Site Development Permits

Important Announcement Regarding Grading & Excavation Regulations

Clear Creek County has adopted revised Grading & Excavation Regulations with updated permitting and submittal requirements.  As of February 18, 2020, a Grading & Excavation Permit is required for all proposed projects involving more than 800 square feet of land disturbance and a topographic and boundary survey is required to be submitted for all projects that propose disturbance of slopes with an existing grade of over 10%.  Please review the revised Grading & Excavation Regulations before submitting a Site Development Department permit application.

Driveway standards can be found in Chapter 4 of the Roadway Design & Construction Manual.

The Site Development Department administers the following permits:

Grading & Excavation/Driveway Permits

Grading & Excavation/Driveway Permits must be obtained whenever a property owner, developer, contractor, or other individual proposes to conduct earth-disturbing activity of more than 800 square feet of surface area or construct a driveway.  The application form below can be used for all Grading & Excavation/Driveway Permit submittals.  

Once the application form and required submittals are received by the Site Development Department, the permit type and fee will be assigned in accordance with the Grading & Excavation Regulations and Fee Schedule.

Retaining Wall Permits

All retaining walls over 4 feet in total height, whether in a single line or multiple tiers, require a Retaining Wall Permit and shall be engineered and certified by an engineer prior to final approval.  Total retaining wall height is measured from the ground surface at the toe of the lowest tier of the retaining wall system to the top of the highest tier of the retaining wall system.

Defensible Space Permits

Defensible Space Permits were established to reduce the hazards of the spread of fire for the protection of life and property.  The Wildfire Hazard Mitigation Plan, which was implemented in 1996, requires the development of a defensible space for all new construction and all additions to existing structures greater than 400 square feet.

Floodplain Development Permits

Floodplain Development Permits are required any time that fill or structural improvements are proposed in the regulatory floodplain. The regulatory floodplain is that area shown on the adopted FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs).  These maps are also available on the FEMA website  or at the County Annex.  Floodplain boundaries can be viewed on the Clear Creek County ClearMap System.  See the link below for Floodplain Development Permit submittal requirements and information.  More complete and detailed information on floodplain management regulations can be found in Chapter 12  of the Clear Creek County Matter of State Interest (1041 Regulations).