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Step 1:Summit County Animal Control suggests that you contact the owner regarding the barking dog in an effort to resolve the problem at a neighborhood level first. This can be done in person or by sending a signed letter describing the specific problem. It is recognized that contacting your neighbor first is not always possible or desirable for you. If you are uncomfortable making the initial contact an Animal Control Officer (ACO) can intervene.
Step 2: If the problem persists after the initial contact or if you aren’t comfortable contacting the owner, a warning can be issued. To issue a warning, the following information is needed from you. A. Complete Address of the dog owner. If this is unknown, an ACO can try to assist you in gaining this information.B. Description of dog(s) and circumstances. i.e. color, breed, size, etc. Can you see the dog(s)? C. Specific date and time frames and/or intervals the dog(s) were barking. Example: “The dog barked from 8:00am to 10:00am” Note: “The dog barks all the time” is too vague of a statement and does not meet the elements of describing the nuisance.D. A signed complaint. An ACO will produce a typed complaint including the above information and provide it to you to sign.Step 3:If the barking complaint is not resolved within 72 hours of the issuance of the first warning, then you will be instructed to sign a second complaint. A second warning will then be issued. Step 4: If the problem persists after another 72 hours, then you will be encouraged to sign another complaint for a citation to be issued. By doing so, you must be willing to testify in court, should that become necessary.
In order to adopt a pet, you must:
Adoption fees include the cost of the microchip and initial chip registration, spay or neuter surgery, license fee for the first year, current rabies and distemper vaccination, and a veterinary health exam. These fees also partially cover the cost of the animal’s care and feeding during the animal’s stay at the shelter.
Please understand that the Summit County Animal Shelter reserves the right to deny any application for adoption.
Note: We are not a same-day adoption shelter.
There are fees involved to redeem an impounded pet. You may contact the shelter first at (970)668-3230 to find out the amount owed or you may just come to the shelter during our normal business hours.
You will be asked to show proof of rabies vaccination on a dog, cat, or ferret. If your animal is not vaccinated or proof is not available, you will be issued a citation for Failure to Vaccinate a pet animal. You will be given 20 days to provide the shelter with proof of rabies vaccination and have the citation voided, or you may pay the citation fine or appear in court. If you live in unincorporated Summit County, Dillon, or Silverthorne, you will be required to purchase a dog license if you do not already have a current one. Our fees are as follows:
To file an appeal by email, send an email to email@example.com that includes the property schedule number, property owner’s name and phone number, property owner’s estimate of value, an explanation of why the Assessor’s value is being appealed and attach any documentation supporting the appeal to the email. In the subject line of your email, please write “Protest” and your property’s schedule number. Please note that emailed protests must be received by midnight on June 1.
To file an appeal by mail, send your written documentation that includes the property schedule number, property owner’s name and phone number, property owner’s estimate of value, an explanation of why the Assessor’s value is being appealed and any documentation supporting the appeal to the email through USPS to Summit County Assessor, PO Box 276, Breckenridge, CO 80424. Please note that mailed protests must be postmarked on or before June 1.
To file an appeal online go to https://apps.summitcountyco.gov/AssessorProtest/ProtestInstructions.aspx. You will need to have your schedule number and the security key located on your 2022 Notice of Valuation. The Security Key must be entered exactly as it appears on the NOV as it is case sensitive. The online option allows you to provide comments and your estimate of value. The online appeal option does not allow you to provide supplemental documentation, so if you desire to provide any documentation with your appeal, which our office recommends, please instead appeal by email, mail or in-person.
The Assessor’s Office is not able to process your appeal by phone, however we are available to answer questions regarding your property/appeal by phone during normal business hours 8AM to 5PM Monday to Friday at (970) 453-3480.
This is so the Assessor’s Office may reach out to you if we have questions about your appeal. Please provide an email address and a phone number so that we may contact you.
