Welcome to the Chaffee County
Government Website

Our website has been designed to provide information to the public for the various government services provided in Chaffee County.  We recognize that the site must be continually reviewed for additional enhancements to make your visit as productive as possible.  If you are needing additional information that the site cannot provide, please send an e-mail or call us at your earliest convenience.

Chaffee County General Contact Info (for a specific office please see the Departments tabs above)

Chaffee County District or County Court

To view past agendas and minutes of the Board of Commissiners meeting please visit the County Clerk's Page

Chaffee County Calendar of Events

Chaffee County Boards

Chaffee County has a total of 17 boards, most of which are voluntary.  Most board terms expire on January 31st, with the exception of the Library Board, Northern and Southern Chaffee County, whose term expire December 31st.  Board that are voluntary and have terms expiring on January 31st are as follows:
Board of Adjustment, Board of Review, Fair Board, Heritage Board Ranching Seat, Heritage Board, Planning Commission, Right to Ranch, Transportation Advisory Board, and Visitors Bureau

November 3, 2015 Election to Increase Chaffee County
Sales Tax by 0.5%  - Ballot Issue 1A

Resolution 2015-35 - Calling for an Election for November 3, 2015 to Increase the Chaffee County Sales Tax by 0.5% to be Used Solely for Emergency Medical and Disaster Management Services and Dispatch Purposes and Limited to These Purposes Only; And Setting the Ballot Title and Ballot Question for the Election.
Resolution 2015-37 - Supplementing Resolution 2015-35 by Requiring Future PIILT Funds be Used For Materials & Equipment Needed to Maintain & Repair County Roads.

Emergency Medical & Trauma Service System

In August of 2015, the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment and 5 EMS trauma experts, performed a consultative visit at the request of the Chaffee County Board of Commissioners.  The purpose of the visit was to review and evaluate the components of the EMS & trauma system in order to provide recommendations for system improvement and enhancement.  You may view the final report that was present to the Commissioner on September 21, 2015.

Cottonwood Pass Open/Closure


From November 1st until June 15th this road is not maintained beyond Denny Creek Trailhead. Motor vehicles (except snowmobiles, snow cats) are not permitted. Violators are warned that road conditions are not suitable for travel. The cost of rescue of persons or vehicles shall be borne by the violator.

In the fall gates are open so hunters can access the area. The road is plowed, if necessary, to the top of the pass prior to November 1st. If there is snowfall over the rest of the county as well, the main collectors and other county roads take precedence; therefore County Road 306 may be plowed on the 1st or 2nd day.

Three days after the close of hunting season, the gates are closed but not locked. The Road and Bridge Department will go to the top of the pass after that three days to check for vehicles and people. The gates will be locked after all is clear.

In the spring signs state that June 15th is the day the pass will open. However, the Road and Bridge Department will try and have Cottonwood Pass open before Memorial Day, depending on snowfall.

Gunnison County does not have snow removal on their side of the pass. 

OHV Use on County Roads


On August 7, 2012 the Board of Commissioners adopted Ordinance No. 2012-02 - "An Ordinance Modifying the Operation of Off-Highway Vehicles on Certain County Road and Providing Penalties for Violation of Such Ordinance."


Medical and Recreational Marijuana


Resolution 2011-19 and 2011-32  - Medical Marijuana centers and cultivation.
Resolution 2012-28 - Adopting Medical Marijuana Business Licensing Regulations
Ordinance 2013-02 - Providing for a ban regarding retail Marijuana Establishments
Resolution 2014-35 - Imposing a temporary moratorium for new permits or licenses related to medical marijuana cultivation premises & infused products manufacturing.

Ordinance 2014-02 - Providing for a ban until December 31, 2015, on the submission, acceptance or processing or applications and the licensing, permitting or operation of any retail marijuana establishment as defined by the Colorado Constitution, Article XVIII, Section 16 in unincorporated portions of Chaffee County (except applications and licenses with respect to certain existing marijuana establishments), including the use of land for such purport or purposes.

Resolution 2014-44 - Amending the temporary moratorium for new permits or licenses related to medical marijuana cultivation premises and infused products manufacturing in unincorporated Chaffee County (applications and licenses with respect to certain existing marijuana establishments are excepted).


Chaffee County CEDS Plan

The most recent completed Chaffee County Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy draft plan is now available on our County Administration page.  The CEDS is intended to lead to the formulation and implementation of a program that creates higher skill, higher wage jobs, raise income levels, diversify the economy and improve the quality of life, while protecting the environment. 



2015 Holiday Schedule

2015 Commissioners Meeting Dates

Agendas for County Board meetings may be posted  or amended up to 24 hours before a meeting.  The official posting site for County Board meeting agenda's is at the County Administrative Building, 104 Crestone Ave., Salida.  Agendas are also available below.

Monthly Meetings Commissioners May Attend:

2nd Monday: 6PM Republican Central Committee (Jan, Mar, May, Jul,  Sep, Nov at Mt. Shavano Manor, 525 W 16th Salida and Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct and Dec at Sangre
De Cristo 29780 Hwy 24, Buena Vista

2nd Wednesday 5PM
Salida Chamber Business After Hours

2nd Thursday 1PM
Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District Meeting
339 E Hwy 50

3rd Thursday 5PM
Buena Vista Chamber Business After Hours

NOV 18 11AM-1PM
Transit Collective for the Upper Arkansas Valley
Mt. Princeton Hot Springs

NOV 19 12PM
Single Point Entry Meeting
Salida SteamPlant, 220 W Sackett

NOV 24 6PM
Planning Commission Work Session and Meeting

NOV 26 & 27
Closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday

NOV 30 11AM
Commissioners Special Meeting Amended

CCI Conference
Hotel Elegante, Colorado Springs

Visitors Bureau Meeting

Commissioners Regular Meeting has been cancelled. 

Fair Board/Planning Meeting

Commissioners Regular Meeting

DEC 14 9AM
Landfill Committee and Board of Health & Human Service followed by Work Session

DEC 15 9AM
Commissioners Regular Meeting
Buena Vista

DEC 22 9AM
Airport Board Advisory Committee Meeting
Harriet Alexander Field

DEC 24 and 25
Closed for the Christmas Holidays

DEC 29 6PM
Planning Commission Meeting

DEC 31, 2015 & Jan 1, 2016
Closed for the New Year's Holiday






















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