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A backcountry structure creates the opportunity for property owners to create a dwelling that does not need to reach all the same criteria as a single family detached structure. There are building permits/requirements that can be found in section 220.127.116.11.
Backcountry Structures do not require an OWTS (On-Site Wastewater Treatment System) however, they do require an approved alternative method of sanitary waste treatment/removal. Alternative methods are approved by the Lake County Board of Health and applied for through Lake County Public Health.
Backcountry Structures are not required to have wells so property owners will be required to transport water. (A Single-Family Home is required to have a well and OWTS).
The intent of the district it to maintain the natural landscape as much as possible and any road should be as unimproved as possible. That said, yes, you can have a seasonal road on your property. Keep in mind that verifying access over lands you don't own is a property owner's responsibility. You should not assume you have access over public (like forest service roads) or privately owned land. Property owners need to do their own investigation into accessibility.
A permit that is valid currently with Lake County will continue under the code that it was issued under. If it reaches it's two year limit then there will be a review of the project and will be subject to Building Official decision.
You can camp as a primary use on your land if it is allowed in the zoning district and the parcel/property is greater than 5 acres. View the table of uses allowed by zone district (PDF).
You cannot camp on your land as a primary use if you do not have at least 5 acres.
If there has been a primary use established (e.g. you built a single-family home), you can accessory use camp, subject to the regulations for camping. However, until a primary use is established, camping is not allowed on any parcel fewer than 5 acres.
The Use Table 5.1 (PDF) from the Lake County Land Development Code outlines conditional, allowed, and prohibited uses by zone district. Blank means that the use is prohibited.
You can pursue a Temporary Use Permit after a building permit application is submitted in order to occupy/camp in a camping unit while development is in progress for those parcels under 5 acres.
Temporarily. Temporary shall mean occupancy of any tent, recreational vehicle, or any other form of temporary dwelling that does not exceed fifteen (15) consecutive days, nor thirty (30) days in a six month period.
Temporarily; see related FAQ.
A tent, tent trailer, travel trailer, camping trailer, pickup camper, motor home, and any other device or vehicular type structure for use as temporary living quarters or shelter during periods of recreation, vacation, leisure time, or travel.
No more than one camping unit per parcel is allowed for accessory use camping. As soon as two or more camping units are present, it becomes a campground. A campground is subject to stricter regulations and is not allowed in certain zone districts.
Storage of anything constitutes an accessory use. A primary use must be established before any accessory use is allowed.
Typically, no. All zone districts have development standards and regulations. Most tiny homes do not meet the minimum occupied structure size of 600 square feet that is required in most zone districts.
The sales tax rate for Lake County is 4%.
Prices vary. The price of plates and new registration are based upon the year of the vehicle, weight and taxable value. Please call for an estimate.
Fee Estimator for New Purchases
An appointment is required for this service. Applicants should appear in person at the office of the County Clerk and Recorder. A $30 cash fee and identification in the form of Driver's License, Passport or Certified copy of Birth Certificate is needed. Application form will request applicant's place of birth, parents names and city and state of current residency. If applicants have been married before and divorced they will need to provide the date, place and type of court used. If the applicants former spouse is deceased, they will need to provide the date and place of death.
Birth certificates are obtained through the Health Department, 719-486-2413.
Combined Courts: If the divorce took place in Lake County, call 719-293-8100, ext. 9 for assistance.
Obtaining a driving record can be done online or by coming into our office. Please call 719-486-0888 with any questions.
You must have a title or an MSO in order to get plates. With a bill of sale, you may be able to get a temporary permit. You must also present a verifiable form of identification.
The following identification documents are also acceptable although the above list is preferred as they are photo IDs:
You will need to bring your out of state title with you, proof of insurance, and your driver's license. When you get to our office we will give you a vin inspection form. This form will be filled out by local law enforcement, or the Colorado state patrol.
We will need you to bring a current out-of-state registration (it must be current or not over six months expired). If the registration is not available, the renewal notice may be accepted. A copy of the out-of-state title from the lien holder or computer printout showing current vehicle registration and ownership will also be acceptable. We will also need your identification card, and proof of insurance.
You will need to bring in the title with the old owners signature and printed name on the back in the seller's spot. A one in the same may be required for the owners, as well as your signature. If you want plates we will need proof of insurance on the vehicle that you are trying to register and your id or driver's license.
If the title holds two names on the front of the title both people must sign the back of the title before it can be transferred.
This means that at one point this vehicle was marked salvage and has been rebuilt to meet the requirements of the state of Colorado. If your title has this brand you will need a rebuilt from salvage disclosure before we will be able to transfer this vehicle into your name. These forms are available in our office.
