The Community Development office will be closed Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and please plan accordingly.   On that day, the department (Building, Planning, Code Compliance, Citizen Resources) will be closed to conduct a system upgrade.  This upgrade also affects groups outside of Community Development including Weeds, Health (Septic) and Engineering. The Online Customer Portal is part of this upgrade and will not be available. No inspections, no permitting, no staff on call, and limited other community development services will be available that day as the system change occurs.

Customer survey on the 2021 Building Codes Update

Every three years, local governments across the US, including Larimer County, review, amend and adopt new building codes published by the International Code Council. Over the last few months, Larimer County building staff has been working with the City of Fort Collins and other neighboring jurisdictions to review the 2021 building codes. Now it’s your turn to weigh in, by filling out an on-line survey!

Please go to Answer as many of the questions as you like or provide general comments. Thank you for helping us with our 2021 building code.


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.

  • To expedite your request, please leave the address or parcel number in which you are researching.
  • Leave a list of the questions you have in regards to this property.
  • You may contact our Development Review Team by calling and leaving a message at 970-498-7679 or by email at
  • For Wireless Communications please email staff at:

**** Please note that it is our goal to try and attempt to call you back within 24 hours.

Per the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Larimer County will provide a reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with a disability who need assistance.  Services can be arranged with at least seven business days' notice.  Please email us at or by calling 970-498-7719 or Relay Colorado 711.  "Walk-in" requests for auxiliary aids and services will be honored to the extent possible but may be unavailable if advance notice is not provided. 


  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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Fort Collins, CO 80521
(970) 498-7683
Hours: 8am - 4:30pm, Mon-Fri