Land Use/Zoning Review

The Land Use Code designates zoning and allowed uses for property in the unincorporated area of the County to promote compatible land use patterns and establish development standards.

County review and approval is required for:

  • Land uses designated in zoning district descriptions as being allowed by SP-site plan, PSP- public site plan, MS-minor special review, S-special review
  • A proposed use that is not allowed by a property's zoning (Special Exception) or a proposal to change the zoning of a property (Rezoning)
  • Proposed changes (extensions, expansions, changes in character) to "grand-fathered" land uses
  • Activities of State Interest (such as power plants and pipelines)
  • Public Projects (such as schools, parks and fire stations)

Detailed information for zoning processes is found in Section 4 of the Land Use Code. Details for site plan processes are found in Section 6. Additional information regarding development processes is found in Section 12.0 Common Procedures for Development Review.

Detailed information for these processes can be found in the following sections of the Land Use Code: Section 13 Location and Extent review Section 14 Areas and Activities of State Interest (1041 Review)



A pre-application conference is required prior to submitting any application for review.

Before beginning any development review process in unincorporated Larimer County, talk with our staff to determine which process is needed and to complete a pre-application conference. Contact staff at (970) 498-7679 or by email for more information.



If you would like more specific information or if you have a question that's not answered here, please contact the Larimer County Planning Department at 970-498-7679 or send us email.



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