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

719-539-2124 (Phone)
719-530-9208 (Fax)


Salida Office
Monday - Friday
(closed for lunch 12-1)

Buena Vista Office
Mondays and Wednesdays:

8:00am -10:00am 

(closed for lunch and inspections)


Tuesday, Thursday & Friday:

8:00 am-10:00am

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 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

As of August 1st, 2021 we will be adopting the 2020 National Electrical Code (NEC) as adopted by the Colorado State Electrical Board.

The current building codes and energy codes adopted by Chaffee County and the Municipalities within Chaffee County will remain in effect.

All permit applications submitted on or after August 1st, 2021 will be processed under the 2020 NEC. Any electrical or building plans submitted for review will need to reflect the 2020 NEC, and inspection performed on theses permits will follow the 2020 NEC.

If we can answer any further questions, please contact our office at 719-539-2124. 

COVID-19 Exposure Prevention, Preparedness,

and Response Plan for Construction

General contractors or permit holders will be required to acknowledge, sign and return the attached document prior to any work being performed at your permitted job sites. Inspections will not be performed without approved job site registration.  Contractors having multiple job sites may include them on one form.  Upon receipt of your signed acknowledgment, inspections may be performed at your approved job site.  All inspection request procedures will remain in effect. Packets can be emailed back to the email address at the top of the form, or dropped off in the Ballot Boxes at either the Salida or Buena Vista Locations. 

Job Site Registration

April 9th Local Stay at Home FAQ

Approved Job site Registration


As of June 7, 2019, Planning and Zoning fees, OWTS fees and re-inspection fees have been increased and new fees have been added. Please see Resolution 2019-34 for full fee schedule.

 Effective January 2, 2019, we will be changing our cut off time for inspection requests to 3:30 p.m. the business day prior to requested inspection date. Please note inspection requests received after 3:30 pm on Friday's will be on Tuesday's schedule.  We are changing our procedure to maximize our scheduling efficiency to continue providing consistent inspection coverage to all areas of the county.  This change will allow us to better plan our inspection schedules as our inspectors live in various portions of the County.  Thank you for your understanding and continued support.


 Contemporaneous Review of Electrical Licenses

An inspector shall, based on that inspector's familiarity with the installer, require each individual doing electrical work as defined by 12-23-101 definitions C.R.S. to produce documentation showing they are a currently licensed Colorado state electrician or registered apprentice.  Proof of license is required before electrical permits are issued unless an exemption to license applies.  

Environmental Health Manager Updates

Please refer all septic permitting questions to the Building Department.  OWTS inspections must be called into the inspection request line (719-539-2124 Option #1) by 3:30 pm the day prior to the inspection request. Please note all inspections received after 3:30 PM on Friday, will be on Tuesday's schedule.   
We do not allow anyone to install, repair or maintain septic systems without a license.  Septic Permits are only issued to Chaffee County Licensed Contractors with a current license.  If you receive a permit by email or mail for a project for which you are not the contractor, please inform this office as soon as possible.
To help insure that the septic system is installed per the approved design, we will be requiring that the permit and approved plans are available onsite during the inspection.  All sand tickets and as-builts must be onsite and complete or the inspection will not be performed. The as-built will need to be on the approved sheet provided by Chaffee County, and all information must be completed (including licensed installers signature).  Please be sure that you have all of the required information onsite at the time of your inspection.

Attached please find a revised OWTS permit application, including new as-built form.  We will require the use of this provided as built form.  Please discard all previous forms and use this current form, revision dated 04/05/2018.

System pumpers are required to have a valid license to do work within Chaffee County.  If the system pumper is going to submit letters regarding system inspections, status, or reports they must also be certified by CPOW or NAWT to do so.

NOTICE: Licensed OWTS Installers Exam

As of October 1, 2018, Chaffee County has adopted the 2017 Reg. 43 for OWTS.  All licensed installers are required to take the new State of Colorado exam that covers the above regulations.  The Exam is available at the Chaffee County Building Department Salida Office. This exam requires 72 total responses of which 54 correct answers are required to pass the exam with a minimum score of 75%.  After passing, the individual installer will be listed on the CPOW webpage (

It is requested that you call for a test day and time prior to coming in.  As always the exam is open book and will cover many aspects of the Onsite Wastewater Systems Regulations, so please be prepared. The new regulations can be found in the Adopted Codes & Design Criteria link.

OWTS 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

Tara Oliver
Permit & Planning Technician

Rachael VanDyke
Permit Technician

Chad Chadwick
Residential Plan Reviewer/Inspector

Gary Barnthouse Jr.
Electrical Inspector

Planning Staff

Gary Greiner
County Engineer

Greg Laudenslager
Principal Planner

Jon Roorda
Planning Manager

Christie Barton

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