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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 -10:30am
(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 monthly contractor meetings, 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

Sign up sheets are available at the Building Department Offices in Salida and Buena Vista.  You may also sign up at Hylton Lumber and Salida Winnelson in Salida; Poncha Lumber in Poncha Springs; and Alpine Lumber, Rocky Mountain Lumber and Hi Valley Supply in Buena Vista.

Your input on topics of interest for the monthly contractor meetings would be greatly appreciated.  Let us know about topics you feel would be beneficial to both yourselves and others.

 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 are need to be made by 7:00 a.m. the day of the requested inspection.       

Special Notice 2015 IRC & IBC Adoption

 Chaffee County Development Services Department will be adopting the 2015 IRC and IBC within the next few months.  Pleas see the code comparison sheets to review the changes.  This Department will hold a few meetings to talk about the potential code amendments in the upcoming months.  Please e-mail question/concerns to  We will post updates on the website and in our Salida and Buena Vista offices.

Public Notice  (Please note date change of hearing) regarding certain amendments to the Chaffee County Building Code. Draft Ordinance 2018-01

IRC Code Change Summary
IBC Code Change Summary             

2015 IRC & IBC Contractor Meeting Schedule

2015 Code Books are now available for purchase at our Salida and Buena Vista offices.

Environmental Health Manager Updates

Please refer all 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.  We will do our best to honor AM or PM inspection requests.  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 01/03/2017.

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 July 1, 2014, Chaffee County has adopted new septic regulations.  All licensed installers are required  to take the new exam that covers these regulations.  The exams are available in the Salida and Buena Vista offices and will be free of charge for all currently licensed installers, if taken before January 1, 2015.  As always the exam is open book and will cover many aspects of the Onsite Wastewater System Regulations, so please be prepared.  The new regulations are available 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

Charis Cheeseman
Residential Plans Examiner

Betsy Peschiera
Permit Technician


Jon Roorda
Planning Manager

Christie Barton

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