“Preserving the integrity of our landscape, conserving natural resources for a sustainable future, provisioning the safety and well-being of Boulder County citizens…”
…And providing residents with a fun and discreet way to be a nosy neighbor. (Wink, wink!)
These are the tenets of Boulder County’s Land Use Department. Encompassing a broad swath of services—building permits, zoning issues, land use enforcement, oil and gas development, flood recovery, and wildfire mitigation, just to name a few—the Land Use Department acts as the one-stop shop for all things developed, built and protected in Boulder County.
“Great,” we hear you saying, “So what’s that got to do with me?” Well, everything. With today’s technology bringing the city’s latest goings-on right to your fingertips, you can research the happenings in all corners of our county—or on the corner in your neighborhood—through the county’s online records and listings. Here, we’ve listed our top three websites for getting the latest development information.
City of Boulder’s eMaps: Looking for a specific land parcel, a building permit, or a zoning district? Boulder’s centralized repository of GIS maps allows you to research and view property reports for parcels within the county. To view the past permits on a specific address, click on the parcel, chose the “Property Report” link in the pop-up, and then “Cases, including Building Permits, Associated with Parcel Number xxxxxx.”
Boulder County Assessor’s Property Search: As Charles Eames once said, “The details are not the details; they’re what make the design.” The Boulder County Assessor’s Office has taken this adage to heart by supplying our county’s residents with the Property Search site. Here you can look up property owners, real estate taxes, assessed values, sale prices, legal descriptions, flood plain info, and sometimes even find area surveys.
Boulder County Development Review Cases: Wonder what’s happening with that old victorian just down the street? The county’s Development Review site has all the answers. This interactive map provides users with detailed information on building permits, zoning adjustments, historic preservation, land use, as well as technical and administrative reviews. What’s even cooler? You can see any associated documents filed by the property owners regarding the development.
Even with the recent defeat of Boulder’s Ballot Measure 300, community members can still be involved in their neighborhood’s development issues by using these websites.