County Offices and Courts will be closed on Monday, February 15, 2016 in observance of the President's Day Holiday. The Landfill will be open. Critical services at Larimer County are not disrupted by closures.
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People whose construction activity disturbs an area 1 acre or greater in size are required to obtain a permit authorizing the activity. The permit is issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Before July 1, 2002, a permit wasn't needed if the construction activity was under five acres. The 5-acre threshold has been in effect for several years.
Aside from clearing, grading and excavation activities, disturbed areas also include areas receiving overburden (e.g., stockpiles), and areas with heavy equipment/vehicle traffic and storage. The new permit requires that a stormwater management plan be developed before the activity begins.
Application forms and information about how to design a stormwater management plan are available from the CDPHE, or you can contact them at (303) 692-3517.
This process for protecting water quality is part of a larger three-phase program called the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). The five-acre threshold was part of Phase 1 regulations, the new one-acre threshold is part of Phase 2 regulations.