La Plata County Humane Society Animal Protection officers respond to most animal violations, however, Code Enforcement officers are responsible for chicken permit verification and inspections. Code Enforcement performs bear-trash calls on a regular basis in the spring and fall seasons and work hand-in-hand with the property owners on proper storage of trash containers.
Code Enforcement Officers inspect businesses for safety and security prior to approving a City Business License. If a business is in operation without a license, a Notice of Violation or a Cease and Desist order will be issued and they will be required to obtain a license.
Garbage / Refuse
Garbage accumulation on private property, or in the alley adjacent to private property is against City Code. Household trash scatter by wildlife will result in a mandatory upgrade to wildlife resistant container and may result in a fine if the can was not property secured.
Grease Traps / Interceptors
Junk / Abandoned Vehicles
A Code Enforcement Officer may order a property owner to remove junk vehicles from the property within 15 days after a notification is sent. Vehicles that are considered abandoned on City rights-of-way may be impounded after 10 days. Towing and impound fees are at the owner's expense.
Liquor and Marijuana Licenses
When a business applies for a liquor or marijuana license, the Police Department and Code Enforcement Division perform extensive reviews and inspections. These include background checks and zoning verification.
Obstructions of Rights-of-Way
Construction equipment, vehicles, piles of landscaping material, hedges, trees or shrubbery obstructing City right-of-way may result in immediate abatement due to safety concerns.
If a property owner builds a new structure on their property that violates zoning regulations, a Code Enforcement Officer can order the property owner to remove the structure. To confirm if your structure will meet zoning regulations please contact the Planning Division.