Access (Driveway) Permit
For any Private Driveway (PDF) accessing onto a county road, public road, or highway under the jurisdiction of Gunnison County, it must meet the Gunnison County standards and specifications for road and bridge construction, and may be obtained from the Gunnison County Public Works department.
Highway Access Permit
Required by the Colorado Department of Transportation for any driveway or road accessing onto any state or federal road.
Surface Alteration Permit
Needed for any work done on the shoulder or in the right-of-way of a county road. Must meet the Gunnison County standards and specifications for road and bridge construction. Information and applications are available at the Gunnison County Public Works department.
Temporary Private Plowing Permit
For snow plowing access to parcels that currently have no snow plowing, it must meet the Gunnison County standards and specifications for road and bridge construction and may be obtained from the Gunnison County Public Works department.
State-Required Demolition Permit
The State of Colorado, Department of Public Health and Environment, and Air Pollution Control Division Indoor Environment Program require notification of the department for all demolitions of all facilities and all asbestos abatement projects that exceed certain trigger levels.
Permits may be requried to abate asbestos projects where the quantity of asbestos-containing material to be abated exceeds the trigger levels. If the state requires this permit, a copy of it must be submitted to the Gunnison County Community Development department.
If you have questions concerning open burning or the permit applications, contact the division at (303) 692-3174.
Gold Basin Industrial Park Special Area Permit
The Gold Basin Industrial Park Special Area was created by the county in 2005 to accommodate light industrial uses next to the airport, south of the city of Gunnison. As a special area, Gold Basin Industrial Park (PDF) has its own regulations that allow permitting through a process. Click here (PDF) to access the Gold Basin Park Special Permit application.
An applicant must supply a business plan to the Board of Commissioners in order to secure a lease for use of a lot. Contact the County Manager's Office at (970) 641-0248 to initiate the process or click here to view the County Manager's page.
A burn permit is required for burning outside. To conduct a burn outdoors in Gunnison County, you must first check with:
- Email the Gunnison Fire Marshal at 970-641-8153
- Crested Butte Fire District at 970-349-5333
- Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District at 970-963-2491
- If you live in the Marble / Somerset areas
State-Required Open Burning Permit
Additionally, the State of Colorado, Department of Public Health and Environment, Air Quality Control Division, requires an Open Burning Permit and includes general conditions and requirements for individuals who want to conduct an open burn.
A permit is required if any person wants to burn "rubbish, wastepaper, wood or other flammable material on any open premises or on any public street, alley, or other land adjacent to such premises." There are some exceptions to these requirements.
If you have questions concerning Open Burn Permits contact the division at 303-692-3174.
Open Burning Season in Gunnison County
Uncontrolled burns can be prevented if these procedures, recommended by the Gunnison fire marshal, are followed:
- Notify Gunnison Dispatch, 970-641-8000, of the location, size and time of your burn. If this notification is not made and the fire is reported by someone, then the Gunnison Fire Department will respond to a burn that is actually under control.
- Plan your burn in the early morning hours between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., or in the later evening hours, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
- This is when wind gusts are less likely to occur. Check with the local weather service prior to your burn as to what wind conditions are forecast for the day.
- Make sure you have a water supply that will reach the entire perimeter of your burn area. Wet down the perimeter to prevent fire from spreading to your neighbors property.
- If you have a large area to burn, it would be best to burn in small sections and use your mower to cut some fire breaks. When you light your area, light only one area. Do not start several perimeter fires.
- It is always best to have someone help you with your burn, you should never burn alone. Make sure your burn is no closer than 50 feet from any structure.
- If your burn should get out of control, please do not hesitate to call the Fire Department. If you hesitate at all in calling, this fire can and will cause problems. A fire that would have taken half an hour to one hour to control, will take four to eight hours to control.
If you have any questions on controlled burning in the county, please call the fire marshal at 970-641-8153.
The sale of goods other than from a farm or ranch stand from an open stand, push cart, vehicle, or an outdoor site, but not from a permanent building, is permitted as an accessory use in Gunnison County.
An applicant is required to obtain an Outdoor Vending Permit (PDF) from the Community Development Department, and to comply with the following requirements; the permit is issued for a period of 150 consecutive days for each one-year period.
Outdoor vending is limited to the sale of food or beverages for immediate consumption. No food or drink may be sold except as allowed by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environmental Consumer Protection Division.
Standards for Outdoor Vending Operation
An outdoor vending operation is required to:
- Have owner's permission: Locate on property owned or leased by the vendor or at a location for which notarized written permission to operate the business has been obtained from the property owner. A copy of the permission shall be submitted to the Community Development Department.
- Not located in a roadway or right-of-way: Not located within any road or highway right-of-way, driveway or aisleway, within 35 feet of a residential property boundary, within a required setback, or in any parking spaces. An outdoor vendor shall not obstruct pedestrian or vehicular traffic, or obstruct motorists' vision.
- Advertising: Any signs advertising an outdoor vending operation shall comply with Section 13-109: Signs.
- Adequate parking: If necessary because the vending requires parking of vehicles, and the proposed site has no existing parking, the applicant shall be responsible for providing an area of the site that complies with the requirements of Section 13-110: Off-Road Parking and Loading and the minimum distances listed in Appendix Table 3: Off-Road Parking Requirements.
- Customers shall be provided space to safely pull off the road and park without causing congestion or hazards either to themselves or to traffic. Parking spaces shall not be located so vehicles can back directly onto a public road other than an alley.
- Trash control: Where an outdoor vendor is distributing products that may result in trash, such as food in disposable containers, the outdoor vendor shall provide trash containers and make adequate provision for trash control and removal. The outdoor vending site shall be maintained by the vendor in a clean and sanitary condition.
- Sewage disposal: Use of any facilities for sewage collection and gray water disposal shall comply with the Gunnison County Individual Sewage Disposal System Regulations.
- Business license: The applicant shall secure any necessary licenses, and pay any fees required by the Gunnison County Clerk and Recorder Office to operate the business.
- Fees: The fee for an Outdoor Vending Permit is included in a schedule of fees charged for permits issued by the Community Development Department, which are set by the Board of Commissioners.