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Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday

Address: 401 Main Street, Suite 304,
Walsenburg, CO 81089

Phone: 719-738-1220

Sky Tallman
Land Use Director / County Planner

Cheri Chamberlain
Building and Code Enforcement Technician

Ryan Sablich
Building and Code Enforcement Technician

Steffany Tucker
Permit Technician

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Building in Huerfano County

General Information for Building Permits

If your property does not have an existing access from a State Highway or County Road, an access permit is required.

The following are the amended changes from the IRC 2015 edition as adopted as the Huerfano County Building Code in resolution 17-13.  For full requirements please read section 106 of the 2015 IRC.

R106.1 Submittal documents. Construction documents, special inspection and structural observation programs, and other data shall be submitted in 1 complete full-sized set, 1 complete 11” x17” printed set, and 1 full-sized electronic set with each application for a permit. The construction documents shall be prepared by a registered design professional where required.  Where special conditions exist, the building official is authorized to re­quire additional construction documents to be prepared by a registered design professional.

106.1.5 Applications.  An application for building permits shall be made to the County Building Inspector on forms provided by Huerfano County. Property owners submitting owner-build permits must sign a letter of understanding from the Huerfano County Building Authority board, relevant to the use of subcontractors. 
 
106.1.5 Sanitation & Water. Pursuant to C.R.S. §25-10-112 (1) and section 10.05 of the Huerfano County Land Development Guide the applicant must show proof of an approved sanitation system.  Pursuant to the Board of County Commissioners Resolution No: 11-10, all occupied dwellings, structures or buildings that the Building Inspector determines needs an adequate supply of water shall provide proof of water in order to obtain a building permit.
 
106.1.6 Right to develop. Applicant must show proof of property ownership. If the applicant is different than the property owner, they must hold a Huerfano County Contractor license that is appropriate for the type of construction being permitted and have written authorization to act as the owner’s agent.  Proof of ownership must include a complete property description, unless otherwise approved by the building inspector. 
 
106.1.7 Exterior elevations. Show each view. Show vertical dimensions and heights. Show openings, identify materials and show lateral bracing system, where applicable. Show dimensions and schedules.
 
106.1.8 Foundation plan. Show all foundations and footings. Indicate size, locations, thickness, materials and strengths, and reinforcing. Show all imbedded anchoring such as anchor bolts, hold-downs, post bases, etc. Show dimensions for the location and size of all components delineated on the foundation plan.  Each set of foundation plans shall meet the requirements of the Huerfano County Board of Commissioners’ Resolution No. 09-16.
Pursuant to Huerfano County BOCC Resolution no: 09-16, all foundation designs encompassing two hundred and fifty square feet (250ft²) or larger are required to be based on a site specific geotechnical evaluation and sealed by a Colorado Certified Engineer or Architect; in lieu of a complete geotechnical evaluation for residential structures, the professional can assume the load-bearing values in Table R401.4.1 of the International Residential Code 2015 Edition. 
 
106.1.9 Floor plan. Show all floors including basements. Show all rooms, with their use. Overall dimensions and location of all structural elements and openings. Show all doors and windows. Provide door and window schedules. All fire resistance rated assemblies, area of refuge, occupancy separations; fire blocking and draft stopping shall be shown.  Show dimensions for the size of all rooms and the locations of other components delineated on the floor plans.
 
106.1.10 Framing plan. Show all structural and non-structural members, their size, methods and details of attachment, connections, location and materials for floor, roof, decks and wall section. When required by this code show all fire rated assemblies and fire resistant penetrations. 

 

1.06.4.1 Mechanical Plan.  Show all structural and non-structural members, their size, manufactured specifications of the unit, methods and details of attachment, connections, location and materials.
Note: A fire place is considered a secondary source of heat. “NOT” a primary. 
 
1.06.4.1 Engineered Truss Plan.  Slope or depth, span& spacings, Location of all joints, require bearing widths deign loads as application (Top chord live load, Top chard dead load, Bottom chord live load, Bottom chord dead load, concentrated loads and their points of application, controlling wind and earthquake loads. Adjustment to lumber and joint connector design values for conditions of use.  Each reaction force and direction Joint connector type and description and the dimensioned location of each joint connector except where symmetrically located relative to the joint interface, lumber size , species and grade for each member, connection requires for truss-to-truss girder, truss ply-to-ply, field splice, calculated deflection ratio and /or maximum description of for live and total load, Maximum axial compression ratio forces in the truss members to enable the building to enable the building designer to design the size, connections, and anchorage of the permanent continuous lateral bracing  Forces shall be shown on the truss drawings or on supplemental documents, required permanent truss member bracing location,
 
