Proposed Regulation Amendments

The Adams County Board of Commissioners adopted the Development Standards and Regulations to guide development and protect and promote the public health, safety, and general welfare of the county.

These Development Standards and Regulations are regularly updated to reflect the goals of the Comprehensive Plan, to ensure that they adhere to current caselaw, and to comply with updated State and Federal regulations.

2021 Text Amendments - Oil & Gas Facilities (Now Seeking Public Comments)

Adams County is now seeking public comment on amendments to the County's Development Standards regarding Oil & Gas Facilities. To provide public comment, please review the Request for Comments document below. Comments can be e-mailed to Gregory Dean at by April 28, 2021. 

You may also provide comments by telephone at 720-523-6891; or by sending them by mail to: 

Adams County Government Center, 
Community & Economic Development Department, 
C/O Gregory Dean, 
4430 S. Adams County Pkwy., 
Brighton, CO 80601

2020 Text Amendments - Phase 2 (Adopted December 8, 2020)

The second phase of text amendments included updates to the following topics:

  • Procedural and Submittal changes for the creation of Special Districts,
  • Regulations regarding short-term rentals,
  • Engineering requirements,
  • Modified minimum lot size for Residential-2 zone districts,
  • Changes to the Use Table,
  • Performance standards for RV and Boat storage

2020 Text Amendments - Marijuana Hospitality (Adopted July 28, 2020)

Adams County new regulations for marijuana hospitality establishments.  For more information on these changes, please e-mail

2020 Text Amendments - Phase 1 (Adopted June 23, 2020)

The first phase of text amendments included updates to the following topics:

  • Setback Adjustments for the Public Lands Zone District
  • Prohibition of Accessory Dwelling Units from being individually platted as a condominium
  • Modification of the definition of Inert Fill
  • Minor Modification of Sign Regulations
  • Assorted changes to the Table of Permitted Uses
    • Commercial greenhouses
    • Day care centers and homes
    • Fertilizer manufacturing