Planning Department

Due to a continued staffing shortage and increased number of permit applications, processing time for projects remains significantly increased.  We are working to amend this as quickly as we can and sincerely appreciate your patience.
Please give us a call at (970)382-6263 x3 or email us if you have any questions.
We are open to the public Monday through Thursday, 8:00AM-4:30PM. 

Begin the Land Use Application process:

The first step in initiating a land use application is to evaluate the feasibility of a project proposal. Please have a site plan ready for upload, then complete this online form to get started: Feasibility Evaluation Form.
For instructions on creating a site plan, please visit the Feasibility Evaluation Information page.

Planning Project Locator
Find a current Planning Project

Oil & Gas Regulations update (Chapter 90)
La Plata County recently completed a rewrite of the Oil and Gas Regulations (Chapter 90) in the Land Use Code, effective August 1st, 2023.
Click here for more info!

June 2023 Community Development Department Update

The Mission of the Planning Department is to provide land use, resource management, and development opportunities to residents, landowners, and businesses to support a prosperous, vibrant, and beautiful community. Our staff strive to:
  • Provide information to the public,
  • Explain regulations regarding land use possibilities in the county,
  • Process land development requests per the County Code,
  • Advise decision-makers regarding land use, growth, and development issues in our community, and
  • Combine current planning and long-range planning to best serve the public interest while allowing growth to occur.