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Codes and requirements


The following are codes and requirements to build within Garfield County.

Garfield County adopted the 2015 International Building Code, effective July 1, 2016.

A list of Garfield County building requirements including snow loads, seismic category, etc.

Garfield County adopted a Fire Code by Resolution 2011-11, effective June 8, 2011.

All new construction, remodels and additions are required to install carbon monoxide alarms as required by State House Bill 09-1091, effective July 1, 2009.

On April 7, 2014, the BOCC adopted new On-site Wastewater Treatment Systems by Resolution 2014-22. These regulations became effective on June 30, 2014.

Garfield County requires buildings and facilities to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and requires construction to comply with Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities.


Environmental Hazards
During construction builders are encouraged to identify and mitigate common environmental hazards.  Resources are available locally to provide assistance. Contact the following organizations for assistance with:

Asbestos: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment  cdphe.asbestos@state.co.us

Radon: Garfield County Environmental Health - (970) 665-6383
website:  http://garfield-county.com/environmental-health/radon.aspx

Mill Tailings:
Garfield County Environmental Health
(970) 625-5200; Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment - Grand Junction Office - (970) 248-7164
website: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/uranium-mills-tailings-sites

Indoor Air Quality: Garfield County Environmental Health
website:  http://garfield-county.com/environmental-health/air-quality-indoor.aspx

Lead: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment  
comments.hmwmd@state.co.us 
website: https://www.colorado.gov/cdphe/houseleadwaste

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Glenwood Springs, CO  81601

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Rifle, CO  81650

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