be given to a member of the public upon request, but these reports include numbers only and do not provide names, addresses, etc.
You must apply in the state where you claim primary residency (i.e. have a driver’s license, license plates, registered to vote, etc.). Other states do have reciprocity with Colorado, and you may go to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation Reciprocity site to find this information. Example: If you claim primary residency in Florida and possess a Florida permit, your permit is valid in Colorado.
No. Per C.R.S. 18-12-213 (b) (II), which passed May 17, 2007, Colorado residents who possess out-of-state permits are not valid here in Colorado and the individual is considered to be carrying illegally. If you are a Colorado resident and want to carry concealed, you must possess a Colorado concealed handgun permit.
A person may not carry a concealed handgun into: A place where firearms are prohibited by Federal law; a public building in which security personnel and electronic weapons screening devices are permanently in place; or where a private property owner, private tenant, private employer or private business entity disallows the practice.
You must notify the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office within 30 days of an address change. Failure to do so is a chargeable offense. If you move within the state of Colorado, the permit remains valid. If you move out of state, the permit becomes invalid and must be returned to the issuing sheriff’s office. You will need to complete a change of address form.
Submit the Change of Address Form (PDF) or any renewal applications in the county you reside, own property, or own a business in. A new card will be issued and the old one confiscated and destroyed.
You must notify the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office within three business days of a lost, stolen or destroyed permit card. Failure to do so is a chargeable offense. You will need to complete a lost, stolen or destroyed form and submit this in person to the records unit, along with a valid ID. There is a $15 fee to replace the card (no personal checks).
Visit the concealed handgun permits webpages for more information.
A shooting range or handgun-training facility that has a “certified instructor,” a firearms safety course instructor certified by a county, municipal, state or federal law enforcement agency; the Colorado Peace Officer Standards Training (POST) board; a federal military agency; or a national nonprofit organization that certifies firearms instructors, operates national firearms competitions and provides training, including courses in personal protection, in small arms safety, use and marksmanship. A certified National Rifle Association instructor is acceptable.
The “handgun training class” means:
You should make a mortuary selection as soon as possible. When you make a mortuary selection, you will need to complete paperwork with that agency. They will then contact us to arrange for release of the decedent into their care. If you need a list of local mortuaries, please request this via email. If you are not local you may consider making contact with a mortuary in your area to ask them to assist with this process.
To claim personal property, the decedent’s legal next of kin should bring photo identification to the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office during business hours (Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.). If you are not able to come to the office during business hours call our office at 303-271-6480.
In general, you will be directed to the next of kin for any information about the decedent.
The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office is not set up for viewings or visual identification. While we understand the need to visit a loved one who has died, we must insist that such visits occur at the mortuary after the body has been released. Also, forensic identification techniques are used to identify decedents in virtually every case.
Indigent individuals may qualify for burial assistance. Call the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office at 303-271-6480 for guidance and a referral.
In Jefferson County, death certificates are obtained via the mortuary or the Vital Statistics Office of Jefferson County Public Health at 303-271-6450. If an autopsy was performed, the autopsy report is a public record and may be requested via email. Most other records cannot be released. If you have a specific question or need specific information, contact our office at 303-271-6480.
The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office does not have volunteer or internship opportunities; however, there are programs with other offices in the area.
Coroner personnel must determine whether a body will be released directly to a mortuary or taken to the county morgue for further evaluation; therefore, the Jefferson County Coroner's Office must be immediately notified whenever a death has occurred. If the death was expected due to a long illness, and if no suspicious or unusual occurrences hastened death, there is the potential for the decedent to be released to the mortuary from the scene.
While the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office is obligated by Colorado Revised Statutes and the National Association of Medical Examiners to perform autopsies under specific circumstances, in many circumstances the manner and cause of death can be determined by review of scene investigation, external examination of the decedent, review of medical records, and interviews with physicians and family members. While the final decision to perform an autopsy rests with the Coroner, the next of kin’s wishes are considered.
Please visit our When to Notify the Coroner's Office of a Death page for more information.
Make sure you are registered and your address is current. Ballots are not forwarded by the U.S. Postal Service. You can register, confirm or change your voter registration information at GoVoteColorado.com. You may also register to vote at any Voter Service Polling Center, and Jefferson County Motor Vehicle office and the Elections Office in Golden.
Cutoff dates to receive a ballot by mail vary by election. While you can still register online after the cutoff date, you will need to visit a Voter Service Poling Center in order to receive a ballot.
All eligible voters will be mailed a ballot to the address on their voter registration starting 18-22 days before election day. Ballots are not forwarded by the U.S Postal Service.
Voters are not required to vote by mail; all voting services are available at the Jeffco Voting Service and Polling Centers.
See our Mail Ballot Delivery page for more information on your options on returning a voted ballot and how to update and verify your registration with the Secretary of State.
The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) protects the voting rights of:
There are several ways to register to vote or update your voter registration information:
See our Military and Overseas Voter Information page for all the details and links to appropriate offices.
There are registration requirements and deadlines. Please see our Voting and Registration page for all the information on registering to vote for the first time in Jefferson County.
Voting in Jefferson County can be done in three easy steps:
See our Voting and Registration page for all the details.
Ballots are mailed directly to all eligible voters to the address on their voter registration file. The mailing dates vary by election. The ballots for the 2018 November 6th General Election will be mailed the week of October 15th. Sample ballots can be viewed and printed at myvoterlookup.
Ballot Drop-off locations vary by election. Once they have been confirmed they will posted on this site. You must seal your ballot in the official return envelope and then you can drive-up, drop off or hand deliver your completed mail ballot at any convenient ballot drop-off location.
November 6 2018 General Election Ballot Drop Off and Voter Service Polling Center Locations
Emergency notifications are usually geographically based. Please use the CodeRED portal to register the physical address and contact methods into the system. P.O. Boxes and other mailing addresses should not be used as they do not correspond to the physical location that might be affected. For more information see our CodeRED page.
In a county as big and diverse as ours, natural disasters and accidents like floods, fires, tornadoes, chemical spills, train derailments, industrial mishaps and other emergencies may strike with little or no warning. CodeRED is one of the fastest methods of mass notifications and the Sheriff's Office only utilizes the system to make emergency notifications within a limited geographic area. This is different than the Emergency Alert System which notifies people across a large geographic area. Neither system is used to send non-emergency messages.
Many situations beyond the control of the Sheriff’s Office affect the delivery of an emergency notification such as:
This is why we utilize a variety of notification methods.To increase your odds of successful notification, you should register multiple methods (landline, cellular, email, text, and TDD), install the CodeRED app on your smart device, and become familiar with the phone numbers and caller identification display associated with emergency notifications.You should still monitor Emergency Alert System messages by radio, television, NOAA weather radio, and wireless alerts on your cell phone in order to receive timely automated notices. Emergency personnel may also be sent door-to-door, so it is important to answer the door when they knock so you can receive the notification.
You may opt out of CodeRED emergency notifications through the CodeRED website. However, we discourage you from doing this as you will be reducing the chances of receiving emergency information that may save your life. Many complaints about notifications are actually related to outdated information. If you move, change jobs, or add/change phone numbers or emails, you should update your CodeRED profile to make sure it is accurate and that you receive notifications for the correct area.
If you create a profile on the CodeRED registration site, you can associate more than one Jefferson County address with your account. You can then add phone numbers, email addresses, and TDD devices and select how you want to be notified for each address. For instance, you could add your work address and have notifications sent to your office number, cell phone, and work email while notifications for your residence might go to your home phone and cell phone/text.
During an emergency, we need to reach as many people possible, in the shortest amount of time. You can add multiple phone numbers to each address within your CodeRED profile. For each number, you can identify whether a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) is attached or if you want to receive a text message in addition to the voice call. You can also add email addresses.
You cannot select the types of emergency situation for which you want to be notified. Notifications are generally geographic, so the emergency will very likely affect you or we wouldn’t be contacting you! If you create a CodeRED profile, you can choose to receive “general” notifications. The sheriff’s office only sends emergency notifications via CodeRED, so this will not change the notifications you receive from us. CodeRED also lets you opt-in to weather notifications that are generated by the National Weather Service (NWS). You can choose what type of weather warnings you want to receive and how you want to receive them. These messages are not sent by the sheriff’s office and you do not have to receive them.
If your telephone system rejects anonymous/blocked/out of area calls or requires a valid caller identification (ID), the call will be completed (for emergency voice notifications your caller ID will display '866-419-5000’ or ‘Emergency Comm.' If you register for CodeRED voice weather warnings, caller ID will display '800-566-9780’ or ‘Emergency Comm’. However, if your telephone setup requires someone to dial a particular code or follow some other type of prompt to get connected, the call will not get through to you. In order to receive notifications in this case, you would need to disable this feature or update your CodeRED profile to provide for email or text notifications (text notifications come from the number ‘76993’).
CodeRED is funded by the Jefferson County Emergency Communications Authority, which is supported by the Emergency Telephone Charge (ETC) you pay on your phone bill each month. There are no additional charges for the service. However, if your phone provider charges you a per-minute or per-text fee, those standard charges would still apply.
If you aren’t receiving notifications, you are either not registered (not good) or we haven’t sent any emergency messages to your geographic area (which is good). Check your CodeRED profile to make sure you are registered and the contact information is correct. When you update your profile, CodeRED will offer to make a test call to your number(s) to simulate an emergency notification. This will confirm the system is functioning. Since we limit notifications to emergency situations, you should not expect frequent messages!
The CodeRED system lets you choose your preferred method(s) of notification. You can choose to only receive text messages. However, be aware that due to character limitations, text messages provide the least amount of information. We also recommend that you have at least two methods of notification that use different paths to you. For example, a text message (cell phone provider) and email (Internet provider) increase your chances of being notified if one of the services is having an issue.
If you have a CenturyLink landline or Comcast VoIP phone you should be in the database. Other VoIP providers may not provide your information to the 911 database, so this cannot be assumed. To be safe, register for CodeRED notifications and customize to your needs. Don’t be left out!
The two systems serve different purposes. Smart911 [LINK] shows dispatchers information that you want emergency responders to know when you call for help; CodeRED allows dispatchers to share information with you. Smart911 and CodeRED are completely different systems and data is not shared between the two. You must register for each system in order to benefit from the unique service each provides.
The system won’t know when you are on vacation. However, it will still attempt to notify you by leaving a message, calling your cell phone, texting, or emailing. To get these notifications while you are gone, make sure you create a CodeRED profile and provide the alternate means of reaching you.
The CodeRED system should recognize when a voicemail system has answered and leave a message. When a voice line is answered, the system attempts to identify if a human answered, if a TDD device answered, or if an answering machine/voicemail system answered. If you answer but do not speak, the system may not play the recorded emergency message and will call back. If you receive a voicemail with a partial message, you can call the CodeRED system back at 866-419-5000 and it will replay the last message sent to that number.
If you need to correct any information on your account after you have submitted it, you may contact your local dispatch center. Please use the non-emergency line for Jefferson County Dispatch: 303-277-0211.
Many talk groups, channels, and frequencies are simultaneously used for law enforcement, fire, and EMS communications, so you may miss radio traffic if your scanner is stopped on a different talk group. More and more sensitive communications are encrypted, which prevents scanner reception. Finally, important details about emergency notifications are often handled using cellular phone or electronic means. The bottom line: scanners can give you some situational awareness, but official notifications are still the most reliable information when it comes to evacuations and other emergency instructions.
If your phone service is through CenturyLink and you have a conventional, the phone will function when power fails as it is powered through the phone system, not your household electrical power. Cordless phones will work if the base unit has battery or other backup power. Cell phone and text messages will function if the phone is charged and if the power outage has not affected the tower of your service provider.
It couldn’t be simpler! To register visit the CodeRED website.
No. Your contact information is only used for emergency notifications. We do not sell, distribute, or use any of your information for any purpose not directly related to emergency notifications. The CodeRED system conducts notifications based on the area mapped and dispatchers cannot look-up or browse your personal information.
You are encouraged to download and install the free CodeRED app available for Android and IOS devices. Our system does not share emergency notification with any other apps, so don’t rely on any other notification app. You should still register your information with CodeRED as those notifications are based on locations you have registered. The CodeRED app works entirely by geographic proximity. For example, if you travel near an area where a notification is active, the app will alert you, whether you are registered in that area or not. However, if you travel out of state, for example, you wouldn’t receive notifications for activities back home unless you register with the CodeRED system. We suggest you use both services for maximum likelihood of receiving notifications wherever you go.
If you have a landline service, yes. We have both listed/unlisted and business/residential phone numbers within Jefferson County. Our database is updated monthly and consolidates customer address information of listed and unlisted phone numbers obtained from CenturyLink and Comcast. If you have voice over IP (VoIP) service, check with your phone provider to see if they are ‘CodeRED compliant’ and that your account information is current. We do not have your cell phone information or email until you opt-in to CodeRED. In any case, you are safest registering a profile with CodeRED, customizing it to your liking, and keeping it up to date.
Voice calls, SMS text messages and emails to your wireless phone are treated link any similar communication you might receive. If your telephone service provider charges you for these communications then you will be charged for notifications in the same manner.
There are no health cards required in Jefferson County. We do issue cards to individuals for successfully completing our "Excellence in Food Safety" course. These are good for two years and continuing education credits can be obtained. Contact us at 303-271-5700 to register for a class.
Some type of hair restraint is required of food service workers; however, this does not have to be a hair net.
No, gloves are not required to be worn by food service workers under normal circumstances; however, routine hand washing must be practiced. Certain restaurant chains do require their employees to wear gloves. Gloves can be a significant problem if workers get them dirty and continue to use them. A glove order may be issued when there is an active Hepatitis A outbreak.
Food service license applications are available from this office. A copy of your Colorado Sales Tax License is required, as is approval from the health inspector of your establishment.
The department must review and approve the plans for your operation before you begin construction. Local building departments will not issue building permits without this approval. This process will take approximately two weeks to review the drawings, specifications and menus and meet with the plan review coordinator.
Contact us as soon as possible after becoming ill (303-271-5700). We are interested in investigating potential food-borne illnesses and will need to obtain a 72-hour food history to better pinpoint the potential source of the problem. Note that it takes anywhere from one hour to several weeks to become ill from a food-borne pathogen; therefore, the last meal you ate may not have been the one that made you ill. Obtaining confirmation from your doctor is also important because it can tell us what type of foods may be involved.
For more information, see these websites:
Contact the Jefferson County Public Health Food Safety department to schedule this inspection.
Dumpsters must be kept closed and the area around them kept in a sanitary condition. We investigate any concerns regarding violations of this standard.
No. Food preparation for a catered event can occur in your household kitchen. If you are purchasing the food items and taking them to the location of the catered event for preparation, then no food service license is required.
A licensed kitchen is required; this must be separate from your household kitchen. A restaurant kitchen may be rented during off-hours, or some church kitchens are properly equipped and can be used. This department must approve your planned location and then provide an application for a food service license. A plan review packet may be obtained through this office. A Colorado sales tax license must be obtained before this department will issue a food service license. You should also check with your local zoning department about the legality of home businesses in your area.
We investigate potential violations of the Colorado Retail Food Establishment Rules and Regulations.
The JCPH Food Protection and Safety Program works to prevent foodborne illness outbreaks and assure that Jefferson County citizens and visitors are provided with safe food. Staff routinely inspects food service operations, such as restaurants, delicatessens, school cafeterias and retail markets to ensure compliance with Colorado Retail Food Establishment Rules and Regulations. The inspection reports are public record and can be easily accessed online.
Raw eggs may be contaminated with Salmonella enteritidis, a type of bacteria known to cause serious illness, especially in children, the elderly and persons with weakened immune systems. We do not recommend using raw eggs in any recipe where thorough cooking will not occur.
Hepatitis A is an inflammation of the liver caused by the Hepatitis A virus. The virus is found in the feces of infected persons. It is spread primarily by person-to-person contact. It can also be spread through food and/or water that has been contaminated with human feces.
While this practice is discouraged, the potential for disease transmission is minimal because bacteria do not survive well on money. Money has not been found to be a disease carrier; however, you may want to voice your concern with the establishment manager.
Separate sinks are required for different uses. This prevents cross-contamination between different activities, such as hand washing and vegetable preparation. A three-compartment sink is important for proper dish washing (pans, utensils, etc.) procedures to take place.
Yes, health department fees are assessed at the time the case is submitted to Planning and Zoning. A list of established fees is available upon request.
Yes, reports prepared by the Environmental Planner are public record. Please call 303-271-5763 if you would like to obtain a report on a specific development proposal.
We review all land use proposals referred to us by the County Planning and Zoning Division. You can go to Jeffco Planning and Zoning - Active Cases for information on active planning cases in unincorporated Jefferson County. Many cities will also refer proposals to the health department for comment, however, you will need to contact the Planning or Community Development office for each municipality for information on active cases.
The list of topics varies considerably based on the type of development that is proposed. In most cases the provision of water and sewer service, as well as air and water pollution impacts, are important issues. We may also provide recommendations to incorporate design features that will promote active living concepts, such as access to multi-modal transportation options, aging in place, and working, living and recreating in one place. In other cases, subjects such as noise levels, effects of power lines, animal manure management, and prevention of diseases such as West Nile Virus are included in the review.
System failures (usually called 'malfunctions') will usually involve a discharge of wastewater of the surface of the ground. This liquid will be very odorous and is usually black or gray in color and should appear over the area of the absorption bed. Flies may be present. In the winter, this is sometimes seen as a discolored slick of ice on the ground. If you call the health department, we can look at this to try and determine its source.
Yes. However, you should be very familiar with the operation of the heavy equipment need to install the system under challenging site conditions. You must also demonstrate your knowledge of the on-site wastewater treatment system regulations to the satisfaction of the health department inspector. You will be responsible for complying with all applicable requirements of the regulations and engineering design, including assurance that all required inspections are scheduled with, and performed by, this department. All terms and conditions of the permit must also be complied with and you must submit an Affidavit to the health department.
Yes, we have a list of registered professional engineers (PDF) who have done work with the Department in the past; however, the department does not recommend any particular engineering firm.
You will need to obtain an engineered design from a registered professional engineer and then submit an application for a permit. Normally, it will take 14 working days to process your application.
Please see the Pumping the Septic Tank page on our website.
Depending on when your system was installed, these records may be on file with the health department. We can look up these records using the street address or legal description of the property. In general, records exist for most systems installed or repaired after 1965. These records will usually consist of an "as-built" drawing of the system, the original application form and engineering design.
Many of the records have been scanned or microfilmed and can easily be sent to you electronically. To request records, call 303-271-5756 and provide the address and legal description of the property in question. Responses to requests usually take 2 business days.
It depends on the zoning of the area and when the lot was created or subdivided.
