Larimer County Mountain pass in Summer

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200 W. Oak Street
Third Floor
Fort Collins, CO 80521

Office hours
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday
(except holidays)

(970) 498-7683
Fax: (970) 498-7716

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Rural Land Use Center

New Land Information Portal is Now Available

The new citizen's web portal is now available. Citizens can now:

  • view land use applications
  • create a code compliance complaint
  • search for building contractors and renew building contractor licensing
  • search for existing permits and the status of their permit, schedule/cancel inspections, and apply for specific types of permits.

To access the online portal, please go to:

A registration and login are required to use all features of the citizen's web portal. To register, please click on register on the main page of the portal (click here to view instructions on how to register.) Registrations will be reviewed and approved starting June 6, 2016. Please check your email for registration approval.

We are excited for this new opportunity and appreciate your patience with us during this transition.

The Rural Land Use Center works to assist property owners who wish to develop their property while maintaining their land in agriculture or other open space, and reports directly to the Larimer County Community Development Director.

Customer Survey
Help the Rural Land Use Center improve our service by completing our online customer survey.

Rural Land Use Process

Current state law gives you the right to subdivide your land into 35 acre parcels without any county land use review. The Rural Land Use Process is a development process which offers landowners a new approach for developing the land without going through full subdivision review.

CoPIRG Hall of Fame 2001 Governor's Smart Growth and Development Award 1997

The Rural Land Use Process does not change the zoning for these lands, nor does it take away the ability to do 35-acre development. Instead, the process gives incentives to encourage alternative development and help retain the rural and agricultural lands of Larimer County. This process is intended to be voluntary, user friendly, and flexible.

Rather than rules, the process uses guidelines which allow the flexibility to tailor requirements to each unique piece of land. Land features that are of value to Larimer County residents are identified and efforts made to preserve them. Compared to other development processes, the Rural Land Use Process is less restrictive, faster, and more predictable in the outcome.

General Information
Rural Land Use Center Process
Rural Land Use Advisory Board
Rural Land Use Center Staff

Brenda Gimeson, Rural Land Planner
Send email
(970) 498-7719

Rural Land Use Center Applicant Information
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