Development In And Around Streams And Rivers
The Town of Estes Park reminds residents that any and all work within a floodplain requires a permit. Permits will be issued for temporary work necessary to prevent further loss of property, such as bank stabilization, shoring buildings, repairing private bridges and utility infrastructure. There are no fees for the floodplain permits or for the associated building permit authorizing work on a temporary basis. Work can only be approved on a temporary basis until more information is obtained regarding the magnitude and significance of the flood event.
Permits are required as part of the Town of Estes Park’s participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) which provides eligibility for flood insurance, flood disaster assistance, state and federal grants, loans and buyout funds for flood-prone property. Compliance with floodplain regulations is necessary in order to continue to qualify for the program and related benefits.
The flood caused major erosion and relocated water courses. Returning streams and rivers to their pre-flood locations and reclaiming land is not allowed at this time.
The final location of our waterways has ecological and economic impacts, and requires community input. Because of this the Town has implemented a temporary suspension for existing and new building permits in or along our waterways. This suspension is based on several factors, such as not knowing the final location of the stream/river channels, floodplain, or property lines, and to ensure businesses and residents remain eligible to purchase flood insurance.
For more information or to apply for a permit for property within Town limits, please contact the Building Safety Division at 970-577-3728. For floodplain work in the unincorporated Estes Valley, please contact Larimer County at 970-498-7699. To receive Town news and/or meeting agendas in your email inbox, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.estes.org/floodrecovery for more information on floodplain permits, government resources, flood recovery and the National Flood Insurance Program.