We investigate failing systems on a complaint basis; we will need the street address of the site in order to do so. Complaints may remain anonymous when reporting possible failures. Should a malfunction be confirmed, the property owner will be required to make the appropriate and necessary repairs. Report a Public Health problem.
For a new system, repair of an existing system or addition to a system, the fee is $1,023. For a tank replacement only, the fee is $523 and the fee for a renewal is $250. Credit cards are now accepted for a nominal service fee (1.75%).
First, determine whether you actually need a variance by discussing it with us. Variances are generally required only for building sites that do not meet the minimum lot size. If you do, you would need to apply for the variance by submitting engineering design, a hardship statement, and other required information. The Board of Health meets on the third Tuesday of every month and each meeting date is the deadline for submitting requests for the next months meeting (e.g., March 17 is the deadline for the April 21 meeting).
An additional hearing fee of $125 is charged for a variance request. Hearings are held the third Tuesday of every month in Hearing Room 2 in the Jefferson County Administration and Courts Facility, commencing at 8 a.m.
Applications for systems serving business or commercial structures are processed by staff without a hearing. The engineering design for the system must be based on the flow and specific characteristics of the wastewater to be generated. For example, systems which serve facilities such as restaurants will usually require additional wastewater treatment as the wastewater is considered "high strength."
A Higher Level Treatment system is one that uses mechanical means to provide additional treatment, wither by trickling the wastewater over a filter or by introducing air into the wastewater. These systems are typically required on small lots and in environmentally sensitive areas. Due to the need for ongoing maintenance, an Operating Permit is usually required. For more information on individual sewage disposal systems, call 303-271-5759.
Due to the challenging conditions in many areas, only registered professional engineers can design septic systems to be installed in Jefferson County. They will evaluate the site, perform a series of soil tests, and prepare a design that meets the specific characteristics of your site. This soil investigation and design can cost several thousand dollars to complete.
A Temporary Event means a single community event or celebration that operates for no more than 14 consecutive days. A Temporary Event is not a regularly scheduled series of events such as flea markets or farmer’s markets.
Most likely yes. Please contact Terri Leichtweis at 303.271.5776 to determine if your event will need a permit or not.
The application needs to be submitted 30 days before your event.
Usually yes, but it depends on your operation. It is recommended that you contact our office for licensing requirements.
The application for vendors needs to be submitted 14 days prior to your first event.
Your license is valid for the calendar year it was purchased in, expiring on December 31.
Yes, if you have a Colorado Retail Food License for Mobile Units. Licenses issued from the City and County of Denver are not valid in the rest of Colorado.
No, your license for your Retail Food Establishment is only good at the physical location of the restaurant.
No. Jefferson County has its own fee structure for Temporary Vendors.
You can apply for a license by submitting the Temporary Vendor License application. You can also contact Terri Leichtweis at 303.271.5776 with any questions you may have about the process.
A commissary is a facility approved by the health department as a base of operations for a temporary food vendor where food, containers, and supplies are kept, handled, prepared, packaged or stored, and where fresh water is replaced, and waste water is disposed of. Most commissaries are licensed fixed restaurants used by agreement between management of the restaurant and the mobile food operator. A Commissary Agreement must be completed and submitted for licensing.
Yes. A dwelling or structure that was first occupied (as determined by the date of the warranty deed transferring ownership from the developer or builder to the original homeowner) less than five years before the closing date does not require a use permit, provided the existing system was not used for a previous dwelling on the site.
Probably, but there isn't any consistently applied inspection criteria. In addition, there are no mandatory requirements for certification of inspectors. Previously, anyone who wanted to call themselves an inspector could do so and use whichever criteria they deemed appropriate to make their inspection.
Yes, although it may not provide as accurate a picture of the operational suitability of the septic system. If a property is vacant, that condition will be noted on the permit.
No, the use permit is specifically limited to the on-site wastewater treatment system only. Regulations do not require the inspection of the well or approval of the water quantity or quality. However, the department recommends that the production and capacity of the well and the quality of the water be checked to ensure the well is an adequate and safe source of water. See our Drinking Water Well page for additional information.
If the sale has closed, there is no need to renew the use permit. However, if the closing will not occur before the use permit expiration date, complete and submit Form 704 for one six-month renewal. This must be done before the use permit expiration date. Subsequent renewals cannot be approved and a new inspection and application will be required.
Before a real estate closing, the property owner (or other responsible party) obtains the services of an approved inspector to perform an inspection of the on-site wastewater treatment system as well as to pump and inspect the septic tank. The health department will then review the inspection and issue the permit.
A use permit is valid until the date of the real estate closing; or six months have elapsed, whichever comes first. Once the real estate transaction has been completed, the use permit does not need to be renewed.
We ask that the application be submitted no less than 10 working days before the scheduled closing date. We are in the process of developing an online application process that should speed things up considerably.
The inspectors set their own fees. We estimate it will take about one hour to perform the work (not including the tank pumping). Since all inspectors must use the same forms and criteria, be sure to compare prices.
Failure to obtain a use permit may subject the owner who sold the property to a penalty as assessed under the provisions of Colorado state law. The purchaser is not subject to this penalty.
Not necessarily. If the prospective buyer signs a written agreement (PDF) to repair or upgrade the failing component(s) of the system within 30 days of occupying the structure, the department will waive the requirement for a use permit.
No, you may obtain a use permit before having a purchase contract for the property. Exceptions are those properties with failing systems and properties with outhouses or privies.
In many cases, the inspector will file all of the forms for you. If not, complete Form 700 (PDF) and submit all the inspection reports and the application fee to the department, either in person or by mail. Although septic tank inspection Form 702 (PDF) is good for 12 months, Form 701 (PDF) and Form 703 (PDF) must be filed within 30 days after they are prepared.
See our document for transactions that are not subject to use permit requirements (PDF) and for an explanation of the circumstances where use permits are not required.
A use permit is not required for these sales; however, an inspection of the existing system will be required before obtaining permits to rebuild the dwelling or structure in the future.
Certain systems cannot be approved, including:
The inspection covers a number of aspects that relate to both the structural integrity of all systems components, site conditions and operational status of the system. To be approved, an on-site wastewater treatment system must have:
There are three basic standardized forms:
Even under those conditions it should be possible to perform a reasonably thorough inspection; however, the presence of snow cover will be noted on the permit as a limiting inspection condition.
Since the written inspection criteria are very specific, that isn't likely; however, if it becomes apparent that an inspector is doing a poor job, the department will report that information to the organization that issued the inspector's credential (or the state licensing board, if the inspector is a professional engineer) for disciplinary action. If the system is failing, the current owner will be required to fix it.
If available, we will report the original design parameters of the system in terms of number of bedrooms the system was designed for and the total treatment capacity in gallons per day. We will also report the date of installation, permit and file numbers, if any.
The Board of Health has adopted a nonrefundable fee of $100.
As of January 1, 2004, prior to the sale of a dwelling or structure (including commercial structures) served by an individual sewage disposal system, the owner must have in his possession a use permit issued by the Public Health Department.
If the system lacks a septic tank, that component can be added. Otherwise, the system must be repaired or upgraded to meet the current minimum regulatory standards insofar as possible. An engineering report detailing the proposed repair must be submitted along with an application for a repair permit. The department's fee for repair permits is currently $1,023, or $523 for addition or replacement of a septic tank.
Either Linda Jones at 303-271-5756 or Craig Sanders at 303-271-5759 will be happy to answer your questions.
The Board of Health was concerned that on-site wastewater treatment systems were not always being properly inspected and that failing or marginal systems were being passed along to unsuspecting buyers; therefore, the requirement for a time-of-sale inspection for on-site wastewater treatment systems was adopted in the July 4, 2003, regulation revision and appears in the current regulation in Section 10.
Dwellings with pit privies cannot be occupied full-time; however, these dwellings are acceptable for "limited occupancy," which the regulations define as the occupancy of a structure or dwelling as a residence on less than a full-time, year round basis, i.e. no more than 90 consecutive days or a total occupancy of 120 days per year. To sell such a dwelling, a Limited Occupancy Use Permit can be issued after a prospective purchaser has been identified, and that purchaser signs an agreement acknowledging and agreeing to the above occupancy restrictions. This will allow the transfers of weekend, hunting and fishing cabins, etc., even though they are served by privies. The agreement authorizing Limited Occupancy will be recorded with the Jefferson County Recorder and will appear in any subsequent title search.
No. The department will only report the information we have in the file. Of course, it would be best if the house, as advertised, matched the On-site Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS) as installed. Ultimately, the buyer and seller will have the opportunity to decide what, if any, changes need to be made.
Check out our Event Calendar.
Submit a Request for Proposal (RFP) here.
Yes, free Wi-Fi is available. Choose the network named “Fairgrounds-Guest”. Please note that it is a free, open access system so there are no guarantees to anyone that it will always be working or that they will be able to access it with their device. The Fairgrounds provides no technical support or troubleshooting support for free Wi-Fi access.
Yes, please call our office at 303.271.6600 (M-F between 8AM-5PM).
No; however, many events are open to the public. Please check the Event Calendar to confirm admission details.
Please review our Fairgrounds Facility, Equipment and Services Rates (PDF) document on our website. All rates are for reference only. To receive a true estimate and to confirm date availability, please complete a Request for Proposal (RFP).
Open Ride hours are posted on our public event calendar and can change with little or no notice. Please call 720.490.5737 before traveling to the Fairgrounds to ensure arenas are still available for Open Ride. Riding conditions and arena access may vary depending on weather conditions. All riders must vacate the premises within 30 minutes of each Open Riding session’s conclusion. Click here for additional information on Open Ride.
Leadership meeting discussing economic challenges and Jefferson County budget challenges.
Departments presented current initiatives, challenges and resiliency efforts.
Discussion with departments, divisions and elected offices on 2020 and future budget constraints and what we can expect.
SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis completed.
Work on core services began. Presentation on demographics.
Create and finalize mission and vision statements for each Line of Effort group; align each of these with the county values.
Create and finalize core services for each department, division and elected office.
Seminar for all Lines of Effort groups (which includes all departments, divisions and elected offices):
Lines of Effort Strategic Planning: continue county core service prioritization.
Review of sample strategic plans
Align high-level outcomes to county goals as part of the prioritization process
2020 budget discussions
Seminar for all Lines of Efforts groups (which includes all departments, divisions and elected offices):
Planning - BCC- or staff-led discussions; duplicate staff and collaboration
Lines of Effort strategic planning and county prioritization – budget presentation preparation
Planning: 2020 county prioritization discussion at Elected Officials Meeting
Budget Development - Proposed budget prepared and presented to Board of County Commissioners
Risk Taking & Collaboration
Lines of Effort Debrief
2020 budget presentation process
Continue work on outcomes and metrics for years one - five
Budget Development: prepare and present budget for adoption
Budget adoption hearing
Seminar for all Lines of Efforts groups (which include all departments, divisions and elected offices):
Lines of Effort meetings
Planning: focus is on setting goals, outcomes and performance metrics for Jeffco 2050
Seminars for 2020 are pending. Will include metrics, measurements, continued budget reductions, and increases or revenue enhancement.
Visit the Jefferson County Business and Workforce Center website, Business Services page.
Visit the Jefferson County CARES Act Emergency Grants Funding Program page to see what funding opportunities are available.
You can always email our CARES Act team to ask specific questions and get further information.
Visit the ’Info for Public Health Partners, Businesses and Organizations’ page within the Jeffco Public Health COVID-19 web section.
See the information within the news item on this type of permit and the guidelines that need to be followed.
See the Jefferson County Public Health Order 20-007 requiring pre-approval for events and venues to allow more than the number of patrons under the Public Health Order 20-35.
There are many different opportunities for all kinds of businesses. Continue to check the Jeffco Emergency Grant Funding Program page for the latest information.
Make sure to also check in with your local Chamber of Commerce or Economic Development Corporation. You can find contact information for all within Jefferson County on our Business page.
Visit our Jeffco Emergency Grants Funding Program page and fill out the PPE secure online form.
Visit our Business and Workforce Center Job Seekers page.
Visit the State of Colorado website for more on unemployment benefits.
See our Jefferson County Human Services Food Assistance page.
Visit the Colorado Housing Connects Hotline web page for information for renters.
Visit the Jeffco Community Resources page and look for the ’Housing’ tab.
Visit the Jeffco Homelessness Resources page for information on homelessness resources, severe weather shelters and food banks and services.
Visit the Jefferson County Human Services COVID-19 Emergency Assistance page
Visit the Jeffco Community Resources page and look for the ’General Resources’ tab
Visit the Energy Assistance page for more information on LEAP (offered late fall and winter).
Visit the Jefferson County Human Services Child Care Assistance page.
Visit the Jefferson Center for Mental Health website.
Visit the Colorado Crisis Services website.
Visit the ’Testing’ page within the Jeffco Public Health COVID-19 web section.
Visit the Jeffco Public Health ’Safer at Home Level’ page within the COVID-19 web section.
Many of the same resources for small businesses are available for nonprofits. See our resources list for business information >>
For every dollar the county collects from property taxes, 24 cents remains with the county to provide services. The remaining 76 cents goes to public schools, special districts and cities. Even though property values may increase, the amount of property tax revenue the county is allowed to collect is limited by the state constitution. This limit on the growth of revenue has required the county to regularly spend into reserves, which is no longer sustainable.
The General Fund is the county’s principle operating fund that accounts for the ordinary operating and project expenditures of the county and is financed primarily by property taxes.
The General Fund supports a broad spectrum of county services provided by the Board of County Commissioners, Assessor, Clerk and Recorder, Coroner, District Attorney, Sheriff, Treasurer, and a variety of administrative services such as finance, information technology, and human resources. The General Fund also provides support to other county funds such as Public Health, Social Services and the Patrol Fund.
Yes. The county has implemented an initiative called Resilient Jeffco in which we are focusing on where our community wants and needs to be down the road, and developing innovative and strategic ways to address the challenges in front of us.
The phrases “business as usual” and “we’ve always done it that way” have been replaced with “how can we do things differently” and “how can we collaborate with other entities outside and within Jeffco.” We are already seeing results from those collaborative and innovative efforts. Some examples include:
We have always gone through a process of prioritizing programs and services for the budget, but we've reached a point where we have to try something new. Please see the Timeline details for more information on the prioritization process we are working through now.
That said, our Mission for Jefferson County is “to promote the safety, health and well-being of the Jefferson County community and the stewardship of its resources.” We look to this to let us know what those priorities are. We currently spend approximately 66% on safety, 8% on health and well-being, and 26% on stewardship.
Since 2014, Jefferson County has been drawing down its reserve to address projects and critical one-time needs. The balance in our reserves has now reached a minimum threshold and we must adjust our expenditures accordingly.
This issue has been a regular part of the ongoing conversations during budget development since that time. Several measures were utilized to balance the budget in previous years, but those options are no longer sustainable.
Amendment B removes provisions related to the residential and nonresidential assessment rates from the constitution, including the provisions commonly known as the Gallagher Amendment.
The Gallagher Amendment currently requires that residential and nonresidential property make up constant portions of total statewide taxable property over time. Since adoption in 1982, these provisions have required that the taxable value of residential property make up about 45 percent, and the taxable value of nonresidential property about 55 percent of statewide taxable property. Actual property values have not matched the required ratios over time because residential property values have generally grown faster than nonresidential property values. Since the taxable portion of most nonresidential property values is fixed at 29 percent, the state legislature adjusts the residential assessment rate to maintain the required ratio, as shown in Figure 1.
Amendment B removes these provisions from the constitution, leaving the residential and nonresidential assessment rates at their current rates in state statute. Under current law, the residential assessment rate is expected to decrease in future years, reducing the amount of property taxes paid by property owners and collected by local governments. Amendment B would eliminate automatic tax increases adopted by some local jurisdictions to offset revenue losses from the Gallagher Amendment. In jurisdictions that have not adopted automatic tax increases, Amendment B eliminates projected future decreases in the residential assessment rate, and any increase in nonresidential or residential assessment rates would require voter approval.
Property taxes are paid by residential homeowners and nonresidential property owners, including farmers, ranchers, oil and gas operators, and other businesses. Property taxes are paid on a portion of a property’s actual value. The actual value of property is determined by the county assessor or state property tax administrator. The portion of the actual value on which taxes are paid is known as taxable value. Taxable value is also known as assessed value.
Taxable value is calculated by multiplying the actual value by an assessment rate. The assessment rate is currently 7.15 percent for residential properties and is fixed at 29 percent for most nonresidential properties. Mines and lands that produce oil and gas are assessed at different rates than other nonresidential property.
Taxable value is then multiplied by the tax rate, called a mill levy, to determine the property taxes owed. One mill equals $1 for each $1,000 dollars of taxable value. For example, 100 mills is equal to a tax rate of 0.1 (100/1,000), or 10 percent. The tax rate varies for each property based on the local taxing districts in which it is located. Figure 2 provides an example of how property taxes are calculated.
In most years, residential property values have grown faster than nonresidential values, causing the residential assessment rate to be lowered so that residential properties continue to make up about 45 percent of statewide taxable value. As shown in Figure 3, the residential assessment rate has been reduced from 21 percent when these provisions went into effect in 1983 to a current rate of 7.15 percent. With the fixed nonresidential assessment rate at 29 percent, and the current 7.15 percent residential assessment rate, nonresidential property owners pay an effective tax rate that is approximately four times higher than residential property owners. The downward shift of the residential assessment rate is expected to continue in future years.
When nonresidential property values grow faster than residential property values, the residential assessment rate must increase to maintain the constant ratio; however, other constitutional provisions require that voters approve such an increase. As a result, the state legislature may decrease, hold flat, or ask voters to approve an increase in the residential assessment rate. Since 1999, there have been six instances when the residential assessment rate would have increased, but the legislature did not refer a measure to voters and the rate instead stayed flat.
Property taxes paid by a property owner are dependent on three components: actual property value, the applicable assessment rate, and the mill levy. Changes to any of these components impact the amount of property taxes paid and thus, the amount of revenue collected by a local government. Amendment B concerns only residential and nonresidential assessment rates; however, other changes to property values or tax rates also impact the amount of property taxes owed.
In response to the shift between residential and nonresidential assessment rates, many local governments have adopted laws that automatically increase local mill levies to offset the revenue losses from the Gallagher Amendment. These automatic increases counteract the reduction in the residential assessment rate and result in a net property tax increase for nonresidential property owners. These automatic mill levy increases would not be triggered if Amendment B passes.
Under Amendment B, the residential assessment rate will remain at the current 7.15 percent for residential property. Without the measure, the residential assessment rate is projected to decrease in future years due to the relative growth of residential property values compared to nonresidential property values. As a result, Amendment B is expected to eliminate projected future reductions in the residential assessment rate, and thus, could result in higher property taxes paid by residential taxpayers, if property values increase and if automatic mill levy increases do not offset assessment rate reductions.
