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Download the Building Permit application submit the completed application to email@example.com or fax to 303-665-2153 or drop off your permit and plan set in the City’s Dropbox/Pickup Box located just to the left of the front doors of City Hall at 1290 S Public Road. In addition to the application, you may need to provide two copies of the site plan, construction drawings, and elevations.
Download the Contractor License application and submit the completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org or apply online. In addition to the completed application, you must provide proof of general liability insurance, $300,000 for one occurrence, and worker’s compensation insurance, if applicable. Plumbers and electricians also need to provide a copy of their Colorado State Contractor’s License. Please note that electricians do not have to pay a fee.
Download the Backyard Chicken License Application and submit the completed application to email@example.com or drop off in the City’s Water Utility Payment Box located at City Hall or mail to City of Lafayette, Planning and Building Department, 1290 S Public Road, Lafayette, CO 80026. There is a $30 non-refundable application fee.
A permit is required for a temporary sign or temporary banner. Download the sign permit application. Submit your completed application by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 303-665-2153 or drop off in the City’s Dropbox/Pickup Box located just to the left of the front doors of City Hall at 1290 S Public Road. Allow two to three days for processing. The Building Division will contact you when your sign permit is ready and let you know what your fee is and how to make a payment.
Registration for Lafayette Senior Services programs, classes, trips, or special events can be done through Lafayette Senior Center or Bob L. Burger Recreation Center.
There are three methods to register:
1. Online at www.cityoflafayette.com/registration
2. Walk-in to 103 S. Iowa Ave (Senior Center) or 111 West. Baseline Rd, Lafayette, CO 80026 (Recreation Center) & complete a registration form.
3. Phone-in registration by calling 303-661-1492.
We are happy to help you register in phone or in person. Stop by or give us a call! Please note that the Recreation Center does not take phone in registrations, but the senior center does.
The Senior Spotlight is delivered right to your inbox monthly. Click here to sign up by selecting the Senior Newsletter under notify me.
No. Festival Plaza may be reserved only for events open to the public. A permit is required to hold an event at the Festival Plaza. Reservations are handled through the Arts & Cultural Resources Department at The Collective Community Art Center, 201 N. Public Rd. Office hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10am-5pm. For questions, please call 303-661-1261. To reserve Festival Plaza, please fill out the
Fill out the Starkey Building Reservation Request Form. Allow 2 weeks for processing.
Fill out the Festival Plaza Reservation Request Form. Allow two weeks for processing.
No. Usually the fountains are turned off for special events.
View the CIty of Lafayette Disconnection Policy
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American Accounts Receivables Management in Laramie, Wyoming handles all of our ambulance-related billing and records management. Please contact their offices at 1-800-451-8533 with any billing questions or records requests.
We partner with Baby's First Ride. This is a free service offered to all families delivering at Exempla Good Samaritan. Simply call the Baby's First Ride reservation line @ 303.908.8326, and make an appointment to have a nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technician check the installation of your seat. The web page can be located at http://www.exempla.org/body.cfm?id=835
If you can not put it out, leave immediately and close off the area. Make sure the Fire Department inspects the fire site, even if you believe it is out.
Please make a 15-minute appointment with the Friends in order to donate your items. Donations are accepted by appointment only on Saturdays from 10am-3pm until the end of May. Starting in June, items can be donated during regular Library hours without an appointment, subject to the limit of up to four bags or two boxes. View donation guidlelines, and schedule a dropoff time
The Friends apppreciate your donations of new and gently used items! We can accept a maximum of two boxes, or four bags, of:
In order to take advantage of our space and maximize our ability to support Library programs, we are not able to accept:
If you have items that do not meet our donation guidelines, including older, damaged, or hard-to-recycle items, you may contact the Broomfield Recycling Center at 303-404-2839, or CHARM Recycle in Boulder at 303-444-6634 for information about recycling options.
(1) Fifty (50) percent of the roof area, as measured in plan view; (2) Fifty (50) percent or more of the exterior walls of a building as measured contiguously around the building envelop; or (3) Any portion of an exterior wall facing a public street, but not an alley.
