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104 Crestone Avenue
P.O. Box 699
Salida, CO  81201

719-539-2124 (Phone)
719-530-9208 (Fax)


Salida Office
Monday - Friday
(closed for lunch)

Buena Vista Office
Mondays and Wednesdays
 8:30am -10:00am
(closed for lunch and inspections)
Phone: 719.207.1333

Chaffee County Building Department

As a part of Development Services, the Building Department is responsible for reviewing plans prior to issuing permits and verifying inspections for compliance with the codes adopted by our community to provide safety in the built environment.

 If you are interested in being notified by e-mail about residential or commercial code topics of interest or any happenings within the Building Department, please make sure we have your current e-mail contact information.  Contact information may be sent to

 The Inspectors will be in the office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Inspections will be made from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. requests for inspections need to be made by 7:00 a.m. the day of the requested inspection.       

 2015 Code Books are now available for purchase at our Salida office.

Environmental Health Manager Updates

Please refer all septic permitting questions to the Building Department.  OWTS inspections must be called into the inspection request line (719-539-2124 Option #1) by 7:00 AM the day the inspection is requested.  Please do not contact inspectors to schedule inspections.  
We do not allow anyone to install, repair or maintain septic systems without a license.  Septic Permits are only issued to Chaffee County Licensed Contractors with a current license.  If you receive a permit by email or mail for a project for which you are not the contractor, please inform this office as soon as possible.
To help insure that the septic system is installed per the approved design, we will be requiring that the permit and approved plans are available onsite during the inspection.  All sand tickets and as-builts must be onsite and complete or the inspection will not be performed. The as-built will need to be on the approved sheet provided by Chaffee County, and all information must be completed (including licensed installers signature).  Please be sure that you have all of the required information onsite at the time of your inspection.

Attached please find a revised OWTS permit application, including new as-built form.  We will require the use of this provided as built form.  Please discard all previous forms and use this current form, revision dated 04/05/2018.

System pumpers are required to have a valid license to do work within Chaffee County.  If the system pumper is going to submit letters regarding system inspections, status, or reports they must also be certified by CPOW or NAWT to do so.

NOTICE: Licensed OWTS Installers Exam

As of October 1, 2018, Chaffee County has adopted the 2017 Reg. 43 for OWTS.  All licensed installers are required to take the new State of Colorado exam that covers the above regulations.  The Exam is available at the Chaffee County Building Department Salida Office. This exam requires 72 total responses of which 54 correct answers are required to pass the exam with a minimum score of 75%.  After passing, the individual installer will be listed on the CPOW webpage (

It is requested that you call for a test day and time prior to coming in.  As always the exam is open book and will cover many aspects of the Onsite Wastewater Systems Regulations, so please be prepared. The new regulations can be found in the Adopted Codes & Design Criteria link.

OWTS Permits will not be issued to Contractors who have not taken and passed the new exam. 

Atmos Energy Facts about Pipeline Safety Public Awareness

The State of Colorado has a mandatory One-Call law and if you are responsible for excavation or maintenance you must call 811 before digging.  According to information provided by Atmos Energy damages by third-party excavators outrank all other risks causing pipeline accidents

If you suspect a gas leak, immediately evacuate the area and from a safe distance call Atmos Energy at 1-866-322-8667 or dial 911. 

For more facts about pipeline safety public awareness please click here.


Dan Swallow
Director of Development Services

Pat Green
Deputy Building Official

Aaron Kroschel
Head Inspector

Mike Marr
Electrical Inspector

Cheryl Clark
Permit Technician

Rachael VanDyke
Permit Technician

Chad Chadwick
Residential Plan Reviewer/Inspector

Planning Staff

Gary Greiner
County Engineer

Jon Roorda
Planning Manager

Christie Barton

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