Community Development


Community Development

The Community Development Department is responsible for:

  • Long-range comprehensive planning
  • Land use policy advice to the public, City Council and Planning Commission
  • Current planning and land use permits
  • Annexations and policy development
  • Building permits 
  • Building inspections
  • Code Enforcement
  • Site development review
  • Flood plain administration
  • Short-Term Rental permitting
  • Affordable housing coordination
  • Community Development & land use-related grant application
  • Land Use & Sign Code enforcement and administration
  • GIS and mapping analysis
  • Staff support for the Planning Commission
  • Staff support for the Ouray Economic Development Committee

Community Development Director - Kristen Clothier

The Community Development Director manages planning and zoning functions including the development and implementation of current and long-range master planning, oversees and coordinates community development and planning operations; oversees building inspection and code enforcement cases; develops, implements, evaluates and revises policies, practices, priorities, methods and procedures in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness of planning functions; enforces the City’s zoning, land use, litter, and dumping, temporary and fixed encroachment, and sign regulations. 

Building Inspector - Matt Haldeman
The Building Inspector manages and coordinated building permitting, inspections, and code enforcement. The Building Inspector is also responsible for ensuring the City remains in compliance with all adopted I-codes (IRC, IBC, IEBC, IFC, etc.) and municipal code standards; enforcing and coordinating the City's backflow prevention program as administered through the Colorado Department of Public Health & Safety; inspection and processing of short-term rental applications; and ongoing coordination with state agencies, private developers and contractors, property owners, and applicants to ensure development within the city limits is done in a way that respects the rights of adjacent property owners, contributes positively to the community character, provides safety for the public, considers environmental and hazard-related impact, and plans for future growth.

Explore the buttons below for more information on the Department's processes and permits. 

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Building Services &

Sign Applications

Land Use Services &

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Short-Term Rental
Licensing & FAQs
Request a Pre-Application Conference Document Center &
Other Forms

Community Development Permits & Forms
To explore Department forms and permits, please review the folders below.