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The Commissioners have set in place a hierarchy of departments to assist you with your question more quickly and efficiently than waiting for a time on the agenda. Should you not reach resolution with our Directors and fellow Elected Officials, you can Contact Beth Luther (303)679-2312 to schedule with either the County Administrator or the Board of Commissioners. Division Directors:
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Clear Creek Fire Authority
Property zoning maps may be viewed on line on ClearMap; or, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (303) 679-2436. When searching you should have an address, parcel number or tax schedule number. The last name of the property owner for the property in questions to verify zone district.
A property's zoning district determines its setback requirements and permitted uses.
Property zoning maps may be viewed on line on ClearMap; or, please send an email to email@example.com or by calling (303) 679-2436. When searching you should have an address, parcel number or tax schedule number. The last name of the property owner for the property in questions to verify zone district. Once you find your designation of the subject property, you can then find setback information under the appropriately designated zoning district. Zoning Regulations can be online on the Zoning website.
Please contact the Clear Creek Planning Department for more information on subdivision rules.
Clear Creek County does not enforce private covenants. Covenants are typically administered and enforced by Homeowners Associations. Please contact the Home or Property Owners Association to find out if covenants exist in your neighborhood. It should be noted that some neighborhoods do not have Home or Property Owner Associations.
Hiring a professional surveyor is the best way to accurately locate your property boundaries. The surveyor can stake out your property boundaries or locate the corners of the property for you. Additionally, for more general information regarding your property boundaries you can refer to the subdivision plat of your property if one exists. If your property is part of a platted subdivision, there should be a plat on file with the Clerk and Recorders Office. Please call (303)679-2340 or visit the Clerk & Recorder web page. These plats may be viewed by the public during regular business hours and will show the location of the surveyor’s monuments on the plat which mark the property boundaries. It should be noted that some properties have not been surveyed and therefore, no survey information would be on file.
You may camp on your property for a period of up to two (2) weeks per year, and up to one (1) month per year with a Temporary Camping Permit. Permits are available in the Community Development Office located at 1111 Rose Street, Georgetown, CO., please go to the County’s Camping Web Page; or contact the Planning Department at (303) 679-2436.
No, vacant land in Clear Creek County must remain vacant until a principal permitted use is established or a special use is obtained. The storage of one (1) unoccupied recreational vehicle is allowed as an accessory use to an existing legal Permitted Principal Use such as a residence.
Outhouses are not an approved form of wastewater disposal. Since the early 1970's outhouses have been outlawed and must be replaced with a permitted wastewater treatment system. Even if your residence does not have running water, because it is was built prior to permitting requirements (prior to 1960), you are still required to upgrade your wastewater treatment system to something that is approved. Outhouses that are existing must be decommissioned per the requirements in the Clear Creek County OWTS Regulations. To know what would be approved please contact the Environmental Health Department at (303) 679-2420 or EH@clearcreekcounty.us.
Mobile homes are permitted only in Mobile Home zoning districts. Please contact the Planning Department to locate these zoning districts.
Non-commercial keeping of pets is allowed in all zoning districts. Pets shall be contained and controlled. If there is a pet problem, please contact Animal Control. Large animals and livestock are allowed under special circumstances and the number of which are controlled by zoning. Large animals such as horses, mules, cattle, and buffalo are allowed on parcels of land over 3-acres in size. And then, only one (1) animal per acre in density is allowed. Manure must be managed in order to prevent unsanitary conditions and excessive breeding of flies. Please see the Zoning Regulations on Animals in Section 1008.
Tiny homes are still required to meet all Zoning, Building, Driveway and Environmental Health requirements.
For more information, please look through our Tiny Home Guide.
Yes a permit is required if your property is outside of town/city limits.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide them with your property information so they can create an account for your property.
After activation of your account, follow the steps in the permit portal to apply and obtain a short term rental permit. For more information, go to the STR webpage. An annual permit is $250 and requires a house inspection by the County’s Building Official as a final step. An inspection fee is required and the inspection will be scheduled only after a complete application has been accepted.
A septic system, or Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS), is a type of wastewater treatment system that is individual to a home or property. Theses systems are paid for and maintained entirely by the property that is utilizing the system. All septic systems are required to be permitted in Clear Creek County and must meet criteria that protect water quality. If you are purchasing a home that has an existing OWTS, there needs to be an approved Use Permit issued prior to the close of the sale. You can find more information on OWTS and Use Permits on the Environmental Health web pages.
A Use Permit is required to be issued by the Environmental Health Department prior to the transfer of property where the property is serviced by an onsite wastewater treatment system (OWTS). To obtain a Use Permit the property must receive a third party inspection ensuring the system is functioning as designed, the MLS or publication must not exceed the number of bedrooms permitted through the OWTS, and any applicable forms and fees must be remitted.
