The Contractor License is issued through the Building Division of the Community Development Department and is for work on private property, generally for building construction. The Municipal Contractor License is issued through the Public Works Department and is required to perform construction in street right of way. The City’s right of way/infrastructure work has different standards/requirements than codes followed for building construction. These two licenses require different areas of knowledge for construction. The Municipal Contractor License also requires a bond in addition to liability and workers compensation insurance. These licenses and requirements help to assure that the contractor is qualified to perform the different types of work and comply with the City codes/standards and specifications/requirements for work in the COWR. Contact Public Works at 303-205-7615 or [email protected]
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City of Wheat Ridge Right of Way pothole repair is performed by the Public Works Operation Division. CDOT-Colorado Dept of Transportation maintains Sheridan, Wadsworth, Kipling and Ward Rd.
Trees in the City right of way are maintained by the City. Trees on private property are maintained by the property owner. Tree branches that hang into the right of way from private property are the responsibility of the property owner; however, if branches are creating a safety issue, the City will request the property owner resolve the problem. If the City has to trim privately owned trees, all costs involved would be charged back to the property owner. Contact the Parks Department at (303) 205-7552 or the Public Works Department at (303) 205-7615 to report street trees requiring attention.
On October 24, 2016, City Council passed Council Bill No. 24-2016 (Ordinance 1611) amending the Wheat Ridge Code of Laws to add a new section entitled Removal of Snow and Ice from Sidewalks. Under this new ordinance, sidewalks are the responsibility of the adjacent property owners. Property owners will be required to clear walkways within 24 hours of snowfall equaling 2 inches or more.
Wheat Ridge City Ordinance requires the adjacent property owner to maintain the strip of right of way adjacent to their property. This would include mowing, sweeping of sidewalks, and the removal of debris and trash. For more information, contact Public Works at (303) 205-7615.
City street lights are owned and maintained by Xcel Energy. To report a light outage, call the Public Works Operation Division at (303) 205-7600. The Operations Division forwards non-working lights to Xcel Energy to schedule repair. You may also call Xcel Energy direct at (800) 895-1999, if you wish.
Please report anything you see that may pollute the City storm drains to (303) 235-2871. Examples of materials that should not be allowed into the storm drain are: dirt from construction sites, leaves/grass clippings, oil, gasoline, paint, etc.
The City of Wheat Ridge is not a full service City. Private companies provide trash pickup service.
The City owns the streets where the water & sewer lines are located, however the City does not own/operate the water and sewer systems. The utilities are owned by Special Districts and companies. See the Water and Sanitation district maps to locate which district your address is in. There is also Utility Contact Information on the site. You may also call the City’s Public Works (303) 205-7615 for assistance with locating which district or company you need to contact.
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.