Yes, both Planning and Building applications are available on the
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Please see the Town's Map webpage. Go to the main page and go to "Residents", then "Maps/GIS." Go to "Town Limits" map.
Active projects within Windsor's Growth Management Area can be viewed on the Town's Map/GIS webpage. Select "Community Development" to view locations of projects. To view surrounding zoning districts, go to the "Themes" tab, select the "Layers & Legend" tab, then click on "Boundaries", followed by "Zoning".
For a list of projects by type of land use application, status, and number of permits issued, please visit the Building Permit Reports page.
To view general land use designations for future development within the Town's Growth Management Area (GMA), visit the Town's Comprehensive Plan Land Use Plan Map:
Please visit the Interactive GIS Map and select Community Development icon.
For a list of active projects by type, status, number of building permits, please visit the Building Permits Reports page.
Zoning dictates how your property can be used. It also establishes design parameters such as minimum lot size, minimum building setbacks, maximum building coverage, and maximum building height and the number of units allowed. Zoning regulations can be found in Chapter 16 of the Municipal Code.
Subdivision of property in the Town of Windsor requires approval of a subdivision application. You will need to contact a planner in order to determine the appropriate subdivision process. Please contact the Planning Department at (970) 674-2415. Windsor’s Subdivision regulations are outlined in Chapter 17 of the Municipal Code and the process in Section 14-2-60.
Table 14-2-10(a) Land Use Application Procedures
Concept Review Meeting
Accessory Dwelling Unit
Refer to section 14-2-180
Comprehensive Plan Amendment
Conditional Use Permit
Conditional Use Permit Oil & Gas, Gravel Mining
Non-Regulated Land Transfer
Site Plan – Major
Site Plan – Minor
Subdivision, Major –
Subdivision, Major - Preliminary
Subdivision – Minor
Substantial Change Hearing
Vacation of ROW or Town Easement
Vested Property Rights
1 Director may refer to PC/TB per Sec. 16-5-40(j) to be reviewed as a Conditional Use Permit
þ = Required
o= May be required by Director
PC = Planning Commission
TB =Town Board
BoA = Board of Adjustment
R = Recommendation
D= Decision Maker
* = Public hearing required
A = Appeal of Decision
S = Super Majority Vote Required (Ordinances require majority on 1st reading, super majority on 2nd reading)
M = Majority Vote Required
A variance, which requires approval by the Board of Adjustment, constitutes a change in the zoning provisions of the Municipal Code where, due to special conditions or circumstances, the literal enforcement of a zoning requirement would result in an unnecessary hardship. An unnecessary hardship is defined as a situation where the property cannot be reasonably used under the conditions allowed by the code. The situation will occur from circumstances unique to the property and will not be created by the property owner. Economic considerations alone do not constitute an unnecessary hardship. Variances, if granted, shall not alter the character of the surrounding neighborhood. Please review Section 14-2-140 (Minor Variance) and Section 14-2-150 (Major Variance) of the Municipal Code or contact the Planning Department for further information.
All businesses in Windsor require an approved business license through the Town's Finance Department, per Section 6-3-20 of the Municipal Code. Those pursuing a home-based business need to complete the Home Occupation Registration section of the business license application. Home occupations shall meet all requirements of Section 16-3-20 of the Municipal Code.
Yes. The Town requires a building permit in order to conduct the required inspections and make sure that the construction meets the building code adopted by the Town of Windsor. Please contact our inspection company SAFEbuilt at 970-686-7511 for any specific questions about the roofing code. See the Residential Re-Roof (PDF) handout for more details.
A conditional use grant / conditional use permit (CUG) allows a temporary use or specific land use once special review criteria is met. The permit does not allow for uses in zoning districts where the use is prohibited. Please see Conditional Use Grant review criteria in Section 14-2-130 of the Municipal Code and CUG review workflow.
