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A short five or six digit number sequence that is displayed on the recipient’s phone when they receive a CodeRED message. These codes are designed to be easy to read and remember, allowing your residents to save the number into their address book. The short Code for Park County is 76993
Please fill in the Work Session Meeting Request Form. For questions, call the Board of County Commissioners Administration at (719) 836-4201.
There are some exceptions. Certain subdivisions are fenced all the way around their perimeter. Nine-Mile Heights, Pike-San Isabel Village, and Warm Springs are examples. If there are livestock in your subdivision and you believe it is fenced, Animal Control will attempt to locate the owner and can force that owner to move his livestock.
Fill out the Change of Address Form
Tax bills are sent by and paid to the Park County Treasurer’s Office.
Pay/Verify Taxes online They can be also be reached by phone: 719-836-4334
When an owner on a deed dies, the death certificate may need to be recorded with the Clerk and Recorder. For more information on recording a death certificate, visit the Clerk and Recorder or call: 719-836-4333
The rest of the process depends on what kind of ownership the property is.
If the property is joint tenancy, the recording of a death certificate may result in the deceased owner being removed, but we still recommend getting legal advice from an attorney or probate court to be certain.
If the property is tenants in common, the recording of the death certificate will not automatically result in the deceased owner being removed. You will need to contact probate court or an attorney to have the deceased owner removed. The Assessor’s Office is unable to provide any legal advice. Probate Court, 719-836-2940.
The Assessor’s Office is notified of changes in ownership by recorded documents.
The Assessor’s Office is unable to provide legal advice as to which document you should record.
The prepared deed will list all current owners as the seller, and all current owners plus the new person or people listed as the buyer. It must contain the legal description of the property and all current owners must sign the deed with a witness and notary. The new deed will be recorded with the Clerk and Recorders Office 719-836-4333.
Please contact Code Enforcement : 719-836-4259
Comparing Your Property
Gather as much information as you can on similar properties in your neighborhood. Compare the features of these properties to the features of your property. If there are differences, the values of the properties will probably be different.
If you’ve recently purchased your property, what was the sale amount? If you’re thinking of selling, what price are you considering asking? How do these values compare with the estimated value the Assessor has placed on your property? What do you believe your property value should be?
Visit our Sale Data for information pertaining to all property classes (Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Vacant Land). These lists are also available for research on our website.
Pursuant to Colorado State General Property Tax Law, residential properties may only be valued by the market approach to value. The market approach is defined by the Dictionary of Real Estate Appraisal, 3rd Edition as: “The most probable price, as of a specified date, in cash, or in terms equivalent to cash, or in other precisely revealed terms for which the specified property rights should sell after reasonable exposure in a competitive market under all conditions requisite to a fair sale, with the buyer and seller each acting prudently, knowledgeably, and for self-interest, and assuming that neither is under undue duress.”
TIP: A square-foot value is not the Market Approach!!
Let’s Avoid An Appeal
If you have found a discrepancy in the Assessor’s data, please contact our office! Our goal is to have correct and complete assessment records. If the Assessor’s records don’t reflect the correct inventory, a fair value cannot be estimated. While an informal review is not necessary to appeal your property value, it can be beneficial and avoid an appeal. The month of May is the formal appeal period, however the Assessor’s Office is always available to review property records and discuss concerns regarding property value or classification.
The purpose of an informal review should be:
The staff-member conducting the meeting will review your property records and comparable properties. We encourage you to submit any information you have gathered. If you have uncovered an error, it is possible that a staff appraiser needs to visit your property to ascertain whether discrepancies or changes to the property warrant a value or classification change. It is also possible that a decision regarding a change may require further research, or documentation may be requested (photos, formal appraisals, etc.).
After reviewing your inventory, comparing like-properties and reviewing sales, if you still feel your property value is incorrect, an Appeal may be in order.
That will ultimately be managed by the provider/partner but a multiple area approach will be discussed
Fiber optic cable is fairly cheap, the labor to install and the electronic equipment required and continued maintenance represent most of the cost. Bailey has big build challenges with our terrain, rocky soils, winding roads and large lot sizes – all contribute to a pricier build
If a local improvement district (LID) is used the inclusive properties must be defined at the date of approval. If an additional phase is considered for the future another opportunity might become available but would likely require a large ‘tap fee’ be paid at the time of connection. Participating in the LID will allow payments to be spread over a long period of time and to stay with the property should you move.
By state law, if a local improvement district is used to build a network a provider must own it.
The Local Improvement District (LID| is financed through a 20 year bond. Payments start when the benefit can be realized to your property and ends 20 years later unless prepayment has been made.
The provider/partner has the responsibility based on the agreement.
Projects this size utilize many contractual tool such as performance and surety bonds to guarantee obligations.
The remaining obligation on the LID remains with the property and collected during the yearly tax process as an assessment.
