Leadville News – July 6

Building Inspection, Connection for City, County

“This is intended to be an improvement of government service and efficiency,” stated Lake County Building and Land Use Department Director Paul Clarkson concerning the county and city’s new intergovernmental agreement for building permits. “Maybe not its best, but pretty good at least.”

According to a letter distributed by Sarah Dallas, Administrative Services Manager for the City of Leadville, the city and the Lake County Building Department have merged and as of last Tuesday, July 3, 2018 an intergovernmental agreement between the two entities is in place.

The change will be effective starting this Monday, July 9. Therefore for ALL building permit inspection requests, contractors will need to call to schedule an inspection with the Lake County Building and Land Use Department at 719-486-2875. Contractors will then need to provide the following information:

  • The building permit number
  • The name of the contractor
  • The name of the owner
  • The address
  • The nature of the inspection request

According to the information distributed by Dallas, the contractor must call in the inspection. All contractors will now need to acquire licenses through the building and land use department. If you’re a contractor and have already paid for 2018 business license with the city of Leadville, please show that the lake county building and land use and they will honor that license for the remainder of the year, according to Dallas. Please note that contractors will still need to provide proof of general liability insurance.

For ALL building permit inspection requests, contractors will need to call to schedule an inspection with the Lake County Building and Land Use Department starting Monday, July 9

Furthermore, it may be that your permit is expired or near expiration. Typically the City of Leadville has allowed building permits to remain valid for 18 months or as long as a building inspection is called in at least 180 days. The Lake County Building Department may require your permit to be re-submitted and re-issued if the timeline has been to lengthy and has technically expired. This will be a case by case determination by Building Official Paul Clarkson.

According to Dallas, the City of Leadville will continue to review land use applications, applicable zoning regulations and other related requests and will also need to sign off on future building permits. In addition, it should be noted that building inspector, Jerry Long, of Colorado Code Consultants will remain the same. 

“It is our hope and our sincere belief,” wrote Dallas in a letter that was distributed to interested parties, “that this combining of agencies into one building department for all of Leadville and Lake County will streamline processes, offer better services and be more dependable for building and land owners, contractors and the general public.”

Any comments, questions or concerns about the decision should be directed to Dallas at 719-486-2092. However, it should be noted that a follow up email from Leadville Today regarding the change was greeted by an auto-reply from Dallas who is out of the office July 9 – 13.

Paul Clarkson, Director of the Lake County Building and Land Use Department may be reached at 719-486-2875, via email at pclarkson@co.lake.co.us or log-on to the building department’s webpage.

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