For more information on the Use Permit process, or specific criteria for approval or exemptions, visit the Use Permit web page.
Septic systems are designed based on the number of bedrooms in your home. Per State and Local regulations, there is a set gallons of wastewater per day that you are permitted to discharge that is calculated using occupancy of bedrooms. When you add unpermitted bedrooms to your residence you are no longer compliance with your septic permit, and could cause your septic system to fail and result in a costly repair or full replacement.
For more information on bedrooms and how many bedrooms your residence, or a residence you are interested in is permitted to have, please contact (303) 679-2428 or EH@clearcreekcounty.us.
Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS) that utilize higher level treatment are typically required to do so because of setback reductions to wells or watercourses, to shrink the size of system footprint, or because it is a requirement of an property owners association. Higher level treatment systems may not be changed or removed unless they receive permitted approval to do so. Systems that utilize higher level treatment must maintain an operation and maintenance contract for the life of the system and an Operating Permit for the life of the system.
For more information on Operating Permits and higher level treatment systems you can visit the Operating Permit web page or contact EH@clearcreekcounty.us.
Under the tab" I Want to . . .", click on "Jobs in Clear Creek County" - click on the "Proceed to Site".
Apply for the position. The Recruiter will email you with the additional documents required for their positions. Without those documents being properly filled out and sent in, you will not be considered for the position.
No. You can only apply to job postings that are open currently.
This is actually a zoning question, in most cases vacant land must remain vacant until a principal permitted use is established. The Planning Department can be reached at 303-679-2436.
The snow load varies depending on the elevation of the property and this can be researched on ClearMap, the County online mapping service.
Once on ClearMap, follow these 5-steps to find your Snow Load:
Clear Creek County has 2 wind zones and this can be researched on ClearMap, the County online mapping service.
Once on ClearMap, follow these 5-steps to find your Wind Load:
Clear Creek County does not require a county license for general contractors. Property owners are encouraged to get references and check with agencies such as the Better Business Bureau for background on any contractor they are considering hiring. The State requires all Plumbing and Electrical Contractors be licensed through the State.
Find out what your land is zoned for first, to determine what kind of house you are allowed to build, if any. You can call 303-679-2436 to find this out, or use our GIS ClearMap and use the Zoning Layer. Once you've established you are able to build a residence in your zoning, hire an engineer to construct Grading, Excavation, and Erosion Control plans for your parcel (we do not make recommendations for engineers). Then, submit your plans, and application documents to the Site Development Department. Contact Excel Energy for electric if needed, and the State of Colorado to obtain a Well Permit if needed. You will also need a Leach Field if you are not in an area with sanitation (which very few areas are). Contact Environmental Health for information on septic permits if needed.
Please visit this website (opens in new tab) for inspection instructions and information.
Clear Creek County has multiple zones and this can be researched on ClearMap, the County online mapping service.
Once on ClearMap, follow these 5-steps to find your Zoning:
For your Zoning Regulations, click the Zoning Regulations link below your zoning and select your section for a list of uses.
Yes, you can be your own contractor. You still must meet all the same requirements outlined in the checklist. All decks must meet the 2015 or later IRC code. All structural construction plans MUST be wet stamped, regardless of who is performing the work.
Yes, as long as the ILC has all requirement components of a site plan, outlined in the checklist, we will accept an ILC.
Yes, we will need a complete application to process a permit
Yes, if the roof is not currently recognized as a deck by the building permit obtained to build the residence, then you will need a permit to turn it into a rooftop deck/entertaining area.
You can look up any previous or active permits for your property here.
First, you need to determine if you would like to keep the deck or demolish it. If you want to keep the deck, simply submit an application with any documentation you can find on the deck plans and an engineer's letter for the deck and we will work with you on next steps to legalize it. You will need a current Site Plan with the existing deck to be submitted if you plan to legalize. This process will require you pay the permit fee and proceed through the permit process for new decks.
Yes, you will need a county official to inspect the deck to finalize the permit. Your deck is not legal until you've passed your inspection. You will receive specific instructions when you are issued your permit with how to schedule these inspections, what inspections are needed, and our inspection process.
Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work
Clear Creek County does not currently determine buildability of a lot. Vacant land must remain vacant until the property has a principal permitted use established.
Various departments within the Community Development Division can help you determine the buildability of a lot by guiding you through the permit process to accomplish your intended principal permitted use.
First, be sure you have the physical address of the property or the legal description or parcel number or Assessor’s “R” number. The name of the current owner could also facilitate your research.
