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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:
You can see past meetings and meeting recordings here: https://www.clearcreekcounty.us/1374/Board-Commission-Meetings
Board of County Commissioners meeting minutes and recordings of the meetings are written/recorded for "Action" items on the agenda only. Most of the minutes are located online on the County Commissioners' webpage here: http://www.clearcreekcounty.us/Archive.aspx?AMID=38.
Minutes take some time to complete, as the Board requires copious minutes. You can contact Clear Creek County's Operations Director, Beth Luther at 303-679-2312 or email@example.com if you do not see what you are looking for.
Easy if you click the link below it will open a copy in a new window.
Clear Creek Fire Authority
There are two permits that are needed to be filled out one is the link that follows 'Open Burn Permits' and the other you need to copy and past into the address bar of your browser. The one that follows: http://www.clearcreekcounty.us/DocumentCenter/View/6347
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.
Jeffcom911 is one of few Emergency Communications Centers in the region that is achieving national standards for answering emergency calls, 90% within the first 15 seconds, a National Emergency Number Association standard. Partnering with Jeffcom gives the county access to cutting-edge technology and highly trained staff. Jeffcom911 also has additional certifications, the size and ability to handle mass casualty incidents and calls that could be more complex when it comes to mental health and other situations.
In addition, the Board of County Commissioners has discussed the need for identifying cost savings within the County’s budget for several years. Focus areas for cost savings have included the Communications Center/E911 due to its large yearly cost.
Yes. Clear Creek County issued a Request for Proposals in 2021 for a qualified firm to conduct a comprehensive evaluation and analysis of the organizational and service delivery configuration of the Sheriff’s Office. The scope for the work included the provision of recommendations for program refinements and efficiencies, new strategies for service delivery, budgeting/fiscal and resource modifications. KRW Associates was selected to conduct the review. KRW issued its final report in September 2021, which included 17 specific recommendations. Click here to read the report.
Recommendation #11 included identifying the need for a more comprehensive review of the future management of the Communications Center. KRW recommended two possible alternative courses of action. First, it was KRW’s assessment that the Center is not properly placed in the Sheriff’s Office structure and should be moved to another division. Option two identified exploring the possibility of joining Jeffcom911. KRW viewed the option as a method to ensure the continuation of high-quality dispatch services at potentially a lower cost.In addition, in 2023, the County entered into an agreement with Talion Defense (unbiased third party) for review of dispatch services, as a requirement of joining the consortium. The review included examining each of the critical factors necessary to determine the activities, effort, risks, timeline, and costs associated with a transition to Jeffcom911 service.
Each year, Clear Creek Dispatch costs the County about $1.7 million. Jeffcom911 services will cost the County $850,000 a year. Clear Creek County and its municipalities will save money for sure, but with the exact numbers are still to be determined. Below is a table that shows the breakdown of shared dispatch charges for next year (without Jeffcom911) based on the Sheriff’s Office 2024 proposed budget and recent quarterly call volumes.
No. Jeffcom911 offers virtually all the same services. JeffCom911 will also pool all of the designated Clear Creek County dispatchers together in a “pod” that way, people who know Clear Creek County best will be taking the calls from Clear Creek County. First responders will still be responding from their stations in Clear Creek County—not Jefferson County.
No. Jeffcom911 has generously offered to hire all of Clear Creek County’s current dispatchers.
A partnership with Gilpin County would likely require a new facility, which would increase the cost of dispatch services. In lieu of this concern, the Board of County Commissioners chose to study the Jeffcom911 option.
No. Currently, Jeffcom911 provides services for 23 agencies. In addition, all four municipalities in Clear Creek County, the Fire Authority, and other local entities are also in support of this switch.
This was discussed in numerous Board of County Commissioners meetings with public comment offered, and was also discussed at three separate public town halls held in Idaho Springs, Georgetown, and Evergreen. In addition, this was covered in the local news several times, and featured in the Clear Creek County Newsletter: https://www.clearcreekcounty.us/DocumentCenter/View/14100/Sept-2023-NewsletterLINK TO JEFFCOM911 BOCC PRESENTATION: https://www.clearcreekcounty.us/1374/Board-Commission-Meetings
The logistics as to the timeline in which to move the services to Jeffcom911 have yet to be finalized. It is anticipated these services will transition at some point in the first quarter of 2024. More details will follow once timelines get solidified.
Jeffcom911 Website: https://www.jeffcom911co.gov/Video Clip from Georgetown Town Hall on Jeffcom911: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGNVVuvF_SA
County Building Department (303) 679-2343
County Zoning Enforcement (303) 679-2382
County Department of Human Services (303) 679-2365
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.
Colorado SNAP households have been getting an extra amount of benefits every month since March 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. These extra benefits are called “Emergency Allotments or Max Allotments” and most households have been getting this on top of their regular SNAP benefits. These Emergency Allotments were authorized by Congress, but they are temporary, and will be ending in March 2023.