Only owners of record of the subject property, attorneys for such owners and authorized agents of such owners may file appeals. To designate an authorized agent, the owner of record must submit a document in writing to the Assessor’s Office including the agent’s name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address and the owner of record’s signature. A form for providing this written agent authorization is included on your Notice of Valuation. Agents may not use the online appeal option.
A Notice of Determination will be sent by the Assessor’s Office to appealing taxpayers on June 30. The Assessor’s Office may reach out to taxpayers before June 30 if there are questions about the appeal.
The Summit County Assessor’s Office will review the information and data in our records for your property and confirm that it is correct. If we are uncertain about any information or find any discrepancies, we use a variety of means to research and confirm information, which may include contacting the property owner or scheduling a physical inspection of the property. If we discover information about the property that supports a different value, either lower or higher, we will adjust the value and indicate that adjustment on the Notice of Determination. If no new information about the property is discovered, or considered relevant to the value, the Summit County Assessor’s Office cannot arbitrarily reduce the value of the property.
No, tax bills are sent out by the County Treasurer’s Office in January of each year. An NOV is a notice of the value amount of a property determined by the Assessor’s Office, which value amount (the “Taxable Actual Value”) is a factor used to calculate property taxes payable.
Your annual property taxes are determined by the following formula: Taxable Actual Value * Assessment Rate * Total of applicable Mill Levies = Tax Amount. The Assessor is only responsible for the valuation of your property, the Taxable Actual Value. If you disagree with the value of your property in the NOV, you may file an appeal. See “How do I appeal my value?” If you disagree with the value of your property in your tax bill, you will need to file a Petition for Abatement. You can find more information on our Abatements page.
Your annual property taxes are determined by the following formula: Taxable Actual Value * Assessment Rate * Mill Levy = Tax amount. The Assessment Rate for residential property in Colorado for 2022 is 6.95% or 6.8% for “multi-family” units. The Assessment rate for most other taxable property types is 29%. The Mill Levy, which is a rate, is a total of the mill levies set by taxing entities with jurisdiction over the property. The individual mill levy set by each taxing entity is listed on your tax bill and you may contact that taxing entity for more information about how the mill is set and/or how it is being used.
Each Summit County property is assigned an individual identification number, sometimes called a “schedule” or “account” number – both terms refer to the same number. This number is located on your NOV and your tax bill.
All property sales used for 2021 and 2022 Valuations are identified in the spreadsheets found on Assessor’s website. Go to: http://co-summitcounty2.civicplus.com/387/Reappraisal-Sales-Lists
By state law, for the 2021/2022 valuation cycle, the Assessor’s Office cannot consider any sales that occurred after June 30, 2020. The sale of your neighbor’s property, if it is qualified, will be part of the data collection period for the 2023/2024 valuation cycle.
Even though your neighbor’s home may seem the same, there may be differences of which you are unaware. Many different elements are considered when valuing properties, for example, number of bedrooms and baths, view, condition of home, interior or exterior remodels, garage, land, etc. If you would like our office to address concerns about how your property was valued, you may file an appeal. See “How do I appeal my value?”.
Your value changed from 2019/2020 to 2021/2022 due to the State mandated reappraisal of all property to a more current level of market value. All property in Colorado is reappraised every 2 years on the odd numbered year to reflect a market value based on the appraisal date of June 30th of the preceding year. For 2021 and 2022, all property was revalued to a June 30, 2020 date of appraisal, as compared to the prior 2019-2020 date of appraisal of June 30, 2018.
The Summit County Assessor’s Office first develops an opinion of value for the property as a whole, and then uses the allocation method to assign a portion of total property value to the land, based on the relationship between the land and the improvement. To determine the portion to be allocated, we analyze the land to building ratio for the subdivision or neighborhood, as well as the median base value and median land size.
