County restricts public building access during COVID-19 outbreak

All La Plata County buildings and departments sharply reduced public access beginning Wednesday, March 18, moving toward online and telephone service where possible, and appointment-only visits in limited circumstances. This change to how La Plata County delivers services is intended to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community by practicing social distancing. These changes will remain in effect indefinitely. Details about how to receive county services under restricted building access are found below. 

Public Meetings

La Plata County Board of County Commissioners and Planning Commission meetings, will be accessible to the public using an online meeting platform for commissioners and the public to access via computer and telephone. Public participation at relevant meetings will be handled through this platform, and beginning June 16, 2020, with limited in-person attendance with masks.  Information for joining the meeting will be distributed with the commissioners’ weekly press release and guidlines and information is on the meetings and agendas page. Regular meeting practices will resume following the high-risk COVID-19 pandemic. 

Buildings & Departments

County Administration Building

The County Administration Building will close to public access without an appointment.

  • Administration and the Board of County Commissioners office (970) 382-6219
  • Finance Department (970) 382-6310
  • Procurement Division  (970) 382-6432
    • No in-person bid-openings will be conducted 

Assessor, Clerk & Recorder and Treasurer (ACT) Building

The La Plata County Clerk and Recorder’s office at 679 Turner Drive, Suite C, in Bodo Park is now open for in-person transactions including motor vehicle registration and renewals, marriage licensing, document recordings, voter registration, elections, and all other business.

In order to ensure the safety of customers and staff, the number of people allowed into the building at one time will be limited, and customers will be required to wear face coverings. As a result, wait times may be longer than usual.

                               Motor Vehicle

    • 679 Turner Dr. Ste C, Durango
    • Kiosk - North City Market in Durango
    • (970)382-6516

 Durango-La Plata Senior Center

  • The Durango-La Plata County Senior Center is closed to public access. Senior Services is continuing to provide home-delivered meals to seniors in the Durango and Bayfield area. Call (970)382-6435 to arrange meal delivery.
  • Transportation and home chore services will not be available during the closure, and all activities and recreation classes are temporarily cancelled. Senior Center staff will be available by phone during the closure at (970)382-6445 and limited Medicare counseling is available at (970)382-6444.

Sheriff’s Office

The Sheriff’s Office administration, Alternatives to Incarceration and Investigations offices are closed to the public without appointment.

  • Fingerprint appointments are not being taken at this time
  • To report a crime or speak with a deputy, call (970) 385-2900
  • To request records, visit
  • For civil paper service requests, call (970)382-7050, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • Call (970)247-1157 to reach administration

Community Development Services:
Building Department

  • To request a building inspection for a permitted project, call (970)382-6250.
  • To apply for a building permit, visit
  • Submit plans and applications to or by flash drive at 211 Rock Point Drive or call the Building Department at (970)382-6250.
  • Building permits payments must be made by credit card or check by appointment at (970) 382-6250. No cash is being accepted at this time.

Planning Department

Fairgrounds & Extension

The Fairgrounds Office is closed to public access and all scheduled events have been cancelled.

  • For questions about the Fairgrounds, call (970)382-6468
  • For questions about Extension programs, call (970)759-4369

Human Services

The Human Services Department, 10 Burnett Court, will be closed to public access except by appointment.

  • To apply for medical, food, income or early childhood assistance, visit   
  • Application forms are available in the entryway and can be submitted using the dropbox outside
  • Call (970)382-6150 with questions
  • Call (970)759-0117 for veterans services assistance


The GIS Department is closed to public access without appointment. For information requests, please use this link: or call (970)382-6226.

Road & Bridge/Fleet

The Road & Bridge and Fleet offices and shops will be closed to public access without an appointment. Please call (970) 382-6413 with questions.

Public Works/Engineering

The Public Works and Engineering offices will be closed to public access without an appointment. Please call (970) 382-6363 with questions.

County Attorney’s Office

The County Attorney’s Office is available by phone at (970)382-8600.