In order for a wall not to be considered a demolished wall, the wall shall meet the following minimum standards:
A. The wall shall retain studs or other structural elements, the exterior wall finish and fully framed and sheathed roof above that portion of remaining building to which such wall is attached; B. The wall shall not be covered or otherwise concealed by a wall that is proposed to be placed in front of the retained wall; and Each part of the retained exterior walls shall be connected contiguously and without interruption to every other part of the retained exterior walls.
Work on an affected structure may not be divided into two (2) or more separate projects for the purpose of evading or attempting to evade the requirements of this definition. Any two (2) or more projects on an affected structure, undertaken within any twenty-four-consecutive month period shall be treated as a single project for the purpose of determining whether a project constitutes a demolition. Link to the Municipal Code
The City of Lafayette has an online application system; the website address is: www.cityoflafayette.com/jobs at that link you will find the positions that the City is currently looking to fill. We encourage everyone to apply online at that address, but if you encounter issues, please contact the Human Resources Office at (303) 661-1252 or email Amanda Hartwig. email@example.com.
Yes, you may attach any pertinent document to your application. Simply upload the document where indicated on the online application.
On our job opportunities page, www.cityoflafayette.com/jobs there is a menu in the top left hand corner, pull the menu down and find the job description of a position that you would be interested in applying for. Mark that you would be interested in receiving a job interest card if the position opens.
While we highly encourage applying online at www.cityoflafayette.com/jobs, employment applications are available at the Human Resources Office, located at City Hall, 1290 S. Public Rd. You may also call 303-661-1250 to receive a faxed, emailed, or mailed application.
We evaluate your application to determine whether you qualify for the position, by comparing your skill set, experience and education to the minimum job qualifications and requirements. We then screen the applications and determine the relevancy of your experience to the functions of the open position. The hiring supervisor further narrows the selection using an equitable method. Please note that meeting the minimum requirements of the position does not guarantee an interview. The hiring process might differ according to which position you have applied for.
The next step in the process usually is an interview; it might be a video one or in-person it depends. We sometimes screen a large applicant pool by conducting a meet and greet style interview. The meet and greet interview lasts about 15 minutes; 5 or 6 questions are asked. The next step is an in-depth interview with a board consisting of the hiring supervisor, the department director, a member of the Human Resources team, and a co-worker, using a prepared list of questions.
During the application process, if you would like to answer the questions on the Affirmative Action Affidavit, you may – it is voluntary during the hiring process. If you become an employee you will be required to complete the form.
Please see our benefits brochurefor details. Commissioned Police Officers and Firefighters receive these benefits.
Please refer to our benefits brochure.
From time to time, the City of Lafayette Police Department posts available police officer positions on our website at www.cityoflafayette.com/jobs . A person who is interested in becoming a police officer for the City of Lafayette may sign up to receive an email when a new position is posted. We usually require applicants be POST Certified however, there are also openings for Police Recruits. Recruits are sent to academy while working for us. We encourage Police Officers who are POST Certified and have policing experience to apply; we offer lateral transfers.
In mid-February to mid-March most of the positions that will be available during the summer months are posted on the website at www.cityoflafayette.com/jobs . The minimum age of applicants for a Junior Ranger position is 14 and Lafayette residents are preferred; the Lifeguard position minimum age is 15 certification is required but training is provided, Customer Service Associates, Cashiers and Aides usually have to be at least 16 years of age; Seasonal Workers at the Indian Peaks Golf Course can be as young as 16. Seasonal Parks positions which require driving a truck and trailer requires 18 as the minimum age. Police Officer and Firefighters minimum age is 21.
Volunteer opportunities are released as News Items on the Volunteer Home page. They also appear on our Job Opportunities module with Government jobs.com or if you prefer, email the Volunteer Committee.
Annually, the Lafayette Volunteer Committee hosts a poster contest. In recognition of all volunteers in the City of Lafayette, the Lafayette Volunteer Committee sponsors the poster contest with the winner to receiving a cash prize awarded at the September Art Night Out in Festival Plaza, Lafayette 311 S. Public Road. Traditionally, the City of Lafayette honored it’s volunteer’s by nominating a volunteer of the year and having a celebration during National Volunteer week.
