Development Application

New Zoning Code Adoption-Phase 1

Update: May 25, 2022

Phase 1 of the new zoning code is now in place and the residential building mortarium is no longer in effect.  Please review the timeline and description of the approval process pdf download.

Getting Started-Summary:

  1. Find your property on the form zone map.
  2. Review the form types allowed in the form zone where the property is located in the approved Chapter 18.29 Form Zone Document.
  3. If the structure is existing, then select the form type allowed in the form zone that closest matches that structure.
  4. If a project is:
    • A new principal structure
    • An addition more than 25% of the existing floor area
    • A new dwelling or conditioned space in a detached building or addition

Then a full Form Zone Site Plan Application, submitted online, must be filled out for each structure or dwelling and the project must go through the approval process starting at neighborhood meeting, as well as Planning Commission. In some cases the requirement for neighborhood meeting can be waived. Please consult with staff before applying for a neighborhood meeting.

  1. If the project is:
    • A new accessory structure that does not have conditioned space inside
    • An addition less than 25% of the existing floor area
    • Finishing existing, unconditioned square footage into conditioned space

Then a partial Form Zone Site Plan Application (forms found below) must be filled out for each structure or dwelling with the building permit application and any applicable worksheets.

  1. If a Minor Adjustment is requested, fill out that Minor Adjustment worksheet with the Form Zone Site Plan
  2. If a Major Adjustment is requested, fill out the Major Adjustment worksheet and submit separately for a Major Adjustment/Variance application.
  3. If seeking a determination as a mostly preserved structure, fill out the mostly preserved structure worksheet.

Visit our Online Permitting System and register for an account to submit your application online for the following projects:

  • Allocation
  • Annexation
  • Banking Plan
  • Certificate of Appropriateness
  • Form Zone Site Plan
  • License Agreement for Right of Way
  • Lot Line Adjustment
  • Neighborhood Meeting
  • Preliminary, Minor, and Final Plat
  • PUD Amendment
  • Rezoning
  • Short Term Rental
  • Sidewalk Seating
  • Site Plan
  • Sketch Plan
  • Small Animal License
  • Special Use Permit
  • Vacation
  • Wireless Communication Facility
  • Zoning Variance/ Major Adjustment
  • Zoning Verification

All required documents for the above applications can be found on our Required Documents Page pdf download; these documents are required to submit an application.

Please visit Site Development Regulations for more information on additional requirements for different projects.

COG Mesa

 Golden was named after Thomas L. Golden,
a gold prospector who arrived in Jefferson County in 1858.

Additional Resources

City of Golden, Colorado
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