The Planning Department email@example.com can assist you in determining if the zoning is appropriate for your proposed use.
The next question you will want to explore is the legal and physical access to the property. Our Site Development Department firstname.lastname@example.org can assist you in this determination, but you may need to engage a title insurance company for a definitive answer. Site Development personnel can also help you analyze site characteristics that will influence the ease or difficulty of developing the site.
One more aspect to explore is how you will provide water and sanitation on the site. Our Environmental Health Department email@example.com can assist you with analyzing this issue.
Another aspect to explore is how you will provide water on the site. The Colorado Division of Water Resources can assist you with analyzing well permitting or can be reached at 303-866-3581.
The property type on the Assessor’s website is not the same as the zone district. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (303) 679-2436, or fax (303) 569-1103 with a legal description and/or tax schedule number, and the last name of property owner for the property in question to verify your zone district. The County zoning maps may be viewed on-line
Submit the form on the website. If you do not have access to a computer, you can call (303) 679-2436 or (303) 679-2362 and we will mail you a complaint form.
Possibly, see Section 1008 of the Zoning Regulations.
Section 1008.1 Junk of the Zoning Regulations states No owner, agent, or occupant of any property shall be allowed to accumulate junk, including any incomplete, extensively damaged, or unlicensed vehicles, within view from adjacent private property or public rights-of-way. The property owner can be fined or can receive jail time depending on the offense. How do I file a complaint?
Please note: An accessory structure may not be occupied as a dwelling. Even though the accessory structure may or may not need a building permit.
P.O. Box 2000, Georgetown, CO 80444
Randall Wheelock (Vice Chairman) 2017 - PresentSean Wood (Chairman) 2017 - Present George Marlin 2019 - Present
County Assessor Diane Settle - 2011 - Present
County Clerk Brenda Corbett - 2019 - Present
County Coroner Chris Hegmann - 2017 - Present
County Sheriff Rick Albers - 2015 - Present
County Surveyor Greg Markle - 2011 - Present
County Treasurer Carol Lee - 2016 - present
* Officials with terms starting in a given year were actually elected in the previous year
A sales tax license is not required by the County – this is obtained from the State of Colorado Department of Revenue because the Department of Revenue administers and collects Clear Creek County tax. All sales tax and lodging tax collected is remitted to the State and then distributed by the State to the County. To obtain a sales tax license with the State of Colorado or for specific questions about sales tax, visit the Colorado Department of Revenue, www.revenue.state.co.us ,or call 303-238-7378. SALES TAX RATES Clear Creek County Sales Tax rate will increase from 1.65 to 2.65 percent effective January 1, 2022 on taxable sales in Clear Creek County. In addition, there is a County Lodging Tax rate of 2 percent. Colorado State sales tax rate is 2.9 percent. [§39-26-106 C.R.S.] Contact the City of Idaho Springs, 303-567-4421, Town of Georgetown, 303-569-2555, the Town of Empire, 303-569-2978, or the Town of Silver Plume, 303-569-2363, for tax rates within their jurisdictions. To find out whether a local government has a sales tax, what the rate is, and whether it is home rule, request "Colorado Sales/Use Tax Rates" (DRP 1002). This publication is updated each January and July and is located on the State Web site at www.taxcolorado.com
Any county-wide public health emergency will be posted on this county web site in the "Alert" category. You can also hear about it in the local media (KYGT). In the event of an immediate threat, the Sheriff’s Department uses the "Code Red" calling system which you must enrolled in.
To enroll in the Code Red call down system, please visit - https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/F2FD39D5D3DE
If you have any question or need more general information call Donna Kline, Public Health Emergency Preparedness Planner at (303) 679-2364 or email@example.com.
If you are concerned about frozen water or sewer pipes, contact the Environmental Health Department at (303) 679-2420 or EH@clearcreekcounty.us.
If you suspect a disease outbreak please contact:
Crystal Brandt, RN(303) firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlotte Hampson(303) email@example.com
If you have been bitten by a domestic animal (cat, dog, rodent) you should contact the Clear Creek County Animal Control Unit (303) 679-2398. Immediately wash the wound with warm soapy water and seek medical attention.
Please submit a Clear Creek County Animal Bite Form so that the appropriate staff may follow-up with you.
During public health emergencies, local authorities rely heavily on volunteer support to emergency efforts. If you are interested in receiving more information on volunteer opportunities, please contact:
Donna Kline(303) firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact Crystal Brandt, Public Health Nurse (RN), for information on vaccination pricing. No child will be turned away for failure to pay for a vaccine.
Vaccines offered to adults may vary based on availability. Please call Crystal Brandt, Public Health Nurse (RN), for information on what vaccines are available and pricing.
