Larimer County Offices are closed Dec. 24th and 25th, 2018. Larimer County Courts, and District Attorney are open Dec. 24th and closed Dec. 25th. The Landfill will close at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 24th and is closed Dec. 25th. Critical services at Larimer County are not disrupted by closures.
Thornton Planning Case

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Second public water project open house


Second public water project open house

The second of two public open house meetings hosted by Larimer County on the Thornton Water Pipeline Project and related Northern Integrated water delivery alternatives takes place next Thursday, and is the final public meeting being offered on the project. 

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2018 International Building Code Changes

Adoption of the 2018 International Building Codes will be the addressed at the Board of County Commissioners' meeting on Monday, November 5, 2018 at 3pm in the Courthouse Hearing Room, 200 West Oak St.

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Proposed 2018 Building Codes to Take Effect January 1, 2019

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Larimer County Planning Department regulates land use in the unincorporated area of the county (outside of city/town limits), generally referred to as rural lands. This includes the review and management of Special Events Permits - including permits for events held on private property, county roads and county parks.

Cities/towns that are located within Larimer County but are not governed by Larimer County include Fort CollinsLovelandEstes ParkBerthoudWellingtonTimnath, and portions of Johnstown and Windsor.

Have a question for one of our Planners?

The County’s Development Review Team is experiencing high volumes of development review project requests and submittals at this time. In order to maintain efficient project reviews and provide accurate, timely responses to inquiries, the County is requesting that you give complete information about your request. You may also find your answers by reviewing our Land Use Code.

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  1. In Larimer County the unincorporated area is all of the land within the county boundary that falls outside of the incorporated boundaries of cities and towns. The incorporated cities and towns in Larimer County include Fort CollinsLovelandEstes ParkBerthoudWellingtonTimnath, and portions of Johnstown and Windsor.

    Other communities and neighborhoods in Larimer County that are not incorporated are still known by their place names. These places include communities such as Laporte, Bellvue and Red Feather Lakes. These unincorporated communities do not have their own government organization or political designation like the incorporated cities and towns.

    Larimer County Map of cities and landmarks

  2. Federal and State land use laws and regulations aside, the County has established land use regulations based upon the desire of its citizens to manage growth and development in a responsible manner. Larimer County established zoning districts in the early 1960's, followed by a County Master Plan in 1976, 1988, and 1997. Its current County Master Plan (1997), based upon lengthy and considerable public debate and input, sets forth the general principles and strategies to be used by the County to guide growth and development. The Larimer County Land Use Code, developed after the Master Plan was adopted, is intended to implement the adopted Master Plan. The result is a Land Use Code that provides a balance between the rights and responsibilities of property owners in a rapidly growing county.

  3. Larimer County does not enforce or interpret private covenants. Covenants are a contract or a legally binding promise. If a property is subject to covenants, then the property owner has promised to abide by the terms contained in the covenants. Sometimes covenants are more restrictive than the County's land use regulations. Even though the land use regulations may allow a certain use, private covenants that are in place may not allow that use. Property owners who have questions about what their covenants allow are advised to talk with their homeowner's association (HOA) and to get legal advice as needed.


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