Community Development Department
Building, Planning, Zoning & GIS
The Old Courthouse / 203 Eureka Street, 2nd and 3rd Floors
/ P.O. Box 661 / Central City, CO 80427
Phone: 303-582-5831 / Fax: 303-565-1796
Planning & Zoning 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 ISDS codes can be met.
What is the zoning on a property?
Gilpin County does not have an official zoning map. Please call the Community
Development Department at 303/582-5831 with zoning inquires.
How do I apply for a variance from the Gilpin County Zoning
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 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
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.
What is the zoning for mining claims?
In Gilpin County, mining claims at zoned Rural 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 copy of the Gilpin County Zoning Code and/or Master Plan?
Hard copies of the both documents are available for $10.00 + S&H from the
Community Development Department. Electronic versions are available for download
from the Planning & Zoning link below.
How can I get maps of Gilpin County?
Detailed street maps books are available for $100.00 from the Community
Development Department. All map books and other map products are available for
download from the GIS Map link below.
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.
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