The house has a outhouse, is that okay?

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

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1. How can I find out how a property is zoned?
2. What are the required building setbacks and allowed uses in my zoning district?
3. Can I subdivide my property?
4. How do I know if my neighborhood has covenants?
5. How do I determine where my property boundaries are?
6. Can I camp on my property?
7. Can I leave my recreational vehicle on my property year around?
8. The house has a outhouse, is that okay?
9. Can I put a mobile home on my property?
10. Can I have animals, small livestock and large livestock including horses?
11. Can I have a Tiny Home in Clear Creek County?
12. Do I need a permit to run my house as a short term rental (vacation rental) on websites like AirBNB or VRBO?
13. The house I am interested in is on a septic system, what does that mean?
14. What is a septic Use Permit?
15. Why do the number of bedrooms matter for my septic system?
16. My septic system has "higher level treatment", what does that mean?