The Land Use Code is a set of regulations that guide how property is used and developed in Larimer County. The purpose of the Land Use Code is to protect landowner rights while also looking out for overall community interests. The County has had land use and zoning regulations since 1963. The online version of the Land Use Code is updated every 3 months. Recently adopted amendments may not be included. Please go to the Land Use Code Approved Amendments page to check for recent amendments.

The Land Use Code applies to the development and use of land in unincorporated Larimer County, except for land in the Estes Valley plan area. However, sections 4.2.25.85.117.0 and 9.0 do apply to land in the Estes Valley Area.

Contact the Larimer County Planning Department regarding Director Interpretations which may have been done regarding particular Sections of the Land Use Code. 

FAQs

  1. The Land Use Code is a set of regulations that guide how property is used and developed in Larimer County. The purpose of the Land Use Code is to protect landowner rights while also looking out for overall community interests.

  2. Zoning is part of the Land Use Code, and it is one of the tools that directs property development and use. "Zoning" is a set of zone districts that list uses and other requirements for each district. The Land Use Code includes a description of all uses, the processes that are available for development, and the standards for development.

  3. "Development" of land can include anything from building a house, starting a business, subdividing a property, or building a strip mall.

  4. A "land use" can be:

    • A Single Family Home, or Duplex – Residential Land Use
    • A Farm or Ranch – Agricultural Land Use
    • Business – Commercial Land Use
    • Factory – Industrial Land Use
    • An RV Park or Campground – Accommodation Land Use
  5. The Land Use Code applies to the development and use of land in unincorporated Larimer County, outside of all Town and City limits. Most of the Land Use Code does not apply in the Estes Valley Plan Area, though Sections 4.2.2. (Floodplain overlay zone districts), 5.8 (Rural land use process), 5.11 (Street and road naming), 7.0 (Special Events), and portions of 9.0 (Land Dedications and Fees), and 10.0 (Signs) do apply in the Estes Valley.

  6. The Land Use Code is different from the general County Code. The general County Code gives the County the authority to tax property, provide police and emergency services, and build roads, among other things. The general code can be found under Part I: General Code.

    The Land Use Code looks at individual lots and property more specifically, and it is Part II of the overall County Code.

  7. Larimer County has contracted with Municipal Code Corporation of Tallahassee, Florida to publish and sell the Code of Ordinances and Land Use Code. These Volumes will be supplemented periodically by incorporating all new laws and ordinances into each volume on a page-for-page substitution basis. The Code and future Supplements to these volumes can be purchased directly from Municipal Code Corporation. You'll find their contact information at http://www.municode.com/Contact-Us.

  8. The Land Use Code is a living document that changes over time to respond to new information and the needs of the community. Citizen participation is welcomed and encouraged. As members of the community, citizens may propose changes or additions to the Code. Please go to the Citizen Comments on the Land Use Code page on our website for details.

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