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The Commissioners have set in place a hierarchy of departments to assist you with your question more quickly and efficiently than waiting for a time on the agenda. Should you not reach resolution with our Directors and fellow Elected Officials, you can Contact Beth Luther (303)679-2312 to schedule with either the County Administrator or the Board of Commissioners. Division Directors:
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Property zoning maps may be viewed on line on ClearMap; or, please send an email to email@example.com or by calling (303) 679-2436. When searching you should have an address, parcel number or tax schedule number. The last name of the property owner for the property in questions to verify zone district.
A property's zoning district determines its setback requirements and permitted uses.
Property zoning maps may be viewed on line on ClearMap; or, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (303) 679-2436. When searching you should have an address, parcel number or tax schedule number. The last name of the property owner for the property in questions to verify zone district. Once you find your designation of the subject property, you can then find setback information under the appropriately designated zoning district. Zoning Regulations can be online on the Zoning website.
Please contact the Clear Creek Planning Department for more information on subdivision rules.
Clear Creek County does not enforce private covenants. Covenants are typically administered and enforced by Homeowners Associations. Please contact the Home or Property Owners Association to find out if covenants exist in your neighborhood. It should be noted that some neighborhoods do not have Home or Property Owner Associations.
Hiring a professional surveyor is the best way to accurately locate your property boundaries. The surveyor can stake out your property boundaries or locate the corners of the property for you. Additionally, for more general information regarding your property boundaries you can refer to the subdivision plat of your property if one exists. If your property is part of a platted subdivision, there should be a plat on file with the Clerk and Recorders Office. Please call (303)679-2340 or visit the Clerk & Recorder web page. These plats may be viewed by the public during regular business hours and will show the location of the surveyor’s monuments on the plat which mark the property boundaries. It should be noted that some properties have not been surveyed and therefore, no survey information would be on file.
You may camp on your property for a period of up to two (2) weeks per year, and up to one (1) month per year with a Temporary Camping Permit. Permits are available in the Community Development Office located at 1111 Rose Street, Georgetown, CO., please go to the County’s Camping Web Page; or contact the Planning Department at (303) 679-2436.
No, vacant land in Clear Creek County must remain vacant until a principal permitted use is established or a special use is obtained. The storage of one (1) unoccupied recreational vehicle is allowed as an accessory use to an existing legal Permitted Principal Use such as a residence.
Outhouses are not an approved form of wastewater disposal. Since the early 1970's outhouses have been outlawed and must be replaced with a permitted wastewater treatment system. Even if your residence does not have running water, because it is was built prior to permitting requirements (prior to 1960), you are still required to upgrade your wastewater treatment system to something that is approved. Outhouses that are existing must be decommissioned per the requirements in the Clear Creek County OWTS Regulations. To know what would be approved please contact the Environmental Health Department at (303) 679-2420 or EH@clearcreekcounty.us.
Mobile homes are permitted only in Mobile Home zoning districts. Please contact the Planning Department to locate these zoning districts.
Non-commercial keeping of pets is allowed in all zoning districts. Pets shall be contained and controlled. If there is a pet problem, please contact Animal Control. Large animals and livestock are allowed under special circumstances and the number of which are controlled by zoning. Large animals such as horses, mules, cattle, and buffalo are allowed on parcels of land over 3-acres in size. And then, only one (1) animal per acre in density is allowed. Manure must be managed in order to prevent unsanitary conditions and excessive breeding of flies. Please see the Zoning Regulations on Animals in Section 1008.
Tiny homes are still required to meet all Zoning, Building, Driveway and Environmental Health requirements.
For more information, please look through our Tiny Home Guide.
Yes a permit is required if your property is outside of town/city limits.
Email email@example.com and provide them with your property information so they can create an account for your property.
After activation of your account, follow the steps in the permit portal to apply and obtain a short term rental permit. For more information, go to the STR webpage. An annual permit is $250 and requires a house inspection by the County’s Building Official as a final step. An inspection fee is required and the inspection will be scheduled only after a complete application has been accepted.
A septic system, or Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS), is a type of wastewater treatment system that is individual to a home or property. Theses systems are paid for and maintained entirely by the property that is utilizing the system. All septic systems are required to be permitted in Clear Creek County and must meet criteria that protect water quality. If you are purchasing a home that has an existing OWTS, there needs to be an approved Use Permit issued prior to the close of the sale. You can find more information on OWTS and Use Permits on the Environmental Health web pages.
