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Development Review Process

The City of Boulder uses the Development Review Process to evaluate proposed developments and land uses. Depending on your project type and location, one or more reviews may be required.

Administrative Review

Administrative Review is a non-discretionary review action by the City Manager's Office, which may not be appealed or called up for further review. Administrative Review decisions are based on the clear criteria in city codes. Examples of administrative reviews include conditional use review, parking reduction and parking deferrals.

Land Use Review

Land Use Review consists of the review and approval of all land use proposals, including annexation, site review, use review and preliminary plat.

Technical Document Review

Technical Document Review occurs near the end of the land use review process and includes review and approval of the technical and final documents required before an applicant can apply for a building permit for new construction.

Inclusionary Housing Review

All residential development, regardless of size, is subject to Inclusionary Housing Review, which requires that at least 20 percent of the total number of housing units be made permanently affordable to low income households.

Floodplain Development Review

Applicants that are planning to expand buildings or construct improvements in the 100-year floodplain must go through the Floodplain Development Review process.

For more details about the processes and requirements, view the Boulder Revised Code, Chapter 9-2: Review Processes.

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