Under Amendment B, the assessment rate will remain in state law at 29 percent for most nonresidential property. Amendment B will have no impact on the amount of taxes paid by most nonresidential property owners.
In the local governments that have approved automatic mill levy increases to offset revenue reductions from the Gallagher Amendment, Amendment B will prevent property tax increases for businesses, farmers, and other nonresidential property owners, as the higher mill levies that would have been triggered by decreases in the residential assessment rate under the Gallagher Amendment will no longer be required.
Under the current system, the decline in the residential assessment rate has constrained property tax revenue to local governments. The impact varies across the state, with the largest impacts occurring in areas without much nonresidential property or with only slow growth in home prices. These areas are generally small and rural; however, metropolitan areas with slow growth in home values are also impacted. Amendment B prevents further decreases in the residential assessment rate, thus preventing declines in local government property tax revenue used to provide local services.
Schools are funded through a combination of state and local revenue, with the state making up the difference between an amount of school district funding identified through a formula in state law and the amount of local tax revenue generated. By preventing future decreases in the residential assessment rate, Amendment B increases local property tax collections for school districts and reduces the amount the state must pay to make up the difference.
Under Amendment B, the state legislature may decrease the assessment rates, but cannot increase them without voter approval. Currently, assessment rates are set in state law at 7.15 percent for residential property and 29 percent for most nonresidential property.
This is the document recorded to start the foreclosure process. The recording date of this document governs the statutes that the foreclosure will follow.
Visit our Foreclosure Property Search page and enter the Foreclosure Sale Number or the property address.
You need to file a written Notice of Intent to Cure with this office no later than 15 calendar days prior to the date of sale. Upon our receipt of your written notice, we will request a cure statement from your lender and forward it to you. There is more information on our Cure a Foreclosure page.
You still own the home and you have the rights and obligations of a homeowner until the time of the foreclosure sale. Once the property is sold at the foreclosure sale, you no longer own the home. If you do not move out after the foreclosure sale, you may be subject to eviction proceedings.
The sale is conducted in the Jury Assembly Room, court side of the Jefferson County Administration and Courts Facility, located at 100 Jefferson County Parkway in Golden, CO, 80419. These sales are held every Thursday at 2 p.m.
The Public Trustee holds the overbid funds generated at the sale and distributes the money according to the law. Please contact us if you believe there are funds due to you.
A finder is a person who may contact you offering to locate your funds from foreclosure auctions for a fee. Before you sign anything or pay a fee, check with the Office of the Public Trustee to see if your name is on the list. You may also visit the Public Trustee’s page to check for your name.
A deficiency bid occurs when the foreclosing lender submits a written bid less than the amount owed. The foreclosing lender may elect to sue the homeowner, or anyone else who signed the original promissory note, for the amount of the deficiency. Bidding at the Public Trustee sale on properties that have deficiency bids begins at $1 over the lender bid amount. In most cases, lenders file deficiency bids because the adjusted fair market value of the property is less than the amount owed.
No. You will receive a second foreclosure notice from us on or about 60 days prior to the scheduled sale of the property. No further notices will be sent. The scheduled sale date can be continued by your lender. Please check our Search Foreclosures page for up to date information.
No, the only reports available through this office are properties that are in foreclosure. Our foreclosure reports are available for free from our search site. Foreclosure is a complex process, and we suggest you contact your legal advisor if you have concerns or questions about a specific property.
The Office of the Jefferson County Public Trustee does not conduct public seminars about the foreclosure process. Instead, the office has compiled this website as a tool to instruct citizens interested in learning about the foreclosure process.
Cash, certified funds or verifiable wire transfer must be tendered at the time of sale. (C.R.S. 38-37-108). We do not accept online or electronic bids at this time.
No, the Public Trustee Confirmation Deed is issued subject to any other senior liens. A Public Trustee's Deed is not a Warranty Deed and does not convey clear and free title.
The foreclosure reports are updated regularly, depending on the type of report. The reports are available for viewing and printing from our Foreclosure Property Search page under “Reports” or for viewing only in our office 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding legal holidays).
Information concerning liens recorded against a property can be obtained by contacting the Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder's office located at 100 Jefferson County Parkway, Suite 2530, Golden, CO, 80419. They can be reached by calling 303-271-8121, or visit the Clerk and Recorder's website.
No. Jefferson County does not have a residency requirement.
No. We only accept applications for current open positions; however, you can subscribe to the Job Interest Alert to receive up-to-date notifications when selected positions of interest become open.
Any qualifying individual requiring an ADA accommodation during any part of the selection process should advise Jefferson County Human Resources in writing of the need.
Log in to the Applicant Login page and select the middle option, "Application Status."
For information on how to apply for a job online, please refer to the Online Employment Application Guide.
You can delete a completed piece of information by clicking the "DELETE" link next to that information at the bottom of the section.
Click a step at the top of the page to go to that step. To find a specific section in the Job Application step, click the section name in the section navigation bar. Information you've already entered appears at the bottom of each section.
Click the "EDIT" link next to any piece of information to edit it. The information will be displayed for you to edit but remember to click the "Save" button after making changes.
The section navigation bar appears at the top of the form, above the application step links. Click a section name to go to that section.
The application steps appear in order at the top of the screen and allow you to move back and forth between them. Click a step to go to that step. After completing a step, you will move forward and the new step's link will become available to select
If you need to exit out of the application at any time, click the "Save" button at the bottom of the form. All information you have input to that point will be stored. You can return to your application later by logging into your account with your username and password.
It will take approximately 15 minutes to complete all sections of the application. Remember to save your information as you move through the sections, as the online application will time out after 30 minutes and unsaved information will be lost
Generally, the hiring department will call you to arrange an interview. Make sure your email contact information is accurate before submitting an application.
Yes. Within the site, you may create a profile and apply to multiple positions. We recommend you thoroughly answer the supplemental questions, and be aware that these additional questions may be different, depending on the job openings for which you are apply.
Also, be sure to complete a separate application for every job for which you want to apply.
A member of the recruiting team reviews an application after it is submitted. Qualified applicants are then forwarded to the hiring supervisor for further review.
After submitting your information within the "Applicant Login" page, you will receive an email confirmation.
Positions may have different requirements. Please refer to the job announcement for specific information.
Jefferson County offers a competitive benefit package. See our Benefits page to review a comprehensive list.
Check your browser settings if you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer:
If there is a button labeled "Disable" in the Content Advisor section, select it and enter the required password you previously established for the Content Advisor. After completing the site application, you may wish to repeat steps 1 through 3 to Enable the Content Advisor.
Make sure you have selected the job and not your profile to see the steps.
Make sure you have completed all required fields. If you have done this, and you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer, your browser settings may be preventing you from completing the application process.
Follow these steps to check:
If you have other questions about the application process, please contact us at 303-271-8400 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Contact a Long Term Care Ombudsman at 303-480-6743. For more information, visit the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program website.
Visit the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing website.
Visit the Social Security website.
Learn more about Health First Colorado Trusts by visiting the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing website.
There is a $20 application fee, payable by cash, check or money order. There is no fee requirement if you are receiving cash assistance through the Colorado Works program.
Federal and state law require all states to collect an annual $25 fee from the custodial parent for cases in which the custodial parent has never received cash assistance benefits in any state, and has received at least $500 in child support payments during the federal fiscal year (October 1 through September 30). The fee is deducted from the child support payment, but the non-custodial parent still receives full credit for the payment.
For additional information regarding fees, visit the Colorado Department of Human Services website.
You can call the Child Support Services Division at 303-271-4300 to request that an application be mailed to you, visit our office and request an application, or apply online. If you do not have access to the Internet but would like to apply online, please visit our office to apply using a free computer kiosk.
Child Support Services will enter your application and the non-custodial parent’s information into the child support computer system upon receiving your application and $20 fee, if applicable. You will receive notice in the mail when your case is initiated. Your case will then be referred to the appropriate Case Specialist, who will determine the next best action.
Child Support Services will use all available resources to locate a non-custodial parent. You can help by giving as much information about the non-custodial parent as possible to your Case Specialist and by updating your Case Specialist when you find out any information regarding his or her whereabouts.
Child Support Services will review your case to determine if Colorado has legal authority over the non-custodial parent to establish, modify or enforce a child support order. If Colorado does not have legal authority, your Case Specialist will request assistance from the state in which the non-custodial parent resides. The timeframes for processing cases often are longer than when both parents reside in the same state.
If you already had a child support order when you applied, your Case Specialist will review your case to determine where the non-custodial parent is located and what action is needed to ensure you receive your child support. If the non-custodial parent is employed, your Case Specialist will send an income withholding order to the employer, which will ensure more consistent receipt of your child support. If you do not have a child support order yet, an order will need to be established before payments can be collected.
To register to view specific case status information online, visit the Colorado Department of Human Services website.
Child support payments are processed through the Family Support Registry. There are several ways to receive your payment, including direct deposit to your bank account, a Reliacard that works like a debit card, or a check mailed to you. Please contact the Family Support Registry at 303-299-9123 for more information and the necessary forms for your preferred method of payment. All forms should be returned to the Family Support Registry, not the Child Support Services Division.
For additional information and forms, visit the Colorado Department of Human Services website.
No, you may still keep your case open and we will continue to provide child support services; however, it is important that you keep your Case Specialist updated with any change of address.
Payments should be mailed to:
Family Support RegistryP.O. Box 2171Denver, CO 80201-2171
Payments can be sent by check or money order only and must include the FSR Account Number, the name of the non-custodial parent paying the support, and the court case number. For additional requirements or options to pay, visit the Colorado Department of Human Services website.
As long as you are not receiving cash assistance benefits through the Colorado Works program or daycare assistance through the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program, you can close your case by sending a written request to your Case Specialist. Child support services are required when the custodial parent is receiving assistance benefits from the Colorado Works (TANF) and Low-Income Child Care Assistance Programs (CCAP).
After county departments receive a report of concern regarding a child/youth/adult, the report is reviewed by a team. The team determines whether the report rises to the legal definition for an investigation or assessment. If the report does meet the legal definition of abuse or neglect a caseworker will be assigned to assess the concern.
Yes, per Colorado State Statute you may remain anonymous when making a report.
Yes, Jefferson County will take any report of abuse or neglect regardless of the level of identifying information. The more information you can provide the better.
You can make a report through the Jefferson County hotline. The report will be reviewed by a team to determine possible intervention or resources that can be offered to your family.
Jefferson County child welfare believes that children thrive in their families. Through a thorough and balanced assessment, a caseworker will work alongside the family to achieve safety within the home whenever possible. If children cannot remain safely in the home the caseworker will continue to work alongside the family to identify family, friends and kin that may be able to care for the child/children.
Here are some helpful links to assist in identifying a safe child care provider:
Learn about mandated reporters on the Colorado for Kids website.
We have an agreement with Jefferson County Mediation Services which allows us to send parents to them who have conflicts over parenting time. They are skilled professional mediators and offer their time to our parents at no cost to either party. It is believed that a neutral setting and neutral co-mediator is the best way to help with these difficult issues. So rather than meeting with parents ourselves, we help set up this professional mediation time.
Please visit the Mediation Services web page for more information. If you have an active child support case with our office, we can make the referral, and they will waive all listed fees for you.
Being a parent is something we need to learn, not something that we automatically acquire simply by aging, becoming an adult, or parenting a child. We have a very specific idea about what it means to be a good parent, simply put: it is to be a parent to your children in such a way that makes their one and only childhood the best possible time for them. This means we have to learn how to manage our own needs, wants, desires, and emotions in such a way that they don't become a barrier to good disciplining, providing consistent love and emotional warmth, and creating a safe and healthy environment for them.
It may satisfy the court order, however all of the parents who participate in the Fatherhood Program or fatherhood class must do so voluntarily. We do this for two reasons: first, because the funding for the program requires voluntary participation; and, second, it is believed that programs like this are most beneficial to the participants when they choose to be there rather than being ordered to do so. If you want to explore the possibility of the fatherhood tune-up class meeting your court ordered requirements, then contact the Fatherhood Case Manager to see how to establish that process.
If you are not able to see your child/children then there is likely much grief and loss you are carrying around with you. You are not alone. Other parents are going through the same thing. Most parents find it useful to listen to others talk about these losses and how they are coping. Many people are not particularly good at knowing how these losses affect us and what we can or should do about them. The old "fight or flight" is the way many guys respond. There are better ways. While we are not a bunch of angry parents sitting around talking about how awful our co-parent is some people do talk with a lot of passion about what it is like for them to not be in their child/children’s lives. Almost all parents find just saying it out loud and being heard is helpful and makes their lives better. The Fatherhood Case Manager can help parents review court orders as it relates to parenting time and decision making responsibilities and help them navigate the judicial system while helping educate parents on how to preserve such responsibilities through the judicial or mediation process. While the Fatherhood Case Managers are not lawyers and cannot give legal advice, the program has aligned itself with community resources offering assistance to parents without the financial capacity to obtain legal representation.
It is never a waste of your time to invest in either being a better parent or helping others become better parents. While every one of our situations is a little different, we believe we benefit from sitting with a group of people that have one common denominator - we all love our children and want the best for them. The class is always better when we have other parents in it that can share stories about how they discipline their children without threats of violence or how they resolved a conflict with their co-parent. Even if you are a good parent now, as your children get older, your parenting skills will likely be tested even more.
Participating in the Fatherhood Program neither directly nor legally impacts your parenting time. Parenting time is sometimes decided by the court and is a different process however, if your co-parent believes you are not as good a parent as you could be, they may be more reluctant to negotiate with you for more parenting time. Participating in a Fatherhood Program and/or completing a fatherhood class can be a way in which you demonstrate your commitment to always becoming a better parent and co-parent. Remember, parenting is for a lifetime so, even if things may not change much immediately, it is always the long view that is the most important.
Fatherhood coaching is simply spending one-on-one time with the Fatherhood Case Manager to talk about the challenges of being a parent in your current situation. Parents explore what options are available and how they might let their child/children know that they are still important to them. Parents find this one-on-one time particularly useful if they are stuck or are repeating patterns of conflict with their co-parent which they find difficult to change. Participation is voluntary.
Overall health of your forest is the best defense. Mixed stands with multiple types and ages of trees seem to be better able to survive outbreaks.
Douglas Fir Tussock Moth (DFTM) outbreaks usually last about 2 to 3 years.
If you decide to treat your trees, starting in May after the trees have budded, you may need to treat every 7 days or so, depending on the insecticide you choose. Douglas Fir Tussock Moth (DFTM) may emerge from their eggs over an few weeks so treatments may need to be spread out. Most of the insecticides registered for use on DFTM are short lived and break down quickly. Please refer to the product's label for specific directions.
At this time government agencies in our area are not planning to treat. DFTM is experiencing large populations in areas that are also near the critical habitat for the federally threatened Pawnee Montane Skipper. The insecticides used for DFTM would also affect the skipper.
Normally Douglas-Fir Tussock Moth (DFTM) is kept in check by pathogens and predators. When those organisms’ populations decline a larger number of DFTM are able to survive.
A normal healthy forest is made up of different types of trees and trees of different ages. Our forests are largely dense, single species, of similar age which makes them more susceptible to invasion by forest pests.
Douglas Fir Tussock Moth (DFTM) is a native insect. Its larval stage (caterpillar) feeds on fir and spruce.
Most noxious weeds come from Europe or Asia. Seeds or plant fragments are unknowingly transported to new areas where they are spread and grow into plants. Many noxious weeds have been sold as ornamental plants that have escaped home gardens and spread into the wild.
Noxious weeds are plants growing outside their natural habitat. These non-native plants become problems because they are invasive and can spread quickly in a variety of ways.
The state Noxious Weed List is divided into four categories.
Once you discover a noxious weed on your property, it is important to act. An integrated approach, including one or more control techniques, will provide the best chance for success. Remember, weed control is a process that requires patience and repeated efforts; what works to control one weed might not work on another. Review the Noxious Weed Information page for additional assistance.
The Colorado Noxious Weed Act (CRS 35-5.5) was passed in 1990 and updated in 2003. This law requires all public and private landowners in the state of Colorado to maintain control over certain noxious weeds. The law addresses the severe threat these non-native plants pose to native plant communities, wildlife habitat, agricultural lands and property values within the state.
Landowners that have noxious weeds on their property are required to control them.
Planning and Zoning is the department that handles tall weed complaints.
Noxious weeds are often pretty, but their effects are not. The absence of natural enemies in the new environment means weeds can spread uncontrollably, vastly reducing the number of native plants. This affects wildlife that depends on native plants for food; therefore, an increase in noxious weeds results in decreased native wildlife populations.
We allow paperback books to be sent to inmates directly from a publisher. They could also be mailed directly from a company like Amazon. They are only allowed four books in their cell at a time, so we would not be able to accept more than four books at any given time.
The books should be sent to:
Inmate Name & JCID number (if known)P.O. Box 16700Golden, CO. 80402-6700
Books can also be donated to the book library by being delivered to:
200 Jefferson County ParkwayGolden, CO 80401
Please call our main information line at 303-271-5444. Be prepared to provide the inmate's full name and date of birth. You can also use the online inmate lookup tool.
When an inmate is processed into the jail, all currency is taken from him and forwarded to the inmate services unit. It is then placed in his personal account for his use during incarceration. Family and friends may deposit money into an inmate's account from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the jail's inmate services unit, 200 Jefferson County Parkway in Golden (enter from the upper west parking lot). The following forms of funds will be accepted:
No personal checks or credit cards will be accepted. No money or property may be exchanged between inmates.
Go to our sending money to an inmate page for more information.
Please call the Jefferson Combined Courts at 720-772-2500 Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except legal holidays. Press '2' and be prepared to provide the inmate's full name and date of birth. You may also visit the website. Click on 'courts', 'trial courts by county', and 'Jefferson'.
Please visit our Bond Information page to learn more about paying bail.
To send mail to an inmate at the Jefferson County Jail, please address the envelope this way:
Inmate's Full Name
P.O. Box 16700
Golden, CO 80402-6700
Note, all incoming mail is opened and inspected for contraband and incoming funds. Visit our inmate mail page for more information.
Onsite public visitations are achieved using a video visitation terminal at the detentions facility (located at 200 Jefferson County Pkwy. in Golden. Enter from the upper west parking lot). On-site visitation hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday through Saturday. All on-site visitations must be scheduled 24 hours in advance. Visits can be scheduled either using a video terminal in our detentions lobby, or by visiting the Securus website and clicking on ’Schedule an Onsite Visitation’
Remote visitations (from a home computer/laptop with high speed internet access) can be scheduled any day of the week with extended hours from: 8 to 10:30 a.m., 1 to 4:30 p.m., and 7:15 to 9:30 p.m. Create a visitation account at the Securus website, please note that fees apply.
