Building, Historic Preservation and Planning

Before you build, remodel or demolish in Central City, please review these drop down menus to learn about the planning and zoning, historic preservation, and building permit process.

Planning and zoning review may be required for projects involving new construction or development, changes in property use, changes to building footprints, temporary use and construction permitting, and new businesses and short-term rental units. The Land Development Code governs how a property may be used as well as provides information on zoning classifications and districts (see also Zoning Maps below) as well as minimum zoning standards for development.

To learn more about a property’s zoning designation, please find the City’s Zoning Map in the below links.

If you are completing work on a property in the Historic District, a Certificate of Appropriateness must be obtained. Please find the Historic Design Guidelines here and more information on Historic Preservation is available here under the HPC Application Portal.

The below tables outline the various planning and zoning approval and permit applications. You may access the application by following the links provided.

Please submit planning and zoning applications to Lisa Roemhildt, Community Development Director, via email at lroemhildt@cityofcentral.co, and submit historic preservation applications to Kimberly Kaufman, Historic Preservation Officer and Permit Tech, via email at compliance@cityofcentral.co. As an alternative, a physical copy may be mailed to P.O. Box 249, Central City, CO 80427. It is expected that all the required application materials be submitted together in one package.

Approval or Permit Description/Required For
Temporary Use Permit Operation of a temporary use including temporary special events, temporary commercial sales, and temporary dumpsters and construction uses. 
Use Permit or Change of Use Permit Check for zoning compliance as a condition of issuance of a building permit. 
Limited Use Permit Establishment of a limited use. 
Conditional Use Permit Establishment of a conditional use.
Rezoning Changing which zone applies to a parcel proposed for development.
Certificate of Appropriateness (Historic Preservation Application) Certain alterations to buildings in historic district, as provided in Sec. 16-8-102(d); new building, structure, or addition located in an historic district, or movement, reconstruction, restoration, or alteration of an existing building located in an historic district or an historic landmark in any location.
Preliminary Plat Approval of a proposed major subdivision (not required for minor subdivisions).
Final Plat (major or minor subdivision) Conveying lots by reference to plat; obtaining building permits within a subdivision.
Site Plan All development prior to issuance of building permit and grading, erosion, and sediment control permit.
Development Agreement; Improvements Agreement; Public Improvements Agreement (however titled) Providing timing and security for implementation of construction plans.
Preliminary Development Plan ("PDP") First step of Planned Unit Development process; filed with rezoning application and, if applicable, preliminary plat.
Final Development Plan ("FDP") Second step of Planned Unit Development process; may be filed with final plats or site plans.
Planned Unit Development Amendment, Major

Major changes to approved Preliminary Development Plan.

Vacation of Plat or Abandonment of Easement or Right-of-Way Vacation of plats or abandonment of easements or rights-of-way.
Variance Authorizing development which does not strictly comply with the requirements of the LDC.

Most construction and demolition projects in Central City require building permits. The City has adopted the 2018 International Building Codes (effective June 20, 2023). The City of Central Municipal Code, Land Development Code, and Design Guidelines may also be relevant to your project.

Building Permit applications may be submitted to Kimberly Kaufman, Historic Preservation Officer and Permit Tech, via email at compliance@cityofcentral.co. As an alternative a physical copy may be mailed to P.O. Box 249, Central City, CO 80427. It is expected that all the required application materials be submitted together in one package.

The City contracts plan check and inspections to a third-party, Charles Abbott and Associates (CAA). Building Official contact below:

  • Central City Building Official - Kyle Parag, CBO (Charles Abbott Associates) - (720) 241-4741 or kyleparag@caa.inc

For contractors, each general contractor, subcontractor, and specialty contractor on a project are required to obtain a Central City contractor's license. State licensed contractors must also be licensed by Central City. Construction on owner-occupied buildings may be done by the building owner. If you hire another person or contractor do the work on your building, that person must have the proper insurance and obtain a contractor’s license. No permit will be issued to contractors who are not licensed. To apply for a Contractor License, contact Reba at cityclerk@cityofcentral.co. Here is a list of 2022 Licensed Contractors. The City does not endorse or recommend any licensed contractors found on the list.

To schedule an inspection with CAA using the online form, please click here. 

Conveyance inspections are also under CAAs contract. Please contact:


Water is provided through the City and sewer is provided through the Black Hawk Central City Sanitation District (BHCCSD).

Driveway, access, culvert, ROW, street cut work

Engineering Standards:

Fee Schedule 

Parking Fee in Lieu Program

The parking Fee-in-Lieu program establishes a parking bank to facilitate new development within the Land Development Code (LDC). This fee would be paid to the City, within a special fund, which could be leveraged later to construct a structured parking garage. 

A study was performed in 2017 (2017 Walker Study) to determine the engineer’s estimate of probable cost (“EOPC”).  The estimates are detailed in Figure 1 and adjusted annually.

Figure 1: Central City EPOC and O&M Summary

2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
EPOC $30,360 $30,540 $30,730 $30,910 $31,100
O&M $285 $290 $300 $310 $320

The EOPC for 2023 is $31,100 per structured parking space. This figure excludes the operation and maintenance costs of the parking garage, once constructed. The fee would be charged gradually based on the spaces needed and the timeframe when parking was requested. As of January 1, 2023, 2 of 372 parking spaces have been claimed as part of this program. 

Required Parking Space Fee In-Lieu Table

1-25 spaces

0% of EOPC or amount established in Alternate EOPC

26-75 spaces

2%  of EOPC or amount established in Alternate EOPC

76-150 spaces

10%  of EOPC or amount established in Alternate EOPC

151-225 spaces

25%  of EOPC or amount established in Alternate EOPC

226-300 spaces

50%  of EOPC or amount established in Alternate EOPC

301-372 spaces

75%  of EOPC or amount established in Alternate EOPC

373+ spaces

100%  of EOPC or amount established in Alternate EOPC

Space calculation will be cumulative reflecting the total required parking spaces utilizing this program.




















Schedule of Development Impact Fees by Capital Facility Category

Development Type

Public Facilities

Public Safety

Culture and Recreation

Public Works

Total Fee

Residential (per dwelling unit)

All residential types






Nonresidential (per 1,000 square feet of floor area)