We do not know how much plates for any vehicle will cost until the paperwork is in the computer. Each vehicle is different based upon weight, year, and taxable value.
The dealer will send the paperwork to our office 30-45 days after you purchase the vehicle. Once the paperwork is placed into the system you will receive a title complete card in the mail. This is our office's way of telling you that the vehicle is ready to plate.
You can, but keep in mind that the state of Colorado collects ownership tax from the original date of purchase. So you can save some money by coming in as soon as you get the card.
Yes if your plates have not expired. Please bring in either the old registration, the plate or plate number and we will credit what is left of those plates towards your new vehicle.
Yes. Please send a check, the renewal card, and if indicated by the card, you're proof of insurance. First time registration must be done in person.
Yes, you have the month that your plates expire plus until the last day of the next month to renew your plates. If you come in after your grace period has expired, the late fee will be charged to your account. There is a $25.00 late fee implemented by the state, plus additional ownership tax which varies for every vehicle.
No. Permits expire at midnight of the day that they were written for. You must change your out of state driver's license to a Colorado driver's license within thirty days of moving to Colorado!
You will need to bring your out of state title with you, proof of insurance, and your driver's license. When you get to our office we will give you a VIN inspection form. This form will be filled out by local law enforcement, or the Colorado State Patrol.
You will need to bring in the title with the old owners signature and printed name on the back in the seller's spot. A one in the same may be required for the owners, as well as your signature. If you want plates we will need proof of insurance on the vehicle that you are trying to register and your ID or Driver's License.
This means that at one point this vehicle was marked salvage and has been rebuilt to meet the requirements of the State of Colorado. If your title has this brand you will need a rebuilt from salvage disclosure before we will be able to transfer this vehicle into your name. These forms are available in our office.
The dealer will send the paperwork to our office 30 to 45 days after you purchase the vehicle. Once the paperwork is placed into the system you will receive a title complete card in the mail. This is our office's way of telling you that the vehicle is ready to plate.
Yes, if your plates have not expired. Please bring in either the old registration, the plate or plate number and we will credit what is left of those plates towards your new vehicle.
Yes, you have the month that your plates expire plus until the last day of the next month to renew your plates. If you come in after your grace period has expired, the late fee will be charged to your account. There is a $25 late fee implemented by the state, plus additional ownership tax which varies for every vehicle.
No. Permits expire at midnight of the day that they were written for. You must change your out of State Driver's License to a Colorado Driver's License within thirty days of moving to Colorado!
We do not have tow ropes or magic carpets at our facility. Users must walk to the top of the hill.
No. Tubing is free if you have your own.
Call the Dutch Henry phone at 719-427-0099 or read the signage at the facility.
No. You may use a plastic sled. Toboggans and sleds with metal runners are prohibited.
No. The previous sledding hill (the west side of Dutch Henry) is now owned by the Cloud City Ski Club and sledding is prohibited.
No. You may only enter from the bottom of the hill. Please use the parking area off Highway 24.
The address of the Dutch Henry Tubing Hill is:999 S Highway 24Leadville, CO 80461
For the safety of other users and your furry friends, dogs are not allowed at the facility except for in the parking lot.
No, there is no legal requirement in Colorado for the landlord to test. You will have to do it yourself unless you can persuade them to test. View Builder and Contractor Resources for Radon-Resistant New Construction (RRNC).
The Safe Drinking Water Act does not protect private wells. It only applies to "public drinking water systems" - government or privately run companies supplying water to 25 people or 15 service connections for at least 60 days of the year. Individual well owners have primary responsibility for the safety of the water drawn from their wells. They do not benefit from the government's health protections for public water systems that must comply with federal and state regulations for frequent analysis, testing, and reporting of results.
No. Like most fire departments across the country, Leadville/Lake County Fire Rescue provides comprehensive emergency response to all incidents not directly related to law enforcement. Because LLCFR has trained staff in the fire station, ready to respond 7/24, it is logically the prime provider of emergency response for the various types emergencies that occur in Leadville and Lake County. Not only does this enable a swift response to emergencies, it maximizes taxpayers dollars by using existing staff to provide a variety of services beyond just fire suppression.
The Department has one crew of three firefighters on-duty at all times. Sometimes, if one of our Reserve or Resident Firefighters is fulfilling shift time requirements, we will have four firefighters on-duty. One thing to keep in mind is that the Fire Department does not currently have the ability to staff stand-by crews. This means that the only guaranteed staff for the entire county is the on-duty crew of three (sometimes four) firefighters.