Please see our inmate visits page for more information.
Incoming calls are not accepted. You may establish an account to receive calls from an inmate in the jail. For more information visit the Call Inmates webpage.
Warrant searches begin with the agency the warrant was assigned. Your search process varied depending on which agency is assigned to maintain the warrant. Please visit our warrants unit page to determine which agency you would like to submit a search with.
To find out if you have a warrant, please call 303-271-6475 or visit www.cocourts.com
We are currently open by appointment only. Please call 303-271-6575 or use our online form to make an appointment or request assistance. When contacting us, please include your name, case number, and phone number. You will be asked to complete and return an intake packet. Once our office receives the packet, a case manager will contact you to complete your intake, usually the same day. Most intakes can be done over the phone. Please have your court sentence order or probation referral available during your intake. Your community service case manager will assist you in finding the best possible placement or project for completing your hours. The case manager will establish a deadline for you to complete your required service hours.
Yes. However, some churches do not allow court ordered community service clients to complete hours with them, so please check with your individual church before starting any new work. They must be willing to document your hours on a county-issued timesheet for the work completed. This timesheet will notify the church staff of the reason you were ordered to complete community service hours
No. The Courts do not recognize donations in lieu of service hours.
If the site is a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) or government organization and is in good standing with the Secretary of State, most times it can be approved. Please provide following information if you already have an agency in mind:
If approved, your case manager will provide an agreement document which must be signed by the agency and returned to our office within 2 weeks. Any work performed prior to approval may not count towards completion.
No. The purpose of community service is to give back to the community as a whole and create a mutually beneficial relationship between the agency and the client.
No. In order to avoid any conflicts of interest, your case manager will work with you to find a new appropriate placement to complete your service hours
No. In order to avoid any conflicts of interest, your case manager will work with you to find an appropriate placement to complete your service hours.
Yes. Inter-County Referrals or Transfers Out of State are provided for clients when appropriate. If you choose to complete hours with another county or out of state, you still must complete an intake with our office prior to the transfer
Yes. In most cases, this $85 Useful Public Service Fee (UPS) is assessed and collected with your court fines and fees at the time of sentencing. If your case originated in a county other than Jefferson or Gilpin and you are transferred to complete hours with us, we do not charge any fees. You may be required to pay a fee in the originating county.
No. Only service hours completed after your intake with our office will count toward your required total.
In most cases, yes. You must register with the originating county prior to completing an intake with our office. When registering with the originating county, request a transfer of your community service supervision to Jefferson County.
Yes. Your case manager will work with you to find a placement or project that best fits your abilities.
Mediation is an informal, voluntary process. A professional, impartial third party helps the contending parties exchange views and explore possible options for resolving the conflict. The goal of mediation is to help parties reach their own mutually-acceptable settlement of issues in dispute.
Often, this will solve the problem, and usually will at least keep it from escalating. Any decision reached is through the efforts and agreement of the parties themselves. Mediation enhances communication, promotes responsibility, and helps people to acquire skills that can assist in preventing or resolving future disputes.
Everyone sits down at a table together. The mediator has each person tell their side of the story. The mediator limits interruptions and disrespectful language. Then everyone discusses ways to resolve the conflict.
If an agreement is reached, it is usually put in writing and signed by everyone. If an agreement is not reached, the mediation is ended. Mediators do not issue a decision or impose a resolution. People can still try other ways to resolve their dispute.
JCMS volunteers typically work in teams of two. Often a veteran mediator is paired with a less experienced partner. Some cases are assigned to just one mediator, which allows JCMS to handle more cases.
The mediators try to schedule the mediation for a time and date that is good for everyone involved. Meetings are often held in the evening or on weekends.
See our Situations for Mediation page for details on the types of cases that can be mediated.
Our services are:
Participants share responsibility for solving problems. Mediation provides an efficient tool for solving employee, agency, and community issues. It costs nothing and often results in positive outcomes for all parties.
No, the kiosk will only process a renewal. It cannot issue replacement tabs or change the name or address on your motor vehicle registration. Please visit a Jefferson County Motor Vehicle office.
Check, credit or debit cards are accepted. Only one method of payment is allowed per transaction.
Simply scan the barcode on your vehicle registration renewal postcard or use the touch-screen to type in your license plate number. Follow the instructions to review your vehicle record, and pay taxes and fees. The machine will print your receipt, registration and tabs on the spot. Just grab your documents and go!
Your renewal postcard will indicate if you need proof of insurance. Please wait 2 to 4 days after updating your auto insurance to renew at the kiosk. This allows time for your insurance to provide updated information to the statewide vehicle registration system. The kiosk cannot accept paper proof.
Your renewal postcard will indicate if you need proof of emissions. Please wait at least 2 business days after getting an emissions test to renew at the kiosk. This allows time for the machine to receive the updated emissions from the testing facilities. The kiosk cannot accept paper proof.
Colorado MVExpress is a self-service kiosk that offers a fast and easy way to renew your vehicle registration. It is a blue and yellow machine with touch-screen technology that looks similar to an ATM machine. Simply scan the barcode on your renewal postcard or type your license plate number on the touch-screen. The machine will accept your payment and print your registration and license plate tabs on the spot.
You can use a kiosk to renew a personal automobile, pickup truck, motorcycle, or utility and camp trailers. It will not renew a collector, commercial fleet, dealer, government or tax / livery vehicle, tow truck, SMM Z-tabs, or any disabled veteran specialty license plates.
You can renew your vehicle in the month prior to your expiration month, the month of expiration and no later than the last day of the month following the month of expiration.
Anyone whose vehicle is registered in a participating Colorado county can use one of the kiosks.
Please call Jefferson County Motor Vehicle at 303-271-8100 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Please call ITI Customer Care at 833-939-1592 with questions about your transaction.
There is a $3 service fee for every vehicle renewed at the kiosk. This fee pays for the technology and is not assessed or retained by Jefferson County. In addition, there is also a $0.50 convenience fee to pay via check or a 2.15% fee to pay via credit or debit card.
Yes, provided they are also on the new title or have a valid Power of Attorney (DR 2175).
No, you must title / register your vehicle in the county where you reside.
Yes, Colorado law allows a one-month grace period, excluding Special Mobile Machinery (SMM) off-highway tabs, Persons with Disabilities placards and temporary permits.
Yes, all vehicles must be registered or an unregistered-vehicle fine will apply.
You must register your vehicle within 90 days of becoming a resident.
Collector plates are available to vehicles that are at least 32 years of age and that are not driven more than 4,500 miles per year. Vehicles 1976 and newer require emission testing.
Did you know most people can register their new vehicles online? If you are unable to register your vehicle online, please email us or chat with us online so we can assist you.
You can renew your plates online or a renewal kiosk at the grocery store. If you are at the end of your grace period month and you have tried one of these options and receive an error message, please email us and we will assist you.
Some emissions centers have now reopened. Check AirCareColorado.com for updates.
If you need to use your vehicle, please have with you the title, bill of sale, and insurance for your newly purchased vehicle and email us.
See this informative guide to ADUs
ADU’s are allowed in all Agricultural (A), Residential (R, MR, SR) and comparable Planned Development (PD) zone districts that allow single family detached dwellings. An ADU may only be allowed as an accessory use to a single family detached residence, so it would not be allowed on a lot which contains a two-family residence, duplex, single family attached residence, townhomes or apartments.
This depends on whether the ADU is attached to the primary unit or detached. For attached units, the minimum lot size is the minimum lot size of the underlying zone district. For detached units, the minimum lot size is 7,500 square feet. Therefore, if a lot that is 4,000 square feet in size and that corresponds with the minimum allowed by the zoning, an attached ADU may be constructed, but not a detached ADU.
This depends on the height of the primary residence. The height of the ADU may not be more than the height of the primary residence or 25 feet, whichever is less. This is so that an ADU stays in character with the lot and the neighborhood.
This depends on whether the ADU is attached to the primary unit or detached.
For attached units, the ADU may be 1200 sf or 40% of the primary unit, whichever is less.
For detached units it depends on the lot size. For lots 1 acre or more, the ADU may be 1200 sf or 40% of the primary unit, whichever is less. For between 12,500 square feet and just less than 1 acre, the ADU may be 800 sf or 40% of the primary unit, whichever is less. For lots between 7,500 square feet and 12,499 square feet, the ADU may be 600 sf or 40% of the primary unit, whichever is less.
No, ADU’s may not be used for rentals of less than 30 days.
Yes, as long as the rental is for 30 consecutive days or more.
No, the owner of the property must live in either the primary home or ADU.
No, the ADU may not be sold separately from the primary home, unless the applicant goes through the County Subdivision process.
Up to 3 people may live in the ADU. Additionally, no more than 6 unrelated individuals may live on the property, including the primary home and the ADU.
Yes, that document may be found here.
Yes, the incorporated Cities in Jefferson County regulate their own zoning, so you will need to check with the City to determine if ADU’s are allowed and what the standards are.
The well permit needs to have the rights to serve more than one dwelling. This information may be found on the well permit. Well permits may be obtained by contacting the Colorado Division of Water Resources at 303-866-3587.
The septic permit will need to be sized to allow for the overall number of bedrooms in both the primary unit and the ADU. For more information on septic permits, contact Jefferson County Public Health at 303-271-5700.
No, only one ADU is allowed per property.
If the tiny home meets all Jefferson County’s requirement for a single family home, which includes placing it on a permanent foundation, then yes. If it is a tiny home trailer with wheels, then no. See the FAQ for tiny homes for more information.
No, as long as the criteria for the ADU is met, then no hearings are required. Only a Building Permit application is needed.
The answer is probably "yes." It may be a building permit for new structures or additions, a miscellaneous permit for a shed, a special use permit for a satellite dish, a driveway permit, a fence permit, a sign permit or a grading permit. Find information about when permits are needed on the Permits page.
See our Stay Informed Guide (PDF).
Learn more about checking that you have a legal parcel (PDF).
Learn more about how to define the front lot line (PDF).
Learn more about demonstrating access to your property (PDF).
Learn more about measuring building height (PDF).
Learn more about meeting lot area requirements (PDF).
Learn more about establishing a legal nonconforming use (PDF).
Try our Jeffco Permit Search.
Learn more about measuring setbacks (PDF).
Learn more about obtaining an address (PDF) for your property in Unincorporated Jefferson County.
Learn more about obtaining a Residential Individual Sewage Disposal System (ISDS) Permit (PDF).
Learn more about placing a fence on a property (PDF).
Learn more about placing a sign on a property (PDF).
Learn more about showing driveway compliance.
Learn more about understanding signs that advertise (PDF).
You should have been given this information when you applied for a building permit. Find information about the certificate on our Improvement Location Certificate (ILC) page.
If you are within a city, you need to contact your city's planning office. For phone numbers for cities in Jefferson County, please see our Other Agency Contacts page (PDF).
South Jefferson County is served by the Littleton post office and most residents have a mailing address of Littleton 80123 or 80127. While there are areas annexed to cities in South Jefferson County, most of the area is unincorporated and in the jurisdiction of Jefferson County.
No, the Assessor’s Office information is the actual use on the property, which is different from zoning. Zoning is all of the uses that could be allowed on the property. The Assessor’s office goes to the site and determines how the property is currently being used, for example if they see a residence on the property, it is classified as residential. If there is nothing on the property it is classified as vacant. The zoning is a designation that is used primary by Planning & Zoning to determine what use could be on the property. For example, the vacant land, if it is zoned Commercial – One the owner may be able to obtain a permit to build an office building. If it is zoned Residential – One, then they may be able to obtain a permit to build a single family home.
To determine zoning, please see our What is My Zoning? page.
Setbacks are the distance required from a property line to any structure. You need to know setbacks prior to submitting a site plan to the county (for a permit). Read more about measuring setbacks (PDF), defining the front property line and placing a fence on a property. Please contact Planning and Zoning staff to verify setbacks and any special plat restrictions for your property.
The County sends notifications when a formal application is accepted and/or a public hearing is scheduled. These notifications are sent to property owners and registered associations within the boundaries described in the notification sections of the Zoning Resolution and Land Development Regulation.
Our Mountain Living Checklist highlights some unique conditions associated with mountain living. It is intended to help potential mountain residents make informed decisions before buying.
Information for utility company contacts
Please reference the Domestic Animals Permitted by Zoning table. You can find the zoning of your property by following this link.
In residential zone districts, a maximum combined total of three (3) domesticated pets may be kept. Domesticated pets include but are not limited to cats, dogs, potbelly pigs or similar domesticated animal. Please reference the Domestic Animals Permitted by Zoning table.
See the Zoning Resolution under the zone district for exact specifications. Some zonings allow for horses if certain conditions are met. All zonings allow for a specific number of pets. Please refer to the Domestic Animals Permitted By Zoning guide for more information. We strongly encourage residents to check with their Home Owner Associations before keeping these animals, as each Association may have covenants or restrictions beyond those of the County.
If a well supplies a property with water and the owner wishes to keep large animals, an appropriate well permit that allows for the watering of large animals is required. If the permit does not allow the watering of animals, water will need to be obtained through a different source. To determine what the well allows, contact the Colorado Division of Water Resources at 303-866-3587.
Manure shall not be permitted within 100 feet of the front property line and shall conform to the side and rear setbacks requirements for a dwelling. In Agricultural Zone Districts, side and rear setbacks for manure piles are 50 feet from the property line.
This depends on the zoning of your property. Many of our residential zone districts allow backyard poultry and honeybees to be kept on property with a Miscellaneous Permit, but may limit the size of the coop, the number of animals, or the number of hives. Agricultural zone districts allow for the keeping of poultry and bees without limitations. Please visit the Jefferson County Interactive Zoning Map to determine your zone district, and refer to the Domestic Animals Permitted By Zoning guide (PDF) for more information. We strongly encourage residents to check with their Home Owner Associations before keeping these animals, as each Association may have covenants or restrictions beyond those of the County. Helpful guides are available for owners wanting to raise chickens, ducks or bees in their backyard and for property owners living next to them.
The maximum combined total number which may be kept is six (6).
Roosters are only allowed within Agricultural Zone Districts and in Planned Development Zone Districts if stated within the applicable Official Development Plan.
The State of Colorado has many animal and livestock regulations. For more information contact the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Animal Health Division at 303-869-9130.
A floodplain is defined as the area adjoining a watercourse which has been or may be covered temporarily by floodwater from a 100-year flood, or 1 percent annual chance flood. For additional information on FEMA flood zones, go here.
You will need to verify if your property is within a floodplain zone. You can go to the Jefferson County Interactive Map and check the floodplain layer to view the floodplains in Jefferson County. You can also go to the FEMA Flood Map Service Center and search your address to view if you are within a floodplain. The fact that a flood has not occurred recently does not mean that one may take place.Structures located in high-risk flood areas have a significant chance (26%) of suffering flood damage during the term of a 30-year mortgage while only a 9 percent chance of loss from fires. A home mapped in a high-risk area is three times more likely to suffer damage from a flood than a fire in the lifetime of a typical mortgage!For these reasons, flood insurance may be required as a condition of receiving Federal or federally backed financial assistance in areas with high-risk flooding. To learn more, you can go to the official web site of the National Flood Insurance Program.
A floodplain permit must be obtained before doing any work within a floodplain. If wetlands are present, a permit must be obtained from the US Army Corps of Engineers. Depending on the work within a floodplain, a floodplain study by a Professional Engineer licensed in Colorado may be required with the permit application. A Letter of Map Change through FEMA may also be required depending on the type of work.
Please refer to the Floodplain Section Section 30 of the Zoning Resolution for more information on Floodplain permits in Jefferson County.
You can go to the Jefferson County Interactive Map and check the floodplain layer to view the floodplains in Jefferson County. You can also go to the FEMA Flood Map Service Center and search your address to view if you are within a floodplain.The floodplains layers in the Jefferson County Interactive Map include Jefferson County designated floodplains that have not been acknowledged by FEMA (but may be in the future) in addition to FEMA designated floodplains. Definitions of the FEMA floodplains can be found here. The Jefferson County floodplains include 100-year floodplains and flood prone areas. Floodplain development permits are still required if work and/or development is occurring
In accordance with the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973 and the National Flood Insurance Reform Act of 1994, the Federal flood insurance requirement applies to structures located in Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs) that carry a mortgage backed by a federally regulated lender or servicer.These Acts prohibit Federal agency lenders, such as the Small Business Administration and the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Service, and Government-Sponsored Enterprises for Housing (such as Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae) from making, guaranteeing, or purchasing a loan secured by real estate or mobile home(s) in an SFHA, unless flood insurance has been purchased and maintained during the term of the loan.In addition, the flood hazard information shown on Flood Insurance Rate Maps is based on the best information available at the time the maps were prepared. In many areas, hydraulic and hydrologic studies were conducted to reflect the long-term projection of flood risk. Because of the infrequent occurrence of flood events and the relatively short history of the National Flood Insurance Program, SFHAs are not based only on flooding occurrences. The fact that a flood has not occurred within memory does not mean one may not happen soon.The base flood is a relatively rare event. However, structures located in the SFHA have a 26% chance of suffering flood damage during the term of a 30-year mortgage. For these reasons, flood insurance is required as a condition of receiving Federal or federally backed financing.
A flood insurance policy may be purchased from any licensed property insurance agent or broker who has good standing in the State in which the agent is licensed or through any agent representing a Write Your Own (WYO) company, including an employee of the company authorized to issue the coverage. A WYO company is a private insurance company that writes flood insurance under a special arrangement with the Federal government.To purchase flood insurance, you may contact your insurance agent or one of the WYO companies. You may call the National Flood Insurance Program toll-free number at 1-888-FLOOD29 or check your local Yellow Pages directory to obtain the name of an agent in your area who writes flood insurance. To learn more about flood insurance, check out FEMA’s web page.
You can utilize flood resistant materials, dry flood proof your building, add waterproof veneer to exterior walls, raise electrical system components, anchor fuel tanks, raise or flood proof HVAC equipment, install sewer backflow valves, and protect wells from contamination by flooding. For more information refer to the Protect Your Property from Flooding guides on FEMA’s website.
You will need to confirm if where you are building is within a floodplain. Please refer to the FAQ for directions. If you are building within a FEMA 100-year floodplain or Jefferson County designated floodplain, a Floodplain Development Permit is required. Please refer to the Floodplain Section 30 of the Zoning Resolution for more information on Floodplain Development Permits.
