Defensible Space Permits are only required for properties above 6,400 feet in elevation. Construction of any new structure, the replacement of an existing structure, or an addition to a structure (including decks) must complete an initial inspection for a Defensible Space Permit prior to being issued a Building Permit. All work and a final inspection must be complete prior to the County issuing a Certificate of Occupancy for the Building Permit. Additional details can be found in the Wildland Urban Interface Overlay section of the Zoning Resolution.A list of certified Foresters can be found here.
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Jefferson County requires a Defensible Space Permit (i.e. wildfire mitigation work) on properties within the Wildland Urban Interface Overlay District (above 6,400 feet in elevation) in the following instances:
Wildfire mitigation work must be inspected by a County-approved forester (PDF). Please get in touch with a Planner to see if your project may require a Defensible Space Permit.