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The Steamboat Springs Airport began in 1952 as a dirt landing strip. Mr. Bob Adams spearheaded an airport improvement plan in 1976 and by 1981, the airport received its FAA Part 139 certification. Commercial service ceased in 1995. Since that time, the Steamboat Springs Airport has operated as a general aviation airport.
Activity levels at airports are measured by aircraft operations. An operation is defined by the FAA as a takeoff or a landing. So, a "touch and go" conducted by a training aircraft counts as two operations. With 73 based aircraft, the Steamboat Springs Airport averages 10,000 operations per year.
The Steamboat Springs Airport is open for business 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in all weather conditions. The airport is attended daily 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the winter, and 7am to 6pm in the summer.
A 2013 Economic Impact Study performed by the Colorado Division of Aeronautics indicated that the Steamboat Springs Airport has a $8.8 million impact on the local and Colorado economies. The airport also generates nearly 100 jobs, both on and off the airport.
No. The Steamboat Springs Airport does not have scheduled commercial airline service. However, the airport does have charter companies that can take you around the world on your schedule.
ALL commercial passenger service/flights land at the Yampa Valley Regional Airport (HDN) in Hayden, Colorado. Steamboat/HDN is located approximately 28 miles west of downtown Steamboat Springs and is served by a number of airlines.
Commercial service ceased in 1995 and currently there is no scheduled commercial air carrier service. Due to factors including runway length, instrument approaches and economic factors related to the operations of Denver International Airport, the likelihood of air carrier service returning to the Steamboat Springs Airport is doubtful. The city intends to concentrate on operating the airport as a general aviation facility, maintaining the current infrastructure and levels of service.
Absolutely. Charter companies are more than willing to take you anywhere you like. Visit the links page for more information on their services.
There are no rental car companies based at the Steamboat Springs Airport. However, Hertz, Avis, Steamboat Motor Rentals, or GO Alpine provide requested service. All will deliver vehicles to the airport; however, a fee may be charged.
The Steamboat Springs Airport begins snow removal operations at 0600L (6 am local) and ends around 1700L (5 pm local) daily November through April. For a typical 6-inch storm, the runway is cleared and useable by 7am daily. If it's not snowing, ground operations may still be clearing snow to ready for the next storm.
Current airport conditions can be accessed by two cameras fixed to the terminal.
The City of Steamboat Springs owns and operates the Steamboat Springs Airport, as well as the sole Fixed Based Operation. Airport staffing consists of two full-time employees and four part-time employees, who report to the Airport Manager. The Yampa Valley Airport Commission and the Steamboat Springs City Council provide policy direction.
Airplanes must takeoff and land into the wind. The primary wind direction at the Steamboat Springs Airport is from the northwest. About 85% of the traffic takes off and lands to the north.
The Airport Overlay Zone is the area surrounding the Steamboat Springs Airport that air traffic typically flies over. It is broken into the following subzones that are established and delineated by the Airport Layout Plan:
Please see the attached map of the parcels included in the Overlay Zone. This Overlay Zone is applied in addition to the standards of the underlying zone district.
The Airport Overlay Zone is needed to protect the Steamboat Springs Airport’s airspace and prevent incompatible development adjacent to the airport.
The Airport Overlay Zone is a requirement of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in order to adopt the Airport Master Plan. It is also needed for the Steamboat Springs Airport to be eligible for FAA grant funding.
The Airport Overlay Zone will require avigation easements and aircraft overflight disclosures for certain types of new site development and subdivision applications. An avigation easement is a legal document where a property owner recognizes that airspace of a certain altitude is for the purposes of air traffic. An aircraft overflight disclosure is a document where a property owner notifies any future property owners that the property is within the Airport Overlay Zone and that there may be potential impacts, such as noise for example, associated with air flight overhead.
Additionally, the Airport Overlay Zone limits certain residential, commercial and industrial uses in Subzones B and D. The uses that are limited in Subzones B and D lend themselves to people congregating or visual impacts that may impede a pilot, such as smoke or steam.
Existing buildings, structures and uses are allowed to remain. The Airport Overlay Zone standards will be applied to new site development and subdivision applications when applicable.
No action is required at this time. If your property is in Subzone D, you may consider granting an avigation easement and/or recording an aircraft overflight disclosure, however neither is required at this time. The Airport Overlay Zone will be applied to new site development and subdivision applications when applicable.