Have you ever visited a hospital emergency room? If you have, you probably saw lots of sophisticated medical equipment, several doctors, nurses and other medical professionals all attending to one patient, all working in concert to ensure that the patient receives the best possible medical care. Now consider an emergency medical call in the field, outside the hospital. Nowhere near the sophisticated medical equipment and nowhere near the number of medical professionals; just the patient, who is often in a dangerous environment, the ambulance crew and the fire department. To ensure the best possible care in the field, the fire department must respond with trained and equipped medical professionals. We, too, work in concert with the ambulance crew to ensure that the patient has the greatest chances of surviving the emergency. Often we provide direct patient care. Other times, we provide drivers for the ambulance as they care for the patient while en route to the hospital; or we rescue the patient so that they can receive medical care, or carry them from their upstairs bedroom to the ambulance. Just as it does in the hospital, good medical care requires a team of professionals. Your fire department is an integral part of the community's emergency medical team.
Yes. But responding effectively to emergencies is all about time. If we responded to medical emergencies in something other than the fire truck, then we would not have all the equipment with us that we might need. Quite often, the information received at the dispatch center paints a poor picture of the emergency we actually find in the field. Many times we arrive at the scene of a medial emergency only to find that we must extricate or rescue the patient. If we don't have equipment with us, critical time will be lost while we return to the station to retrieve it, delaying the care which the patient needs. Another reason that we respond to medical calls in the fire engine is that, should we receive notification of another emergency while we are out of the station, (such as a fire or traffic accident) we would have to return to the station to pick up the fire engine, again, delaying our emergency response.
The Leadville Police Department has a safe prescription medication drop off site inside City Hall Building. The drop off is like a mail box and does not require an appointment.
Lake County Public Health as well as the School Based Health Centers offer free STI testing. High Rockies Harm Reduction, a local partner, also offers free testing including free Hepatitis C testing.
Not yet! This is an ongoing project that we are working on! In the mean time, please follow these Sharps Disposal Guidelines or contact High Rockies Harm Reduction to see when their next mobile services van will be in Lake County.
Solvista Leadville Addiction Recovery services
Regional Assessment Center in Salida
High Rockies Harm Reduction Peer Support
Visit the Lake County Community Planning and Development Map, enter the address or account number of the parcel, and toggle on the County zoning layer.
See the table of uses allowed by zoning district (PDF).
View Table 4.1: Density and Dimensional Standards (PDF).
If you head over to our land use map, there will be map layer called "County Zoning" that you can toggle on.
See setbacks related to septic systems (PDF).
We do not currently require a minimum lot size for septic system installation. As long as the site is large enough to meet the above setbacks for a system, it can be built. However, there may be offsite features, easements, and zoning restrictions that limit your ability to build.
The short answer is yes. The long answer is that to be approved, you will need an OWTS Permit, engineered designs, and a Variance from the Board of Health.
To obtain a Septic Permit, you will first need to hire an engineer to design a system for your property. Once you have the design from the engineer, you will then submit an application through our Septic System Permitting page.
If you are selling a property with a septic system, you will need a Transfer of Title (TOT) Permit. The first step is to go to our Septic System Transfer of Title Acceptance page and review the instructions. The next step is to hire a Transfer of Title inspector to inspect the system. Find a list of TOT inspectors. Once you have had the inspection done, you can submit a Transfer of Title Permit application found on the first link. We will pull the historical records for the property and compare them to the application and the inspection report. You will then receive the TOT Permit which may include conditions that require further action by the seller.
TOT and Septic Permits are good for one year from the date of issuance.
You cannot renew a TOT Permit. If it has expired, you will need to submit a new application, and have another inspection done.
You can renew a Septic Permit by contacting our office and requesting a renewal. If changes have been made to the original system design, further review and new plans will be required. The cost will be $250. The new permit will be good for an additional year.
All septic system repairs are required to be done by a licensed Lake County OWTS contractor. Find a list of licensed contractors. Licenses are good for one calendar year and expire December 31 of the year they are issued.
A permit for new construction is $800. A major repair/replacement permit is $600. A small repair permit is $300. A minor repair permit is $25.
You can use our GIS Mapping System to locate your property. There is a boundary line designating the city borders.
Short-term rental licenses are currently only transferable to the new property-owner if the property is sold and the license is in good standing. The new owner will have to submit a new application and pay the license fee, no matter what time of year the license is transferred.
The moratorium will end on February 28th, 2024.
All those license-holders in good standing in 2023 will be given the opportunity to renew their short-term rental license for 2024. Results from the moratorium will determine new application procedures for additional licenses in 2024.