If your property lies within the boundaries of the approved LID your property will be accessed as soon as the benefit can be used.
Averages range from 3-5% increase on current value.
Local network redundancy will be built into the system. Backhaul redundancy (connectivity out to the Internet) will be dependent on the partner/provider. Currently our area does not have redundant backhaul connectivity. This is desired for the project and a partner/provider who can bring backhaul redundancy will be a more attractive partner.
Depends on the provider but at minimum, a technician will likely mount a small box to house equipment on the outside of the house and may bring a connection device and cable into the house to connect with customer to connect to devices in home.
The provider that’s chosen as our partner.
No. A Single provider will be chosen as partner to offer services on the network. To provide an open access network, the public would have to pay for 100% of the infrastructure. This appears to be too expensive a course at present.
You will continue to have the same level of service and choices that you currently do. Some new wireless services may become available to parts of the area under discussion.
Should there be adequate support for the project to move forward, the County will assist in the formation of the LID, the selection of the partner, oversight of the construction, the management of the partner contract and performance, the collection of the assessment and payment to the bond provider.
To approve the LID, a resolution by the county commissioners is required. A hearing will be held and public comments will be heard. In addition if a bond is used to secure the funds for all those property owners included in LID will be required to pass a tabor question the yearly election cycle.
Yes. Utility easements will be accessed and some utility poles may need to be replaced or newly installed. A circuit will be added to your panel and some small boxes and fiber will be mounted to the outside of your house. Notifications will be given well in advance.
Cell towers require fiber back haul to function. The project does not yet contemplate new cell tower infrastructure but should. The existing cell tower will perform at a much higher efficiency if included in the plan.
This is a good question to ask your congressman or woman.
The state does not have the 100’s of millions of dollars necessary to build the infrastructure needed to serve all citizens of the state.
The infrastructure and services have specific known costs. Without public financial support, those costs are much to high for any company to sustainably offer services in this area.
It has no affect on this project.
Please fill in the Work Session Request Form with a detailed explanation of the purpose for the requested meeting.
The sales tax rate for the Town of Fairplay is 8.9%. The sales tax rate for the Town of Alma is 7.9%. The sales tax rate out of town is 4.9%.
The snow loads in Park County depends on the location of the project. You can obtain snow loads for specific locations on our website by searching with the schedule number of the property. Our website will have a “Snow Load Map” to determine to ground snow loads for the location of the project. The map is a digitalized form from the SEAC 2016 snow loads and should be used with the adjustment factors in ASCE 7 to be converted into roof snow loads. The wind load is 110 MPH per the 2012 International Residential and Building Code.”
The wind load is 110 MPH per the 2012 International Residential and Building Code.
Obtain and complete a Citizen Complaint Form. Submit the form by Email, fax at (719) 836-4351, or mail it to: Planning Department P.O. Box 1598 Fairplay, CO 80440 If you do not have access to a computer, you can call 719-836-4267 and we will mail you a complaint form.
The speed of the CodeRED system (up to 60,000 calls per hour) is so great that we are able to send a message to affected households almost as quickly as officials become aware of the situation.
A short five or six digit number sequence that is displayed on the recipient’s phone when they receive a CodeRED message. These codes are designed to be easy to read and remember, allowing your residents to save the number into their address book. The short Code for Park County is 76993.
Because Park County wants to reach everyone affected by an emergency whether or not they have signed up for CodeRED, the system comes with a database prepared by the company that supplies CodeRED service. This database is updated regularly.
If you have moved or changed your telephone number recently, you should definitely sign up for CodeRED service or update information you have already provided. Any new information you supply will automatically replace old information. CodeRED
If you do not have access to the internet, you can fill out a paper form that will be available at local government offices. This form is a duplicate of the online form. You may also call the Park County Communications Director at 719-836-4115. CodeRED
Many emergencies occur without advance warning. In such cases, you may have no reason to turn on a TV or radio. That’s when CodeRED can help officials alert you immediately and advise you to take appropriate action.
Park County selected CodeRED after researching and reviewing several similar services.
Residents that have solicitation blockers on their phones will not receive the entire emergency message. The Code Red system will assume the message for solicitation blockers is in fact your answering machine message, wait the appropriate amount of time and then deliver the message.
Residents can call the number back to hear the message again if part was missed. 866-419-5000
Residents should add the emergency number for code, 866-419-5000 as a contact in their cell phones so you know when we call you it is from code red.
The deceased will be transported to the Park County Coroner facility in Fairplay, CO.
A pending death certificate will be signed as soon as possible after an autopsy or exam is complete. A final Death Certificate will be issued once all required tests are completed.
The Park County Clerk and Recorder will sell you Certified copies of the Death Certificate. The current cost is $20 for the first and $13 for each additional Copy. Your Funeral Home may assist with this.
