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First, you need to determine if you would like to keep the deck or demolish it. If you want to keep the deck, simply submit an application with any documentation you can find on the deck plans and an engineer's letter for the deck and we will work with you on next steps to legalize it. You will need a current Site Plan with the existing deck to be submitted if you plan to legalize. This process will require you pay the permit fee and proceed through the permit process for new decks.
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This is actually a zoning question, in most cases vacant land must remain vacant until a principal permitted use is established. The Planning Department can be reached at 303-679-2436.
The snow load varies depending on the elevation of the property and this can be researched on ClearMap, the County online mapping service.
Once on ClearMap, follow these 5-steps to find your Snow Load:
Clear Creek County has 2 wind zones and this can be researched on ClearMap, the County online mapping service.
Once on ClearMap, follow these 5-steps to find your Wind Load:
Clear Creek County does not require a county license for general contractors. Property owners are encouraged to get references and check with agencies such as the Better Business Bureau for background on any contractor they are considering hiring. The State requires all Plumbing and Electrical Contractors be licensed through the State.
Find out what your land is zoned for first, to determine what kind of house you are allowed to build, if any. You can call 303-679-2436 to find this out, or use our GIS ClearMap and use the Zoning Layer. Once you've established you are able to build a residence in your zoning, hire an engineer to construct Grading, Excavation, and Erosion Control plans for your parcel (we do not make recommendations for engineers). Then, submit your plans, and application documents to the Site Development Department. Contact Excel Energy for electric if needed, and the State of Colorado to obtain a Well Permit if needed. You will also need a Leach Field if you are not in an area with sanitation (which very few areas are). Contact Environmental Health for information on septic permits if needed.
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Clear Creek County has multiple zones and this can be researched on ClearMap, the County online mapping service.
Once on ClearMap, follow these 5-steps to find your Zoning:
For your Zoning Regulations, click the Zoning Regulations link below your zoning and select your section for a list of uses.
Yes, you can be your own contractor. You still must meet all the same requirements outlined in the checklist. All decks must meet the 2015 or later IRC code. All structural construction plans MUST be wet stamped, regardless of who is performing the work.
Yes, as long as the ILC has all requirement components of a site plan, outlined in the checklist, we will accept an ILC.
Yes, we will need a complete application to process a permit
Yes, if the roof is not currently recognized as a deck by the building permit obtained to build the residence, then you will need a permit to turn it into a rooftop deck/entertaining area.
You can look up any previous or active permits for your property here.
Yes, you will need a county official to inspect the deck to finalize the permit. Your deck is not legal until you've passed your inspection. You will receive specific instructions when you are issued your permit with how to schedule these inspections, what inspections are needed, and our inspection process.
Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work