We offer free pregnancy testing and assistance and enrollment in other programs such as: Women, Infant and Children (WIC), Baby & Me Tobacco Free, Nurse Family Partnership, referrals to medical providers.
For information on these programs please contact:
Sara Sage(303) email@example.com
Our staff can assist with information on local and regional health providers depending on your specific needs. Clear Creek County has a local health care provider in Idaho Springs.
Centura Clinic - Idaho Springs115 15th Street, Idaho Springs(303) 649-3690
A good place to start is at the Public Health Nurses Office in the Community Resource Center in Idaho Springs. A variety of programs are available. Programs for Women’s Infants and Children (WIC) offer assistance with nutritional food vouchers and education for feeding all members of the family. Assistance with breast feeding and breast pump loaners for WIC clients also is available. Growth and development monitoring of your child also is available. Call us at 303-670-7546.
You should first call your doctor or primary care provider if you suspect you have become ill from eating at a public establishment.
To file a complaint against a restaurant or food establishment that is licensed in Clear Creek County, please contact:
The Colorado Department of Public Health and EnvironmentLocal Assistance Program (303) 692-3645 *press 1 at the menuCDPHE_laponduty@state.co.us
We don’t investigate bedbug infestations because they’re considered a nuisance and not a health problem.
For information on how to mitigate bed bugs in your home, please contact:
Crystal Brandt (Public Health Nurse, RN)(303) firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlotte Hampson (Environmental Health Manager)(303) 679-2420EH@clearcreekcounty.us
Clear Creek County Public Health does not currently offer testing for sexually transmitted infections (STI).
If you need a list of providers that can assist you in testing, please contact:
Jefferson County Mental Health (JCMH) currently offers counselling and crisis services available at the Idaho Springs Resource Center. To make an appointment to see a specialist please call (303) 670-7550.
To find out what your property is zoned as, please reference our county GIS, ClearMap. If you are not able to use the GIS, call the Permit Coordinator or Planning Dept. at the numbers on the side of this page.
Site Development will issue you a temporary address when you receive your excavation permit. Until then, you will want to use your parcel number to reference your property.
Yes, as long as the ILC has all requirement components of a site plan, outlined in the checklist, we will accept an ILC.
Applications receive 15 days for initial review. After your review fees have been paid, it may take 2 weeks or longer to be reviewed by all departments. Once the application is deemed “complete”, you will receive a phone call to pay the review fees. Then, the file will be released to all Community Development Departments for reviews. When all of the departments have approved the submittal, the Building Plans Examiner will reach out for permit payment and the permit will be issued. You can check the status of your permit at any time using your address here.
Review fees are $200 as of January 2022. The price of the permit itself it variable by project and will be calculated by the Building Plans Examiner at the end of the review process.
Permit Applications expire 6 months after initial submittal. If you have not successfully supplied all required documentation for a complete submittal within 6 months of applying, your application will be withdrawn. We do not keep withdrawn applications, plans, or supporting documents. If you submitted physical plans, you will have the opportunity to take them back.
Yes, we will need a complete application to process a permit
Yes. You will need to apply for an Interior Remodel Permit regardless of if you are making structural changes or not. This page is only for replacements.
Re-roof, Re-siding, & Window/door permits can generally be processed within 3 business days.
Permit price varies depending on the amount of inspections required (which varies by project type), and the amount of work being done. Re-roof permit prices are based on square footage of roof being replaced and type of roofing material being used. Prices are generated after applications have been processed.
We accept all major credit cards, cash, and checks written to Clear Creek County with an address written in the memo. We will call you when your permit is ready to collect your payment preference and can process credit cards over the phone immediately. Credit card transactions are subject to a $.75 plus 2.5% transaction fee. We do not hold credit card numbers and do not accept numbers provided via email.
Yes, you can be your own contractor. All work must meet the 2015 or later IRC code. We do not supply copies of this code.
Yes, you will need a county official to inspect the work to finalize the permit. Your work is not legal until you've passed your inspection. You will receive specific instructions when you are issued your permit with how to schedule these inspections, what inspections are needed, and our inspection process.
Due to health safety concerns, we prefer if you refrain from coming in person. We are available via Zoom and phone for additional questions and can gladly USPS mail you physical copies of documents if you don't have a printer. If you absolutely need to come in person, we accept walk-ins from 8am-4pm Monday - Friday, but prefer you make an appointment with us first so we can ensure your time in the building will be uninterrupted.
We are opened Friday, and Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Yes, you can pay your taxes by following this link: Pay Taxes Online
Older receipts must be requested from the Treasurer's Office. Research time and copies charges will be requested for anything older than 2012 per C.R.S 30-1-102(1)(d)