The Volunteer Committee is a cross-departmental group that was formed to promote volunteerism within the City. The current members are: Sarah Owsiany, Public Works, Rob Burdine Open Space Superintendent, Juli MacKenzie Senior Services Supervisor and Penny Ford, Human Resources. For more information, email the the Volunteer Committee.
Yes, if a volunteer will have one-on-one, unsupervised contact when serving others they will be thoroughly background checked. Volunteers not having direct, unsupervised contact with individuals may not be required to have a background investigation. For more information, email the the Volunteer Committee.
The City of Lafayette occasionally offers unpaid internships for academic credit or professional experience. For more information, email the the Volunteer Committee.
Libby and Overdrive (both made by Overdrive) offer the same content; you can even use both apps and your loans will sync across your devices.
If you have a newer smartphone, tablet, Kindle Fire, or newer computer, give Libby a try! If you have an eReader like a Nook or a Kindle Paperwhite, use an older computer, or want additional features like a wishlist or additional language support, try the original Overdrive.
The only streaming video currently available to Lafayette Library members is via Overdrive. The app for mobile devices or personal computers will allow limited offline use of downloaded video content. If you do not have Overdrive downloaded, you can stream (but not download) video directly from the Front Range Downloadable Library site.
The other app made by Overdrive, called Libby, does not provide access to streaming video, just ebooks and audiobooks.
Get started: Go to the Front Range Downloadable Library, click on the Collections menu, and you will see a section for Videos. You do not need to set up an Overdrive account, but you will need to log in using your Lafayette Library card number.
Anything you borrow is available for 21-day checkout, and the download will stop playing after your date. You may also return finished items early. You can borrow six items at a time, and place up to five holds. Holds can be modified to be delivered as soon as they are available, or you can freeze your hold for later delivery. View the help within your app for more details.
Yes! Your Lafayette Library card number will be used to obtain items from Overdrive’s Front Range Downloadable Library.
Visit our Download & Stream page for all online library options.
You can use the online version of the Libby app to get started on your computer. Or you can use your computer or device, head right to the Front Range Downloadable Library and start browsing. Once you are ready to borrow, it will prompt you to link up your Lafayette Library card to use Overdrive for borrowing. You only need to download Overdrive or Libby if you want access to your loans when you are offline. You can also browse the main Library catalog and find the same online content. Anything borrowed electronically will also show up with your physical checkouts in your main online Library account.
Yes! Try these resources and videos. You can access help and tutorials right from within your Libby or Overdrive apps as well.
If your fine is payable online, you may use the following link:
The citation number is case sensitive. Remember to type a capital letter.
When entering your date of birth, use the following format: 00/00/0000 (month/date/year).
The court does not give copies of Police Reports. Please contact Police Records at 303-665-5571.
As a matter of policy, the City will not allow oil and gas companies to purchase Lafayette municipal water for their operations.
If there is a life-threatening emergency please call 911. To report a non-emergency wildlife issue call Colorado Parks & Wildlife at 303-297-1192. If you still need assistance after calling Colorado Parks & Wildlife, please contact the Parks, Recreation & Open Space Department at 303-661-1306.
Call 303-661-1306 to report any maintenance issues. Please be prepared to provide specific information about the location of the issue, i.e. what is the nearest cross street or which open space property you are reporting about.
Lafayette City Council updated the prairie dog management policy in November 2019. This policy pertains to how the City manages prairie dogs on public lands; City of Lafayette Prairie Dog Management Plan - November 2019. Private land owners are subject to Ordinance No 4 Series 2020 cityoflafayette.com/PrairieDogs .
You can find these maps at City Hall or the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. You can also access the map here: Lafayette Parks & Open Space Trails Map
Arbor Day is in April. The Open Space Division and members of the Open Space Advisory Committee hold an annual Arbor Day event one Saturday in April. Details for the event become available online prior to each year's event.