The approval of the Coroner's Office is required for tissue / organ donation. The wishes of the deceased for organ / tissue donation will be evaluated on an individual case basis. If donation is approved, the Park County Coroner’s Office will be glad to assist in the coordination of the donation procedures. In rare cases donation of organs / tissue needed for a complete investigation will not be approved.
Select a funeral home or whole body donation service as soon as possible. Ask them to call the Park County Coroner's Office. If the deceased is to be removed out of state, ask the mortuary from that state to coordinate with a local mortuary for the necessary services.
Fill out the Autopsy Report Request form and you will receive them via email. If you have further questions call 719-836-4340.
Please contact the Park County Clerk and Recorder - Election Department 719-836-4223 or come in to the Clerk and Recorder Office at 856 Castello Ave, Fairplay, CO 80440.
Look at the Development Guide. This will help explain the permitting process and the steps to enjoying your new home.
Contact the Environmental Health Department immediately at 719-836-4267. A repair permit will be required. After the application has been completed, an inspection will be scheduled to determine what type of repair will be needed.
Please submit the Public Documents Request Form or contact the Environmental Health Department at 719-836-4267 to request copies of the septic system information.
Please contact the Colorado Department of Water Resources. The State of Colorado regulates all wells and issues all well permits.
The Environmental Health Department will only have copies of well papers if the septic system was installed after 2003.
The Environmental Health Department has water test kits for home drinking water available at no cost. These test for: lead, chlorine, nitrates / nitrites, bacteria, pesticides, hardness, and pH. For more in-depth testing, you will need to contact the Colorado Department of Public Health Chemistry Laboratory at 303-692-3048 to discuss water tests or call the Chemistry Laboratory’s bottle order line at 303-692-3074 to order sample bottles.
For household trash, call Mountain View Waste Systems at 303-838-0560. There are transfer stations in Bailey, Fairplay, Guffey, Hartsel, Lake George, and Pine Junction. Ask for addresses and hours of operation. For larger items, call the Chaffee County Landfill at 719-539-3738, Summit County Landfill at 970-468-9263, Foothills Landfill (Golden) at 303-279-9037 for locations and hours of operation.
You will receive a report on the Department's findings.
Please note: we do need your name, address, and phone number for the complaint to be processed. Environmental Health Complaint Form
Please Note: We do not assign addresses to vacant land. Only when the development process begins will we provide you a physical address.
Note: Physical addresses on warranty deeds are for convenience only. The legal description is what legally describes your property. Not the physical address.
If your property is not located inside a subdivision and is less than 35 acres, we require a copy of the current warranty deed complete with full legal description (metes and bounds) and a copy of the warranty deed with the matching legal description recorded prior to January 1, 1975. We will also accept a copy of a recorded resolution indicating approval for an exemption from subdivision.
If your property is not located inside of a subdivision and is over 35 acres we need to know your schedule number, legal description, and where your permanent driveway will be located.
We need to know where your permanent driveway will be located in order to provide you an accurate address.
The street address may help identify the property but does not constitute the legal description.
Due to such things as survey errors, poor instrumentation, or difficult terrain it is common for actual sections to differ from the PLSS ideal. Such factors sometimes result in sections that are far from square, or that contain over or under the standard 640 acres. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is the federal government’s official record keeper for the PLSS data.
You can also try searching for the last name in old copies of the Fairplay Flume on Colorado Historic Newspapers.
For more information, contact the Historic Preservation Office at (719) 836-4298.
If you have a historic building or structure, you probably will want to take care of it and use it somehow. Park County values its history and the Director of the Office of Historic Preservation can help you find ways to properly care for your historic property, suggest possible grants to help pay for the work, and explain how to comply with rehabilitation standards that might qualify the work on your property for State and or national tax credits.
Any changes to a listed or designated historic property will come before PCHPAC for review when you ask for your permit, so it’s a good idea to bring your plans to the Director of the Office of Historic Preservation to draw on PCHPAC’s input and ideas in advance. There is no charge for this service. PCHPAC will see if what you plan still is consistent with telling the story of the history of your property. If what you plan does not comply with the best interest of preserving the history of your place, the commission may offer some suggestions for appropriate methods. If you don’t care to comply with them, your property may simply lose its historic designation. Of course, your project would still need to comply with the regulations of the county’s Planning, Zoning, and Building Departments.
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We have two Motor Vehicle Offices:
The lobby is open Monday through Thursday, 7:00 am to 4:00 pm. We are closed for all federal holidays.
The property type on the Assessor’s website is not the same as the zone district. Please send an email, call (719) 836-4292, or fax (719) 836-4351 with a legal description, address, and/or tax schedule number, and the full name of the property owner for the property in question to verify your zone district for building.
Setback requirements can be found by calling 719-836-4292. Note: Some Planned Unit Developments(PUDs) have specific setback requirements.
