Reduced Building Permit Fees for Rebuilding After the Cal–Wood and Marshall Fires
Impacted residents in unincorporated Boulder County will receive reductions in permit fees for single-family home and accessory structure rebuilds
On December 6, 2022, the Board of County Commissioners modified the building permit fees for Cal-Wood and Marshall Fire rebuilds.
The approved program recognizes the increases in construction costs and insufficient insurance coverage that many residents who were impacted by the Cal-Wood and Marshall Fires are experiencing. It is intended to assist property owners with rebuilding without drastically impacting the county’s permitting services, given the efficiencies gained by economies of scale. The approved program attempts to ease the financial issues residents are facing, while at the same time recognizing the resource needs related to processing building permits.
The revised building permit fee program applies to Marshall Fire and Cal-Wood Fire-impacted residential properties in unincorporated Boulder County, not in the City of Louisville or the Town of Superior.
Permit Fee Reduction Information
On residential properties, the owner of the subject property on the event date is eligible. Complete Building Permit applications filed by the owner of record of a destroyed residential property due to either the Marshall Fire or Cal-Wood federal disasters (must have owned the property on December 30, 2021, or October 17, 2020, respectively). Property owners meeting the program criteria who have already paid their building permit fees will be refunded the difference.
Program Period – (3 Years)
The program period covers building permits that are filed within three years (by December 31, 2024 for Marshall Fire-impacted properties, and October 31, 2023 for Cal-Wood Fire-impacted properties). The discount is available retroactively for eligible properties that have already remitted their fees.
- Single-family rebuilds – $4,400 building permit fee reduction for new single-family homes. The reduced revenues are offset by the higher construction valuation calculations in 2020 and efforts to keep our processing costs down through review efficiencies.
- Accessory Structure rebuilds – 25% reduction of permit fees Please note that the Sales and Use Taxes must be calculated on the total valuation but are eligible for the Federal Disaster Use Tax Rebate Program as approved.
Boulder County collects permit fees to fund the Building Safety & Inspection program to help ensure our built environment is safe. In May, the County Commissioners approved utilizing the revenue collected from fire rebuilds to help fund additional resources necessary to process permits and inspections. As part of the program, Community Planning & Permitting staff committed to reviewing and adjusting the program based on the information and permit issuance.
As of Dec. 16, 2022, the county has issued 28 building permits for new homes and 11 building permits for accessory structures for rebuilds after the Marshall Fire. The county has issued 5 building permits for home rebuilds from the Cal-Wood Fire.
It is essential to the county that efforts continue to help people who want to rebuild return to their community, and to help these communities thrive. This increased financial aid will help fire-impacted residents be able to return and be part of their neighborhood again rather than feel forced to move on given financial challenges.
For more information, email MarshallRebuilding@bouldercounty.org, or call 303-441-3926.