Development within a FEMA Designated floodplain may also require a Letter of Map Change if changes are proposed to the floodplain boundary on the Flood Insurance Rate maps are proposed or a structure is inadvertently mapped in the floodplain. Please the FEMA Letter of Map Change for more information.
A single family detached dwelling or portion thereof that contains not more than 5 bedrooms, that is used for, or advertised and available for use for, accommodations or lodging of guests paying a fee or other compensation, for a period of fewer than 30 consecutive days.
Yes. Jefferson County considers Short Term Rentals to be a residential use. Planning and Zoning Division requirements for a STR include the provision that the property must be a residential dwelling. The Assessor’s Office taxes STRs as residential structures. In addition, the Division of Building Safety applies residential building codes and not commercial building codes to STRs. The permission for a dwelling to be used for STRs is a temporary permit, and does not ‘run with the land’.
Jefferson County allows Short Term Rental (STR) of Single Family Residential Units by way of a two-step process. The first step is to seek approval of a Special Exemption from the Board of Adjustment. The second step is to apply for a Short Term Rental Permit from the Planning and Zoning Division. The limitations for a residence to be eligible for consideration for a Short Term Rental Permit include:
All Short Term Rentals must first go to the Board of Adjustment for Special Exception Approval before applying for a STR Permit. Section 11.B.2.e.
A Short Term Rental (STR) permit must be first approved through a Special Exception by the Board of Adjustment. If it is approved, a STR permit must be obtained by Planning & Zoning.
The Board of Adjustment
If the Short Term Rental is approved by the BOA, the permit must be renewed 6 months after with the BOA and then annually after that.
Section 2.D.4 of the Zoning Resolution
Property must be minimum of 1 acre, meet the underlying zone district, have adequate parking, meet the requirements set for by the Wildfire Hazard Overlay District, have valid water and sanitation, have legal access, use the primary dwelling unit, be free of violations, and have no substantial detriment to the intent of the Zoning Resolution.
Roughly two months from application submittal to the Board of Adjustment hearing/decision.
Planning & Zoning has no minimum size requirement for permanent residences if the structure can meet the current building code requirements. For more information about the building code, please contact the Building Division.
A tiny home is considered a single-family dwelling unless it is on wheels. If it is on wheels, then it needs to be within a Mobile Home Park zone district or a Planned Development that allows for mobile homes/RVs. All of our residential zoning districts, Residential, Mountain Residential, Suburban Residential, Agricultural, and some Planned Developments, allow for single-family dwellings.
Yes, a Tiny Home that is not on wheels requires a Building Permit and is treated as a single-family dwelling. A Tiny Home that is on wheels requires a Miscellaneous Permit, but is only allowed in the Mobile Home zone district or a Planned Development that allows mobile homes.
To live in a recreational vehicle on your property, you must be granted an Administrative Exception for Temporary Living Quarters. Please refer to Section 3 of the Zoning Resolution for the qualifications of this Administrative Exception. A building permit for a primary dwelling must be obtained before this permission can be given.
Unless camping is a permitted use in your zone district, then camping is only allowed on residential properties for two-weeks (cumulative) out of a year.
Yes, if your building plans can meet the current building code requirements. A container home would be treated as a single-family residence. For more information about the current building code, please contact the Building Division.
If a new structure is being built in the mountains, the wildfire regulation will have to be met. Before the State Forest Service forester can do a site check, you will need a Wildfire defensible space permit, obtained at the Planning and Zoning department (see Defensible Space Contact form (PDF) and fees (PDF)). This can be applied for prior to or at the same time as the building permit. Bring a site plan with you at the time of application. There is a certain amount of risk in doing it prior to the building permit, primarily, that the structure may not end up where anticipated prior to the wildfire review. Wildfire regulation will also apply to any addition over 400 square feet of habitable space.
Learn more about creating wildfire defensible space.
Defensible Space Permits are only required for properties above 6,400 feet in elevation. Construction of a new dwelling, the replacement of an existing dwelling, or building additions of 400 square feet or more cumulatively measured from May 21, 2002 must complete an initial inspection for a Defensible Space Permit prior to being issued a Building Permit.A list of Certified Jefferson County Defensible Space Foresters can be found here.
We do not provide legal forms. Most forms can be obtained at office supply stores or online under “Colorado legal forms” search.
Jefferson County Clerk & Recorder
Second Floor, Suite 2560
Golden, CO 80419
Jefferson County Administrative and Courts Facility
Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Only a Qualified Holder can request a Release of a Deed of Trust without producing the original Evidence of Debt (promissory note).
Colorado Revised Statute 38-38-100.3 (20)
(20) "Qualifiedholder" means a holder of an evidence of debt, certificate of purchase,certificate of redemption, or confirmation deed that is also one of thefollowing:
(a) A bank as defined insection 11-101-401 (5), C.R.S.;
(b) An industrial bank asdefined in section 11-108-101 (1), C.R.S.;
(c) A federally charteredsavings and loan association doing business in Colorado or a savings and loanassociation chartered under the "Savings and Loan Association Law,"articles 40 to 46 of title 11, C.R.S.;
(d) A supervised lender asdefined in section 5-1-301 (46), C.R.S., that is licensed to make supervisedloans pursuant to section 5-2-302, C.R.S., and that is either:
(I) A public entity, which isan entity that has issued voting securities that are listed on a nationalsecurity exchange registered under the federal "Securities Exchange Act of1934", as amended; or
(II) An entity in which all ofthe outstanding voting securities are held, directly or indirectly, by a publicentity;
(e) An entity in which all ofthe outstanding voting securities are held, directly or indirectly, by a publicentity that also owns, directly or indirectly, all of the voting securities ofa supervised lender as defined in section 5-1-301 (46), C.R.S., that islicensed to make supervised loans pursuant to section 5-2-302, C.R.S.;
(f) A federal housingadministration approved mortgagee;
(g) A federally charteredcredit union doing business in Colorado or a state-chartered credit union asdescribed in section 11-30-101, C.R.S.;
(h) An agency or department ofthe federal government;
(i) An entity created orsponsored by the federal or state government that originates, insures,guarantees, or purchases loans or a person acting on behalf of such an entityto enforce an evidence of debt or the deed of trust securing an evidence ofdebt; or
(j) Any entity listed inparagraphs (a) to (i) of this subsection (20) acting in the capacity of agent,nominee except as otherwise specified in subsection (10) of this section, ortrustee for another person.
Credit unions can be researched at http://researchcu.ncua.gov/Views/FindCreditUnions.aspx
Banks can be researched at http://www.occ.gov/topics/licensing/national-bank-lists/index-active-bank-lists.html.
HUD-approved mortgagees can be researched at http://www.hud.gov/ll/code/llslcrit.cfm.
State- Supervised lenders can be researched athttp://www.coloradoattorneygeneral.gov/sites/default/files/uploads/UcccReport_11.pdf.Theselenders are only qualified holders under (d) if they are also public entities.
For private party loans, if the original promissory note has been lost, a Lost Instrument Bond must be furnished for one and a half (1 ½) times the amount of the note. A Lost Instrument Bond is a Corporate Surety Bond issued by a company authorized to issue such bonds in the State of Colorado. Please check with your insurance company for further assistance in this matter.
If the lender is a private party and deceased, a copy of the Death Certificate along with a copy of the will or Personal Representative Papers will need to be provided. The person appointed by the will or PR papers would be required to sign the Release of Deed of Trust form.
If the lender is a Financial Institution described in C.R.S. 38-39-102 (1)(a) and (3), the Public Trustee may accept, in lieu of the original promissory note, a Request for Release of a Deed of Trust that includes a certificate pursuant to C.R.S. 38-39-102 (1)(a) and (3).
Please see the Release Deed of Trust section of our website for the appropriate release form for your circumstance.
No, the Public Trustee's office receives many Releases of Deed of Trust every day. Please be assured that your release will be processed quickly in the order it was received.
The Public Trustee processes multiple Releases of Deeds of Trust prior to sending the documents to be recorded by the Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder's office. The release documents are typically recorded within one to three business days from processing. The recording information for your release can be obtained from the Records Department of the Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder, their telephone number is 303-271-8122.
The Public Trustee's office is funded with user fees. This office is not financed with tax money.
If the loan was assumed from another party, such as through the execution of a Warranty Deed or Quit Claim Deed, the previous owner's name will still be listed on the Deed of Trust. The information on the Release of Deed of Trust must match the Deed of Trust being released to remove the lien from the county records.
We return the documents to the party designated by the entity that submitted them-unless otherwise instructed.
The road must be built to current county standards, meaning the property has been deeded and dedicated to the county; it must have a 24-foot wide, paved surface with three-foot shoulders on each side and proper drainage structures (e.g., culverts) must be in place. For more specific information, see the Jefferson County Transportation Design and Construction Manual.
Call your district's shop.
New street signs requests and malfunctioning traffic lights within unincorporated Jefferson County, should be reported to the Transportation and Engineering Division at 303-271-8495.
Sign Maintenance including damaged, missing or knocked down signs should be reported directly to the Road and Bridge Division by submitting a Contact Us form or by calling 303-271-5200.
When roads are extremely dry, grading may smooth the road temporarily, but without moisture to help compact the surface, the washboards will return quickly, increasing dust. In most cases, hauling water to grade roads is not feasible due to the large quantity required.
See Right-of-Way Information on the Transportation and Engineering Division website.
The Mountain Living Checklist (PDF) highlights some of the unique conditions associated with living in the mountains and is intended to help potential mountain residents make informed decisions before buying a home.
Read “Code of the West,” an article by former Larimer County Commissioner John Clarke.
See our How Road Projects are Prioritized and Assigned page for more information.
Jefferson County is divided into four districts for maintenance: North, South, Evergreen and Shaffers Crossing, with satellite facilities at Coal Creek, Indian Hills, Critchell, Lookout Mountain and Buffalo Creek. If you are not sure about which district your residence is located, call the administrative office at 303-271-5200 or use the District and Maintained Roads Search tool.
*Dead animals on private property are the responsibility of homeowner.
Residents are responsible for clearing driveways.
See our Snow Removal Season Tips page for more information.
Roads are plowed based on their priority, meaning arterials and main routes are cleared first. Your road may be a secondary route that will be plowed after the school bus and emergency routes are open. A schedule cannot be enforced because each storm presents unique situations. Specific road conditions, time of day, accidents and construction are a few criteria that affect plowing order for secondary routes.
Call 911 and the responding agency will work with road and bridge crews to get the emergency vehicles through. Snow removal crews will be redirected for emergencies only when requested by proper authorities, such as the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department. It is a crime to make a false emergency request.
Jefferson County does not have an ordinance requiring citizens to shovel sidewalks, but the county encourages citizens to shovel walks adjacent to their homes as a courtesy to their neighbors and for the safety of pedestrians.
Residents of incorporated areas are urged to check with their city governments for any policies regarding snow removal from sidewalks. Residents in unincorporated areas of Jefferson County who live within the boundaries of a homeowners association are urged to check with their HOA for any regulations regarding sidewalk maintenance.
The momentum needed to move snow requires maintaining speed, sometimes up to 35 mph. It just isn’t feasible at this speed, considering the response time needed to change the blade’s angle.
You just learned that your business experienced a data breach. Whether hackers took personal information from your corporate server, an insider stole customer information, or information was inadvertently exposed on your company’s website, you are probably wondering what to do next.
What steps should you take and whom should you contact if personal information may have been exposed? Although the answers vary from case to case, the following guidance from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) can help you make smart, sound decisions >>
Just like driving a car, sooner or later you may have an accident no matter how secure you are. Download this article to help figure out if you have been hacked and, if so, what to do.
Ransomware is a type of malicious software cyber actors use to deny access to systems or data. The malicious cyber actor holds systems or data hostage until the ransom is paid. Refer to this document for both prevention and response guidance.
Follow the links in this article to get the resources and support you need to recover and protect yourself from cybercrime and online fraud incidents
Protect your business from con artists who try to fool you into paying for office supplies, business directory listings, or Internet services you haven't ordered. Watch this video from the Federal Trade Commission to see how >>
StopFraudColorado.gov has been developed by the Consumer Protection Section of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office to support our mission of protecting consumers and businesses from the unscrupulous behavior of fraudsters operating throughout our state.
Here are a few computer security basics to help your company, even if you’re the only employee. If you have employees, train them to follow these tips. If you collect any consumer information, also check out our advice about protecting personal information. See this article from the Federal Trade Commission for computer basics for your small business >>
Check out this white paper from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) - a guide to improve cyber security for small businesses >>
Most companies keep sensitive personal information in their files—names, Social Security numbers, credit card, or other account data—that identifies customers or employees.
Some businesses may have the expertise in-house to implement an appropriate plan. Others may find it helpful to hire a contractor. Regardless of the size—or nature—of your business, the principles in this brochure from the Federal Trade Commission will go a long way toward helping you keep data secure >>
Watch this short video for tips on protecting your small business.
The Federal Trade Commission launched a national education campaign to help small businesses strengthen their cyber defenses and protect sensitive data that they store. See the article on the FTC website for all the information >>
Every website lives at a numerical IP address. Your Domain Name Server, or DNS, translates these numerical IP addresses into readable domain names we all know and remember. If your DNS settings are not working correctly, or you’re still using defaults, you may be at risk for cybercrime and performance issues.
Quad9 is a free security solution that uses DNS to protect your system against the most common cyber threats. It improves your system’s performance, plus, it preserves and protects your privacy. It’s like an immunization for your computer. See the Quad9 website for more information.
Small and mid-sized businesses have most of the same cybersecurity concerns of larger enterprises. What they don't have are the resources to deal with them. A new initiative, the Cybersecurity Toolkit, is intended to bridge that gulf and give small companies the ability to keep themselves safer in an online environment that is increasingly dangerous.
The last thing any business needs is a swarm of myths and misunderstandings seeding common and frequent errors organizations of all sizes make in safeguarding data and infrastructure. This short article debunks 8 cybersecurity myths.
The Cyber Readiness Institute (CRI) has formally launched a new program geared to help small and midsize businesses (SMBs) create cyber awareness at their companies.
The National Cyber Security Alliance’s (NCSA’s) CyberSecure My Business™ is a national program helping small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) learn to be safer and more secure online.
This Federal Trade Commission (FTC) webpage provides links to information for small business on: cybersecurity basics, physical security, ransomware, phishing, cyber insurance, vendor security and much more.
Watch this video from ThreatAdvice for tips on protecting your small businesses >>
In addition to effectively securing sensitive information on electronic devices, it is important to follow best practices for electronic device disposal. Computers, smartphones, and cameras allow you to keep a great deal of information, but when you dispose of, donate, or recycle a device you may inadvertently disclose sensitive information which could be exploited by cyber criminals. This article provides information on sanitizing and disposing of electronic media.
The PCI Data Security Essentials Resources for Small Merchants provides security basics to protect against payment data theft and to help small merchants simplify their security and reduce their risk.
Beginning Sept. 1, 2018, Colorado businesses will have just 30 days to inform customers if their private data has been compromised. See the article from the Denver Business Journal on the law requiring more protection of consumer data >>
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) applies to businesses located outside of the European Union. Read this article to learn more about how GDPR applies to all companies processing and holding the personal data of data subjects residing in the European Union, regardless of the company’s location.
The latest Business Email Compromise (BEC) trend the United States Secret Service (USSS) has identified is a focus on healthcare, professional services, higher education and real estate closing companies. The spear phishing is targeting individuals that are involved with a company’s financial decisions with the intention of compromising that corporate officer’s email account. Read this document for more information on BEC.
For decades, phishing has proven an effective method for attackers to dupe just about anyone into clicking on malicious links so they can wreak havoc on personal and professional lives. Alphabet made a quiz to help you detect phishing scams.
The National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) developed a campaign designed to help companies protect their assets from cyber attacks. NCSC is offering materials, including videos, brochures, and posters, to help organizations guard against supply chain threats, phishing threats, and economic/intellectual espionage.
The Small Business Association has this training on cyber security
This self-paced training exercise provides an introduction to securing information in a small business. Topics include: Defining cyber security; Explaining the importance of securing information through best cyber security practices; Identifying types of information that should be secured; Identifying the types of cyber threats; Defining risk management; and Listing best practices for guarding against cyber threats.
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This blog lists 32 free training resources for SMBs.
ESET offers free basic employee security awareness training.
Mobile devices, such as smartphones, smart watches, and tablets, continue to advance and innovate at an astonishing rate. As a result, some people replace their mobile devices as frequently as every year. Unfortunately, people often do not realize how much personal data is on these devices. In this article, they cover what may be on your mobile device and how you should securely wipe it before disposing of it.
Public WiFi networks, like those in coffee shops, airports, and hotels, are convenient, but they aren’t secure. Watch this video from the Federal Trade Commission with tips on using public wireless connections to help protect your personal information. And reference this article for the best free VPNs for 2020.
Malware is short for "malicious software." Learn more about how to avoid, detect and get rid of malware from the Federal Trade Commission >>
Ransomware is malware that locks your computer and files. The 'No More Ransom Project' is a worldwide task force whose goal is to help you unlock your digital life without paying your attackers. See the No More Ransom Project website for more information >>
Today we use internet-connected devices in all aspects of our lives. As a result, our devices contain a wealth of personal information about us. In this article from the Attorney General of California, see ways you can protect yourself from viruses, hackers and spies >>
With the proliferation of mobile devices, cyber criminals continue to look for ways to exploit vulnerabilities in apps, operating systems, and software, trying to capitalize on security flaws before manufacturers find and patch them. See this article from Trend Micro for best practices on securing your mobile device >>
It is a good idea to clear your browser cache because it will prevents using old forms, protects your personal information, and helps applications run better on your computer. This article has links to walk you through how to make those changes in your browser.
Phishing is the process of attempting to acquire sensitive information by pretending to be a trustworthy email link or attachment. This article lists the Top 10 email subject lines in phishing emails. Use this information to prevent becoming a victim yourself.
Cyber criminals have so many weapons nowadays, but the most common attack that you’ll receive is a Phishing Email, and almost everyone can recall a time where they’ve received one. The worst phishing emails are easy to identify, and most people will just ignore them. But cyber criminals are getting smarter and their tools are getting more convincing and easier to fall for. Check out this article for 6 Sophisticated Phishing Emails and Why They'll Trick You
'Have I Been Pwned' is a free resource for anyone to quickly assess if they may have been put at risk due to an online account of theirs having been compromised or "pwned" in a data breach. See the 'Have I Been Pwned' website for more information and to check if you have an account that has been compromised in a data breach >
It's easier than you think for someone to steal your password. See the Google web page on two-step verification on your Google account for an extra layer of protection >>
Two-step verification helps protect you by making it more difficult for someone else to sign in to your Microsoft account. It uses two different forms of identity: your password, and a contact method (also known as security info). Even if someone else finds your password, they'll be stopped if they don't have access to your security info. See the Microsoft website for instructions on how to set up two-Step verification on your Microsoft account for an extra layer of protection >>
Watch this video from Petri IT Knowledgebase on how to be more secure by setting up two-step verification for Microsoft O365 >>
Refer to this article from the Jefferson County Assessor’s office if you have concerns about mortgage title fraud or theft.
