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Posted on: October 21, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Fall Inspection Deadline Looms For Winter Projects

Fall Inspections

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-October 21, 2021-The nights are colder, the first snows have arrived, and these beautiful fall days are beginning to get shorter as winter lies on the horizon. The City of Steamboat Springs Public Works wants to remind contractors and homebuilders to plan now for upcoming work during winter months. 

“In our mountain town, snow can arrive any time and without notice,” said Streets Superintendent David Van Winkle, “If you’re planning on working through the winter, inspections need to be completed before November 1. It might seem like you have some time, but winter will be here before you know it and planning ahead now goes a long way.”

Contactors and homeowners who anticipate needing a temporary certificate of occupancy (TCO), certificate of occupancy (CO) or water and/or sewer service during the winter months, should schedule project so that the grading and drainage improvements along with utility installations are complete and inspected before November 1. The following outlines inspection options and contact details:  

  • Single Family/Duplex contractors anticipating the need for a CO or TCO during the winter months need to schedule a Final Site Inspection prior to November 1. Final Site Inspections can be scheduled through CityView or by contacting Scott Slamal via email. Provide your name, project address, and building permit number. Single Family and Duplex Final Site Inspections for CO and/or TCO are not available between November 1 and April 1 depending on snow coverage.
  • Right-of-Way Inspection can be scheduled through CityView with your name, site address and building permit number. Inspections are not conducted between November 1 and April 1 due to snow restricting visibility of site improvements. A variance approved by the Public Works Director is required if projects must excavate in the right-of-way during this time frame.
  • Water and/or Sewer Inspections for single family and duplex homes is through Baseline Engineering at 970.879.1825 or 970.761.0501 until October 31. After Halloween, contact Public Works Water & Sewer at 970.871.8211. No outdoor water and/or sewer work can be performed from November 1 – May 1 without a variance.
  • Excavation Permit (ROW permit) may be applied via the Streets Division at 970.879.1807. To protect the city's infrastructure from damage over the winter months, excavation in the public right-of-way is prohibited from November 1 – May 1. A variance approved by the Public Works Director is required if projects must excavate in the right-of-way during snow season.
  • All construction dumpsters, port-o-johns, material piles, etc. must be out of the right-of-way prior to November 1
  •  To avoid potential citation in the spring make sure that all erosion and sediment control devices are installed and correctly functioning prior to winter.

Following a few simple guidelines will set projects up for a successful winter season and ensure work completed does not hinder city operations or result in additional costs for homeowners and businesses.  


David Van Winkle, Streets Superintendent, 970.879.1807 or email
Tom Martindale, Streets Supervisor, 970.879.1807 or email
Scott Slamal, Stormwater Specialist and Engineering Inspector, 970.871.8236 or, or email

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