A permit is required for camping more than two weeks per year and camping units may not be left on lots when not in use. For additional information, please contact the Planning Department at 719-836-4292.
If your property is zoned Agricultural (A), there are no restrictions on the number of horses and/or any large livestock other than federal and State Animal Feed Operations (AFO) and Confined Feed Operations (CFO) regulations. Please refer to the Park County Land Use Regulations, Article 5, Division 7, Section 5-700 for the current Animal Regulations.
Please note: For properties that were created after August 23, 2003, and are less then 10 acres, no large livestock animals are permitted.
Please note: An accessory structure may not be occupied as a dwelling. Even though the accessory structure may or may not need a building permit, it must meet the current setbacks associated with your zone district and the current building code.
No, unauthorized signs may not be placed within the right-of-way of any public road in Park County, nor on any public lands. This includes, but is not limited to, any commercial signs advertising goods or services, real estate signs, political signs, yard sale signs or any sign not authorized by Public Works and the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices.
Any unauthorized signs found in the right-of-way will be removed and disposed of. Public Works will not store any signs pulled from the roadside.
No. There is no parking or storage allowed of any vehicle, trailer, boat, or any type of property or material, including building supplies, trash cans and dumpsters, in the right-of-way of any public road or on any public property in Park County. Vehicles or other property in the right-of-way may be removed at the owner’s expense. The County is not responsible for any damage to property placed in the right-of-way.
A right-of-way is property typically reserved for transportation uses. The property is usually deeded or dedicated, in our case to the County, and implies an ownership right. Rights-of-way in Park County are most often, but not always, sixty feet (60’) in width. However, rights-of-way may vary from twenty feet (20’) to one-hundred and twenty feet (120’) or more.
An easement is for property dedicated to a specific use. An easement is for the specified use only, and the grantor of the easement retains ownership of the property. The easement may be for public transportation uses, or it may be for ingress and egress for specific people across or to a specific property. Easements may also be granted for the placement of utilities or for purposes such as snow storage. An easement will spell out what it is for and how the property may be used. It may or may not spell out specific allowed or mandated maintenance activities, however an easement for public roads usually implies that the road will be maintained and managed the same as a road with a dedicated or deeded right-of-way.
Property lines are usually marked by property pins, which are required to be in, and stay in, place. Plat maps and property descriptions are helpful in determining property lines. If there is confusion as to where the property line actually is, and no pins or markers are evident, a survey may be needed to determine where the line actually is. Surveys will most often be the financial responsibility of the person benefiting from the survey.
By State law, any snow that falls on a property must remain on that property and cannot be pushed into the public right-of-way. Please see the Park County Snow Removal Policy for more information.
It is the property owner’s responsibility to clear the snow from in front of their driveway, please see the Park County Snow Removal Policy for more information.
Back-country trails and roads abound in Park County for both motorized and non-motorized recreation. Most routes are maintained by the U.S. Forest Service and have certain use restrictions. For a description of each road, trail, and area, visit the following site:
Go to the Assessor’s website and submit address changes online.
In 2014, Health Insurance Marketplaces will be a new way to find health coverage. On the Marketplaces, some people may be eligible for lower costs on health premiums and out-of-pocket costs based on their income.
At a glanceVA wants all Veterans to get health care that improves their health and well-being.If you are enrolled in VA health care, you don’t need to take additional steps to meet the health care law coverage standards.The health care law does not change VA health benefits or Veterans’ out-of-pocket costs.If you are not enrolled in VA health care, you can apply at any time.
While there are many reasons why a woman may stay in an abusive relationship, it's important to remember that she is the victim of a crime. The perpetrator has said he loves her and that she loves him. The batterer is the one choosing to be violent. The question should be "Why does the batterer abuse her?"
Differences may include an increase in temper tantrums, use of foul language, a change in sleep or eating patterns, acting sad and/or not wanting to play with friends, acting fearful of leaving mom, and problems at school such as aggressive behaviors, poor concentration, or changes in grades. Any time there is trauma such as this in a child's life, it is important to get help and support for them.
Some red flags of potential batterer are that may come on too strong and fast, say I love you too soon, or act too good to be true. Another red flag to look for is jealousy. Jealousy of other relationships past or present, real or imagined. Even in a relationship, one still has the right to have friendships.
Listen to how they talk about previous partners and family. Is there respect for these people? Family relationships can be a huge indicator of how they are going to behave in relationships. Look for consistency in behavior. Does this person say one thing and then do or act in another way? Do they blame others for their mistakes? Most important, trust your gut feelings. If something tells you this person is not all they claim to be, you are probably right.
Early on, many times victims will say these signs were not present, but in hindsight they will often say the warning signs were present. This is because often, these are things that make us feel special and are not looked at critically until things get abusive.