2018 Engineering Dept Capture

The Engineering Division is committed to providing safe and durable infrastructure to the community through efficient and resourceful engineering services.  

Engineering Standards Update Effort

Please attend the Engineering Division open house next Tuesday, April 9th from 4:30-6pm located in Room 113/114 of Centennial Hall. We will have some specific questions to gain your insight and thoughts during the discussion. Come with an open and inquisitive mind so that we can have in-person and group discussions. The City is open to any and all comments before, during, or after the open house. The intent is to take comments from the open house and work those into a final phase I release of these sections in May. Please send any comments to City Engineer, Ben Beall, at or to Jessie Nolle at

Follow link: Sections of the Engineering Standards proposed revisions. As we previously noted, the most substantive proposed change with this phase of the update is to Section 5.12 of the Drainage Criteria related to procedural processes for the design, construction and long term maintenance of permanent stormwater treatment facilities. We have also made a few modifications to other sections within the Drainage Criteria that relate specifically to the changes within 5.12. We intend to take a broader look at those sections outside of 5.12 as part of our phase II update, which is planned for final release in late 2019. As 5.12 is a complete rewrite you will note that we have not provided a redline version. For the other sections, a redline version is attached so that you can specifically see the changes from the current standards manual.

In addition to looking at the specific drainage standard modifications, consultant members of the standards update team from Stolfus will be joining city staff and RESPEC staff to kick off the Phase II efforts related to traffic criteria and street standards.

Downtown Improvement Plan

The Downtown Improvement Plan has been presented in various iterations for the past 30 years. The current plan has been created using input from business owners, planning groups, consultants and community members to develop a comprehensive list of downtown improvements.

Multi-Modal Transportation

Long-term planning and implementation of multi-modal improvements including sidewalk, bicycle, and transit facilities, access management, and traffic engineering. These efforts include coordination with other agencies such as the Colorado Department of Transportation, Routt County Multi-Modal Group, Northwest Transportation Planning Region, Bike Town USA and Safe Routes to School.

Steamboat Springs Urban Renewal Authority

The Steamboat Springs Urban Renewal Area (URA) was created in 2004, which authorized a tax-increment finance district encompassing the base area of the Steamboat Ski Resort (the Mountain Plan Area).

Stormwater Management

Engineering manages the city's Municipal Stormwater Discharge Permit Program. The Stormwater permit addresses storm water quality with an emphasis on controlling and limiting pollutants to the city's drainage system through Best Management Practices (BMPs).

Engineering Review

Submittals to the city for development are required to comply with city criteria and standards. Submittals include building permits, drainage reports, geohazard reports, construction plans, grading/erosion control plans, and street and storm sewer plans and profiles.

Engineering Documents

The Documents Page contains information such as building permit checklists, plans, permits, forms and other documents required from Engineering.

Design and Construction

Engineering is responsible for projects designed and managed with city staff, which includes drainage analysis, project design, preparation of construction drawings and contract documents, project inspection, and construction contract administration. 

Click Here to view the City's Proposed Project Map Updated Feb. 2019


The department conducts inspections of all construction projects within the city. Projects include new private development, redevelopment and city funded capital improvement projects. The inspectors also provide the initial contact and response to citizen requests and inquiries relating to flooding, erosion, and infrastructure evaluation.

  • Schedule Right-of-Way Inspection, contact Thorne Clark at 970-846-9337. 
  • Provide your name, site address and building permit number. 
  • Due to snow restricting visibility of site improvements, inspections are not conducted between November 1 and May 1