No, but your tax bill does. Your 2022 Property Tax Notice Due 2023 form will have the following message in the Messages section in the upper right section of the form: “The value and tax stated on this notice reflect reduced amounts due to the application of the Senior or Veteran Property Tax Exemption Program”. More information about the Senior and Veteran’s property tax exemption programs may be found here: http://www.summitcountyco.gov/120/Exemption-Programs
Time trending refers to an adjustment made based on changes in market conditions over time, or between the time of the sale and the appraisal date. This adjustment is applied to all sales for the purpose of calculating their values effective on the last day of the then current data collection period, which for 2021 was June 30, 2020 and is required by state statute. See further explanation at: http://www.summitcountyco.gov/DocumentCenter/View/217/Time-Adjusted-Sale-Prices?bidId=
Our hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. We have a staff meeting Wednesday mornings until about 10:30am.
Residential sheds limited to 120 sq. ft. and one story do not require a permit . However, make sure to check with the Planning Department for location allowed on your lot and with your HOA if applicable. An electrical permit is required if you are running power to your shed. Carpeting, countertops and cabinets do not require a building permit. Per the 2018 adopted codes, IRC section 105.2 #1 has been amended to the IBC section 105.2 #1. The following work is exempt from obtaining a building permit: 1.One-story detached accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses and similar uses, provided that the floor area is not greater than 120 square feet. 2. Fences not over 7 feet high. 3. Retaining walls that are not over 4 feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge. 4. Water tanks supported directly upon grade if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons and the ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed 2 to 1. 5. Sidewalks and driveways. 6. Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work. 7. Prefabricated swimming pools that are less than 24 inches deep. 8. Swings and other playground equipment. 9. Window awnings supported by an exterior wall which do not project more than 54 inches from the exterior wall and do not require additional support. 10. Decks not exceeding 200 square feet in area, that are not more than 18 inches above grade at any point, are not attached to a dwelling and do not serve the exit door required by Section R311.4.
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Construction is permitted Monday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. No construction is allowed on Sunday. This information can be found in section 3512.04 in
Mechanical, plumbing, electrical plan reviews are required for all commercial jobs. Photo Voltaic system plan reviews are required for all residential and commercial jobs. Contact the Building Inspection Department at (970) 668-3170 with questions.
Yes, with the approval of the Building Official
Yes, we accept cash, check or credit card with a processing fee of 2.25% plus a $.75 convenience fee.
"R902.1 Roofing covering materials. Roofs shall be covered with materials as set forth in Sections R904 and R905. Class A roofing shall be installed on all new buildings. Class A roofing required to be listed by this section shall be tested in accordance with UL 790 or ASTM E 108. Roof assemblies with coverings of brick, masonry, slate, clay or concrete roof tile, exposed concrete roof deck, ferrous or copper shingles or sheets, and metal sheets and shingles, shall be considered Class A roof coverings. Where required for roof drainage, scuppers shall be placed level with the roof surface in a wall or parapet. The scupper shall be located as determined by the roof slope and contributing roof area." 2012 Amendments
All building and technical permits must be complete prior to use or occupancy. All referral agency sign offs shall be obtained prior to the Certificate of Occupancy or Certificate of Completion.
Visit the Colorado Funeral Directors Association website to find a list of Denver area funeral homes or you can call our office for a list to be faxed or emailed. If you have any other questions, please call our office at (970) 668-2964.
Fill out a Death Certificate Application.
Many other questions arise during this confusing time. The Summit County Office of the Coroner strives to provide answers and to address any questions you have during the course of the investigation.
Note: Autopsy Reports take an average of 12 weeks. The reason for this is due to toxicology and microscopic evaluation.
If you have any other questions, please call our office at (970) 668-2964.
A septic contractor/Installer must be tested and licensed by the Summit County Environmental Health Department. The test is open book, taken from the current OWS Regulations. There are fees associated with testing and licensing. Regulations are available on the EH webpage or may be purchased at the office. Testing takes, on average, 3 hours. Licenses must be renewed annually. If a license lapses the test must be retaken. More information can be found at the link below.
