Planning Department is still in operation during the closure of City Hall!
The Planning Department is still open for business, but we are not meeting with the public face-to-face until further notice for health and safety reasons. If you need to submit plans, an application, or pull a Property Improvement Permit, you will need to submit them through the website or via email. We are still reviewing plans that are submitted electronically, but no way to review paper plans. Permits can be issued over the website, or over the phone. It is hour by hour, and a full shut down may come. Staff may be instructed to work remotely and we continue to monitor the situation but have to keep our workforce safe and healthy in order to serve the public.Our contact information is located on the right side of this page. Don’t hesitate to call if you have questions either!
We will continue to do our best to serve the community and their needs! Stay safe and keep practicing your social distancing!
The Manitou Springs Planning Department responsibilities include:
- Protecting the Health, Safety, and Welfare of the community through the enforcement of the City’s Zoning Code (Title 18), Historic Preservation Code (Title 17), Subdivision Code (Title 16), Buildings and Construction Code (Title 15), Sign Code (Chapter 15.16), and other Municipal Codes
- Overseeing development and historic preservation review
- Providing support to many of the City’s boards, commissions, and committees
- Conducting master planning and other studies
- Executing special projects
To provide outstanding customer service, share timely and accurate information, support the City's various boards and commissions, and to engage the community in the City's planning process.
The Planning Department for the City of Manitou Springs has a wide range of functions for the benefit of residents, contractors/developers, and the local government. Some of those functions include, but are not limited to:
- Building Plan Review: Building plans are reviewed by the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department.
- Code Enforcement: The role of code enforcement is to promote the health, safety and welfare of the community through education, community involvement, and enforcement of ordinances. Our goal is to enure safe, attractive neighborhoods, a vibrant downtown and business district, and a peaceful, enjoyable community for everyone.
- Development Application Review: Staff works with applicants to process development applications and to assist them through public processes.
- Master Plans, Studies, Maps, and Guidelines: The community master plan, Hazard Mitigation Plan, and other plans that guide our community's growth, preservation, and development.
- Plan Manitou: Access the community master plan containing the Hazard Mitigation Plan, maps, community profiles, educational material and more.
- Short-Term Rental Monitoring: The Planning Department monitors and tracks legal short-term rentals in the City of Manitou Springs for compliance with the operation's Minor Conditional Use Permit.
- Special Projects: The community undertakes these projects to implement actions from Plan Manitou and other community plans.
- What improvements require a permit? Do I need a permit?
- How much does a permit cost?
- Which improvements require that plans be submitted prior to permitting? Am I required to submit plans?
- What is Use Tax and what is it used for?
- What is the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department (PPRBD)?
- Can I operate a short-term rental (AKA Vacation Rental) in the City?
- What do I need to know about performing work in the City’s Local Historic Districts?
- What do I need to know about performing roofing work in the City’s Local Historic Districts?
- Are there any penalties for pulling a Property Improvement Permit after the work has been completed?
- How do I locate an easement?
- How do I locate/obtain a surveyor?