200 W. Oak Street
Fort Collins, CO 80521
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday
Fax: (970) 498-7716
Rural Land Use Center
The Community Development Division, which includes Planning, Code Compliance, and Building,
will be closed on Tuesday, April 11, 2017.
We will not be able to take in any applications or schedule any inspections on April 11.
We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
On-line Customer Web Portal
The new customer 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: https://onlineportal.larimer.org
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.)
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.
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.
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.
Rural Land Use Center Process
Rural Land Use Advisory Board
Rural Land Use Center Staff
Brenda Gimeson, Rural Land Planner
Rural Land Use Center Applicant Information
- Application fees
- Final plat procedural guide packet, updated July 11, 2016
This form is used for applicants, surveyors, and engineers to provide direction to the requirements for the final plat and the documents that must be submitted before the expiration date of the project.
- Engineering standards and guidelines for roads and drainage
These standards were adopted by the Board of County Commissioners on October 18, 2004, and were amended November 20, 2006, and January 22, 2007.
- Engineering certification forms
This form is used by engineers to certify the design/construction of the roads and drainage for rural land plans.
- Road name signs and traffic control devices
All road name signs and traffic control devices must conform to the standards in Chapter 4.10 and standard drawings 8, 9, and 10 of the Rural Area Road Standards.
- Six ways you can help your final plat process
- Addressing requirements
Use the following resources as a reference to prevent duplicate street names and/or subdivision names.