NOTICE: Adams County government offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 23 and 24, in observance of Thanksgiving. Regular business hours will resume on Monday, Nov. 27.

ROW & Infrastructure Permit Applications

Right of Way (ROW) permits are issued to assure state and county standards are being met and safe and proper methods are being practiced and achieved during construction operations and/or other activities within county ROW.  These permits ensure all construction within the existing ROW is properly reviewed, inspected and conforms to all known construction standards as set in place by various Federal agencies, the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Board of County Commissioners.

Note:  For larger projects requiring engineering review please see the Development Engineering Submittal Requirements.

Culvert/Access Permit (CLV)

Culvert/access permits assure all access points are safe, all culverts are properly sized for drainage and that they are installed to conform to all known construction standards.

Floodplain Use Permit (FUP/WET)

This permit is issued when a building, utility or other infrastructure is built within a floodplain as designated by FEMA.

Oversize Load One-Time Move Permit (OSL)
Oversize Load Annual/Fleet Permit (OSL)

These permits allow oversize/overweight vehicles (vehicles, with load, that are longer than 70', wider than 8'6", higher than 13') access to unincorporated Adams County roadways.  Any vehicle that exceeds 14' in width must travel between the hours of 10pm & 5am when on county roads.  These permits do not authorize a vehicle to be overweight.  Overweight vehicles must redistribute their load or use additional axles as set forth by the Colorado Department of Transportation.  The Adams County Traffic Department requires a minimum of 48 hours to review all OSL permits.  Click here to view a map of weight restricted bridges in unincorporated Adams County.

Gas and Oil Well Permit (GOW)

The purpose of the GOW permit is to monitor the moves of oversize gas and oil well rigs to and from the site and to ensure proper access to county roads.  A GOW permit is required for a rig to move both into and out of the county.  This permit is also required if a rig needs to move through the county.  A culvert installation for access to the site comes with the permit, as needed.  For more information regarding oil and gas in Adams County click here.

Gas and Oil Well Facilities Production Permit (GOW)

A GOW Facility Production permit is required when a well site goes into production.  It ensures proper installation and inspection of all production facilities supporting the site.

Underground & Above Ground Utility Permit (UTL)

This permit is issued for any individual street cut, trenching, road bore or main line extensions of water, sanitary sewer, gas, electric, telecommunications or storm sewer effecting the infrastructure of the county ROW.  This permit is also required for monitoring well development, soil test bores and potholing for line locates.  Depending on the size and scope of the project an engineering review may be required.  See Development Engineering Submittal Requirements below.

On-Site Grading and Drainage Permit (INF)

This permit is required based on the amount of change to the imperviousness of the site as defined by Chapter 9 of the Adams County Development Standards and Regulations.  This permit is also issued for new roadway construction and roadway improvements, bridges; curb, gutter and sidewalk; cross pans and inlets and curb cuts.  See Development Engineering Submittal Requirements below.

This permit is also issued for new roadway construction and roadway improvements, bridges; curb, gutter and sidewalk; cross pans, inlets and curb cuts.

Infrastructure Permit (INF)

This permit is issued for new roadway construction and roadway improvements; bridges; curb, gutter and sidewalk; cross pans, inlets and curb cuts.  Currently, no permit is required for minor flatwork on private property, but Adams County must review and approve all additional street access to a property.  Depending on the size and scope of the project an engineering review may be required.  See Development Engineering Submittal Requirements below.

Insurance Requirements

Contractors must provide a Certificate of General Liability Insurance to the county prior to permitting.  Contractors disturbing the infrastructure within county Right of Way must also provide to the county a Bond Certificate.  Information regarding the county's insurance requirements for Right of Way permits can be found here.

Fee Schedule

Right of Way or infrastructure permit fees can be found here.

Development Engineering Review and Requirements (EGR)

This review includes engineering submittals such as drainage reports, traffic impact studies, street construction plans and technical review of subdivisions.  Development Engineering review fees can be found here.

For permits that require an Engineering review, the following items must be submitted:  two (2) copies of the proposed site plan, two (2) copies of all necessary design/construction plans and reports, one (1) copy of the Adams County Development Engineering Review Application completed by the applicant and one (1) electronic copy of all submittal items.  Incomplete submittals will not be accepted. 

Stormwater Quality Permit

The intent of the SWQ permit is to ensure that developers and builders are in compliance with state and federal stormwater regulations for construction activities. The county's goal is to provide compliance assistance and aid in preventing the potential for State and EPA enforcement fines due to violations of stormwater regulations governing construction site operators.

Failure to obtain a SWQ permit for applicable projects will result in delays in the issuance of grading, right of way and/or building permit. Developers and builders should therefore plan ahead when preparing to apply for construction permits that may require an associated SWQ permit.