Members of the Lafayette Open Space Advisory last approved the prairie dog management policy in November 2019. This policy pertains to how the City manages prairie dogs on public lands. Private land owners are not subject to this policy although they are asked to abide by it. City of Lafayette Prairie Dog Management Plan - November 2019.
The City of Lafayette contracts with VDCI to conduct surveillance of adult mosquito populations and to provide limited adult mosquito control when predetermined disease and annoyance levels have been surpassed. The goal is to provide the greatest level of control of pest and disease vector mosquito populations while maintaining a balanced use of cultural, biological, and least-toxic chemical procedures that are environmentally compatible and economically feasible.
Culex mosquitoes increase in number as temperatures rise. Human infection of West Nile Virus (WNV) can occur without symptoms. It can also cause mild to sever illness including fever, extreme fatigue, as well as head and body aches. In extreme cases WNV may result in chronic disability, tremors, vision loss, paralysis or even result in death.
Boulder County Public Health and City of Lafayette officials urge residents to remember the 4Ds:1. Use DEET-enhanced insect repellent2. DRESS in long sleeves and pants.3. Avoid the outdoors from DUSK to DAWN4. DRAIN standing water outside your home
For more information about WNV, mosquito activity in Boulder County and steps you can take to protect yourself and loved ones, please visit:
Learn more: Mosquitoes & West Nile Virus
To rent a garden plot at Wilson Community Garden, please call 303-665-0469 or visit the Bob L. Burger Recreation Center for more details. To rent a garden plot at Kerr Community Garden, please visit the Growing Garden of Boulder website.
Please utilize our online Request Tracker to notify the city of concerns in a city park. Or you may call 303-661-1306.
Please contact the main administrative office at City Hall at 303-665-5588 for information on cemetery plots and maintenance questions.
To find out what a particular property is zoned you may either:
The City of Lafayette maintains two maps that guide and direct development: the Comprehensive Plan Land Use Plan Map and the Zoning District Map. The Land Use Plan Map designates the existing or potential future use of the property as residential, commercial, industrial, mixed-use, existing or proposed open space, floodplain, etc. The Zoning District Map includes zoning district designations for all property within the city limits and dictates allowable uses and certain building restrictions. By using these two maps one can determine what type of land uses are, or might be, allowed on property within the city limits, or on property outside of the city limits. For additional information about a specific piece of property or potential development, please contact the Planning Division at 303-661-1270.
A public hearing is a process that is intended to provide members of the public an opportunity to bring information to the attention of the Planning Commission and/or the City Council on matter concerning land development or other public interests. If and when you receive a public hearing notice or see a public hearing sign posted on a property you may:
Yes: Located on our Transparency Page
Yes. Washing cars at your home is allowed, but we strongly suggest that cars be taken to commercial car washes where recycled water is used. Hoses used to wash vehicles must be equipped with an automatic shutoff nozzle. Rinsing of paved surfaces (driveways, sidewalks, parking lots, etc.) after washing a vehicle is prohibited according to the Water Conservation Ordinance and is harmful to our creeks and streams.
Yes, there currently are no restrictions.
Yes. The patching of a pre-existing lawn is allowed.
Yes. The planting of flower and/or vegetable gardens is allowed. Please follow watering guidelines- no outdoor irrigation between the hours of 10am and 6pm, hand-watering is permitted with a garden hose equipped with an automatic shutoff nozzle. Check out our Garden-in-a-Box program for xeriscape ideas.
Yes. The planting of new trees and/or shrubs is allowed. Please follow watering guidelines- no outdoor irrigation between the hours of 10am and 6pm, hand-watering is permitted with a garden hose equipped with an automatic shutoff nozzle.
Precipitation collection is allowed on residential properties under certain conditions. Please refer to the Colorado Division of Water Resources Rainwater & Stormwater page for more information.
Yes, but we encourage you not to water between the hours of 10am and 6pm.
All of the City’s drinking water is treated at the Baseline Water Treatment Facility on Baseline Road. The facility uses conventional treatment processes to produce water that meets state and federal requirements. The main treatment process steps include addition of coagulants that help remove small particles through gravity settling, filtration, and chlorine disinfection. Additional processes such as the use of activated carbon to reduce taste/odor and pH adjustments to reduce pipe corrosion occur as needed. The City provides regular water quality monitoring to ensure effective treatment. Monitoring results are published annually as part of the Consumer Confidence Report, available online.
