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Floodplain Regulations

Find important information and resources concerning county floodplain regulations.

Grading & Excavation Regulations

Discover important information pertaining to county grading and excavation regulations.

Road & Bridge Standards

Learn more about county road and bridge standards for design, construction, and management of improvements to the road system.

Water Quality Regulations

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Standards & Regulations
Floodplain Regulations
County Floodplain Regulations

The County Engineer of Summit County acts as the floodplain manager for all areas in unincorporated Summit County. Floodplain Management regulations are found in Chapter 4 of the Code. Floodplain Management duties are performed as members in good standing of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in accordance with FEMA regulations promulgated in Title 44 of the Code of Federal Regulations, and the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) regulations promulgated in the CWCB Adopted Floodplain Rules and Regulations.

The officially adopted Flood Maps may be found online at the FEMA Map Service Center, or hard copies may be viewed or purchased at the Summit County Engineering Department office in the County Commons campus. Any questions regarding the County’s Floodplain Management regulations, Special Flood Hazard Area boundaries, flood maps, or other flood hazard related questions should be directed to the County Engineer.

Click here for information on recent changes to the NFIP.

For further information regarding submittal requirements and applications please see the permits page.
Grading & Excavation Regulations
County Grading & Excavation Regulations

The Engineering Department, as the authority and administrator of the Grading and Excavation Regulations, which are established in Chapter 6 of the Code, has published the Grading Manual (per Section 6004 in Chapter 6 of the Code) which establishes the standards and policies that apply to grading and excavation in unincorporated Summit County.

Grading and excavation (GE) permits are issued under the authority granted in Chapter 6, and are administered by the Engineering Department, with the goal of maintaining safe and visually acceptable practices and standards for all work and preserving water quality through the management of earth-disturbing activities.

For further information regarding submittal requirements and applications please see the permits page.
Road & Bridge Standards
County Road & Bridge Standards

The Summit County Engineering Department, in cooperation with the Road and Bridge Department, is responsible for the establishment and administration of the County’s Road and Bridge Standards, which are found in Chapter 5 of the Code.

These are standards for the design and construction of roads, bridges, recreational pathways and driveways, and for the classification and management of improvements to the existing County road system. Our standards are in general conformance with the following nationally and locally accepted agencies and laws:

These regulations and standards are modified and amended in our Code as deemed appropriate by the County Engineer and the Road and Bridge director to preserve the integrity of the County’s roads and maintain a standard of safety for the users of Summit County's road system, while recognizing the unique challenges associated with design, construction and maintenance in the sensitive yet harsh high alpine environment.

For further information regarding submittal requirements and applications please see the permits page.
Water Quality Regulations
County Water Quality Regulations

As the authority and administrator of the Water Quality regulations for Summit County, which are found in Chapter 7, the Engineering Department works in cooperation with the US Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE), Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Water Quality Control Division (WQCD), and the Summit Water Quality Committee (SWQC).

Wetland Development

The ACOE is the permitting authority for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and administers permits for wetland development in accordance with Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. Summit County has adopted a no net loss policy for wetlands in unincorporated Summit County, and administers the wetland regulations in the Code and the Grading Manual in conjunction with the ACOE’s 404 permits where applicable, and independently where ACOE jurisdiction does not apply. 
 
Wetlands delineation must be performed by consultants registered with the ACOE.  For a list of registered consultants, see Wetland Consultants.
   
Water Quality

The SWQC is the water quality arm of Northwestern Colorado Council of County Governments (NWCCOG), and works in cooperation with Summit County to ensure that water quality standards are met on construction projects in the county, and to ensure that water quality standards are met in the Dillon and Green Mountain reservoirs, as well as in our natural lakes and streams.

The WQCD issues stormwater construction permits for projects in the State of Colorado where over 1 acre of land is disturbed. Such permits are a prerequisite for issuance of GE permits in the county where they apply. 
 
For further information regarding submittal requirements and applications please see the permits page.