A Use Permit is required to be issued by the Environmental Health Department prior to the transfer of property where the property is serviced by an onsite wastewater treatment system (OWTS). To obtain a Use Permit the property must receive a third party inspection ensuring the system is functioning as designed, the MLS or publication must not exceed the number of bedrooms permitted through the OWTS, and any applicable forms and fees must be remitted.
For more information on the Use Permit process, or specific criteria for approval or exemptions, visit the Use Permit web page.
Septic systems are designed based on the number of bedrooms in your home. Per State and Local regulations, there is a set gallons of wastewater per day that you are permitted to discharge that is calculated using occupancy of bedrooms. When you add unpermitted bedrooms to your residence you are no longer compliance with your septic permit, and could cause your septic system to fail and result in a costly repair or full replacement.
For more information on bedrooms and how many bedrooms your residence, or a residence you are interested in is permitted to have, please contact (303) 679-2428 or EH@clearcreekcounty.us.
Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS) that utilize higher level treatment are typically required to do so because of setback reductions to wells or watercourses, to shrink the size of system footprint, or because it is a requirement of an property owners association. Higher level treatment systems may not be changed or removed unless they receive permitted approval to do so. Systems that utilize higher level treatment must maintain an operation and maintenance contract for the life of the system and an Operating Permit for the life of the system.
For more information on Operating Permits and higher level treatment systems you can visit the Operating Permit web page or contact EH@clearcreekcounty.us.
The Census Bureau will mail invitations to physical addresses during the month of March. If you normally receive your mail in a PO Box, you will not receive an invitation in your mail. Your Census questionnaire will be hand-delivered to your door step by a Census employee. If, by April 1, you still have not received anything, you can respond without your invitation (see ‘I lost my Census unique identifying number’ below; EVERYONE COUNTS!
No worries, you can reply to the Census without your unique identifier. It will make it a bit harder for the Census Bureau to match their records, but please respond and get counted. There will be instructions online, and over the phone about how to respond without your unique identifying number.
It is important that every person counts, but only once and in the right place. You should fill out the Census questionnaire with your Clear Creek address if you live in Clear Creek for at least 6 months + 1 day of the year. If you live for the majority of the year at a different permanent address in the US, you should fill out the Census questionnaire with this address.If you do not have a permanent address elsewhere in the US, you should fill out the Census questionnaire with your Clear Creek address even if you do not know if you will stay in Clear Creek for 6 months + 1 day. In this situation, you fill it out for where you were staying on April 1, 2020.
YES, EVERYONE COUNTS!1. Couch Hopping ~ If you temporarily are staying with a friend or family member, but do not have a permanent address elsewhere, your friend or family member should include you when they fill out their Census questionnaire. 2. If you are staying in a group home, RV park or a hotel / motel; the Census Bureau will send out employees to count you at your location.3. Currently homeless ~ the Census Bureau will send out employees to count the homeless population during a specific point in time during the month of March.
YES, EVERYONE COUNTS! None of the questions on the Census questionnaire will ask about legal status. All answers you provide are protected by law, and can not be shared with any other government or agency.
Congratulations! If your baby is born on April 1 or earlier during 2020, YES ~ include your baby in your response (even if you are still at the hospital). If your baby is born after April 1, you should not include your baby in the 2020 Census count.
Then our Planning Department firstname.lastname@example.org can assist you in determining if the zoning is appropriate for your proposed use.
The next question you will want to explore is the legal and physical access to the property. Our Site Development Department email@example.com can assist you in this determination, but you may need to engage a title insurance company for a definitive answer. Site Development personnel can also help you analyze site characteristics that will influence the ease or difficulty of developing the site.
One more aspect to explore is how you will provide water and sanitation on the site. Our Environmental Health Department firstname.lastname@example.org can assist you with analyzing this issue.
Please note: An accessory structure may not be occupied as a dwelling. Even though the accessory structure may or may not need a building permit.
P.O. Box 2000, Georgetown, CO 80444
Randall Wheelock (Vice Chairman) 2017 - PresentSean Wood (Chairman) 2017 - Present George Marlin 2019 - Present
County Assessor Diane Settle - 2011 - Present
County Clerk Brenda Corbett - 2019 - Present
County Coroner Chris Hegmann - 2017 - Present
County Sheriff Rick Albers - 2015 - Present
County Surveyor Greg Markle - 2011 - Present
County Treasurer Carol Lee - 2016 - present
* Officials with terms starting in a given year were actually elected in the previous year
SALES TAX RATES
Clear Creek County Sales Tax rate will increase from 1 to 1.65 percent effective January 1, 2018 on taxable sales in Clear Creek County.