The City is required to disinfect water before it leaves the treatment plant and maintain sufficient chlorine levels in pipes and tanks to prevent bacteria growth. Chlorine levels are monitored at multiple locations across the City to ensure that they stay between the minimum and maximum levels established by the State of Colorado and the EPA. The system is also regularly monitored for bacteria at multiple locations. The amount of chlorine remaining in the water when it reaches a home can vary depending on the how long water is in the system before it reaches the tap. Chlorine will dissipate if drinking water is left in an uncovered container in the refrigerator overnight.
Prior to being treated, the City’s water flows through creeks and ditches and is stored in reservoirs. These features function as a home to fish, wildlife, and aquatic vegetation. As water levels and temperatures vary over the course of the year, those ecosystems change.
In the spring, reservoirs fill with cold mountain snowmelt that has minimal plant material, but may be high in minerals picked up as runoff flows rapidly through creeks and ditches. During the spring and fall, temperature changes can cause reservoirs to “turn over” with cooler water sinking to the bottom and warmer water rising to the top. During the warm summer months, algae blooms can develop and then die off. In the fall, vegetation in and around the reservoir may die off or go dormant. In the fall leaves enter the reservoir and begin to decompose. During late summer and into winter, reservoir levels are drawn down as customer demands exceed stream flows. Each of these seasonal changes has impacts on the characteristics of the water that is delivered to the City’s water treatment facility.
The water treatment process filters out harmful materials and includes a disinfection process to prevent bacteria and organic materials from growing once water leaves the plant. Activated carbon is also used to help reduce any residual taste and odor. Even with treatment, there are subtle changes in water chemistry that can be detected by the human palette. Some people may also notice the process adjustments that are made to address source water variations, such as slight variations in chlorine levels.
Storing drinking water in the refrigerator can help reduce the variability of taste and odors due to changes in the City’s source water. Colder water releases less water vapor in to the air which impacts perceptions of variation in smell and taste. Storing water in the refrigerator also allows residual chlorine to dissipate. Running water until it turns cold before filling a pitcher will help flush out building plumbing and bring in fresh water from the City system.
If water is frequently rusty brown/orange that may be an indication of an issue with home plumbing or a hot water heater. Issues in the City’s pipe system such as broken pipes, construction activities, and fire hydrant use can produce temporary discoloration that can get into building fixtures. Removing faucet screens and running the water for several minutes until clear typically addresses this issue.
White water is typically caused by small air bubbles, which will dissipate in a few minutes. If the white water is caused by flakes that don’t disappear, this may be caused by a deteriorating dip tube in a home’s hot water heater.
Mildew can form in sinks, showers, toilets, or areas with stagnant water. Clean fixtures regularly and fix leaks to reduce mildew and mold growth.
The City of Lafayette’s water comes from mountain snow melt delivered to the City through a variety of creeks and ditches stored in local reservoirs, and treated at the Baseline Water Treatment Plant. The characteristics of the water delivered to the treatment plant vary depending on the water source, temperature, mineral content, and algae/vegetation. Treatment processes are regularly adjusted to ensure that health and safety requirements are met, but some customers may notice taste differences just as you might when traveling to a different city.
Most Front Range communities rely on multiple water sources and do experience some level of variability in water taste and odor over the course of the year. Having multiple sources is important in ensuring reliable water supply in the event of a drought or natural disaster.
Hot water releases water vapor that may make any taste or smell more evident. It is a good practice to use the cold water tap for drinking and heat it as needed. Hot water is more likely to contain metals or other materials dissolved in building plumbing and hot water heaters.
A variety of home filtration devices are available ranging from water pitchers to expensive whole house systems. Filter manufacturers generally provide data on their product removal rates for different types of contaminants. The City’s Consumer Confidence Report provides data on Lafayette’s water quality that may be useful in assessing the benefit of specific home systems.