SNAP Emergency or Max Allotment is ending with the benefit month of February 2023 due to recent congressional action. Colorado was approved to issue additional SNAP benefits due to the State and Federal emergency declarations that were in place during the pandemic. There is nothing the state or counties can do to extend the emergency allotment benefits once they have ended.
A final Emergency Allotment will be issued in February 2023. You will see a reduction in your monthly SNAP benefits beginning March 2023. This may have a significant impact on families.
Yes, you will continue to receive your regular SNAP benefits as long as you remain eligible for this program. Your benefit amounts are based on a number of factors, including, household size, income, and your specific circumstances.
February 2023 will be the last month households will receive max allotment/emergency allotments. Beginning in March 2023 SNAP households will see a reduction in monthly SNAP benefits.
CDHS and County offices cannot continue the additional benefits once maximum allotments have ended in March 2023, even if you appeal the action to end the additional benefits. You are able to appeal if you believe the base benefit calculation is incorrect.
You should receive a notice any time your benefit changes to inform you of your current benefit level. You can access your notices via the Colorado PEAK website and the MyCOBenefits app.
This is a Planning & Zoning question, in most cases vacant land must remain vacant until a principal permitted use is established. See below for details.
1. Use this link to open a new tab with instruction on how to find your Zoning of the parcel in question2. Find the Zoning Regulations that match your Zoning Hint: MR-1 and R-1 are Residential, M-1 is Mining. You can build ONE Single Family Residence on parcels with these zoning designations3. Read through the applicable Zoning Regulations to understand what we allow to be built, setbacks, and use information for Clear Creek County.
The Planning Department can be reached at 303-679-2436 if you have questions after you've read through your Zoning Regulations on your own.There is a process to 're-zone' your parcel if the current zoning designation does not meet your needs. Please call us to discuss if this is an option for your parcel.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
On January 3rd, Clear Creek County adopted a four-day work week. General County office hours are 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM, Monday-Thursday. The Sheriff's Office, E.M.S., Public Health, and Transit will continue to operate as usual. Friday. Please check specific departments for the most precise information about hours.
P.O. Box 2000, Georgetown, CO 80444
* 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
County holiday closures are available on the County Closure schedule, available by clicking here. To look at specific dates, select your preferred range under "Search calendar by:"
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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) email@example.com
Charlotte Hampson(303) firstname.lastname@example.org
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) email@example.com
Please call us locally at 303-670-7528 for specific information.
Please call our Public Health Information Line at 303-670-7528 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 visit our vaccines/immunizations pager by clicking here for more information.
You can also call our Public Health Information Line at 303-670-7528 and a nurse will get back to you.
You can also make an appointment to get vaccinated here: https://www.clearcreekcounty.us/1480/Make-an-appointment
We offer free pregnancy testing, assistance, and enrollment in other programs such as: Women, Infant and Children (WIC), Nurse Family Partnership, referrals to medical providers, and more.
For information on these programs please contact:
Donna Prenter, RD, RN, WIC Coordinator 303-250-1216 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Springs1969 Miner Street (1st Floor), Idaho Springs, Colorado(303) 649-3690
A good place to start is at the Public Health Nurses Office in the Health and Wellness 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.
For more information, contact:
Donna Prenter, RD, RN, WIC Coordinator 303-250-1216 email@example.com
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
You can also visit out Environmental Health webpage by clicking here.
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:
Clear Creek County Environmental Health(303) 679-2428EH@clearcreekcounty.us
Clear Creek County Public Health now offers free HIV, Hep. C, and other STI testing at the Clear Creek County Health and Wellness Center (1969 Miner Street, 2nd Floor, Idaho Springs).
You can make an appointment here: https://www.clearcreekcounty.us/1480/Make-an-appointment
Call the Public Health Information Line at 303-670-7528 and leave a message if you have any questions.
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.
For more information on Mental Heath resources in the county, click here.
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.
The County and all county buildings (except the Health and Wellness Center) will now be open to the public from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m Monday through Thursday. This gives residents an extra hour a day to visit county buildings and get the services they need. Residents can also always visit Clear Creek County’s website for an array of services offered online.
Research shows productivity and employee morale increased in workplaces that switched to a four-day work week. Many other local governments such as Jefferson County, Boulder County, the City of Westminster, etc. have also made the switch, along with Clear Creek School District RE-1 this year. In addition, like many, Clear Creek County is working to be more appealing in the market for job seekers. It is the hope that the schedule shift, and most recently, the increase in pay (approved during the Sept. 13th, 2022 BoCC Meeting), will draw more people to the County–all while still meeting the needs of residents.
The trial period for the new hours took place from January 3rd, 2023 to May 12th, 2023. After that, the County and the Board of County Commissioners reconvened to discuss if this would be a permanent change that the County would adopt moving forward. This was then decided that the four-day work week would remain until further notice.
The list of offices and departments that plan to begin the pilot on Jan. 3rd include:
Not all County offices will be impacted by the switch to a four-day business week. The Sheriff's Office, Emergency Medical Services, Public Works, Transit, and Public Health will continue to operate as usual.
