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April 9, 2020

Media Contacts:

Kelly Watson, Boulder County Transportation, Floodplain Specialist, 720-564-2652

Andrew Barth, Boulder County Transportation, Communications, 303-441-1032

New General Floodplain Development Permit 2020-1 Available for Review and Comment

Two-week comment period begins on April 9, 2020

Boulder County, Colo. - Boulder County is proposing to issue General Floodplain Development Permit (General FDP) 2020-1, and to rescind General FDPs 2016-1 and 2019-1, pursuant to Article 4-404.1 of the Boulder County Land Use Code.

General FDPs cover project types and uses in the Floodplain Overlay (FO) District that have been determined by the Floodplain Management Program to meet the standards set forth in Section 4-404.1(B) of the Boulder County Land Use Code, which, among other criteria, includes those project types and uses that have been determined to have minimal or no impact on flood hazards.


General FDPs allow certain projects and uses to take place without the need for an Individual Floodplain Development Permit. Some projects permitted by a General FDP still require notification of the Floodplain Management Program.

General FDP 2020-1 covers a variety of specific activities in the FO District. The covered activities are related to general property management, transportation infrastructure, stream restoration and stormwater drainage systems, ditches or water delivery infrastructure, oil and gas maintenance, overhead and underground utilities, agriculture, and deconstruction or relocation of buildings and structures. General FDP 2020-1 will supersede and replace the previously issued General FDPs 2016-1 and 2019-1.

General FDP 2020-1 does not absolve the property owner from obtaining other required permits such as a Building Permit. All projects covered under General FDP 2020-1 must adhere to the conditions listed in Section II of the permit.

View or Comment

A two-week comment period will begin on Thursday, April 9, 2020. Unless the Floodplain Management Program postpones the effective date based on comments received prior to Thursday, April 23, 2020 or for other good cause, with any such postponement announced on the webpage at the link above, General FDP 2020-1 will become effective at close-of-business on Thursday, April 23, 2020. General FDPs 2016-1 and 2019-1 will be rescinded at close-of-business on Thursday, April 23, 2020.

Please submit any questions or comments on General FDP 2020-1 via email to or by phone at 720-564-2652. Email is preferred.