The City has a number of efforts underway to improve the quality and consistency of drinking water. A first step is to increase our communications around source water changes so that customers can be confident that water is safe to drink. Modifications to the water treatment process are currently underway that are anticipated to improve efficiency in addressing impacts of summer algae blooms and should be completed in the next few weeks. The City is participating in several regional water projects that will both increase overall reservoir capacity, but also provide water from high mountain storage that is less susceptible to seasonal variability. The City also anticipates the need to build a second water treatment facility in the near future to address capacity limitations. This will provide an opportunity to explore new treatment technology and increase operational flexibility.
Before contacting the City, we recommend that you allow water to run for at least several minutes. If an issue goes away once water in the building plumbing is flushed out and new water is coming from the City main, then it is generally an indication of a possible problem in the home. The City cannot assess or repair home plumbing. If an issue persists, please submit your Taste & Odor concern to the Public Works Department through the web form or by calling 303-661-1277 and a water treatment operator will help assess the problem.
We reserve shelters at Waneka Lake, LaMont Does, and Whitetail Parks. Depending on the shelter, Rental fees are $40 or $60 for 5 hours (9am-2pm or 4pm-9pm) and $90 or $120 for all day (8am-9pm). You can reserve online at www.cityoflafayette.com/ShelterRentals or call at 303-665-0469, Monday-Friday; 8:30am-4:30pm.
You can book the tennis courts at LaMont Does and Whitetail parks by calling Mark at 303-665-0469 or e-mailing Mark.Fitzgerald@cityoflafayette.com. Courts are subject to a reservation fee.
Visit the Waneka Boathouse page for current hours, schedule and reservation information.
Please visit our jobs webpage at www.cityoflafayette.com/jobs or call or email Penny Ford at 303-661-1250.
For disposal of yard waste and branches, citizens have the following options:
Call Republic Services at 303-286-2400, or view the online schedule on their website.
If you are on the City trash program and need to set up or change your trash or recycling cart, please contact Republic Services at 303-286-2400. HOA communities, please contact your HOA for trash information.
Lafayette residents with proof of residency can drop off items at the Hazardous Materials Management Facility free of charge. More information on accepted items can be found on Boulder County’s Hazardous Materials Management Facility’s (HMMF) website.
Hazardous Materials Management Facility
1901 63rd St
Boulder, CO 80301Map & Directions
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Please visit Eco-Cycle’s A-Z Recycling Guide for recycling information and locations.
Amended 2015 Budget (and Budget Resolution for 2014 Carryover)
Complete the registration form: http://lafayetteco.gov/eBillForm. Once you sign up for e-billing, you will no longer receive paper bills by mail.
You will receive a confirmation message telling you when to expect your first Lafayette utility e-bill.
You can send the new address to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 303-665-5588.
Yes. You may pay online at http://www.lafayetteco.gov/payonline, pay over the phone, or pay in person at the Finance counter at City Hall, 1290 S. Public Rd., Lafayette, CO 80026.
You will receive your bill notices from email@example.com. Be sure to add this to your email address book and/or change your spam filters to allow this email to get through.
The City of Lafayette is not responsible for undeliverable e-bills. Customers are required to submit on-time payments regardless if an e-bill is received or not. Past due fees will not be waived if an e-bill is not received. It is the responsibility of the customer to ensure payment is made in the absence of a bill. You will receive notices from firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to add this to your address book and/or change your spam filters to allow this email to get through.
You can set up automatic withdrawal from your checking account. Download/Print Automatic Bill Payment Enrollment Form and return it by mail or in person to 1290 S. Public Rd., Lafayette, CO 80026. You may also use your bank or credit card's bill pay services. Follow their instructions, but be sure to include the account number from your bill so your payment will be credited properly.
To pay by mail, send check (add account number to check notes), with the top portion of your paper bill to: 1290 S. Public Rd., Lafayette, CO 80026.
To pay in person, visit Finance counter at City Hall, 1290 S. Public Rd., or use the drop box outside the main doors.
View the City of Lafayette's Disconnection Policy
View the City of Lafayette's Payment Arrangement Policy