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New online permits, hours and location during Grand Avenue Bridge closure
The Garfield County Community Development Department is now offering online applications for some building permits and planning applications. Signage, reroofing, and demolition permits, administrative reviews, minor subdivisions, and final plat amendments are available.

Garfield County Community Development is opening a Rifle office and changing hours

service area and benefit mapTo provide better customer service during the Grand Avenue Bridge closure, Garfield County Community Development will open a temporary office in Rifle two days a week starting July 25, 2017. We are also changing the office hours at our Glenwood Springs office, as noted below.

Garfield County Administration Building, Bldg D
195 W. 14th Street, Rifle (3rd floor)

Tuesdays and Thursdays
7:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Closed for lunch: 12 - 1 pm

The Garfield County Administration Building is a secure facility; please schedule an appointment for building or planning application submittals. Call Community Development personnel at (970) 945-1377, ext. 4212, to schedule an appointment or access the office.

Checks and credit cards are the only acceptable forms of payment. Please note: there will not be planners or building officials readily available on-site.

Glenwood Springs office hours change
effective July 31
7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Monday - Friday

108th Street, Suite 401, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Community Development mission
To provide development services and implement county policies in a professional manner that promotes the quality of life for the citizens of Garfield County

Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan Draft
Garfield County, Colorado

Garfield County is in the process of updating the 2012 Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan (HMP) and would like your input.
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short term rentals Road impact fees updated
Garfield County has updated its road impact fees, and has expanded them to include non-residential development, such as commercial, industrial, and office uses, beginning in 2017.
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Text amendment opens way for tiny homes
Garfield County has approved a text amendment to its Land Use and Development Code and its building code that opens the way for tiny homes to be built in the area. The move strikes an existing square-footage requirement in the code that set the minimum size of a single family home at 20-foot wide by 20-foot long. The amendments take effect in April.
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tiny homes

short term rentals Short-term rentals approved in some locations
Garfield County approved a resolution in late 2015, amending the County Land Use and Development Code, to allow short-term or vacation rentals in some zoning districts within the county, but not in Planned Unit Developments (PUDs).
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Do you need to know about marijuana in Garfield County? Find information about recreational marijuana, medical marijuana, public health impacts and other frequently asked questions.

greater sage-grouseGarfield County Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Plan - Amended
The Board of County Commissioners approved on November 17, 2014 the first amendment to the Garfield County Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Plan. The purpose of this plan is to provide private and public land owners with land management principles, policies, incentives, and best management practices based on the best available science.
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U.S. Department of Interior decision
The Greater Sage Grouse does not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act the U.S. Department of the Interior announced September 22, 2015. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service attributed unprecedented conservation efforts across the western U.S.
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Energy Resource Inventory
Garfield County benefits from a balance between energy resource development, promoting recreation and tourism, and maintaining the high quality of life in rural and agricultural areas. The Energy Master Plan helps strike this balance.
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108 8th Street, Suite 401
Glenwood Springs, CO  81601

970-945-8212 | phone
970-945-1377, ext. 1621 | inspection line
970-384-3470 | fax

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