Yes it can. In order to permit an OWTS design, EH staff must visit the property and verify that the soils/groundwater conditions are suitable and that all required setbacks can be met. Freezing temperatures and snow can prevent us from doing this. Generally, OWTS permits cannot be issued during the months of October – May.
If ground water is not checked during seasonally high groundwater, EH staff may conservatively assume shallow groundwater and require an OWTS design that is appropriate for high groundwater. Seasonal high groundwater is generally during May – June depending on elevation and weather. The ideal time to obtain an OWTS permit is in June. Consult with your designer or this office for more details.
OWTS are generally constructed between June – November due to the challenges of working in freezing temperatures and snow.
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Trees near piles may be scorched by fire. Fire is a natural ecosystem service utilized as a tool in the restoration of many Colorado forest types, including those in Summit County. Some scorching may occur adjacent to the piles. Should a tree become engulfed and torch, the risk of escape is extremely unlikely:
(An example of a pile burning near trees)
There will be two Type 6 Wildland Fire Engines on site in support of this operation and adequate staffing for each shift of burning, which includes qualified Engine Bosses. Each engine is equipped with the minimum “National Unit Standard” of specific quantities of hose, fitting and accessory requirements, able to meet specific hoselay requirements. We also plan on supplying an additional 3000 feet of on-site hose. It is likely that burning operations will be conducted in below freezing conditions and will require 3” of snow.
(Hand-pile burning in a Northern Colorado spruce-fir forest)
It is every homeowner’s responsibility to be “Firewise” and ensure that all elements of their home are not prone to ember reception. Common receptors include shake shingle rooves and dirty, dry gutters.
It is common practice to manage multiple burning piles during a shift. In other words, one individual may ignite several piles and spend the remainder of their time during that shift dedicated to “chunking” (moving material on the periphery of the pile into the fire), monitoring and communicating progress of the area that they are managing. Each individual managing a given area is a qualified wildland firefighter integrated into an incident command system led by a qualified burn boss. Under this system of organization, firefighters can rapidly communicate and operate within the foundation of goals and objectives built into the prescribed fire burn plan.
Yes, please visit any of these websites to learn more:
Please see the Volunteer Information page. For additional information or questions, call Allison Mitchell at 970-668-4213 or email Allison.Mitchell@SummitCountyCO.gov.
Please see the Rules & Regulations page. For additional information or questions, contact Allison Mitchell at 970-668-4213 or email Allison.Mitchell@SummitCountyCO.gov
Please see the Rules & Regulations page. For additional information or questions, contact Christine.Zenel at 970-668-4061 or email Christine.Zenel@SummitCountyCO.gov.
The Summit County Open Space Advisory Council is a citizen-appointed board responsible for recommending open space acquisition priorities to the Board of County Commissioners, along with providing input on the County’s overall Open Space protection program. Open Space Advisory Council meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Buffalo Mountain room of the County Commons building in Frisco. (Please note that as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic and associated Public Health Restrictions, the Open Space Advisory Council is meeting virtually via webmeeting.)
Please report any open space issues by calling Christine Zenel at 970-668-4061 or email Christine.Zenel@SummitCountyCo.gov.
Please see the Special Events page. For additional information, contact Allison Mitchell at 970-668-4213 or email Allison.Mitchell@SummitCountyCO.gov. or Jordan Mead at 970-668-4065 or email at Jordan.Mead@SummitCountyCo.gov.
Yes, if you would like to adopt a section of the Recpath, please contact Allison Mitchell at 970-668-4213 or email Allion.Mitchell@SummitCountyCO.gov. For road adoption information, please contact Marsha Miller at 970-668-3590 or email Marsha.Miller@SummitCountyco.gov.