106.2  Site plan. Change to read.  The site plan shall include the following items: 
  1. In all zoning districts (with the exception of agricultural) a site improvement survey, seal by a Colorado Registered Land Surveyor is required in addition to items two (2) through ten (10).
  2. A legible sheet or map, drawn to an appropriate scale, as accepted by the Building Inspector, showing the location, height and approximate dimensions or envelope location of each existing and proposed structure, and the uses to be contained within the existing and/or proposed structures.  
  3. The existing and proposed building setbacks and the building area with reference to property lines, highway, street or road rights-of-way, watercourses, and other natural and historic features of the site. 
  4. The location, size, number of spaces and surfacing of any existing or proposed parking and loading areas. 
  5. The location of any existing and proposed roads, streets, footpaths, traffic devices, and driveways. 
  6. The location, if any, and pertinent characteristics of any existing or proposed signs, lighting fixtures, and landscaping. 
  7. The location of any easements on the property. 
  8. The anticipated location of all water, sewage disposal, electrical, telephone, and other utilities. 
  9. All finished grading and storm water runoff. 
  10. A vicinity map locating the proposed site in relationship to the surrounding area within 500 feet of the boundaries. 
 

600 square foot is the size minimum for any structure that will be used for habitation (family dwelling) for any period. Water, septic or waste water treatment, plumbing, Radon mitigation and electricity must be installed in the building. All permanent residences must be on a foundation system.
No accessory buildings larger than 120 sq. feet may be built on vacant land without a permit.
Addresses cannot be assigned to vacant land; an address is assigned only to completed homes.
One story detached accessory structures may be built with no permit only if:

  • 120 square feet or less if no residence on property (vacant land)
  • 200 sq ft or less if residence on property

Any porches, decks or awnings attached to the accessory building are counted in the square footage.

If the materials and methods are not listed in the adopted codes, it is considered an alternative building method. The entire structure must be engineered and stamped by a Colorado Licensed Engineer, and be approved by the Huerfano County Building Authority.

Contractor Licensing in Unincorporated Huerfano County

The Huerfano County appreciates your desire to perform work in our area. Our goal is to ensure contractor qualifications and requirements are uniform and consistent for all contractors within Huerfano County.

“Contractor” means any person who contracts to provide material and/or labor for a job which requires a building permit from any member jurisdiction in Huerfano County. All Contractors must have a valid license issued by the County to perform construction work in unincorporated Huerfano County. General Contractors are responsible for ensuring all subcontractors are properly licensed and insured. If non-licensed workers are found on a job site, the  County reserves the right to stop work, and revoke the Building Permit.

  1. Contractor License Application Form
  2. License Fees (see below)
  3. Copies of any other current licenses held.
  4. Copy of ICC Certification (may be required for A, B or C type licenses, and D type Roofing and Mechanical licenses).
  5. Copy of current State issued Driver’s License or Photo ID of the Primary Applicant (or Business Agent).
  6. Worker’s Compensation Coverage or State Waiver
  7. Certificate of Liability Insurance:
    • Certificate holder shall be Huerfano County, 401 Main Street, Suite 201, Walsenburg, CO 81089
    • Coverage must meet the minimum Colorado State statutory requirements.
    • Certificate must show the insured as the legal business entity’s name, and must include assumed name as DBA (if applicable).
    • Proof of Liability Insurance will be verified when applying for a building permit in Huerfano County. Insurance must pertain to the work for which you are requesting a permit, and the Certificate must show current coverage.

Contractor License Application packets must be submitted via email to building@huerfano.us or delivered to: Huerfano County Land Use Department, 401 Main Street, Suite 304, Walsenburg, CO 81089

Please allow a minimum of five business days for application processing. Processing cannot begin until all required information and documentation is provided. Incomplete Applications will not be processed.

If the application is approved, the license certificate will be mailed to the applicant. If the application is denied, a letter giving a specific reason for denial and all submitted information will be returned to the applicant. A copy of the denial letter will also be sent to each related jurisdiction

REMINDER: All approved Contractor Licenses expire on December 31 of the current year

New application fee. A non-refundable Application Fee of $100.00 is required at the time of submission.


Renewal fee. A non-refundable Renewal Fee of $25.00 is required when a license is renewed. After the 90-day renewal grace period has expired renewals must pay the full new application fee.

License Fee: $100 per jurisdiction
(a) Credit Card payments are subject to a payment processing fee.
(b) Checks should be made payable to Huerfano County Treasurer.

Building Contractor – A Unlimited

  1. Contractor shall provide proof of ICC Certification or current license from any jurisdiction which tests to ICC standards, as satisfactory to the Building Authority.
  2. Five (5) years experience in building construction field work on Type I-FR or Type II-FR buildings and A, E or I occupancies as a foreman or superintendent responsible for the following activities:
    1. Excavations
    2. Erection of structural elements of reinforced concrete, steel, masonry, heavy timber, or conventional light frame construction.
    3. General supervision over all building trades.
  3. Three (3) years of one of the following may be substituted for an equal amount of the required field work:
    1. Building construction administrative work in the respective trade to which the license pertains.
    2. Engineering or architecture courses from an accredited college granting a BS or BA degree.
    3. A combination of (a) and (b) above may be accepted not to exceed a total of three (3) years.
    4. Having either held a Class B Building Contractor license or worked in the Class B field as a foreman or superintendent for at least three (3) years.

