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Gunnison County Community Development Operations during COVID-19

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community, the Gunnison County Community Development Department will be providing services via phone, electronic mail and/or online services and restricting in person interactions.  All essential Department services are still being provided. We intend to respond to all phone calls and emails within 24 hours.

All applications for Land Use Changes, building and septic permits may be submitted by email to

Staff will work to process and review your applications and will continue to work with you and your design professionals to achieve a proposed plan that is in compliance with the building, septic, and land use regulations. Building and septic permits will be issued electronically through email and payment will be accepted by either electronic check or by credit card.  Please know there is a $1 fee for electronic checks and the additional fee for credit card charges is 2.25% plus 75 cents.

Inspections will continue to be provided.  However, an exemption from the Director of Public Health must be issued for the contractor and jobsite prior to inspection. We will not conduct inspections at sites that have not received an exemption. To schedule an inspection please call the inspection line at 970-641-1011. Depending on the inspection type we may be able to conduct the inspection virtually using photos and a phone interview. If necessary, we will conduct on-site inspections but will require that a six-foot separation distance be kept at all times from the inspector to any and all other people that may be on-site.

Effective March 16, 2020, the Gunnison County Public Health Director, Joni Reynolds, issued a “Second Amended Public Health Order Related to Event,” recorded in the office of the Gunnison County Clerk and Recorder at Reception No. 665653.

This order states that:

“II.I. Residential and commercial construction sites may otherwise continue to operate so long as in compliance with this Order if they receive an express, written exemption from the Public Health Director after providing her sufficient information, in her sole discretion, to ascertain compliance with this Order. Residential home and repair services (electrician, plumbing, propane delivery, trash, recycling and sanitation services, residential and commercial cleaning and home care services) may continue so long as they are in compliance with this Order.”

This includes septic system work as well as building construction work.  In order to receive an express, written exemption from Joni Reynolds, the Public Health Director, you must provide her with sufficient information, in her sole discretion, to ascertain compliance with the Public Health Order. The exemption request can now be completed online.

Please feel free to contact us with questions or concerns. Some of our staff is working remotely so you may need to leave a voicemail but we will return your call as soon as possible.

Thank you for your help in limiting the spread of the corona virus. We appreciate your cooperation and realize the sacrifice that is being asked of you, your employees, and your clients. Thank you.


The mission of the Community and Economic Development Department is to provide land use, building and environmental health services to property owners, developers and all community members so they can achieve a balance of economic development and environmental protection.

The Gunnison County Community and Economic Development Department includes:

  • Current Planning (land use permitting)
  • Oil and Gas Projects
  • Long Range Planning
  • Building
  • Environmental Health
  • Licensing -Marijuana Cultivation, Manufacturing, and Testing

Regulations and Guidelines

Link to Regulations and Guidelines information

Department Responsibilities

The department is primarily responsible for: Ensuring that land uses within the county are developed and maintained in compliance with the county’s adopted codes and regulations.  Overseeing permit reviews for those uses. Issuing building permits, on-site wastewater treatment system permits, land use change permits, and a variety of other more specialized permits. Providing professional consulting, facilitation, and code development services to the county to create a high performing, prosperous, interconnected community.

Permit Database

Link to Permit Database information

Commissions Facilitated by Community Development

Information about these volunteer groups that includes minutes, agendas and lists of current members. The Community Development Department provides the staffing for each of these groups:

One Valley Prosperity Project

OVPP Website            Helpful Links          Watch Video

Community Builders Task Force 

Link to Community Builders Task Force information

Public Hearings

Link to Public Hearing information

Customer Service Survey