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Start the Development Review Process

The City of Boulder uses the development review process to evaluate proposed developments and land uses. There are three main types of development reviews at the city:

  1. Administrative Review
  2. Land Use Review
  3. Technical Document Review

View the tabs below to find out the type of review(s) required for your project. 

Administrative Review 

Administrative Reviews check that proposed projects are compliant with city development standards and codes.

Administrative applications are due at 10 a.m. every other Monday and are reviewed on two-week cycles. View the 2020 submittal calendar pdf

Search for the "Administrative Review Application Form" in the Applications & Forms Database to find a complete list of application requirements and fees for the projects below. 

  • Accessory Dwelling Units or Detached Dwelling Units 
  • Parking Reductions
  • Setback Variances 
  • Solar Exceptions 
  • Antenna for Wireless Telecommunications
  • Change of Address or Street Name 
  • Cooperative Housing Unit 
  • Group Home Facility 
  • Landscape Standards Modification
  • Minor Modification of an Approved Discretionary Review Plan 
  • Non-Conforming Uses
  • Public Utility Easement Vacation 
  • Residential and Congregate Care Facilities 
  • Small Restaurants and Taverns 
  • Temporary Outdoor Entertainment 
  • Site Access 
  • Small Recycling Collection Facilities 
  • Substitution of Restaurant Use 
  • Solar Access Permit
  • Zoning Verification 

 

Land Use Review

All proposed changes to land uses, including annexation, site review, use review and preliminary plat, require Land Use Review. If you are planning to apply for a building permit and your project falls into one of the project categories listed below, you will need to go through the land use review process before applying for a building permit.

Land Use Review applications are due at 10 a.m. on specified Mondays. Check the 2020 submittal calendar pdf for due dates. Land Use Review applications are reviewed on three-week cycles. 

Search for the "Land Use Review Application" in the Applications & Forms Database to find a complete list of application requirements and fees for the projects below. 

  • Annexation Information
  • Annexation/Initial Zoning 
  • Annexation Feasibility Study 
  • Concept Plan Review and Comment 
  • Minor Subdivision 
  • Outside City Utility Permit 
  • Preliminary Plat for Subdivision 
  • Rezoning 
  • Site Review 
  • Use Review 
  • Extension of Development Approval - Planning Board (Section 9-2-12, BRC)
  • Vacation Review of Street, Alley and Access Easements

 

Technical Document Review

Technical Document Review takes place 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. 

Technical Document Review applications are due at 10 a.m. on specified Mondays. Check the 2020 submittal calendar pdf for due dates. Technical Document Review applications are reviewed on three-week cycles. 

Search for the "Technical Document Review Application Form" in the Applications & Forms Database to find a complete list of application requirements and fees for the projects below. 

  • Final plans 
    • Architecture, Landscaping and Site Plan (separately or combined)
  • Subdivision 
    • Subdivision Agreement/Final Plat 
    • Lot Line Adjustment
    • Lot Line Elimination 
    • Right of Way/Easement Dedication 
  • Engineering - Final construction documents
    • Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Access Permit
    • Stormwater Plan & Report 
    • Transportation Plan 
    • Utility Plan