Community Development

The Community Development Division includes the Building Inspection, Planning, and Open Space & Trails departments, along with Colorado State University (CSU) Extension and the Summit County Art Forum. Each of these departments plays a specialized role in the development of land and preservation of the unique natural and cultural assets within Summit County.

Community Development staff also work closely with the County's Engineering, Environmental Health and Weed Control departments.

Community Development Organizational Chart (pdf)

Building Inspection


The Building Inspection Department administers and reviews building, electrical, and mechanical permits in accordance with the International Building Code (IBC) and the International Residential Code (IRC). Projects requiring permits include all new structures, alterations, and remodels. Decks, hot tubs, and window replacements also require permits.

CSU Extension


Colorado State University (CSU) Extension provides research-based information and education on a variety of local issues. Extension in Summit County has five main program areas:

Open Space & Trails


The Summit County Open Space and Trails Department’s responsibility is to identify, protect, and manage open spaces, trails, and trailheads to preserve and maintain Summit County’s rural mountain character and unique natural areas and to ensure a high quality of life for its residents and guests. This is accomplished through the purchase and acquisition of land and easements in consultation with the Open Space Advisory Committee.  

Planning


The Planning Department administers land use reviews such as on site plans, subdivisions, rezonings, conditional use permits, and building permits to ensure conformance with standards set forth in the Summit County Land Use and Development Code. This includes, but is not limited to: zoning, permitted uses, setbacks, height, lighting, landscaping, signs, and other development standards. The Planning Department is also charged with updating the master plans on a periodic basis and works with the respective planning commission to adopt the updates to these plans.

Art Forum


The Summit County Art Forum coordinates the display of public art for Summit County government. The committee also showcases the work of local artists in the Art Forum display space in the Summit County Commons building.

Related Departments


Community Development staff work in close partnership with several other Summit County departments on development-related projects and issues.

Engineering


The Summit County Engineering Department is responsible for the administration of the county’s floodplain regulations, road and bridge standards, grading and excavation regulations, and water quality standards as set forth in the Summit County Land Use and Development Code.

Environmental Health


The 
Environmental Health Department works closely with all Community Development departments. Environmental Health is responsible for administering onsite wastewater system (OWS) permits, as well as performing all inspections required during the construction of an OWS. Environmental Health reviews building permit plans for properties with wells and septic systems and for food service establishments, in addition to demolition permits for asbestos issues. Environmental Health is also involved with planning referrals. 

Weed Control


The Summit County Weed Control Program is tasked with identifying any and all noxious weeds and their location within Summit County. Management of these invasive plant species is required by law on all County right-of-ways and properties. The Weed Control program also works closely with several partner agencies and organizations to assist them with questions, weed management plans and controlling weeds within their boundaries. The Weed Control program conducts education and outreach to help the community better understand and manage noxious weeds.