Reservations for Sapphire Point can be made by calling Recreation.gov at 1-877-444-6777 or visiting their website,
The Summit County Planning Department does not have jurisdiction within the incorporated towns of the county, which include Blue River, Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco, Montezuma and Silverthorne. For zoning or land-use questions about properties in any of the towns, contact the town directly.
Town of Breckenridge: 970-453-2251
Town of Frisco: 970-668-5276
Town of Silverthorne: 970-262-7300
Town of Dillon: 970-468-2403
Town of Blue River: 970-547-0545
Town of Montezuma: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the Building Permits page to find out about review and submittal requirements. During the permitting process, the Building Department will refer all applicable building permit applications to the Planning Department for review and comment.
Complaints about nuisances related to parking on public roads, trespassing, and noise violations should be filed directly with the Summit County Sheriff’s Office at 970-453- 2232.
More serious nuisances related to dilapidated buildings and structures posing a danger to public health and safety should be reported to the Summit County Building Inspection Department at 970-668-3170.
Violations that pose an immediate threat to health, safety and welfare, such as spills of hazardous materials, should be reported immediately by calling 911.
Call the foreclosure hotline at (970) 453-3440 or send an email to Foreclosure@summitcountyco.gov. Our office can answer procedure questions but will not give legal or lending advice. Read the Foreclosure Process document for more information.
We do not show properties and potential bidders may not force the homeowner to let them see the property.
We must have full payment in the form of certified check (Cashiers or Teller) or a wire transfer at the conclusion of the auction. Some people will bring a certified check for the maximum they are able to bid or wire the money ahead of time. These amounts are not public record. If property is obtained for less than received amount, a refund check or excess wire amount is issued / returned the same day.
In order to pay for the cost of staff, custodians of public records within the City and County of Denver may charge for research and retrieval time necessary to respond to requests for records under the Colorado Open Records Act (“CORA”). Pursuant to C.R.S. §24-72-205(6), effective July 1, 2014, staff time may be charged at a rate not to exceed $30.00 per hour. There shall be no charge for the first hour of time for research and retrieval of records.
All Summit County roads are assigned a Summit County road number to assist Emergency Services in locating a specific address. Roads that have a county road number may or may not be maintained by the county.
The short answer is because it hasn't been accepted for county maintenance. If you would like to have your road maintained by the county, you must submit your request to the Summit County Engineer. For a complete description of the process, see Section 5500 of the Road and Bridge Standards.
Parking on county roads is illegal in Summit County, and it is the responsibility of every property owner to provide adequate off right of way parking. On road parking presents particular difficulties during snow removal season, and the Sheriff’s Department may order illegally parked vehicles to be towed.
During snow removal operations, snow is pushed off the road onto the county right of way. Private driveways access through this right of way area and are the responsibility of the homeowner to keep clear.
When clearing your driveway, either by yourself or with the aid of a private contractor, be aware that it is unlawful to push or throw snow onto or across the roadway. Your snow must be disposed of on your own property. Snow pushed onto the road not only makes plowing more difficult for road crews, but can cause a dangerous obstacle in the roadway or a nuisance to your neighbors.
Arterial roads, such as the Dillon Dam Road, Swan Mountain Road, and school bus routes, receive priority maintenance. Secondary priority is given to collector roads through subdivisions, followed by other lower volume roads.
Questions regarding speed limits on roads or methods used for slowing traffic should be directed to the County Engineer at (970) 668-4212.
Requests for signage should be directed to the County Engineer at (970) 668-4212.
Due to the sensitivity of digging within the public right of way, right of way permits are not issued online. An Application for Right of Way Permit (PDF) shall be completed and submitted to the Construction Inspector along with all required attachments.
To find out if your road receives county maintenance, view the County Maintained Road List or contact the Summit County Road and Bridge Department at (970) 668-3590.
1st Quarter (Jan 1 – Mar 30) Payment deducted February 12nd Quarter (Apr 1 – Jun 30) Payment deducted May 13rd Quarter (Jul 1 – Sep 30) Payment deducted August 14th Quarter (Oct 1 – Dec 31) Payment deducted November 1
If you would like to participate please complete and submit to our office the Auto-Pay Form.