The Internet offers an astounding variety of options for our kids—learning, playing games, interacting with peers and expressing themselves. There can be a downside to all this online activity, however - cyber bullying, predators, identity theft and other threats. Together, we must learn how to navigate the web smartly and safely.
Browse the Scholastic Partents website for educational videos and content on Cyber Safety geared toward children and parents.
See computer security information from the Federal Trade Commission >>
Get information from Stopbullying.gov (a federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) on research and external resources, facts about bullying and laws and policies. See the Stopbullying.gov website for more information >>
Traditionally, only a few of your devices at home could connect to the Internet, such as your laptop, smartphone, or gaming console. However today, more and more devices are connecting to the Internet, from your light bulbs and speakers on your TV, to locks on your door or even your car. These connected devices often go by the name of Internet of Things (IoT) or Smart Home devices.
While these connected devices bring a great deal of convenience, they also bring unique dangers. Read the full article from the SANS Institute for more information >>
Placing a freeze on your credit data is one of the most effective ways to prevent identity thieves from using your info to steal.Expect it to take 10 minutes of computer time per each adult in your household. Here’s how to do it.
Social engineering is when an attacker uses human interaction (social skills) to obtain or compromise information about an organization or its computer systems. An attacker may seem unassuming and respectable, possibly claiming to be a new employee, repair person, or researcher and even offering credentials to support that identity. However, by asking questions, he or she may be able to piece together enough information to infiltrate an organization's network. If an attacker is not able to gather enough information from one source, he or she may contact another source within the same organization and rely on the information from the first source to add to his or her credibility. Read this article to learn more about the types of social engineering attacks and what you can do to avoid them.
Making the most of technology safely and securely can seem overwhelming and confusing. However, regardless of what technology you are using or how you are using it, here is a short article about four simple steps that will help you stay secure.
Every website lives at a numerical IP address. Your Domain Name Server, or DNS, translates these numerical IP addresses into readable domain names (like google.com or facebook.com) we all know and remember. If your DNS settings are not working correctly, or you’re still using defaults, you may be at risk for cybercrime and performance issues.
Quad9 is a free security solution that uses DNS to protect your system against the most common cyber threats. It improves your system’s performance, plus, it preserves and protects your privacy. It’s like an immunization for your computer. See the Quad9 website for more information >>
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Many people proudly declare they avoid using the web to manage various accounts tied to their personal and financial data. The reasoning behind this strategy is as simple as it is alluring: What’s not put online can’t be hacked. But increasingly, adherents to this mantra are finding out the hard way that if you don’t plant your flag online, fraudsters and identity thieves may do it for you. Krebs on Security tells you how to ’Plant Your Flag, Mark Your Territory"
This most recent Krebs on Security article will walk you through the most important online accounts where you should plant your flag.
Many people mistakenly believe they are not a target for cyber attackers: that they, their systems, or accounts do not have any value. This could not be further from the truth. This newsletter covers why you are a target and misconceptions you may have.
You have discovered that you are a victim of identity theft. Where do you go to begin to unravel the mess that a thief has made in your name can be a confusing, time consuming, frustrating, and complex process. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provides information you can use to recover from identity theft. On the FTC’s site, click "Get Started" to create your personal recovery plan.
Watch this video if you aren’t sure what identity theft is or how it occurs.
Data breaches are rampant and many people don't appreciate the scale or frequency with which they occur. This website has aggregated data to help victims learn of account compromises. Enter your email address to learn if your account has been a part of any publicly reported breaches.
Changing your passwords regularly and after any known breaches is a best practice.
Identity theft can be stressful, but there are steps you can take to minimize the long-term impact on your finances. Watch this video from Bank of America and get the know-how you need to recover from being a victim of identity theft >>
Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is defined as a security process that requires more than one method of authentication from independent sources to verify the user’s identity. MFA should be used to add an additional layer of protection on websites you use that contain sensitive information, or whenever enhanced security is desirable. See this article to learn how to activate MFA on your accounts.
One of the most important ways to ensure that your online interactions are safe and secure is to protect your passwords. The good news is that protecting your passwords is in your control—you just need to create strong passwords and then keep them secret - even from your friends and employer. This article offers advice on how to protect your passwords and this link provides you the opportunity to test your password's strength.
Watch a video on how to create a strong password from 'Safety in Canada' on YouTube >>
Password managers have been said to help people stop having to memorize their passwords. Think you might be interested in using a password manager? This is a link to a video on why you should use a password manager. This article will tell you how password managers work and has a link to reviews of password managers.
What’s that you say - you want a safe and free tool to help you manage your many passwords? Never fear. Quite a few password managers cost precisely nothing, and some of them come close to the best paid password managers. This article compares several free password managers for you.
You have likely heard how important it is to protect your privacy and the information you share online. To demonstrate this, use the following article to guide you on how to research yourself and discover what information is publicly known about you.
It is easier than ever for cyber criminals to obtain your information. But here’s the good news: there are steps you can take to stay protected. Read this article to learn top ways to keep your information safe online.
Looking for the best private search engines that respect your privacy and don’t track your information? This article has 6 recommendations for you.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a report about key facts, trends, and patterns related to elder financial exploitation. This first-ever public analysis provides a chance to better understand elder fraud and to find ways to improve prevention and response.
If you believe that you or someone you know is a victim of financial exploitation, contact your local adult protective services (APS) agency. You can find out how to reach your APS office from the Eldercare Locator at eldercare.acl.gov or by calling 1-800-677-1116. Report scams or fraud to the Federal Trade Commission at ftc.gov/complaint .
The United States Department of Justice has an Elder Justice Initiative. Their mission is to combat elder abuse and financial exploitation, encourage reporting abuse, and educate the public to make America safer for all.
This is a webinar on Scams & Identity Theft on Older Americans presented by the Federal Trade Commission.
Just as you use locks to keep criminals out of your home, you also need safeguards to secure your computer. The Department of Homeland Security has created these resources and materials to help you stay cyber safe.
To help raise awareness, we’re sharing these cyber security tips for seniors and their caregivers. They make sense for people of any age, but since scammers often target older adults be sure to share these with any older adults you know.
The sheriff's office accepts used cell phones and donates them to the elderly and victims of violence through a nonprofit called 911 Cell Phone Bank. Please bring your used cell phone to any sheriff's office building. The sheriff's office does not accept donations of stuffed animals for its Deputy Hugs program, but financial donations are welcome.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office does not have a "scared straight" program. If your child is enrolled in a Jefferson County school, and you believe he or she is making bad or unsafe decisions, contact your child's school resource officer. The deputy may be able to meet with your child and provide guidance, or shed light on the possible consequences of bad choices. Another resource for families is the Juvenile Assessment Center.
Warrant searches begin with the agency the warrant was assigned. Your search process varied depending on which agency is assigned to maintain the warrant. Please visit our warrants unit page to determine which agency you would like to submit a search with. Please call 303-271-6475 to determine if you have a warrant, or to inquire on the status of a warrant.
The sheriff's office accepts ammunition and firearms for destruction. Please contact the sheriff’s office before you drop off weapons and / or ammunition. When arriving at the sheriff's office, please leave all items in your vehicle and then come inside. A deputy will go with you to your vehicle to retrieve the items.
View the Colorado Bureau of Investigation’s web page for detailed information on this subject.
Visit our online inmate lookup page or call 303-271-5444.
Please visit the Drug Enforcement Agency's website for information and maps of clandestine labs. To inquire about other crime activity at an address visit the address query page.
An application and fee is required to obtain copies of case reports. Please visit the case report page for more information.
If you live in Jefferson County, you may receive a verification of a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) by going by one of our precincts or by calling JeffCom’s non-emergency number at 303-271-0211 to set up a time to meet with a deputy if your vehicle is inoperable. You must provide proof of ownership, VIN and vehicle description and current mileage. To obtain a certified VIN inspection please contact Colorado State Patrol. You can visit our Vehicle Inspection page for more information.
You may obtain an application and more information about employment by visiting the Sheriff’s careers page.
Visit our crime mapping page to see detailed information on the crime that has been reported in a given area.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office maintains listings for registered sex offenders residing in unincorporated Jefferson County. Citizens can access a free list by visiting our registered sex offender page; this online list adheres to state law restrictions. To obtain a list in person, visit one of the sheriff's office's three locations. Customers must provide photo identification and must complete an application for criminal justice records form. There is a $5 fee for the list. Listings available are for offenders registered in unincorporated Jefferson County only.
Call the evidence vault at 303-271-5656 to make an appointment. The investigating deputy must release the property before the owner can claim his or her property at the evidence vault. Photo identification is required. Learn more on our evidence and property return page.
The Sheriff's Office accepts all comments and complaints regarding its employees or its procedures and complainants may remain anonymous. The internal affairs unit investigates all complaints and allegations of employee misconduct. Complaints can be made three various ways. Please visit the webpage for details.
Liquor license applicants must submit a completed application package obtained from the Jefferson County Clerk to the Board's Office for processing. For more information on liquor licenses, see the Clerk to the Board’s liquor licensing and permits web page.
In many criminal cases, protection orders are mandatory; however, without a criminal case, or if the court does not order a protection order in a specific criminal case, you can apply for a civil protection order.
To do this, visit the self-help desk at the Jefferson County Administration and Courts Facility at 100 Jefferson County Parkway in Golden. You will be required to complete an application, pay a fee and be heard by a judge or magistrate on the matter.
To drop a criminal protection order, please contact the district attorney or victim/witness specialist assigned to your case. You may not be allowed to drop a criminal protection order until the case is completed. To drop a civil protection order, please contact the clerk's office from where the order was granted.
There are three ways to send a commendation or complaint. Please visit the Commendations and Complaints web page in our Contact section for more information.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office ride-along program offers interested citizens the opportunity to accompany a deputy during his or her patrol shift. Please visit our ride-along page for more information.
You may obtain a patch by submitting a request to our community relations office:
To obtain directions to the Sheriff’s Office please visit the appropriate location.
Found property is held for 90 days. If it is not claimed, the finder can have the property if approved by the sheriff or his representative.
Visit our identity theft page and scroll to "What to do if you believe your identity has been stolen." These useful tips and links can help you recover from this crime.
In unincorporated Jefferson County there are no allotments or ownership aspects for on-street parking on public streets. There is no regulation that states where a property owner or their guests must park, other than if it is blocking access to someone's driveway or is causing a hazard. There is also no regulation related to the number of properly licensed and operable vehicles that a person can own and park. If any of the vehicles become inoperable, abandoned, or are causing some sort of hazard then Planning and Zoning can address their location. It is recommended to have a conversation with your neighbor about the parking situation to determine if there is an amicable solution to the issue.
Please call our nonemergency number at 303-277-0211 to report an abandoned vehicle.
For more information on your options for barking dogs, visit our problem barking page.
Information on graffiti, including a list of helpful resources, is available on our graffiti page.
Read about the emergency preparedness network on our CodeRED Phone Registry page.
For more information regarding the slash events offered by Jefferson County, visit the slash collection website.
Please visit our traffic tickets page for information on how to pay a traffic ticket.
Starting October 15, 2018, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office will no longer provide fingerprint services. For more information visit the Fingerprinting page.
Answered at the event
Casey Tighe: We’ve got great employees at Jefferson County. As new elected officials come in, it’s great that they bring a new energy and new ideas. But when you have great employees already on the ground, they can help counsel those new elected. I’ve been talking with many of our new officials and they have been very impressed with the employees in their offices.
Lesley Dahlkemper: Another advantage we have is that we make it a point to work together as elected officials. We meet monthly, we don’t hesitate to text or call each other to really think through the complex issues we have ahead. We have a great team with different perspectives, and I think that makes us stronger as a team.
Libby Szabo: At the local government level, it’s different. Local government usually isn’t that partisan. We realize that we serve the citizens and businesses here in Jefferson County – and that’s what they elected us to do. It’s not to fight about our heartfelt issues, but to fight for YOUR heartfelt issues. I think we realize that and that’s how we overcome that challenge – it’s very important to each one of us.
Casey Tighe: For a while, I was the only democrat on the board. But it was always a very collaborative environment. We try to work together to get things done. We have a difference of opinion sometimes, but it’s always a collaborative and respectful environment.
Lesley Dahlkemper: We also work closely with our other elected officials and department heads so that at the end of the day we want to make sure we’re making good decisions with the taxpayer dollars – that’s the strength of partnership.
Don Davis: The men and women of Jefferson County are pragmatic, because these commissioners and the team here really does work together – once the elections are over, everyone is on the same page.
Casey Tighe: Particularly on the northwest side of the county, traffic is really becoming a challenge and we’re seeing more development on that corridor. We’re working closely to try and get the WestConnect project done.
Libby Szabo: I am the board appointee to DRCOG. We’ve recently working out our TIP process. Working collaboratively with our cities, I think we have a good plan to be able to put forward good projects that I hope will be voted on. We’ve started a new process this year where two categories were created for larger projects and smaller projects; we’ll see how that works, but it seems that it would work better for the smaller cities and counties that are involved.
Lesley Dahlkemper: It’s also about looking at multi-modal transportation and how we accommodate that for citizens and community members here in Jefferson County. And also about working with our partners at CDOT. It’s looking at how do we work with our communities, CDOT and other partners to make sure that traffic is moving, people are staying safe in some specific areas.
Don Davis: The northwest corridor is something that has been talked about for a long time; we’re really close and working hard on that. We are making an effort to prioritize our repair and maintenance efforts by putting some science behind it to better estimate and forecast our requirements in the future. There has been talk about the Jefferson Parkway for several years and we’re still working on trying to get that done. We’re talking about different funding challenges and looking into different ways to fund road projects like this one – things like public-private partnerships and toll roads. We don’t have a long list of transportation projects right now because funding just isn’t there for those projects, especially since the couple of state initiatives were voted down last year.
Libby Szabo: It always plays a big role, and it’s the people in this room that create the jobs for our citizens. As your local government, we try and create that base in which we don’t tax you too much, we let you develop your land and we support you in all you do so that you can run a thriving business – in that, it will create jobs for residents and those that commute in to work in Jeffco.
Lesley Dahlkemper: Our economy is thriving. We also know from our business community, is that workforce readiness is very important to you, especially in the STEM careers and construction and trades. If we come back to our partnership theme, we see incredible work across the board with our businesses and school district to provide opportunities to students to get first-hand experience in these areas.
Casey Tighe: A good economy is crucial to a high quality of life. One of the challenges we have is the Gallagher Amendment and the different ways that commercial and residential property is assessed. It’s crucial for our school district, special districts and the county that we have a healthy economy with a strong business community and that we have a good mix of residential and commercial zoning. That’s why collaboration is so important to have discussions about how we want the county to grow, how we mix in open space to development.
Libby Szabo: As we hear land use cases, we as commissioners really take in the aspect of how it will affect our community. We listen to our citizens and also the well-being of the applicant who is trying to do something good for our community. It’s so important that we find the balance of industrial, commercial and residential – just having houses can be a detriment and a county budget and how we can take care of services.
Casey Tighe: People want to locate in communities where they feel safe, have a good lifestyle, they want to be healthy and a good education. All of these things work together is what makes a great community. We have to keep revaluating where we are and what we’re doing.
Lesley Dahlkemper: Jefferson County has an unmatched quality of life … so as we think about growth and development, we always want to be thoughtful and strategic about how we grow, making sure we’re meeting the services and needs of our community and that we’re always retaining what attracted us to Jefferson County in the first place.
Don Davis: Your county leadership is looking at what does Jefferson County 2050 look like and how do we backward plan from there to be what we want it to be in the future. Something that transcends election cycles and that gets us on a path for a future that is sustainable.
Answered by Jeanie Rossillon, Development & Transportation Director
The Jefferson Parkway Public Highway Authority (JPPHA) is preparing a Request for Proposal (RFP) to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Jefferson Parkway. The schedule for releasing the RFP has not yet been finalized. JPPHA is also currently seeking applications for residents in Broomfield, Arvada and unincorporated Jefferson County to serve on a local working group for the project. Applications are due April 15, 2019.
Jefferson County Commissioner Libby Szabo serves on the Authority Board of Directors along with representatives from Arvada and Broomfield.
More information about the Jefferson Parkway, the JPPHA and the application form for the local working group can all be found on the Jefferson Parkway Public Highway Authority website.
Answered by Matt Robbins, Community Connections Manager
Phase I (planning) of the formal restoration project begun in early 2018 and successfully completed on time and under budget in early 2019.
Phase II (construction) will begin in April or May 2019 or as soon as the weather permits and the ground thaws. Jefferson County Open Space (JCOS) staff will be working alongside a team of contractors to conduct on-the-ground restoration efforts, and multiple opportunities will be created for volunteers to assist.
In addition to the site stabilization and restoration plan, Jefferson County staff continues to work with private and public land owners to identify a sustainable location for a new off-leash area in the Evergreen community.
Jefferson County is a statutory county, we are not home rule. Therefore, the county will not be making any decisions relating to these items.
Jefferson County is limited as to the amount of revenue it can collect and retain each year based on Article X, Section 20 of the Colorado Constitution (TABOR). The law requires that the amount over collected be given back to the tax payers the following year after over collection. The most effective and least costly way to give back the over collected amount is in the form of a mill levy reduction.
Due to higher than anticipated property valuations in 2015, Jefferson County collected more in property tax during 2016 than the limit allowed.
The reduction related to this over collection is 0.259 mills, which is 0259 multiplied by the assessed value of the property. This amount is deducted from your property taxes payable in 2017.
Jefferson County endeavors to collect only the amount of property tax allowable under state statute and will take prompt action to return any over collection to the taxpayers of Jefferson County.
Classes, resources, and advice about caring for garden plants and diagnosing and managing disease is offered by Jefferson County CSU Extension. If you have questions about your plants, certified Master Gardeners are available May-September through a hotline 303-271-6632 or over email email@example.com.
The on-site walk-in plant diagnostic clinic, offers a diagnosis of fungal and bacterial infection, viruses, and pine wilt nematode detection. Visit the plant diagnostic clinic website for instructions on bringing a sample and information about services and fees.
CSU Extension also offers LawnCheck services to evaluate the health of your lawn.
Jefferson County CSU Extension office manages an on-site Research and Demonstration Garden with educational displays of water-wise and climate tested plants as well as ongoing garden plant research. Contact CSU Extension to find more information and education opportunities.