Yes. Report a problem with a barking dog by calling 970-879-1144. It is unlawful to keep a dog that habitually barks or creates a nuisance.
All animals in Routt County are required by law to be licensed every calendar year. To obtain your pet licensed, visit the Animal Shelter with the following:
NO. A business must have a Special Events Permit, Art Gallery Permit or Liquor License.
To schedule a meeting with the City Manager, call 970-871-8228.
Yes, it is necessary to fill out an employment application to go with your resume and cover letter. Current open positions with the city can be found at here.
In 1994, Fire Prevention started a Building Safety Education Program (BSEP) to inspect all commercial establishments in the City of Steamboat Springs to maintain a fire safe community by minimizing life and property loss in the City of Steamboat Springs and the Steamboat Springs Fire Protection District through education and prevention.
The program has three simple goals:
Fire Inspectors will perform fire code inspections for a liquor license or marijuana license annually. Fire code inspections for any other commercial building will be done by request, complaint or as permitted.
Pre-Inspection Guidelines have be prepared to assist with understanding the requirements. The Fire Inspector utilizes the Fire Code Inspection Report, and a copy will be provided for your records. A list of common violations and the fire codes have also been prepared. Additional forms may be accessed and downloaded under the Downloadable Permits and Forms.
A permit from Fire Prevention Services is required if you are installing, adding to or modifying, a fire alarm system, sprinkler system, commercial kitchen hood system or for special activities such as recreational burning, tents and canopies, fireworks, blasting and open flame. Recreational burning of any type within the city limits and in the Steamboat Springs Rural Fire Protection District (SSRFPD) requires a permit from Fire Prevention Services. This includes recreational fires conducted in store bought fire appliances. Gas and/or charcoal barbecue grills do not require permits. The permit process allows the Fire Inspector to visually inspect the apparatus to be used for burning as well as the surrounding area. The inspection is done for safety purposes.
At this time in the city, permits are only being issued for recreational burning in approved fire pits. In the SSRFPD, recreational and open burning is allowed with appropriate permits. In addition, once a permit is issued it can be revoked if you are burning outside the scope of the permit and/or in an unsafe manner. A $25.00 permit fee applies and the permit is good for a six-month period from the date of issuance. Commercial Use Tents over 400 square feet within the city limits and in the SSRFPD require a permit and inspection from Fire Prevention Services. The permit fee varies based on the size of the tent or canopy.
The 2015 International Fire Code Adoption provides additional information concerning permit fees. Fireworks (display and/or retail), Explosives and/or Blasting performed within city limits and in the SSRFPD require a permit. Specific forms may be accessed and downloaded under the Downloadable Permits and Forms.
Permits may be obtained from Fire Prevention Services at the Mountain Fire Station, 2600 Pine Grove Road, Steamboat Springs, or downloaded from the website. Permits will be reviewed and approved by Fire Prevention Services and for more information, contact Fire Technician, Shannon Yaconiello at 970.871.8216 or email Shannon Yaconiello.
The permit fees for fire alarm, sprinkler and commercial kitchen hood systems are based upon valuation. Special activity permit fees are based upon the activity.
Specific forms may be accessed and downloaded under the Downloadable Permits and Forms.
To schedule an inspection, contact Fire Technician, Shannon Yaconiello at 970-871-8216 or by email. When requesting an inspection by email or phone the following information is required
Note that inspections require 48 hours advance notice. More complex inspections that will take more than 2 hours, require one week advance notice. Inspections are performed on a first-come, first-served basis; however, Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue will do its best to fulfill your request.
No. The building permit does not include the fire alarm system, sprinkler system or hood system. Those elements require a separate permit issued by Fire Prevention Services.
You can look at and download these and additional forms by clicking on our “Downloadable Permits and Forms” page in this website.
An alternative to building your own fire/barbecue pit is to purchase an approved fire ring or fire pit.
An arena will usually use either tempered glass or plexiglass (acrylic) for their dasher board glass. The tempered glass is much heavier and more resistant to scratches. However when it breaks, it will shatter into thousands of pieces. The plexiglass is much lighter and is more subject to scratches but when it starts to break will first form tiny cracks. Eventually a piece might break off but there will not be the shattering as in tempered glass.
Each car is battery powered and contains small wheels on the bottom of the car that allow it to drive over the ice surface. The car is controlled by two handles on each side and allow the driver to move the car, forwards, backwards, sideways or perform a 360 degree rapid spin! The cars are all controlled by a remote control from the staff member in charge.
