Planning & Community Development


Planning offices now operate Monday through Thursday from 7:30am to 5:30pm and are CLOSED on Fridays.

Due to the current public health concern, city offices remain temporarily closed to public access. Staff remain available by email and phone during the temporary closure. We have implemented the following policies and procedures to continue providing service to the public:

  • Development applications will continue to be accepted online through the portal. 
    • Fees can be paid either by credit card over the phone or by check with an appointment only. 
    • Hard copy submittals will not be accepted at this time. 
    • Contact Michael Fitz at or 970-871-8231 with any submittal questions or to pay an application fee.
  • Public notice signs, letters, and envelopes will be made available for pick up during scheduled times or by appointment only.
  • New applications and resubmittals will be distributed to the Development Review Team at least twice per week.
  • Development review will continue; however, there will be no in-person  meetings. Project managers will communicate with applicants about anticipated review timeline changes and any foreseeable delays, if applicable.
  • Staff will be available by phone and email.

We will keep you informed with updates and apologize for any inconvenience in advance. Thank you for your understanding and patience.


Engaging, serving and collaborating with our community to achieve sustainable economic, social and environmental success.


Just as development decisions made 10, 20 or 50 years ago often affect the way Steamboat Springs looks today, current development decisions will have an impact in the future. Using the community’s long-range plans as a guide, Planning and Community Development strives to ensure growth and development that enhances our quality of life and promotes the community’s vision for the future.

What’s New Near You?

View the Current Projects Map and stay informed of proposed development activity near you.

Community Impact Projects

Sign Code Update

Changes to the Sign Code are up for adoption and we need your input! Review information and community input opportunities at  To learn more email Toby Stauffer.

Mountain Area Master Plan

The City is planning for the Mountain Area now! See what’s going on at Engage Steamboat, Mountain Area Master Plan. To learn more, email Julie Baxter.

Transportation Master Plan

Wondering how to make changes to sidewalks, roads or trails? Get involved with the Transportation Master Plan! See what’s going on at Engage Steamboat, Transportation Master Plan  To learn more, email Kelly Douglas

Airport Overlay Zone District

The City has recently updated the Airport Master Plan for Bob Adams Airport and will soon be adopting an Airport Overlay Zone District.  To learn more, email Kelly Douglas

Public Meeting Agendas

View upcoming agendas and packets for Planning Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, City Council and the Board of Adjustment.

What We Do

We are responsible for:

  • Zoning
  • Long-range planning
  • Development and land use review
  • Code compliance
  • Historic preservation

Vision & Values

View Vision, Values and Beliefs.


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