A 4-day workweek survey was distributed to employees in July with 86% in favor of the change in service hours. The survey also identified 89% of workers believe it to be a benefit they desire and would enjoy and the overwhelming majority opted for Fridays off.
Many services can be found online on www.clearcreekcounty.us. In addition, many Secretary of State services through the State of Colorado can be found on their website: https://www.sos.state.co.us.
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.
While many trails in Clear Creek County are maintained by the Clear Creek County Trails Crew and supplemental volunteers, these trails have a variety of property owners and land managers, some public some private. Federal, City and State agencies such as the USFS (US Forest Service), Town of Georgetown, City of Idaho Springs, Colorado State Land Board and the Clear Creek County Open Space Commission, along with nongovernmental organizations such as the HDPLC (Historic District Public Lands Commission), MALT (Mountain Area Land Trust), etc. are ultimately responsible for decisions regarding overall trail management for their trails.
Feedback regarding conditions or recommendations regarding any trails in Clear Creek County can be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are more than 100 miles of motorized and non-motorized trails in Clear Creek County. Some trails are well-marked, mapped and regularly maintained, while others are not promoted and more primitive in nature. Please be aware of the type of trail and recommended use prior to embarking on your journey.
Click here to see trail maps in Clear Creek County.
All “multi-use” trails designated as "non-motorized” are open to hiking, biking, equestrian and other nonmotorized uses unless otherwise marked. Please note that mechanized devices (including Bicycles) are NOT allowed in any federally designated “Wilderness Areas”, details at: https://www.fs.fed.us/managingland/wilderness. Refer to specific trail descriptions for the recommended use of each trail, as these indicate the TMO (Trail Management Objective) for that trail. Caution is advised if you plan to utilize the trail for other than recommended uses. All Forest Service roads in Clear Creek County are open to non-motorized use.
OHV and Jeep Trails – OHVs (UTV, dirt bike, side-by-side, etc.) with a valid Colorado OHV registration / permit as described here are allowed on most, but not all, Forest Service roads in Clear Creek County – check the motor vehicle use map (MVUM) for details. Most campground roads do NOT allow OHV use. Street legal vehicles with current license tags are allowed on ALL Forest Service and County roads within Clear Creek County, although use of high-clearance 4WD vehicles is recommended in many cases. Vehicles that are not street legal (including all OHV type vehicles) or that do not have current license tags are NOT allowed on any County roads at this time.
Class 1 (pedal assist) e-bikes are allowed on Clear Creek County Trails, but are NOT currently allowed on USFS Trails (including those within the County). Class 1 e-bikes are defined as: The electric drive system on the e-bike can only be activated through a pedaling action (no throttle) and are limited to a motor powered speed of 20 mph (32 kph) with motor wattage of 750 watts or less. Due to the low speed of operation and required pedaling action, Class 1 e-bikes have the same trail impacts, and thus benefit from, the same rights and access privileges as non-assist bicycles and are able to be used on streets, bike lanes, multi-use bike paths and off-road trails (unless otherwise noted).
75% of all public land in Clear Creek County is publicly-owned, with much of that owned and managed by the US Forest Service or Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Dogs on leash are allowed on most trails in Clear Creek County unless otherwise marked. Dogs are NOT allowed off leash on any trails or public land within the County. Increased problems with off-leash dogs and owners who don’t clean up after their pets have recently resulted in increased enforcement and fines. Off-leash dogs are problematic for wildlife and other trail users. Please be courteous - leash your dog and please clean up after them.
Forest Service roads and trails are open 24-hrs. Most County trails are open from dawn until dusk unless otherwise posted.
Parking is allowed in designated parking areas and completely off the side of roads in pullouts. Parking is NOT allowed on the sides of any roads in Clear Creek County where the vehicle is not completely off the road. Vehicles partially on the roadway (including paved or dirt roads) present safety hazards for Emergency Personnel and other vehicles traveling along the roadway. Illegally parked vehicles may be ticketed or towed per County regulations.
Alcohol is allowed, intoxicated trail users (motorized and non-motorized) are not. Please clean up after yourself and leave no trace.
The Trails Team offers updates periodically. Click here to see alerts and updates on trails in Clear Creek County.
Clear Creek is a small county of less than 10,000 people that experiences millions of tourists coming to enjoy hundreds of miles of renown trails and trailheads. We also work to maintain historical sites that preserve history for many others in the future to enjoy. Your money will help our mission to fund these efforts and support the hardworking Trails Team.
If you would like to contribute to these efforts, please follow the directions below and utilize the link below to access our donation portal. All funds go directly to the Clear Creek County Trails Team and will be used for the labor and equipment required to preserve our delicate natural resources while providing exceptional access to some amazing places! These efforts help to provide access to exceptional recreationally opportunities close to Denver.
Click here for information on how to get involved.
The Transfer Station is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Yes, large loads are accepted up to six (6) yards. Household (kitchen trash) and rubble must be separated. Remember all loads must be covered regardless of content or will be charged double the applicable fee.
As of 2023, you no longer need to separate plastics to recycle them.
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)