Conditional Use Grant (CUG) and use applications:
Generally, no, as long as the fence meets the standard fencing regulations. For questions, please contact the Planning Department at (970) 674-2415 and review the
In accordance with Section 16-3-10 of the Municipal Code, a permit is only required if: 1) the proposed shed exceeds one hundred-twenty (120) square feet; OR - 2) is taller than ten (10) feet at the peak. If a permit is required, the structure shall meet the Town’s setback requirements. No accessory building, regardless of its size, shall be located any closer to the front property line than the rear corners of the principal building (accessory buildings are only allowed in rear yards) [Sec. 16-3-10]. For permit questions, please visit the Building Permit webpage.
Please contact the Town of Windsor Permit Technician at (970) 674-2436 to see if a permit is required. Some permit questions can be answered by visiting the Building Permits webpage.
Please note that any structure must be located on your property and meet the Town’s setback requirements. Note: some encroachments into the setback are allowed, per Table 16-1-20(a) of the Municipal Code.
Table 16-1-20(a) Setback Exceptions
May encroach into any setback but shall be no closer than 2’ to any property line.
Accessory buildings, large (greater than 120 square feet in size or greater than 10’ in height)
May encroach into side or rear setbacks up to 5’, provided they are not located closer than 5’ from the property line. In no case shall less than 20’ of clearance be provided between an accessory garage and public sidewalk.
Accessory buildings, small (up to 120 square feet in size and up to 10’ in height)
May encroach into side or rear setbacks.
May encroach into a secondary front setback provided they are located behind a solid fence which is at least 5’ in height.
May encroach into side or rear setbacks up to 10’, provided they are not located closer than 5’ from the property line.
Fences or walls, including trash enclosures, and retaining walls less than 4’ in height measured from top of wall to bottom of footer.
May encroach into any setback subject to fence and wall standards.
May encroach into any setback provided the flagpole is setback at least a distance equal to the height of the flagpole from property lines. Flagpoles and their related flags shall be setback sufficient distance to enable the flag to fly fully open without flying over the property of others.
May encroach into front setbacks.
Mechanical equipment, ground mounted
May encroach up to five feet into side or rear setbacks provided no equipment or component of such equipment is located closer than two feet from any property line and the equipment is screened.
May encroach into any setback provided they are no more than 12 inches above grade and are not located closer than three feet from the property line.
Stairs, at grade
May encroach into any required setback up to six feet.
Stairs, above or below grade
May encroach into any required setback up to six feet provided they are not located closer than three feet from the property line.
Structural projections such as cantilevered bay windows, balconies, chimneys, eaves, or other non-foundational overhangs or projections
May encroach into side setbacks up to 2’.
May encroach into front or rear setbacks up to 3’
Swimming pools, hot tubs and/or spas
May encroach into side and rear setbacks provided they are not located closer than three feet from the property line.
May encroach into any setback up to two feet.
Yes. A building permit is required to install a sprinkler system whether you are hooking up to Town of Windsor water (potable water) or if you are hooking up to a non-potable system in your subdivision. A sprinkler permit generally takes about 5-10 minutes to issue on the same day you apply. If you have questions about the cost of a sprinkler permit, the permit process, or whether your subdivision is on a non-potable irrigation system, please contact the Town's Permit Technician at (970) 674-2436 and visit the
Yes. Most temporary signs require a permit, which you can obtain from the Planning Department. A temporary sign cannot be displayed for more than sixty (60) days per calendar year (see Temporary Signs, Section 15-17-130, of Municipal Code for exclusions). Temporary signs must be directly related to the use of the lot on which it is located and must be made from durable material that will not deteriorate in wind or bad weather. These signs cannot be attached to trees, landscaping, traffic signs, utility or light poles or other similar structures, and cannot be located within the road right-of-way. The permit form is located on the Planning webpage under the tab "Applications, Forms and Handouts": Temporary Sign Permit. For specific requirements, please refer to Section 15-17-130 of the Municipal Code and contact the Planning Department at (970) 674-2415 / email@example.com if you have questions.
There are no prohibited construction hours. For nuisances, please visit the Police Department FAQs or the Town's Municipal Code.
Please visit the oil and gas FAQ page. For complaints, please select tab: Who to Contact.