To change your address, use our quick link Address Change Form located on our home page or contact the Assessor’s office - 970-453-3480 or send an email to AssessorAdmin@summitcountyco.gov.
First half payments are due February 28th and second half payments are due June 15th. If paying in full, the deadline is April 30th.
Once taxes become late, a 1% fee is added per month.
Your property now has a lien on it, meaning an investor purchased a lien by paying your delinquent property taxes at our annual sale. The investor will now earn interest off of this lien through a tax rate set by statute. The lien on your property can be redeemed at any time with the required forms completed and a certified fund payment. Additional fees will apply. Call us at (970) 453 – 3440 or email Treasurer@summitcountyco.gov to learn more about the redemption process and for updated amounts.
No, you will not. Property owners will have an additional 3 years before the tax lien buyer can apply for the deed to said property.
Real Property is property considered ’fixed’ to nature (this could mean the land or any improvements).Personal property is generally in regards to business, but property that is moveable and typically creates an income (equipment, furniture, etc). All personal property is still taxable unless exempt by law.
You can verify if your taxes have been paid by going to the home page of our website, "View Transaction History", and type in your schedule number. From here, you can see if you have a balance due, a tax lien, or no balance due at this time. You can also verify if all taxes have been paid by calling our office - 970-453-3440 or send an email to Treasurer@summitcountyco.gov.
To receive a receipt, click the "View Transaction History" button at the center of our homepage. From there, you can search for your property by schedule number. You can view your current property data, print your account statement, or print a tax notice. With any additional questions, feel free to call our office at (970) 453-3440 or send us an email at email@example.com and we can obtain an account summary for you.
On the Treasurer’s home page, click the "Register for eNotices" button. From there, you will be asked to fill out a form with your property and personal information to register. You will need to obtain the authorization code from our office to complete this form. Please call (970) 453-3440 or send an email to Treasurer@summitcountyco.gov.
Yes, we accept postal service postmarks showing the current year payment was mailed on the payment due date. Postmarks are not accepted for payments intended to pay off a tax lien. Call the Treasurer's office for more information at (970) 453-3440 or send an email to Treasurer@summitcountyco.gov.
Taxes levied on real and personal property are a perpetual lien on the property without respect to ownership and have priority over all liens until they are paid in full. The buyer and seller must settle who is responsible for the tax liability. Generally, at the closing the title company will collect a pro rata share of the current year's taxes from the seller and credit it to the buyer. Please review your closing papers. Call us for more information at (970) 453-3440 or send an email to Treasurer@summitcountyco.gov.
The tax lien sale is held at the Community / Senior Center south of Frisco. Doors will open at 8:00 am and the sale starts at 9:00 am. The Community / Senior Center is located at:
0083 Nancy's Pl., CR 1014
Frisco, CO 80443
The Tax Lien Sale for 2019 will be held on Wednesday October 23, 2019
Number of registrations is limited. Registration opens the day after Labor Day at 8:00AM MST, and remains open until the limit number is obtained. Registration is based on “first received, first accepted” basis. Only two registrations will be accepted for any one address. A “wait list” will be maintained for any applications received after the limit is reached. Persons on the wait list will be notified for admission in the order registration was received in the event a registrant is unable to attend. Do not arrive at the sale if you have not been notified that you are a successful registrant. Buyer numbers will only be issued to registrants.
Registration opens the day after Labor Day at 8:00AM MST, and remains open until the limit number is obtained. Registration is based on “first received, first accepted” basis. Only two confirmed registrations will be issued to any one address. A “wait list” will be maintained. Persons on the list will be notified for admission in the order registration was received in the event a confirmed registrant is unable to attend. The day after Labor Day, the registration form will be made available by 8:00AM (MST).