The planning or development review processes through the Boulder County Community Planning & Permitting Department are necessary to achieve a number of goals. First and foremost, is to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens while at the same time protecting the rights of property owners.
The type and scope of process will depend on the scope of the proposal and/or the particular circumstances on your parcel. The staff is committed to letting you know as early in your project as possible what process will be required and the steps necessary. The planning review process is our administrative means of consistently and efficiently enforcing the County’s Land Use policies and regulations. See the Planning Process Fee Schedule.
Before submitting a planning application, applicants must first contact the Boulder County Community Planning & Permitting Department to make an appointment for a Pre-Application Conference. It is helpful if applicant(s) first contact a Planner to discuss the proposal and determine the applicable review process for their project. After that initial conversation, applicants may schedule a Pre-Application Conference online.
Types of Planning Review Processes
- Appeal of Interpretation (AP)
- Development Plan Review (DPR)
- Exemption Plat (EP)
- Historic Preservation (HP)
- Land Use Code Updates (DC)
- Limited Impact Special Use (LU)
- Location and Extent Areas and Activities of State Interest (1041 Review)
- Site Plan Review (SPR)
- Site Plan Review Waiver (SPRW)
- Special Use (SU)/Site Specific Development Plan (SSDP)
- Subdivision (SD)
- Subdivision Exemption (SE)
- Vacation (V)
- Variance (VAR)
Planning Publications, Applications and Forms
View all Boulder County Community Planning & Permitting Planning Publications, Applications and Forms at Planning Publications.
Docket Related Information
View Development Applications Under Review for the status of individual planning or development review processes.
Visit the Commissioners’ Hearings page for public meeting agendas, minutes and live webcasts.
If you have a question, please use the Ask a Planner Form or call 303-441-3930.