Gardening and landscaping with native plants helps manage noxious weeds and provides food for native birds and beneficial insects. Jefferson County CSU Extension Natural Resources program offers an inclusive list of resources helpful to planning and caring for a native plant garden, including low-water native plant guides, plant reference lists, and a plant sourcing guide. The Native Plant Master Program from CSU Extension is another way to learn about native plants through classes, certifications, and volunteer opportunities.
For large acre native plant projects, Jefferson Conservation District offers education and technical assistance to help landowners use native plants to address noxious weed issues. Jefferson Conservation District also offers native grass and wildflower seeds for purchase. These seeds are selected for species that thrive in Jefferson County’s native plant communities and soil types.
The Colorado State Forest Service provides extensive reports and data on pests and plant disease across the state, as well as those specific to the Golden area. The Forest Service also provides additional resources for homeowners to manage forest pests on their land.
Jeffco Invasive Species Management provides extensive resources and offers solutions relating to the identification, eradication, and control of noxious weeds and pests.
Jefferson County CSU Extension offers classes on food preservation and safety to help you get the most out of your home garden.
CSU Extension’s Native Plant Master Program provides courses, certifications, and volunteer opportunities to learn identification and ecology of plants native to the area. CSU Extension also provides extensive resources related to identifying and planting native plants.
Jeffco Invasive Species Management provides invasive species education and awareness to landowners and ensures compliance with the Colorado Noxious Weed Act. Head to their website for information and resources for identifying, managing, and preventing weed infestations. Jefferson Conservation District offers additional workshops and technical assistance for large-acreage weed projects. CSU Extension's Small Acreage Management program maintains additional information and up-to-date resources about understanding managing weeds in Colorado.
The Ranching for Wildlife program is a wildlife management partnership between ranchers and hunters. Ranchers provide hunting access to their land free of charge to those who draw licenses. Participating ranchers are required to improve habitat on their ranch for game and non-game animals.
CSU Extension's Small Acreage Management program houses the latest resources and guidelines for managing livestock, poultry, and manure on small acreage properties in Colorado.
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Game Damage program compensates ranchers and landowners for damage caused by big game animals. Information about game damage prevention, qualifying for reimbursement, and filing a claim can be found here.
Jefferson Conservation District (JCD) provides conservation education and planning services to urban farmers interested in topics such as high-tunnels, soil health, cover crops, pasture management, and irrigation. JCD can help search for funding assistance where appropriate. Services are provided in partnership with NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service).
For new farmers and ranchers looking to expand their business, CSU Extension provides research-based information and education on urban agriculture, and offers a series of evening classes to help new farmers and ranchers build sustainable businesses.
The Small Acreage Management program from CSU Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture acts as an additional resource for landowners to find educational materials and connect to resources and services. You can find information about livestock, pasture/range management, soil, crops, weeds, and more on their website.
In partnership with GoFarm, Jefferson Conservation District rents small equipment (such as roto-tiller, seeder, broadfork) to urban farmers.
Jefferson County CSU Extension offers classes on food preservation and safety to help you get the most out of your home garden or hobby farm.
Jefferson County’s forested landscape means that there is high risk of wildfire, especially during dry spells. Forest management is a crucial step to protect your home, your forest, and the entire county from devastating wildfire. Forestry services for landowners may be found from Jefferson Conservation District (JCD) and the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS). Both agencies provide technical assistance in relation to forest restoration, wildlife habitat, wildfire mitigation/fuel reduction, and overall forest ecosystem health. For certain projects, funding assistance and coordination of professional forestry contractors may be available.
JCD-specific programs include the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), delivered in partnership with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
The Colorado State Forest Service programs include the Forest Ag Program, Forest Legacy Program, Forest Restoration & Wildfire Risk Mitigation Grant Program, Forest Stewardship Program, Homesite Assessments, Tree Farm Program. CSFS also maintains a list of private consulting foresters; contact the Golden office for more information.
Additional educational and informational resources about forest management are available from CSU Extension’s Natural Resources program.
The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) provides community tree planting and tree care. Technical assistance in community forestry from CSFS includes devising plans to maintain and add to tree resources and providing information and workshops on tree care. CSFS creates strategies for planning for forest pests and invasive species and cares for storm-damaged trees.
The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS), in partnership with the US Forest Service, conducts an annual inventory that provides objective and scientifically credible data on forest health, and measures changes over time. This information helps researchers, policymakers, consultants, private industry, landowners and natural resource professionals better understand current forest conditions and significant changes across Colorado and the nation.
CSFS also conducts forest restoration and provides guidelines on restoration following a wildfire. CSFS defines forest restoration as restoring healthy, diverse and resilient ecological systems to minimize uncharacteristically severe fires, especially on critical watersheds. Publications and documents relating to forest restoration are available online.
Visit wildfirerisk.org to understand, explore, and reduce wildfire risk in your community. This interactive online resource from the USDA Forest Service under the direction of Congress and is designed to help community leaders, such as elected officials, community planners, and fire managers. This is the first time wildfire risk to communities has been mapped nationwide.
Jefferson County’s geographic and climatic makeup means that there is always risk of wildfire. This risk is even high when the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office issues a fire weather watch, red flag warning, or most of all a fire restriction or ban. Jeffco residents and visitors are encouraged to subscribe to fire restriction and ban alerts. Fire restrictions and bans can also be enacted by municipalities, other counties, U.S. Forest Service, and Denver Mountain Parks. Jeffco Open Space maintains Stage 2 fire restrictions year-round. Please check with each individual entity for their fire restriction and ban information. It is also important to sign up to receive CodeRED emergency notifications from the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office in the case of dangerous fire or other emergencies that impact community safety.
For information regarding Jefferson County remote slash collection, burn permits and fireworks, and current Jefferson County fire restrictions and bans call the fire information hotline 303-271-8200.
Landowners can do their part to mitigate wildfire in the county by managing forest on their land, removing slash, and preparing their home for wildfire through Firewise. The Jefferson County Hazard Mitigation Plan provides further information about preparing for natural hazards. Additional publications and resources on wildfire are provided by CSU Extension’s Natural Resources Program.
Natural debris such as tree limbs, pruning, and pine needles, known as slash, can be a fire hazard if allowed to build up. Removing slash and creating a defensible space around your home, is the first line of defense against wildfires. Jefferson County provides slash collection locations where you can deposit your slash for a fee.
Colorado State Forest Service’s Colorado Wood Utilization and Marketing Program (CoWood) has programs for forest product information, service, education and outreach including Wood to Energy program, Colorado Forest Products, Forest Business Loan Fund, Urban Wood Utilization, and Black Forest Utilization.
Jefferson Conservation District is also a resource for locating firewood, tree-length logs, and other wood products.
The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) provides community tree planting and tree care. Technical assistance in community forestry from CSFS includes devising plans to maintain and add to tree resources and providing information and workshops on tree care. CSFS creates strategies for planning for forest pests and invasive species, and cares for storm damaged trees.
Colorado Tree Coalition (CTC), a non-profit 501(c)(3), works closely with partners such as the U.S. Forest Service, Xcel Energy, and several corporate and private sponsors to provide programs and services for community tree health and education. Programs administered by CTC include the Champion Tree, Tree Risk Assessment, and Fifth Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest programs. Additionally, the Trees Across Colorado program provides low cost trees to Colorado communities, and the ReForest Colorado program helps communities recover from natural disasters.
Jefferson County CSU Extension offers extensive classes, resources, and advice about caring for garden plants and diagnosing plant health problems. If you have questions about your plants, certified Master Gardeners are available May-September through a hotline 303-271-6632 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gardening and landscaping with native plants helps manage noxious weeds and provides food for native birds and beneficial insects. Jefferson County CSU Extension Natural Resources program provides an inclusive list of resources helpful to planning and caring for a native plant garden, including low-water native plant guides, plant reference lists, and a plant sourcing guide. The Native Plant Master Program from CSU Extension is another way to learn about native plants through classes, certifications, and volunteer opportunities.
Jefferson Conservation District offers native grass and wildflower seeds for purchase. These seeds are selected for species that thrive in Jefferson County’s native plant communities and soil types
Jeffco Invasive Species Management provides technical support to private and public landowners to assist them in identifying and managing noxious weeds and ensuring compliance with the Colorado Noxious Weed Act.
For large acre noxious weed mitigation projects, Jefferson Conservation District offers education and technical assistance to help landowners use native plants to address noxious weed issues. Jefferson Conservation District also offers native grass and wildflower seeds for purchase. These seeds are selected for species that thrive in Jefferson County’s native plant communities and soil types.
Detailed information on managing weeds in Colorado can also be found through CSU Extension's Small Acreage Management program.
Jefferson County CSU Extension houses an on-site walk-in plant diagnostic clinic, which offers a diagnosis of fungal and bacterial infection, viruses, and pine wilt nematode detection. Visit the plant diagnostic clinic website for instructions on bringing a sample and information about services and fees.
The Colorado State Forest Service provides extensive reports and data on pests and plant disease across the state, as well as those specific to the Golden area. The Forest Service also provides additional resources for homeowners to manage forest pests on their land.
Jefferson County Invasive Species Management provides technical support to private and public landowners to assist them in identifying and managing invasive pests and ensuring compliance with the Colorado Pest Act. Find information on Douglass Fir Tussock Moth, Emerald Ash Borer, Mountain Pine Beetle, and more.
Jefferson County CSU Extension provides numerous fact sheets to help landowners identify and manage their forest insect pests.
The Colorado State Forest Service provides additional reports and data on pests and plant disease across the state, as well as those specific to the Golden area. The Forest Service also provides additional resources for homeowners to manage forest pests on their land.
On 6/18/2020 Arvada announced that it had confirmed Emerald Ash Borer. This is the first confirmed sighting in Jefferson County. Learn more and find out what you can do from Jefferson County Invasive Species Management.
Jefferson County Invasive Species Management provides technical support to private and public landowners to assist them in identifying and managing invasive pests and ensuring compliance with the Colorado Pest Act. Find information on vertebrate pests including prairie dogs, mice and voles, and woodpeckers or information about Douglass Fir Tussock Moth, Emerald Ash Borer, Mountain Pine Beetle, and more.
For information on laws pertaining to controlling, removing, and relocating wildlife on your property download the Nuisance Wildlife laws brochure from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Jeffco Animal Control and Colorado Parks and Wildlife do not provide pest removal services. For pest removal services, please contact a private company. Jeffco does not endorse any particular service or company and strongly recommends that consumers check references, licenses, insurance, and bonding before hiring any company. A partial list of companies in the area is maintained by Jeffco Animal Control.
If your water contains contaminants that exceed safe drinking water standards, treatment methods are available for household use. Jeffco Public Health offers resources and information on inspecting and testing a private well water system. For testing kits, contact a private lab or the Colorado Department of Health & Environment.
Contact Environmental Health Services at Jeffco Public Health, 303-232-6301, for further assistance in determining whether treatment is desirable and, if so, what methods are available.
On-site wastewater treatment systems (OWTS) are an environmentally sound method of wastewater disposal in areas where public sewers are not available.
Jeffco Public Health provides resources on regulations, permitting, and tips for operating an OWTS.
If you are serviced by Denver Water, you can access water quality reports, FAQs, and contamination information.
The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB), part of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, provides a comprehensive water information resource. CWCB represents each major water basin, Denver and other state agencies in our joint effort to use water wisely and protect water for future generations. Their website provides information on Colorado’s Water Plan, best practices for water conservation through land use planning, and additional information on drought planning, climate change, and more.
For those serviced by Denver Water, water use and supply data, and environmental planning information are available online.
Additional resources can be found from Colorado WaterWise, which provides additional resources on water supply, rates, conservation, and watering information, as well as CSU Extension's Small Acreage Management program, which maintains a list of the latest guidelines on irrigation, rainwater collection, and water conservation for properties in Colorado.
Following wildfires, ecosystem restoration is critically important for watershed health. Long after the flames are out, land managers and community leaders continue to struggle with the impacts of wildfire on people and ecosystems. Colorado State Forest Service provides extensive research and guidelines for restoration and rehabilitation following a fire.
The Watershed Wildfire Protection Group (WWPG) was formed to identify hazards to water supplies from wildfires in Colorado. The WWPG promotes healthy watersheds by facilitating education and awareness, and facilitating prioritization, implementation and monitoring for people and wildlife.
RiverWatch is a statewide citizen science, volunteer water quality-monitoring network supported by Colorado Parks and Wildlife in partnership with the non-profit Earth Force, capable volunteers and others. This effort to monitor watershed health and utilize this high quality data to make informed decision to preserve and restore the condition of Colorado’s water.
Jefferson County Animal Control can remove dead wildlife weighing less than 100 pounds from roads or private property at no cost to the resident. For larger animals, contact the Colorado State Patrol at 303-239-4501. You may also report a dead animal through Jeffco Public Health’s online form.
If you are concerned about an animal that is sick, injured, or behaving oddly, report it to Jefferson County Dispatch at 303-980-7300, you will be connected to the proper agency. Jefferson County Animal Control or the animal control department in your jurisdiction is able to assist with stray animals, while Colorado Parks and Wildlife provides services for sick or injured wildlife. If you suspect juvenile wildlife has been orphaned, please wait and give space, as their mother is likely nearby.
Several species in Jefferson County are known to transmit rabies, including bats, skunks, and raccoons. If you find these animals in your house or behaving oddly on your property, do not attempt to approach or handle them, and contact Jeffco Dispatch at 303-980-7300. If you or a pet has been bitten, seek medical attention immediately, and report the bite to Jeffco Public Health. The best way to reduce the risk of rabies transmission is to vaccinate pets. Foothills Animal Shelter hosts weekly vaccine, license, and microchip clinics, where cats and dogs can get their rabies vaccine for $15.
There are many resources to help you if you are experiencing wildlife conflict or are concerned about wildlife interactions. Colorado Parks and Wildlife can help with concerns with big game animals including deer, elk, pronghorn, sheep, goats, bear, and moose. Contact the Northeast Region Colorado Parks and Wildlife office at 303-291-7227 if wildlife poses an immediate danger. For smaller wildlife please contact Jefferson County Animal Control or the animal control department in your jurisdiction, or see below for pest and nuisance wildlife management resources.
In most cases, wildlife conflict can be avoided through thoughtful actions in your home and never feeding or interfering with wildlife behavior. View tips on avoiding wildlife conflict and specific information on living with bears, coyotes, mountain lions, moose, fox, and more.
Additional materials and resources on wildlife management are available from CSU Extension.
Jefferson County Animal Control and Colorado Parks and Wildlife do not provide pest removal services. For pest removal services, please contact a private company. Jefferson County does not endorse any particular service or company and strongly recommends that consumers check references, licenses, insurance, and bonding before hiring any company.
For garden and yard pests, CSU Extension offers diagnosis of pest problems and recommendations for management strategies.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife issues hunting licenses and offers an abundance of hunter education resources including hunt planning guides and maps.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is responsible for managing fish hatcheries and stocking, as well as issuing fishing licenses.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Wildlife Habitat Program offers funding opportunities for private landowners who wish to voluntarily protect important wildlife habitat, and/or, provide sustainable wildlife-related recreational access to the public.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife offers recommendations to land use planners, developers, and homeowners for development designs that accommodate people and wildlife.
The boundary consists of most of the current service areas of Evergreen Metropolitan District and the West Jefferson Metropolitan District. The full legal description, map of the proposed district, and a list of the property addresses included in the proposed district can be found on the main Evergreen Local Improvement District web page.
The list of improvements includes 17 sites in the greater Evergreen area. A list of the improvements, map and estimated costs can be found here.
The Evergreen Economic District (EED), formerly the Downtown Evergreen Economic District, approached the county with a list of safety and connectivity projects throughout the activity centers in Evergreen. Jefferson County staff worked with EED to narrow the project list considering:
EED and county staff then prioritized the project by immediate need, impact to the community, design time, and construction feasibility.
At this time, staff is only requesting the improvements listed. It is estimated that these projects alone will take at least 10 years, if not longer, to complete based on funding from the proposed district. As projects are completed, the Board of County Commissioners can add additional projects to the list through a formal action of the board.
The funding stream for the proposed improvements will be provided to the ELID through its partnership with the Evergreen Economic District (EED) and the Evergreen Legacy Fund (ELF), which collects a voluntary 1% donation on the value on sales of products and services at businesses within the Evergreen area. Other grants and donations could provide supplemental funding.
Studies have shown that stop signs are not effective at slowing traffic. While this may seem counter-intuitive, because drivers have to slow down to stop at a stop sign, drivers tend to ignore unwarranted stop signs over time. When stop signs are ignored, they no longer serve their purpose, which is to inform roadway users who has the right of way at an intersection, and crash potential increases. Other strategies for traffic calming may be available, such as speed humps or law enforcement.
Please visit the Transportation & Engineering Speed Hump page for more information on this program. Please visit the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Extra Patrol page to find information about requesting a speed radar cart or extra patrols.
There are several criteria to consider when evaluating whether an all-way stop is warranted. If a location meets the criteria, it will have higher compliance rates, thus reducing the crash potential. If the intersection does not meet all-way stop criteria, drivers tend to ignore unwarranted stop signs over time. When stop signs are ignored, they are no longer serving their purpose, which is to inform roadway users who has the right of way at an intersection, and crash potential increases.
For school crossings, there are other strategies available that may be more effective, such as warning signs and crosswalk markings. Jefferson County staff can evaluate the best method to improve conditions at school crossings.
Safety studies have shown that adequate size and reflective material are important to achieve good visibility in dark conditions. Jefferson County adheres to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), which provides the stop sign standards to achieve this level of visibility on public roadways.
Like stop signs, traffic signals are used to assign vehicular and pedestrian right-of-way. They are typically installed on higher volume roadways and are used to promote the orderly movement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic and to prevent excessive delay to traffic. Traffic signals cannot be installed unless one or more of the warrants specified by the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) has been satisfied.
See this FHWA Safety Brief to learn more about the purpose of traffic signals, where they should / should not be installed, and advantages / disadvantages. You may also visit the Transportation & Engineering Traffic Signal FAQ page.
The Jefferson County Transportation and Engineering Division maintains traffic control devices, regulates traffic, and studies traffic flow to ensure safety and efficiency. The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) is followed to determine the appropriate use of traffic devices. These guidelines require certain criteria be met before a device can be used, and ensure that motorists experience consistency between communities throughout the United States.
Contractors build traffic signals in Jefferson County as part of capital improvement and safety projects, or larger private developments. All traffic signals on the Jefferson County roadway system are owned and operated by the county once constructed. Please refer to the Signalized Intersection List (PDF), for all traffic signals owned and maintained by the county.
Traffic signals located along state highways, (e.g. SH-93, SH-58 and at on-and-off ramps to C-470), are maintained by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).
