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A property owner cannot construct any permanent structures or make modifications to property located within the county right-of-way (ROW) without the appropriate right-of-way permit from the Jefferson County Transportation and Engineering Division. In most circumstances, items such as decorative pillars, fences, railroad-tie retaining walls, rocks, posts, landscaping or other obstructions are not allowed in the ROW. If you have doubts, please perform a survey to accurately locate your property boundaries. In some cases, the county does not have deeded and dedicated ROW for the road that passes through your property; however, you are still not allowed to encroach on any part of the currently maintained roadway, including ditches and side slopes.
Learn more about ROW by visiting the Right-of-Way and Surveying page. In limited, special circumstances, Jefferson County may issue a License Agreement for private improvements, such as homeowners’ association signage in the county ROW. For more information, please contact the transportation division at 303-271-8495.
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.