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Land Use


About Us

Our purpose is to protect life, health, property and public welfare through administration and enforcement of building and land use codes. Our jurisdiction is in the unincorporated territory of Conejos County.  The towns within Conejos County are their own municipalities with their own rules.

The Land Use Office is responsible for the administration and processing of applications for building permits, all subdivisions of land to include division of land, boundary line adjustments, lot consolidations, lot line revisions, large lot (>35 acres) developments, minor (3-6 lots) subdivisions, major (7 or more) subdivisions, amendments to major subdivisions, re-zoning, special (conditional) use permits, variances, vacation of public way, and other land use cases/matters.  Land Use staff manages the Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS) program, a/k/a septic system. Land Use is the regulating authority under the direction of the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment Regulation 43 and the Conejos County Board of Health.  Many people think that because we are a small rural area, we don’t have rules.  It’s quite the contrary and the signs at the entry of Conejos County states “Conejos County is Zoned. Permits are Required” you can’t do whatever you want without a permit. Our motto is “If you don’t know… ask!”

Our goal is to strive to maintain fairness, professionalism, and ethical conduct to all we serve. We support the Good Neighbor Concept to help ensure that our community is safe, enjoyable, and beautiful for everyone who lives, works, and plays in Conejos County.

We look forward to helping with your development needs.

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday 8am - 4:30pm

Except holidays

Courthouse closes at 4pm.

Contact US

Phone: 719-376-2014 Fax: 719-376-6769


Address: PO Box 157, 6683 County Road 13, Conejos, CO 81129

Linda Deherrera - Land Use Director

Phone: 719-376-2014

Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

It is best to schedule appointments with me so I can give you my full attention.

Aleesha Goodman - Address Coordinator-Permit Technician

Pres Romero - Septic and Zoning Inspector-Code Enforcement Officer

Matt Beckner - Building Inspector

Bulletin Board


Willow Pit 2024 Schedule

Location: East of Manassa on Hwy 142
Time: 9am-2pm | May 11th, June 8th, July 13th, August 10th, September 14th, and October 12th

We accept Yard Waste-Tree Branches <5", Willows, Limbs, Leaves, Shrubbery, and Grasses.


Fee: Non-perishable food items will be accepted at entry. (Please no expired food!)

Call Jarret (719) 580-8446 or the Land Use Office (719) 376-2014 if you have any questions.

1041 Regulations – Water Projects and Major Utilities – WORK SESSION & PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE

The Conejos County Board of Commissioners continue to plan for the adoption of the 1041 Regulations for Water Projects and Major Utilities. The
Commissioners have established the following work session and public hearing dates. The public is welcome to attend and provide comments. Hearing/Meetings are held in the County Commissioners meeting room at the County Courthouse. The draft is available for review at the Land Use Office in Conejos during regular business hours.

July 15, 2024 - 1041 Regulations - Major Utilities – New Draft Document
Due for review.

July 18, 2024 - Board of County Commissioners - 1041 Regulations -
Water Projects PUBLIC HEARING &amp; Decision – 10:00 AM

July 29, 2024 -   1041 Regulations - Major Utilities - Work session at 6:00
PM at the Courthouse

August 14, 2024 - 1041 Regulations - Major Utilities – PUBLIC HEARING
at 6:00 PM at the Courthouse

August 15, 2024 - 1041 Regulations - Major Utilities – Decision –
Regular meeting – 10:00 AM.

Be Fire Prepared

Once again in 2024 we will work to educate residents of Conejos County on their wildfire risk.

Emphasis on Conejos Canyon.

When – July 12 from 10am-12pm

Where – San Juan Mountain Church, 1 Ponderosa, Horca


USFS projects and prescribed burns
BLM – projects and fire weather conditions
CSFS – Forest health & defensible space
DFPC  - wildfire response
Conejos Emergency Manager – emergency preparedness

Planning and Zoning Permits


Building Resources


Conejos County Has Adopted The 2018 ICC Building Codes

Effective July 1, 2023 Conejos County has adopted the 2018 Editions of the IRC for Residential Construction, IBC for Commercial Construction, IMC for Mechanical, and the IECC Energy code for both residential and commercial construction.

International Code Council (ICC) 2018 Model Codes

The ICC has made the model codes available online HERE

How to apply for a building permit

Step by Step Instructions can be downloaded HERE

You can download our Residential Building App. Checklist HERE

When you submit your completed application, the Building Division staff will give you an approximate date when you can expect to hear from the County. The actual time it takes to receive approval is determined by the clarity and completeness of your application materials, as well as the number of other applications awaiting review. If your submitted documents are complete, accurate and meet all the code requirements, the possibility of your application requiring resubmittal or correction is reduced. 

Building Permit Submittals 
o    Proof of Legal Water 
o    Proof of Legal Sanitation 
o    County Driveway Permit or CDOT Access Permit for road and driveway may be required.
o    HOA approval must be provided if there is an active HOA.
o    Complete set of construction drawings

To apply online click HERE

Construction Design Standards

The Conejos County adopted IRC Table 301.2(1) Climatic and Geographic Design Criteria and can be downloaded HERE

Design Standard 2018:

  • Design Standard: 2018 
    • IBC – International Building Code 
    • IRC - International Residential Code 
    • IMC - International Mechanical Code 
    • IFC - International Fire Code 
    • IECC - International Energy Conservation Code
  • Roof Snow Load:
    • 40 PSF
    • 50 PSF – Platoro
    • 64 PSF – La Manga
    • 78 PSF - Cumbres
  • Wind Velocity
    • IBC – 115 MPH (with 3 second gust wind speed in mile per hour)
  • Seismic Zone: 1
  • Elevation: 7904 ft. - Conejos
  • Elevation: 9876 ft. - Platoro
  • Elevation: 10,230 ft. - La Manga
  • Elevation: 10,022 ft. - Cumbers
  • Frost Depth: 36” (water lines at a minimum of 5’ or 60”)
  • Insulation:
    • R 10/13 Crawl Space
    • Basement Wall R-15/19
    • Floor Insulation sufficient to fill the framing cavity, R-19 minimum
    • Walls R-20
    • Ceiling R-49
  • Climate Zone: 6B

Permit applications are processed in the order they are received.

Agricultural Structure


Your property must be Classified as Agriculture per the Conejos County Assessor verification to apply for this permit. If it’s not agriculture classified, you must submit a Building Permit Application.