Building Contractor – B Limited

  1. Contractor shall provide proof of ICC Certification or current license from any jurisdiction which tests to ICC standards, as satisfactory to the Building Authority.
  2. Four (4) years experience in building construction field work on Type I-FR or Type II-FR buildings and A, E or I occupancies as a foreman or superintendent responsible for the following activities:
    1. Excavations
    2. Erection of structural elements of reinforced concrete, steel, masonry, heavy timber, or conventional light frame construction.
    3. General supervision over all building trades.
  3. Two (2) years of one of the following may be substituted for an equal amount of the required field work:
    1. Building construction administrative work in the respective trade to which the license pertains.
    2. Engineering or architecture courses from an accredited college granting a BS or BA degree.
    3. A combination of (a) and (b) above may be accepted not to exceed a total of two (2) years.
    4. Having either held a Class C Building Contractor license or worked in the Class C field as a foreman or superintendent for at least two (2) years.

Building Contractor – C Home Builder

  1. Contractor shall provide proof of ICC Certification or current license from any jurisdiction which tests to ICC standards, as satisfactory to the Building Authority.
  2. Two (2) years experience in residential building construction field work as a journeyman carpenter, framing contractor or as a construction foreman.
  3. One (1) of the following may be substituted for an equal amount of the required field work:
    1. Having built two (2) houses under owner generated permits.
    2. Having either held a Class D Specialty Trade license, or worked in a Class D specialty field as a journeyman if pertaining to residential construction.
    3. One (1) year experience as a Building Inspector.

Building Contractor – D Specialty Trade

  1. Contractor shall provide Specialty D License or equivalent from any other Colorado jurisdiction which tests to the ICC standards, or meet experience requirements with no violations.
  2. Three (3) years of field experience within Huerfano County in the respective trade to which the license pertains

Planning and Zoning

Development in Huerfano County is guided by the Comprehensive Plan, adopted in 2010, and the Zoning Regulations and Procedures.

Land Use Department Staff are available to help with questions and concerns related to a prospective application or the regulations and procedures.  Applications are available here:

If you are interested in changing the name of a Road that process is illustrated in Resolution 14-04

Controlled burns require a burn permit

Code Enforcement

The County’s policy is to achieve voluntary compliance with reported and discovered code violations. However, not all violations have the same degree of severity. As such, the County has established through this policy priority ranking and procedures. The intent is to allow the level of enforcement that best fits the type and circumstances of the code violation(s) within clear and objective criteria, consistent with the established priorities, and maximize available resources. It is the County’s policy that code enforcement follows the priority ranking set forth in this policy.

It is the County’s policy to investigate and attempt to resolve all reported and discovered code violations. There may be times when code violations cannot be given the same level of attention, when some code violations may receive no attention at all, or when the County may be unable to carry out the proactive code enforcement activities outlined in this policy. In such circumstances the most serious violations, as determined through application of the priorities and criteria in this section, will be addressed before the less serious violations are addressed, regardless of the order in which the complaints are received. However, complaints alleging both priority and non-priority violations may be processed together to maximize efficiency.

The County has established the following priorities:

  1. Violations that present an imminent threat to public health and safety or the environment;
  2. Violations affecting storm drainage, wetlands and/or adjacent areas;
  3. Building code violations consisting of non-permitted construction or failure to obtain permits for construction;
  4. Engineering and Environmental Health permit violations including failure to obtain required permits or failure to meet conditions and requirements or permits;
  5. Land Use and Zoning violations; and
  6. Multiple complaints received on the same property.

 

Any person can make a complaint to the County alleging one or more code violations.  Anyone wishing to do so is encouraged to file a complaint on a County complaint form. Complaints and any supporting documentation may be emailed to codeenforcement@huerfano.us or mailed to the Huerfano County Land Use Department at the address at the top of this webpage.  Complaints may also be submitted using this link.

Anonymous complaints will be accepted, but may or may not be investigated at the discretion of the Land Use Department depending on the following factors:

  1. The reliability of the complaint;
  2. Whether the complaint alleges an imminent threat to public health and safety or to the environment; and
  3. The ease or difficulty with which the complaint may be verified by County staff.

The County policy is to maintain the confidentiality of Code Enforcement complaint files and computer records, including the identity of the complainant, to the extent legally possible. In addition, the County recognizes that some complainants do not wish to have their names disclosed to the alleged code violator for fear of retaliation. However, in some cases it may be necessary for successful prosecution and enforcement for the complainant to be identified and to testify in court. Additionally, the County’s Code Enforcement files are subject to state statutes governing public records and disclosure

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