In the residential zone districts in the city, you are allowed a trash dumpster no larger in size than 2 cubic yards. Trash enclosures and dumpsters screens require zoning permits.
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You are allowed to have up to four garage sales per year. A garage sale permit is required which is available from the front desk receptionist at City Hall.
Not always. The R-2 zone district allows both single-unit and two-unit (duplex) residences. However, in order to have a legal duplex on an R-2 zoned property, a minimum of 12,500 square feet of lot area with 100 feet of lot width is required. A single-unit residence in the R-2 zone district requires 9,000 square feet of lot area with 75 feet of lot width. Conversion of a single-unit residence to a duplex requires building permits, as well as zoning approval.
If you have an approved in-home business (home occupation), you are allowed one non-illuminated sign up to two (2) square feet in size which can be feestanding or wall-mounted. Permanent flagpoles are permitted. Building permits are required for freestanding signs, wall signs, and flagpoles. Temporary yard signs are also allowed and do not require a permit; you may have an unlimited number of small yard signs up to four (4) square feet. Please contact the Planning Division at 303-235-2846, if you have specific signage questions.
The type and size of signage allowed on commercial properties varies by location and use. Section 26-709 of the City Code determines which types of signs are permitted based on the use of the property. Section 26-710 determines the standards for permanent signs. All permanent signs require building permits. Painted signs and window signs that are proposed separately from a larger sign package require a zoning permit. Please contact the Planning Division at 303-235-2846 if you have questions about a specific location or sign type.
A pre-application conference is required for all potential land use cases except variances, plus building permits for commercial or multi-unit residential construction. The purpose of these meetings is to provide an opportunity for potential development applicants to discuss land use proposal with various city staff persons from the Community Development Department. While city staff cannot predict the outcome of any land use development application, they can respond as to process and feasibility of approval. Pre-application meetings are held each week on Thursday afternoons.
There are two major drainage ways that traverse the city from the west to the east. Both Lena Gulch and Clear Creek have 100 year and 500 year floodplains that impact over 1,500 privately owned properties. To find out whether your property is in the floodplain, contact the Engineering Division in the Community Development Department. You can also look at the floodplain map on the City’s website. Due to the small scale, we recommend you speak with a city employee to verify the information.
The characteristics of the floodplain impacting your property and the type of structure being built will dictate what process is required to build on your property. Any construction in the 100-year floodplain will require a floodplain permit from the City. A class I floodplain permit is typically required for the construction of a non-habitable structure such as a fence or shed. A class II floodplain permit, which requires special approval from the City's Floodplain Administrator, is required for construction of a habitable structure such as a house.
The public hearings are quasi-judicial in nature. This means that the deciding body should make a decision only on the testimony presented at the public hearings. Please do not contact the Mayor, Planning Commission members or City Council representatives to discuss the merits of the case prior to the public hearing. It could jeopardize their ability to hear the case. If you have comments to provide, please submit them in writing to Planning staff to be included in the public record and to be forwarded to decision makers. Comments are accepted online on Wheat Ridge Speaks.
A zone change protest is a formal, written protest regarding a proposed zone change which can be submitted by adjacent property owners within 100 feet of the subject property. A valid protest that meets the ownership and geographic requirements of the code and charter will change the voting requirement needed to approve a zone change ordinance. Without a protest, a zone change ordinance requires at least five (5) positive votes for approval; with a protest, a zone change ordinance requires at least six (6) positive votes (a “super majority”) for approval. Learn more about the requirements and process associated with a zone change protest. Please note that zone change protests should be submitted via email to [email protected] while City Hall is closed to the public and public meetings take place virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2009, the City adopted four new zone district categories relating to mixed use. The mixed use zone districts are designed to allow a wide range of land uses, encourage quality design, and enable higher density development for targeted commercial corridors as well as the future transit-oriented development at the Ward Road GoldLine end of line commuter rail station in the northwest portion of the City. The entitlement process for a zone change to a mixed use zone district category is quicker and requires less up front expenses compared to a zone change to planned development. The four mixed use zone districts are Mixed Use-Commercial, Mixed Use-Commercial Interstate, Mixed Use-Commercial TOD and Mixed Use-Neighborhood. See Article XI - Mixed Use Zone Districts in the Municipal Code.
There are three ways to participate in City Council and Planning Commission meetings:
Learn more about public meetings, public hearings and how to participate with this short guide.
Yes, most driveways need right-of-way permits which are issued by the Public Works Department. Driveway connections to the street look different throughout the City--some driveways have curb and gutter, some connect to asphalt, and some have to consider road side ditches. Driveways have both minimum and maximum widths and required separation from street intersections. Many of these design requirements are in Section 26-501.F.
Contact the Public Works Department to learn more.