Permit Submittal & Review
If you would like more information on any of the following permits, please call or visit the Planning Department.
Administrative Review Additional Dwelling Units
On August 20th, 2013, La Plata County approved amendments to the LPLUC Section 82-7 Application for Additional Dwelling Units, in order to allow for administrative review of 2nd Dwelling Units on Residential Assessed Properties and administrative review of 2nd and 3rd Dwelling Units on Agricultural Assessed Properties.
To determine if you qualify for an Administrative Review 2nd or 3rd Dwelling Unit please review 82-7(b).
If you would like to apply for a Administrative Review 2nd or 3rd Dwelling Unit please fill out an application. Once you have completed an application, please call the Planning Department at 970-382-6263 to request an application submittal meeting with a Planner.
Site Plans and Access plans can be made by using the La Plata County GIS, at http://lpcgis.laplata.co.us/laplatasl/.
Class I Permit
Includes single family residential development and/or additions which result in multiple dwelling units on a single lot or parcel (up to 3 units on agriculturally assessed land and up to 2 units on other land); duplexes; certain home occupations; temporary uses; certain changes in land use.
Minor Exemption Subdivision Permit
When an agricultural property owner proposes to divide a tract of land into 3 or fewer parcels. Specific eligibility conditions apply.
Class II Permit
Broad category which includes commercial and industrial development or redevelopment; some home businesses; multi-family residential development; mobile home parks; mixed-use development, public facilities; churches; childcare or group care facilities; commercial campgrounds; gravel mining or mineral extraction operations; etc.
Major Subdivision Permit
Includes creating lots less than 35 acres on non-agricultural land or agricultural land which does not meet the criteria for the Minor Exemption Subdivision Permit; some mobile home parks, and residential condominium developments.
Boundary Adjustment Permit
Adjusting lot lines between two or more parcels without creating or eliminating parcels.
Lot Consolidation Permit
Adjusting lot lines between two or more parcels, reducing the number of parcels.
Conceptual Development Plan Permit
Required preliminary step for subdivisions and commercial developments which will be developed in phases; optional preliminary step for non-phased subdivisions and commercial developments when trying to determine if the concept of a proposal is appropriate for a specific location prior to proving adequate water, sewer, and access.
The County currently does not issue sign permits, however, all signs installed in the county must meet code requirements regarding size, design, and location. Please contact staff for more information on sign codes.
Legal vs. Illegal Lots
All parcels of land smaller than 35 acres created after May 5, 1972 were required to be approved by the County. Please check with staff on how to research lot legality in La Plata County.Informative brochures detailing each of the above permits, the process to obtain them and related costs are available at the La Plata County Planning Department. Please call or e-mail the Planning Department for additional information. La Plata County's dramatic growth is reflected in the number of planning cases and lots created in La Plata County over the past 7 years.
For any event using or crossing a County Road, you must first obtain a Special Events - County Road Use Permit by submitting the application (with required attachments) at least 45 days prior to the proposed event. Applications shall be submitted in person to the County Planning Department at 1060 East Second Avenue.