Traffic signals located within incorporated cities or towns (e.g. Arvada, Lakewood, Golden, etc.) are maintained and timed by the respective local jurisdiction.
The Transportation and Engineering Division maintains traffic signals on unincorporated county roads. Much of the maintenance work performed on traffic signals is done by the county’s contractor.
Traffic signals are made up of many components and pieces of equipment to ensure that the signal operates safely and efficiently. Two of the most important components are the controller and detectors.
The controller is a computer that is programmed with various parameters that dictate how the signal operates, such as minimum and maximum green times, pedestrian walk times, and cycle lengths.
The detectors determine when a vehicle, pedestrian, or bicycle is present and pass this information to the controller. There are various types of detection systems, including video, thermal, electromagnetic loops in the pavement, and radar. Once the controller knows that traffic is waiting to receive a green light, it will incorporate that information into its programming as it runs through phases and cycles.
If a traffic signal appears to be operating unusually, such as not providing a green light to traffic or providing a green light to streets that have no traffic waiting, please email Transportation and Engineering or call 303-271-8495.
The school zone beacons on roads within unincorporated Jefferson County are maintained by the Transportation and Engineering Division. They are programmed to turn on during each school’s arrival and dismissal periods (including midday kindergarten). Traffic staff confirms arrival and dismissal times through Jefferson County Public Schools on an annual basis.
Please report malfunctions by email to Transportation and Engineering or call 303-271-8495.
Traffic engineers follow the national standards described in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). The MUTCD mandates that a traffic signal cannot be installed unless the intersection has met the requirements of one or more traffic signal “warrants.” These warrants consider various criteria when evaluating the intersection, such as vehicle volumes, pedestrian volumes, and crash history.
Traffic signals can improve traffic flow and increase safety when used properly. However, traffic signals are not always the right solution and do not always prevent accidents. For example, a traffic signal may reduce the number of right-angle collisions at an intersection, but the number of rear-end crashes may increase.
To request that an intersection be evaluated for traffic signal control, email Transportation and Engineering or call 303-271-8495.
Jefferson County uses two types of cameras at signalized intersections: detection cameras and traffic monitoring cameras.
Detection Cameras - These cameras use video technology to detect when a vehicle approaches a signalized intersection and are typically mounted on each leg of an intersection. They can be susceptible to false calls when heavy shadows, glare, or snow occur. Please report malfunctioning traffic signals by email to Transportation and Engineering or call 303-271-8495.
Traffic Monitoring Cameras - These cameras are used by traffic staff to monitor traffic patterns or to check on traffic signal operations. These cameras can be watched live by staff during peak travel periods or when an accident occurs. The county does not store footage from the cameras.
Most Jefferson County traffic signals are programmed based on the time of day, the location, traffic patterns, and traffic volumes. There are many factors that can affect the design of timing plans, such as the volume of traffic on the side streets, the crossing time required for pedestrians, the distance between traffic signals, the speed limit on the main street, the total overall traffic volume, the number of turning vehicles, and the number of lanes available for each movement of traffic.
Most of Jefferson County’s traffic signals operate on three different timing plans, which include weekday AM Peak, PM Peak, and Off-Peak plans. There are also special plans for weekends. There are also some timing plans implemented for unique circumstances, like school traffic, heavy lunchtime traffic, or holiday shopping traffic.
There are numerous factors that can impact the effectiveness of traffic flow that unfortunately cannot be accounted for in the traffic signal’s programming, such as the actual speed of traffic, the acceleration patterns of motorists, variations in the volume of traffic during the timing plan, the frequency of emergency vehicle pre-emption, and the frequency of pedestrians (having pushed the button to cross) each cycle.
Progression of traffic on streets with coordinated traffic signals is typically designed to move traffic that came straight through the previous signalized intersection. If a driver turned onto the major street from a side street, the driver may need to stop one or more times before getting into the flow of traffic.
Very few of the traffic signals in Jefferson County are constantly run in “free” mode, meaning they are not coordinated with other signals. When a signal runs in free mode, it does not have to maintain timings that keep it in coordination with adjacent signals, therefore it can quickly change in order to give the green light to a vehicle that has approached and stopped at a red light. Free operation is efficient at locations that have very low volumes, are not near any other traffic signals, or have other unique conditions. Although most of the traffic signals in the county run coordinated during the day, they switch to free operations during the overnight hours when traffic volumes are very low.
The green time for the major street traffic is typically long enough that there is enough time for a pedestrian to safely cross the minor street, so the Walk symbol is displayed to facilitate pedestrian mobility.
Sometimes, especially in freezing temperatures, a pedestrian push button will get “stuck.” This will cause the signal to bring up the Walk display even when no pedestrians are present and can negatively impact traffic flow if it occurs for a major street crossing. Please report issues by email to Transportation and Engineering or call 303-271-8495.
When a pedestrian pushes the button on the signal pole, a call is sent to the computer that controls the traffic signal (the controller). The controller will see this request for a “Walk” indication. The call is constant, meaning that as long as the button has been pushed once, the controller knows to give the Walk phase. At the appropriate time, based on the parameters of the signal’s timing plan, the “Walk” symbol will be displayed. Pushing the button multiple times will not cause the traffic signal to bring up the Walk phase any sooner.
The “Walk” symbol (a steady walking person) means that a pedestrian facing the signal indication is permitted to start crossing the road.
The flashing “Don’t Walk” symbol (a flashing upraised hand) means that a pedestrian shall not start to cross the road, but that any pedestrian who had already started to cross on the “Walk” symbol can finish crossing the roadway and will have enough time to safely do so. The countdown display next to the flashing hand shows the number of seconds remaining until the end of the crossing time.
The steady “Don’t Walk” symbol (a steady upraised hand) means that a pedestrian shall not enter the roadway.
Traffic signals that run with coordinated operations are part of a corridor of connected traffic signals that run a timing plan which ensures traffic along the route can flow properly. When the traffic signals are timed efficiently, vehicles traveling along the corridor experience a “green band,” which means that they will receive consecutive green lights along the corridor and not be stopped at every side street. In order for the signals to be coordinated, there are specific points in the timing cycle where the side street can turn green.
Drivers waiting at a side street may experience seemingly long waits because the side street’s operations are constrained by the timing plan of the corridor. Reducing the length of the red light time for drivers (or “Don’t Walk” for pedestrians) waiting on the side street would impact the coordinated nature of the major street corridor, leading to an overall increase in delay.
Traffic signals are programmed with various other timing parameters that serve to minimize overall delay at an intersection. However, if the wait time is more than 120 seconds, there may be a problem with the traffic signal. If this occurs, please email Transportation and Engineering or call 303-271-8495.
See Signal Intersection List (PDF) to determine if the county is responsible for the traffic signal.
Emergency vehicles associated with the fire districts are equipped with a special device that gives them the ability to change the traffic signals to green for the direction that the emergency vehicle is traveling. Law enforcement vehicles and private ambulance companies usually do not have this ability.
Traffic signals are equipped with conflict monitors that are designed specifically to detect equipment errors and prevent this from happening. If the conflict monitor detects a potential conflict, it puts the entire intersection into flashing operation. The intersection will remain in flash operation until a technician can fix the problem.
Occasionally, accidents or strong winds rotate signal heads so that the lights are visible to the wrong direction of traffic. Please report damaged or rotated traffic signal equipment by email to Transportation and Engineering or call 303-271-8495.
Typically, the traffic signal will go dark. Some traffic signals have a battery back-up system that can maintain either normal or flashing operation of the traffic signal for a few hours.
If a traffic signal is dark, Colorado State Law dictates that motorists shall treat the intersection as all-way stop control, unless an officer is directing traffic.
A flashing yellow arrow means that left turns are permitted, but drivers must first yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians and then proceed with caution. The flashing yellow means the same thing as the green "ball" indication for a yielding left turn. The flashing yellow arrow does not replace the solid yellow arrow and its meaning.
Jefferson County installed flashing yellow arrows at the following intersections:
Yes, a tax deferral program is available to senior citizens whereby the state of Colorado pays the taxes on your residence and holds a lien on your property until it is sold or changes are made to your qualifications. The annual percentage rate is set by state statute. A qualified individual must be 65 or older on January 1 of the year claimed. Call us for more information at 303-271-8330.
Contact the Treasurer's office by phone 303-271-8330 or submit this contact form to request an application. Applications for deferral must be submitted to the Treasurer's office between January 1 and April 1 each year.
You must meet all the following requirements to qualify for property tax deferral:
Call us for more information at 303-271-8330.
If approved, the county treasurer will issue a Certificate of Deferral, record it and send the certificate to the state treasurer. The state treasurer will charge you interest on the amount deferred beginning May 1 of the year in which the deferral is claimed. The interest is compounded annually. The deferred taxes may be paid at any time without affecting your deferral eligibility. If your property taxes are normally paid as part of your mortgage payment, you should present your deferral certificate to the mortgagor for a refund of the property tax monies held in escrow.
When deferring your property taxes, the state makes the payments to local governments. Your county treasurer submits your claim form to the state treasurer, who pays the county; therefore, you are borrowing the payments from Colorado until you can repay the state. Call us for more information at 303-271-8330.
Get more information about the senior property tax exemption on the assessor’s webpage.
When the claimant dies, the deferred taxes plus interest are due within one year. For all other reasons, the money is due within 90 days. Property may be given to the state of Colorado in lieu of payment. If the taxes are not paid, the state will foreclose on the property. Call us for more information at 303-271-8330.
Colorado residents 65 or older may defer or postpone property tax payment on their residence. Call us for more information at 303-271-8330.
The county assessor determines the actual value of personal property. By law, a declaration schedule must be filed annually with the assessor. Failure to file by April 15 will result in a 15% or $50 fee, whichever is less. Failure to make a complete disclosure of personal property will result in an additional penalty of 25% of the value of the undisclosed property.
If a declaration schedule is not filed, the assessor will estimate the value of the property. This is not contestable in court.
Taxes are assessed beginning January 1 for the full year; therefore, taxes for the full tax year are due immediately upon the closing of a business. To avoid substantial penalties and the issuance of a distraint warrant, please notify the treasurer's Office before removing any equipment from the business.
Per Colorado Revised Statute 39-10-113: (1) (a) If at any time after the lien of general taxes has attached, the treasurer believes for any reason that any taxable personal property may be removed from the county or state of Colorado or may be dissipated or distributed, so that taxes to be levied for the current year may not be collectable, he may at once proceed to collect such taxes and, if he deems necessary, may distraint, seize, and sell such personal property to enforce collection.
Upon his request, the assessor shall certify to him the valuation for assessment of such personal property for the current year. If the levy for the current year has not been fixed and made, the levy for the previous year shall be used to determine the amount of taxes due. Call us for more information at 303-271-8330.
A distraint warrant is a document served by the sheriff that indicates the amount of overdue taxes, the due date and instructions prohibiting the removal or destruction of any property within the business. If taxes are still not paid, the property could be seized, advertised and sold for the amount of taxes and expenses due. Call us for more information at 303-271-8330.
Yes, distraint and sheriff's fees, advertising and other legal costs will be added to the taxes owed. Call us for more information at 303-271-8330.
Taxes are not due at the time of ownership transfer; however, personal property taxes may be collected in advance (although not required). Call us for more information at 303-271-8330.
Your property taxes are determined by the Jefferson County Assessor and the total mill levies for the taxing authorities that provide public services.
The assessor establishes the value of all property for tax purposes. Taxing authorities use the assessed value to determine their mill levies. A mill is 1/10 of one cent, or $1 of revenue for each $1,000 of assessed valuation. You may obtain information about the tax levy by contacting the governing boards of the taxing entities. The actual value, determined by the assessor, is multiplied by a rate set by the legislature to arrive at an assessed value. The actual tax amount due is calculated by multiplying the assessed value by the tax mill levy for each taxing authority within the tax district.
Sample tax calculation:
You can choose to pay your property taxes all at once or make two, separate payments. If you wish to make one payment, the taxes are due by April 30. If you choose to make two payments, the first half is due by February 28, and the second half is due by June 15. Call us for more information at 303-271-8330.
Yes, we accept postal service postmarks showing payment was mailed on the payment deadline date. If the due date falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the payment is due the next business day. Call us for more information at 303-271-8330.
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You are still responsible for paying your taxes, and you will be charged late fees if the taxes are not paid on time. If you do not receive a tax notice by January 31, please contact our office and a duplicate bill will be sent. Call us for more information at 303-271-8330.
There could be a several reasons for not receiving a tax bill:
You are responsible for changing your mailing address with the assessor's office.
Per state statute, a 1% late fee is charged for each month the property taxes are late. Taxes sold at the tax lien sale are subject to interest charges as prescribed by statute. Call us for more information at 303-271-8330.
Taxes levied on real and personal property are a perpetual lien on the property without respect to ownership and have priority over all liens until they are paid in full. The buyer and seller must settle who is responsible for the tax liability. Generally, at the closing the title company will collect a pro rata share of the current year's taxes from the seller and credit it to the buyer. Please review your closing papers. Call us for more information at 303-271-8330.
Per state statute, a Certificate of Taxes Due is required for all property transactions. The treasurer issues this document, which provides the buyer and seller with all current taxing information, for $10. Call us for more information at 303-271-8330.
If you bought property in the last half of the year, the former owner may receive the statement. The county assessor requires time to process your recorded deed. Please contact the treasurer's office if you have not received a property tax statement by the end of January, and we will send a new one. Call us for more information at 303-271-8330.
Colorado Revised Statutes mandate that the treasurer mail the property tax statement to the owner of record; the owner’s name and address are listed on the tax roll certified by the county assessor.
The treasurer doesn’t track whether your have a mortgage company or which one you use; therefore, your mortgage company does not receive a copy of the property tax statement. Mortgage companies perform their own property tax research or contact our office for the taxes they are responsible for paying. If you think your mortgage company needs a copy of your property tax statement, send them a photocopy with your loan number. Call us for more information at 303-271-8330.
If you and your mortgage company - or if your mortgage company and a title company - submit payment, the treasurer will process the first payment received and return the subsequent payment to the paying party. The treasurer does not hold or apply additional monies. Call us for more information at 303-271-8330.
Property taxes are based on value only, not the property owner's ability to pay. Property taxes become delinquent June 16. If they are not paid, a real property tax lien will be placed on the property, and the lien will be sold at the tax sale held annually in October. If sold at the tax lien sale, you have three years to redeem (pay) the tax lien. If you do not redeem within three years, the tax lien buyer could file for a treasurer's deed to your property. Call us for more information at 303-271-8330.
Real property is considered as being permanently fixed in nature (land and improvements on the land). Improvements include all structures, buildings, fixtures, fences and water rights. Personal property is generally portable or moveable items that used for income production (i.e., business). Examples would be office furniture, business equipment, restaurant equipment and fixtures and any other item used to operate a business.
All personal property is taxable unless it is specifically exempt by law. Exemptions include, but are not limited to:
Except for public utility valuation, intangible personal property (a right rather than a physical object) is also exempt from property taxation in Colorado. Examples of intangible personal property are:
A large portion of special assessments are for delinquent municipal charges, such as sewer and water and overdue weed control bills. Call us for more information at 303-271-8330.
Unpaid Special Assessment (SPAs) Liens are sold at the treasurer’s annual tax lien sale in the same manner as a delinquent property tax lien; however, a mortgage company could begin foreclosure procedures against a home or property owner failing to pay a SPA. Call us for more information at 303-271-8330.
Not necessarily. Property owners may petition to have the city or county construct improvements. The city or county may initiate this action directly by passing a resolution to construct such improvements and assess the property that benefits. Call us for more information at 303-271-8330.
They become a perpetual lien in the amount of assessment against each lot or tract of land and have priority over all other liens except the general property tax lien. Do not ignore the importance of these special assessment liens. Call us for more information at 303-271-8330.
Yes, the treasurer collects city and county improvement liens and delinquent liens when certified in accordance with Colorado Revised Statutes. These liens are called Special Assessment Liens (SPAs). The name of the city or special district collecting for these liens are listed on the tax notice under the Tax Authority / Other Charges section. Call us for more information at 303-271-8330.
The property tax lien will be sold at the annual tax lien sale in October. Call us for more information at 303-271-8330.
If your property goes to the tax lien sale, you will be charged all delinquent interest at the 12% annual rate, up to the time of sale, tax lien sale interest from the month of the sale to the payoff (redemption), advertising fees, redemption fees, potential deed fees and possibly distraint (seize and sale) fees if your property is a mobile home. If your taxes are sold at the tax lien sale and are not paid the following year or years, the subsequent taxes can be added to the certificate of purchase (this is called endorsement) and the payoff amount may involve multiple years. The entire certificate of purchase, including all years, must be redeemed together.
The individual years on a certificate can not be paid separately. The tax lien buyer can apply for a treasurer’s deed to the property if the first lien has not been paid three years from the date of the tax lien sale. This deed process can take a minimum of six months, and the owner can pay the redemption anytime up to the transfer of the treasurer’s deed. A treasurer’s deed gives title of the property to the tax lien buyer; however, a treasurer’s deed can still be contested for seven more years or may be involved in a quiet title suit. Please call our office at 303-271-8330 to obtain further information or see tax lien sale for more information.
Real estate taxes are advertised for three consecutive weeks beginning in September. The advertising dates vary from year to year, and it's best to pay before September 1 to avoid the advertising charge. Call us for more information at 303-271-8330.
No, you still have an additional three years before the tax lien sale buyer can apply for a deed to the property; however, the interest rate determined for that year, and any additional years, will accrue to the date of payment. If your taxes are sold at the tax lien sale and are not paid the following year or years, those taxes can be added to the certificate of purchase (this is called endorsement) and the payoff amount may involve multiple years. The entire certificate of purchase, including all years, must be redeemed together. The individual years on a certificate cannot be paid separately.
The tax lien buyer can apply for a treasurer’s deed to the property if the first lien has not been paid three years from the date of the tax lien sale. This deed process can take minimum of six months, and the owner can pay the redemption any time up to the transfer of the treasurer’s deed. A treasurer’s deed gives title of the property to the tax lien buyer; however, this deed can still be contested for seven more years or may be involved in a quiet title suit. Please call our office to obtain further information or see tax lien sale for more information.
You need to pay before the start of the auction in October to keep it out of the sale. If you pay after that time, there will be additional costs. Call us for more information at 303-271-8330.
Personal property taxes are advertised in September. The advertising dates vary from year to year. It's best to pay before September 1 to avoid advertising charges. Call us for more information at 303-271-8330.
Yes, there will be an additional advertising charge. Call us for more information at 303-271-8330.
Colorado's "Homestead Exemption" does not affect property taxes. Call us for more information at 303-271-8330.