In addition, there is a County Lodging Tax rate of 2 percent.
Colorado State sales tax rate is 2.9 percent. [§39-26-106 C.R.S.]
Contact the City of Idaho Springs, 303-567-4421, Town of Georgetown, 303-569-2555, the Town of Empire, 303-569-2978, or the Town of Silver Plume, 303-569-2363, for tax rates within their jurisdictions.
To find out whether a local government has a sales tax, what the rate is, and whether it is home rule, request "Colorado Sales/Use Tax Rates" (DRP 1002). This publication is updated each January and July and is located on the State Web site at www.taxcolorado.com
Any county-wide public health emergency will be posted on this county web site in the "Alert" category. You can also hear about it in the local media (KYGT). In the event of an immediate threat, the Sheriff’s Department uses the "Code Red" calling system which you must enrolled in.
To enroll in the Code Red call down system, please visit - https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/F2FD39D5D3DE
If you have any question or need more general information call Donna Kline, Public Health Emergency Preparedness Planner at (303) 679-2364 or email@example.com.
If you are concerned about frozen water or sewer pipes, contact the Environmental Health Department at (303) 679-2420 or EH@clearcreekcounty.us.
If you suspect a disease outbreak please contact:
Crystal Brandt, RN(303) firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlotte Hampson(303) email@example.com
If you have been bitten by a domestic animal (cat, dog, rodent) you should contact the Clear Creek County Animal Control Unit (303) 679-2398. Immediately wash the wound with warm soapy water and seek medical attention.
Please submit a Clear Creek County Animal Bite Form so that the appropriate staff may follow-up with you.
During public health emergencies, local authorities rely heavily on volunteer support to emergency efforts. If you are interested in receiving more information on volunteer opportunities, please contact:
Donna Kline(303) firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact Crystal Brandt, Public Health Nurse (RN), for information on vaccination pricing. No child will be turned away for failure to pay for a vaccine.
Vaccines offered to adults may vary based on availability. Please call Crystal Brandt, Public Health Nurse (RN), for information on what vaccines are available and pricing.
We offer free pregnancy testing and assistance and enrollment in other programs such as: Women, Infant and Children (WIC), Baby & Me Tobacco Free, Nurse Family Partnership, referrals to medical providers.
For information on these programs please contact:
Sara Sage(303) email@example.com
Our staff can assist with information on local and regional health providers depending on your specific needs. Clear Creek County has a local health care provider in Idaho Springs.
Centura Clinic - Idaho Springs115 15th Street, Idaho Springs(303) 649-3690
A good place to start is at the Public Health Nurses Office in the Community Resource Center in Idaho Springs. A variety of programs are available. Programs for Women’s Infants and Children (WIC) offer assistance with nutritional food vouchers and education for feeding all members of the family. Assistance with breast feeding and breast pump loaners for WIC clients also is available. Growth and development monitoring of your child also is available. Call us at 303-670-7546.
You should first call your doctor or primary care provider if you suspect you have become ill from eating at a public establishment.
To file a complaint against a restaurant or food establishment that is licensed in Clear Creek County, please contact:
The Colorado Department of Public Health and EnvironmentLocal Assistance Program (303) 692-3645 *press 1 at the menuCDPHE_laponduty@state.co.us
We don’t investigate bedbug infestations because they’re considered a nuisance and not a health problem.
For information on how to mitigate bed bugs in your home, please contact:
Crystal Brandt (Public Health Nurse, RN)(303) firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlotte Hampson (Environmental Health Manager)(303) 679-2420EH@clearcreekcounty.us
Clear Creek County Public Health does not currently offer testing for sexually transmitted infections (STI).
If you need a list of providers that can assist you in testing, please contact:
Jefferson County Mental Health (JCMH) currently offers counselling and crisis services available at the Idaho Springs Resource Center. To make an appointment to see a specialist please call (303) 670-7550.
We are opened Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Yes, you can pay your taxes by following this link: Pay Taxes Online
Older receipts must be requested from the Treasurer's Office. Research time and copies charges will be requested for anything older than 2012 per C.R.S 30-1-102(1)(d)