Planning and Zoning

Online Application Portal for Planning Requests

All requests for subdivision exemptions, variances, rezones and special user reviews must be through our online portal. If you need assistance with your application, email our staff.  

Online Planning Application Portal

Zoning Map

We do not guarantee the accuracy of our online maps. If you believe there is discrepancy or inaccurate information on the map, please contact a planner.  

Zoning and Property Map

Gilpin County Zoning Regulations & Amendments

Gilpin County Zoning Regulations

     Section 3.10 Short Term Rentals Amendment 8.23.22

     Section 4.5 Mobile Business Amendment 3.15.22

     Section 4.12 Outdoor Lighting Amendment 2.15.22 

Resources

Gilpin County Comprehensive Plan 2020

NAICS Index

Community Development Fee Schedule

Gilpin County Engineering Design Standards 2020

Planner On-Call

Do you have a question about merging parcels, adjusting parcel lines, zoning regulations, or building a new home? Reach out to the planner on-call. Send an email to: jshrout@gilpincounty.org and rgutierrez@gilpincounty.org

Navigating land use regulations can be challenging. If you're working through the process to develop land in unincorporated Gilpin County, send us an email to schedule a meeting with a planner.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if a lot is "buildable”?

There is no minimum lot size requirement in Gilpin County. A lot is buildable if it was legally created, legally accessible and if applicable building codes, zoning codes and OWTS codes can be met.

How do I apply for a variance from the Gilpin County Zoning Code?

Where compliance with zoning regulations would create undue hardship or exceptional difficulty, a variance from the zoning code may be granted By the Board of Adjustment through application to the Planning Department. The fee for a variance application is $1000 for new development and $500 for additions to existing development. A public hearing is required.

Is my property zoned agricultural?

"Agricultural" is a tax designation used by the Gilpin County Assessor's office. No property in Gilpin County is zoned Agricultural.

How do I know if a property is zoned for horses?

Horses are permitted on all property in all zones Gilpin County. Limits on the number of horses one may keep applies only to horse farms where income is realized from the raising and/or keeping of horses. However, codes stipulating setbacks and manure limits exist and apply to all horse property.

How is property zoned in Black Hawk, Central City and Rollinsville?

While unincorporated Rollinsville is included in Gilpin County zoning, the incorporated cities of Black Hawk and Central City operate under their own zoning regulations.

What are "setbacks?"

Setbacks refer to the required distance a building must be from a property line or road and are a function of both the subject site’s zoning and the neighboring property’s zoning. See Zoning Regulations Section 2 for required setbacks.

How do I determine if there is a survey of my property?

The Gilpin County Clerk & Recorder maintains a survey depository. Contact the Clerk & Recorder’s office directly at 303/582-5321 with survey questions as to how you can come in and conduct your search.

What is the zoning for mining claims?

In Gilpin County, mining claims are zoned Resource Residential (RR). All mining claims are eligible for building permits if all applicable codes can be met.

Is my property within a flood zone?

FIRM maps are on file in the Community Development office depicting flood zones. However, these maps are not accurate enough to be relied upon for site planning and code compliance. If your lot or parcel contains a mapped “A Zone”, it is likely that a flood study would be required by Gilpin County to determine code compliance.

Can I build a studio apartment above my garage?

Yes – Ancillary apartments may be located above garages, attached to an existing dwelling unit or detached from an existing dwelling unit depending on zoning and lot size. No ancillary apartment may exceed 800 square feet. Bedrooms are limited to 1 and occupancy is limited to 2 persons. Full details can be found in Section 2.6 of the Gilpin County zoning code

How can I get a Gilpin County address?

Addresses are assigned by the Community Development Department to parcels presently containing a legal structure or at when a building permit is issued. Vacant land is not eligible for a Gilpin County address.