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Ordinances, Codes and Manuals

Ordinances, Codes and Manuals:

City Code of the City of Colorado Springs 2001, as amended: The City Code encompasses any regulation or provision required and/or enforced within the City of Colorado Springs. The entire Code is available online; click to view. The Zoning and Subdivision Codes that pertain to planning and development are located in Articles 1 to 9 of Chapter 7 of the City Code.


The entire City Code discusses in addition to planning, building and development, the licensing and regulation of the sale and use of alcoholic beverages, animals and fowl, auctions and auctioneers, pawnbrokers, building contractors, various amusements, massage parlors, merchant patrols and patrolmen, fumigators and exterminators, peddlers, junk dealers, antique and second hand dealers, occupations and businesses, elections, disposal of garbage, trash and waste, use of parks, playgrounds and cemeteries, public improvements, streets and sidewalks, traffic, City-owned utilities, and the use of land, the selection and regulation of personnel, fire and police protection and the protection of health and sanitation, defining and prohibiting certain offenses, defining the powers and duties of the various departments of the City and the administration thereof, the levying of taxes and special assessments and the fixing of penalties.


Comprehensive Plan:

The Comprehensive Plan is a policy document, adopted by the City Council. It establishes guidelines for the City's growth and contains policies relative to land use, transportation, housing, utilities, parks, governmental services and other areas. The portion of the City Code that encompasses the Comprehensive Plan is Article 1 of Chapter 7. click here


Zoning Code:

This portion of the City Code contains the regulations which apply to the use of land, placement and size of buildings, landscaping and parking requirements and signs. This is the most commonly used ordinance in the planning process. The Zoning Code encompasses Articles 2 through 5 of Chapter 7 of the City Code click here


Subdivision Code:

The Subdivision Code contains the requirements which apply to the platting and division of raw land into buildable lots. It also contains regulations governing street improvements, park and school dedications, drainage improvements and related procedures and implements the Zoning Code requirements for lot sizes and shapes. The Subdivision Code encompasses Articles 6 through 9 of the City here


Building Code:

The Building Code for the City of Colorado Springs is included in the City Code from Article 10 to 16 of Chapter 7 however it refers to and enforces many portions of the International Building Code. Contact the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department for more information at 327-2880. click here