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Development Guide

The Development Guide includes resources for staff, property owners, developers, consultants, and community members. It is intended to provide a better understanding of the City's development review process.  Each section of the guide explains a step of the process in greater detail.  We hope this guide will make the process more predictable, timely, logical, accountable and customer-focused.

Click here to view the Planning & Development Services Development Guide

Looking for information on development and permit fees? Please visit our Building Inspection Permit Fees page the view the new Fee Manual. 

Applications and Permits

  • Backyard Chicken Permits  - Ordinance O-2011-02 allows any resident in the City to own and keep chickens in the backyard of residential uses in residential zoning districts and residential uses in non-residential zoning districts. 
  • Building Permits - A building permit is required for all commercial construction, new construction, and any addition, alteration in, or to, a existing building or structure.
  • Carnival Permits - The City permits carnivals that are operating within the City.   A carnival application and permit are required.
  • Development Applications - Development Services is responsible for coordinating the review of development applications submitted to the City.  The review of development applications is coordinated through the Development Review Committee (DRC).
  • Home Occupations - Anyone conducting a business out of the home, (i.e. Home Occupation) is required to obtain a complete Home Occupation Affidavit.
  • Mobile Retail Food Vending Permit -  An annual permit is required to operate a mobile retail food establishment and pushcart on public and/or private property within the City.
  • Minor Modification - The Planning and Development Services Department may grant minor modifications to approved projects as stated in the Longmont Municipal Code, Chapter 15 Land Development Code.
  • Prairie Dog Management - Due to changes in land use, only 1-2% of all historic Prairie dog habitat still exists. In order for this species to co-exist along Colorado’s Front Range  a variety of management practices must be implemented.
  • Pre-Application Meetings - A pre-application meeting is required prior to the submittal of a development application and are held every Wednesday between 9 am and noon with the DRC.
  • Private Activity Bonds - This tax exempt bond financing program can be used by private and non-profit organizations interested in acquiring land and equipment, as well as construction of facilities. 
  • Sales and Use Tax - Any entity engaged in any business within the City of Longmont must obtain a City Sales and Use Tax License and collect City sales tax on business transactions within the city.
  • Site Plan Waiver/Change of Use - For redevelopment of property with structural additions, site changes, or changes in use. For use when a full site plan review is not required.
  • Short Term Rentals - The City of Longmont requires an annual permit and inspections for short terms rentals.
  • Temporary Use Permit - A temporary use permit is required for seasonal and holiday sales, as well as special events. 
  • Use of Public Places - A Use of Public Places permit is required when planning to use an public space for placing a fence or other improvements or conducting a special event, block party or event where alcohol will be served.
  • Variances - A Variance is an exception from the specific requirements in the Development Code.

For more information, please contact the Development Services Center at (303) 651-8330.

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