Planning

COVID-19 Job Site Safety

Construction projects and companies in their supply chain are NOT EXEMPT from social distancing requirements.  Please reference the following documents regarding COVID-19 information, and social distancing and hygiene protocols:

City Allowing More Outdoor Space for Businesses

In response to the Coronavirus emergency, physical visits to the Community Development office at River City Hall have been suspended until further notice. We will continue accepting and processing applications for permits and development approvals, but all application submittals must be done digitally.

Due to the economic impacts of the Coronavirus emergency on the City of Durango, starting on May 7, 2020, Community Development Staff will be furloughed one day a week until the end of the year as follows: 

The furloughs will reduce staff’s capacity by 20%, which will impact communication and turn-around times for all services.  The City appreciates your cooperation and patience during this difficult time.  

If you have a project or permit currently in process, you may continue corresponding with the staff member you’ve been working with via e-mail. If you have a new inquiry, please use the following resources: 

  • FOR GENERAL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT INQUIRIES:  Call the main phone line at (970) 375-4850. 
  • FOR BUILDING PERMIT INQUIRIES, INCLUDING APPLICATIONS AND INSPECTIONS:  Contact Jackie Cox at Jaclyn.cox@durangogov.org or (970) 375-4852.
  • FOR ENGINEERING  INQUIRIES, INCLUDING EXCAVATION PERMITS AND INSPECTIONS OF PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS/UTILITIES:  Call the main phone line at (970) 375-4850. 
  • FOR PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT REVIEW INQUIRIES:  Email plansrvcs@durangogov.org or call the main line at (970) 375-4850. 
  • FOR CODE ENFORCEMENT INQUIRIES:  Contact Steve Barkley at steve.barkley@durangogov.org or call (970) 375-4930.
  • FOR PARKING ENFORCEMENT INQUIRIES:  Call (970) 375-4960.

Applications shall be submitted to staff digitally.  If paper plans are required by the City, or to drop off mylars, etc., there is a drop-box located at the front door of River City Hall (DO NOT LEAVE ANY PAYMENTS IN THIS DROP-BOX).  Payments for applications and permits will be accepted over the phone by calling the main line (970) 375-4850.  Physical payments will also be accepted at City drop-box locations conveniently located at City Hall (949 E. 2nd Avenue), the Post Office (222 W. 8th Street), and Durango Public Library (1900 E. 3rd Avenue), and should be addressed to the Community Development Department and include a detailed description of the project.  All approved permits will be emailed to customers.

Planning Division Responsibilities

The Planning Division is responsible for the review of private and public development projects, administers the Comprehensive Plan (PDF) and the Land Use Development Code, and develops area and topical plans.Downtown Main Avenue Before Design Guidelines and After Design Guidelines Opens in new window

Department staff also provides administrative services to the: