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Inspections December 5th

Inspections December 6th

This office will be CLOSED December 23rd, 26th, 30th &

January 2nd.


Commercial Plan Review Status Report November 30th

Residential Plan Review Status Report November 30th

104 Crestone Avenue
P.O. Box 699
Salida, CO  81201

719-539-2124 (Phone)


Salida Office
Monday - Friday
(closed for lunch)

Buena Vista Office
Mondays and Wednesdays
 8:30am -10:30am
(closed for lunch and inspections)
Phone: 719.207.1333

Chaffee County Building Department

As a part of Development Services, the Building Department is responsible for reviewing plans prior to issuing permits and verifying inspections for compliance with the codes adopted by our community to provide safety in the built environment.

 If you are interested in being notified by e-mail about monthly contractor meetings, residential or commercial code topics of interest or any happenings within the Building Department, please make sure we have your current e-mail contact information.  Contact information may be sent to Dan Swallow at

Sign up sheets are available at the Building Department Offices in Salida and Buena Vista.  You may also sign up at Hylton Lumber and Salida Winnelson in Salida; Poncha Lumber in Poncha Springs; and Alpine Lumber, Rocky Mountain Lumber and Hi Valley Supply in Buena Vista.

Your input on topics of interest for the monthly contractor meetings would be greatly appreciated.  Let us know about topics you feel would be beneficial to both yourselves and others.

 The Inspectors will be in the office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Inspections will be made from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. requests for inspections are to be made the day before the inspection is needed.

Major Changes to the 2014 National Electric Code

                                  NOTICE: May 21, 2015

Per resolution 2007-52; Chaffee County Development Services will adopt the 2014 National Electric Code Effective July 1, 2015

Due to a high workload we will be postponing the adoption of the 2015 International Code Series until later this year.  If you have any input regarding the adoption of these codes, the technical provisions of these codes, or potential amendments to these codes for the County to consider during the adoption process, please contact the Development Services Director, Dan Swallow at (719) 530.5568.  The potential adoption of the 2015 International Code Series will be done through the public hearing process which will be another opportunity for the public to comment.

Major Changes to the 2014 NEC

Environmental Health Manager Updates

Victor Crocco's office has changed.  His new office is located in the County Annex Building in Buena Vista, 112 Linderman Ave.  He will be available by appointment by calling (719).207.1498.

All OSWS inspections must be called in on our inspection line at (719).539.2124.  Failure to call inspections in properly may lead to re-inspection or special inspection fees.  Inspections must be called in by 4:00 p.m. the day before the day for which the inspection is requested.  Time specific inspections will no longer be available.  All OSWS applications will still be turned into the  Development Services Department at either our Salida or Buena Vista locations.

Food Service applications and Plan Review packets can be turned into Victor at the Chaffee County Annex Building, 112 Linderman Ave., Buena Vista or the Touber Building, 448 E. First St., Ste. 137, Salida.

NOTICE: Licensed OSWS Installers Exam

As of July 1, 2014, Chaffee County has adopted new septic regulations.  All licensed installers are required  to take the new exam that covers these regulations.  The exams are available in the Salida and Buena Vista offices and will be free of charge for all currently licensed installers, if taken before January 1, 2015.  As always the exam is open book and will cover many aspects of the Onsite Wastewater System Regulations, so please be prepared.  The new regulations are available on our Environmental Health Sewage Disposal Systems page.

OWSW Permits will not be issued to Contractors who have not taken and passed the new exam. 

Atmos Energy Facts about Pipeline Safety Public Awareness

The State of Colorado has a mandatory One-Call law and if you are responsible for excavation or maintenance you must call 811 before digging.  According to information provided by Atmos Energy damages by third-party excavators outrank all other risks causing pipeline accidents

If you suspect a gas leak, immediately evacuate the area and from a safe distance call Atmos Energy at 1-866-322-8667 or dial 911. 

For more facts about pipeline safety public awareness please click here.


Dan Swallow
Director of Development Services

Pat Green
Deputy Building Official

Aaron Kroschel
Head Inspector

Mike Marr
Electrical Inspector

Charis Cheeseman
Permit Technician

Betsy Peschiera
Permit Technician

Jon Roorda
Planning Manager

Christie Barton

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