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Government Website

Our website has been designed to provide information to the public for the various government services provided in Chaffee County.  We recognize that the site must be continually reviewed for additional enhancements to make your visit as productive as possible.  If you are needing additional information that the site cannot provide, please send an e-mail or call us at your earliest convenience.

Chaffee County General Contact Info (for a specific office please see the Departments tabs above)

Chaffee County District or County Court

To view past agendas and minutes of the Board of Commissiners meeting please visit the County Clerk's Page

Emergency Medical & Trauma Service System

In August of 2015, the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment and 5 EMS trauma experts, performed a consultative visit at the request of the Chaffee County Board of Commissioners.  The purpose of the visit was to review and evaluate the components of the EMS & trauma system in order to provide recommendations for system improvement and enhancement.  You may view the final report that was present to the Commissioner on September 21, 2015.

Cottonwood Pass Open/Closure


From November 1st until June 15th this road is not maintained beyond Denny Creek Trailhead. Motor vehicles (except snowmobiles, snow cats) are not permitted. Violators are warned that road conditions are not suitable for travel. The cost of rescue of persons or vehicles shall be borne by the violator.

In the fall gates are open so hunters can access the area. The road is plowed, if necessary, to the top of the pass prior to November 1st. If there is snowfall over the rest of the county as well, the main collectors and other county roads take precedence; therefore County Road 306 may be plowed on the 1st or 2nd day.

Three days after the close of hunting season, the gates are closed but not locked. The Road and Bridge Department will go to the top of the pass after that three days to check for vehicles and people. The gates will be locked after all is clear.

In the spring signs state that June 15th is the day the pass will open. However, the Road and Bridge Department will try and have Cottonwood Pass open before Memorial Day, depending on snowfall.

Gunnison County does not have snow removal on their side of the pass. 

2007 Chaffee County Housing Needs Assessment


The purpose of this Housing Needs Assessment is to identify actions, policies, and strategies to address the region's housing needs.


Medical and Recreational Marijuana


Ordinance 2015-01 - For the purpose of extending the temporary ban on certain retail marijuana establishments in unincorporated portions of Chaffee County, including Industrial Zones, subject to certain exceptions.

Resolution 2015-62 - Extending the Temporary Moratorium for New Permits or Licenses Related to Medical Marijuana Cultivation Premises and Infused Products manufacturing in in Unincorporated Chaffee County (Applications and Licenses with Respect to Certain Existing Marijuana Establishments are Excepted)

Resolution 2011-19 and 2011-32  - Medical Marijuana centers and cultivation.
Resolution 2012-28 - Adopting Medical Marijuana Business Licensing Regulations
Ordinance 2013-02 - Providing for a ban regarding retail Marijuana Establishments
Resolution 2014-35 - Imposing a temporary moratorium for new permits or licenses related to medical marijuana cultivation premises & infused products manufacturing.

Ordinance 2014-02 - Providing for a ban until December 31, 2015, on the submission, acceptance or processing or applications and the licensing, permitting or operation of any retail marijuana establishment as defined by the Colorado Constitution, Article XVIII, Section 16 in unincorporated portions of Chaffee County (except applications and licenses with respect to certain existing marijuana establishments), including the use of land for such purport or purposes.

Resolution 2014-44 - Amending the temporary moratorium for new permits or licenses related to medical marijuana cultivation premises and infused products manufacturing in unincorporated Chaffee County (applications and licenses with respect to certain existing marijuana establishments are excepted).

OHV Use on County Roads

On August 7, 2012 the Board of Commissioners adopted Ordinance No. 2012-02
"An Ordinance Modifying the Operations of Off-Highway Vehicles on Certain County Roads and Providing Penalties for Violation of Such Ordinance".




2016 Holiday Schedule

2016 Commissioners Meeting Dates

Agendas for County Board meetings may be posted  or amended up to 24 hours before a meeting.  The official posting site for County Board meeting agenda's is at the County Administrative Building, 104 Crestone Ave., Salida.  Agendas are also available below.

    Monthly Meetings 
    Commissioners May Attend

2nd Monday: 6PM Republican Central Committee (Jan, Mar, May, Jul,  Sep, Nov at Mt. Shavano Manor, 525 W 16th Salida and Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct and Dec at Sangre
De Cristo 29780 Hwy 24, Buena Vista
2nd Wednesday 5PM
Salida Chamber Business After Hours
2nd Thursday 1PM
Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District Meeting
339 E Hwy 50
3rd Thursday 5PM
Buena Vista Chamber Business After Hours

   Monthly Meeting

FEB 15

FEB 16 9AM
Commissioners Regular Meeting
Buena Vista Annex, 112 Linderman Ave.

FEB 16 6PM
Commissioners Special Meeting

FEB 17 3PM
Chaffee County Development Corp. Annual Meeting
Mt. Princeton Resort

FEB 18 11:30AM-1:3PM
Public Health Improvement Plan Engagement Event
Salida SteamPlant, 220 Sackett Ave.

FEB 23 3PM
Visitors Bureau Meeting
Buena Vista Annex 112
Linderman Ave.

FEB 23 4PM
Planning Commission Work Session & Regular Meeting Amended

FEB 24 9AM
Airport Advisory Board Meeting
Harriett Alexander Field

Commissioners Regular Meeting

MAR 3 6:30AM
Fair Planning and Fair Board Meeting

Commissioners Regular Meeting






















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