Summit County Planning Department

The Planning Department is responsible for guiding the physical growth of Summit County in a manner that promotes the public interest. This is achieved through land use regulation, development review, long-range master planning and various special projects that aim to help sustain a viable community in Summit County.

Short Term Vacation Rentals

Summit County has adopted regulations for short term rentals located within unincorporated areas of Summit County: Short Term Rental Information  

To report non-emergency issues at a short term rental, please visit our STR Complaint page to see the options on how to file a complaint.

Summit County Seeks Planning Commissioners

The Summit County Planning Department is inviting community minded citizens to apply for seats on the Lower Blue, Snake River, Tenmile, Upper Blue and Countywide Planning Commissions and the Summit County Board of Adjustment. The planning commissions and board of adjustment play an integral role in the land-use planning and development review process in the unincorporated areas of Summit County.

Applicants must be residents of Summit County for at least one year and reside in the basin in which they apply. Minimum commitments include one meeting per month and periodic site visits; monthly meetings are occasionally canceled when there is no business before the board or commission.

To apply for a seat on any of the Summit County planning commissions or the Board of Adjustment, applicants may fill out an online application. Alternatively, you may email a letter of interest, including your background and qualifications, to Dorothy Martinez. The application deadline is 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 29, 2021. For additional information, contact Lindsay Hirsh.

Planning Commission Meeting Information

Planning Commission meetings will continue as scheduled, remotely via an online meeting portal. Details for accessing meetings can be found on the specific meeting agenda which will be posted in the agenda center prior to the meeting. Meeting materials will be posted on the projects under review page.

COVID-19 Operations

Summit County is currently restricting public access to the Planning Department in order to reduce COVID-19 transmission.

We are accepting and processing new applications and holding pre-application meetings. All submittals and correspondence will be conducted electronically and via phone. All fees must be paid electronically via e-checks ($1 processing fee) or credit card ($0.75 plus 2.25% processing fee).

Planning staff is available via phone and email for all questions and inquiries. If you know which staff member you wish to speak with, visit our staff directory or call our main line at 970-668-4200. 

Formulario de Solicitud de Comisión de Planificación

El Departamento de Planificación del Condado de Summit está invitando a los residentes con mentalidad comunitaria a solicitar puestos en las Comisiones de Planificación de Lower Blue, Snake River, Tenmile, Upper Blue y de todo el condado y en la Junta de Ajuste del Condado de Summit. Las comisiones de planificación y la junta de ajuste juegan un papel integral en el proceso de revisión del desarrollo y planeamiento del uso de los terrenos en las áreas no incorporadas del Condado de Summit.

Los solicitantes deben ser residentes del condado de Summit durante al menos un año y residir en el área en la que solicitan. Los compromisos mínimos incluyen una reunión por mes y visitas periódicas al lugar; Las reuniones mensuales se cancelan ocasionalmente cuando no hay asuntos ante la junta o la comisión.

Para solicitar un puesto en cualquiera de las comisiones de planificación del Condado de Summit o en la Junta de Ajuste, los solicitantes pueden completar una solicitud en línea. Alternativamente, puede enviar por correo electrónico una carta de motivación, incluidos sus antecedentes y certificaciones, a Dorothy Martinez. La fecha límite para la solicitud es el viernes 29 de enero del 2021 a las 5 pm. Para obtener más información, comuníquese con Lindsay Hirsh al 970-668-4206 o

Development Regulations

The Summit County Planning Department administers land use reviews in accordance with the regulations in the Summit County Land Use and Development Code and other associated documents. The Land Use and Development Code includes regulations related to zoning, permitted uses, accessory units, setbacks, height, lighting, landscaping, signs and other development standards. The Code includes provisions related to subdivisions, rezonings, conditional use permits, site plans, and other processes to facilitate changes to property and the development of property. Find more information on Summit County development regulations.

Interactive Mapping Tool – Find Your Zoning

To understand land-use regulations that pertain to a property, it is important to know the zoning.  View an interactive map (with a step-by-step guide) to determine the zoning for a property

Planning Department Review of Building Permits


The Planning Department reviews building permits for compliance with planning-related regulations. 

Property Information Search & Maps

Interactive Map

Development Process, Applications and Fees

The Planning Department processes six different classes of development review applications, ranging in review authority from Class 1 through Class 6. Find out about the development review process and associated fees for your project.

Master Plans

Summit County’s master plans set forth the goals, policies, and visions for the future of Summit County. These policies have a significant role in the review of subdivisions, rezonings, and other types of land use applications. The Planning Department is charged with updating the master plans on a periodic basis and works with the respective planning commission to adopt the updates to these plans.

Population Information

The Planning Department provides basic demographic information on Summit County’s permanent resident population, population growth rates, permanent resident characteristics, population history and population projections. Find Summit County population information.

Planning Commissions

Summit County has five planning commissions charged with review, approval and recommendation authority for various types of development. Learn more about Summit County’s planning commissions.