Visit the staff directory to find the department and staff contact information.
The city has prepared a number of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to answer common questions or point individuals in the right direction for information. Use the FAQs to easily find answers to the questions asked most.
The ”use” or “zoning” listed on the Assessor website is often incorrect and it’s best to verify before building. Interactive Map
A “setback” is a limitation on site development which generally requires a building, structure, or other item to be placed at a specific distance from a property line. Sometimes certain items, like landscaping or snow storage, may need to be located in a setback to manage impacts to adjacent property owners.
An “easement” is a portion of the property reserved by agreement by the Property owner that allows access on or through the property. Generally, an easement is specific, allowing access to specific entities or for a specific reason. Common types are utility, drainage, or access easements. Utility easements can be for electrical, gas, water, sewer, cable or telephone lines, whether they are installed above grade, on grade, or below grade. Access easements can contain roads or driveways and may allow emergency vehicles, private parties, or the public access to a property or across a property.
In general, you cannot build anything in an easement, and you may, sometimes and with limitations, encroach or build into a setback.
To determine if you can have a secondary unit, you’ll need to know the square footage of your lot as well as your zone district. Each residential zone district has a minimum lot size required for a single family home + secondary unit. If you have the required amount of square footage, you can build a secondary unit.
In Steamboat, a secondary unit can be a maximum of 650 square feet and may not be rented out on a nightly basis.
October 1, 2019.
The ordinance covers markets of 10,000 square feet or larger within Steamboat Springs. This includes City Market, Safeway, Walmart, Walgreens and Natural Grocers. Other retailers may choose to “opt-in”.
The 20-cent charge encourages the use of reusable bags and will be utilized to reduce waste and enhance recycling in Steamboat Springs.
No. You can avoid the charge completely by bringing your own bags and refusing to buy paper bags offered by the stores. In addition, according to the ordinance, a retailer may provide a paper bag to a customer at no charge if the customer provides evidence that he or she is a participant in a Colorado Food Assistance Program.
No. Stores will still provide plastic bags for produce and meat/seafood as they have done in the past.
We encourage you to bring your own reusable bags to avoid having to buy a paper bag at the store. If you forget, you can choose to go without a bag or purchase a paper or reusable bag in the store.
Getting used to new habits takes a little time and practice. Some stores have already put up reminder signs to help customers get used to bringing their own bags. Keep your reusable bags in the car, in your purse, or you can invest in a small, collapsible bag that attaches to your keychain for shopping trips. After you unpack your groceries at home, hang your grocery bags by the door or by your keys, so you remember to take them with you. If you forget your reusable bags (at home or in your car), put your groceries back in your cart after you check out and take them to your car to unload.
This issue is complicated and depends on the material of the bag and how it is manufactured. In general, reusable bags with higher recycled content have less of an environmental footprint, but the key to reducing the environmental impact of any bag is to use it multiple times and dispose of it properly when it has worn out.
Even though paper is made from a renewable resource and is recycled at a higher rate, these single-use bags still have an environmental impact of their own. The 20-cent charge serves an environmental and economic purpose. The charge incentivizes the use of reusable bags and reduces single-use paper bag waste and associated environmental impacts. The charge also will fund additional waste reduction and recycling activities in Steamboat Springs.
Look for creative reuses for the unavoidable plastic bags you will likely still have around, such as produce, bread and tortilla bags. For trash cans, try using an unlined trash bin that you rinse out periodically. You can also purchase a waterproof, washable cloth can liner, sometimes sold as diaper pail liners.
Reduction of plastic is best, and reuse is second best. The average American family takes home almost 1,500 plastic shopping bags a year. In Steamboat Springs, more than 3.8million single-use plastic bags are used each year by shoppers at the five stores included in the ban. According to Waste Management, in the U.S., only 1% of plastic bags are returned for recycling, the rest end up in landfills or as litter.
There are no credible studies making a connection between reusable bags and foodborne illness. To eliminate risk of illness, follow common sense and clean your bags when they get dirty.
Funding from the fee will be used to provide residents and visitors with reusable bags; educate residents, businesses, and visitors about the impact of trash on the City’s environmental health; and fund programs and infrastructure that will increase waste reduction and diversion in Steamboat Springs.
Several property managers provide free reusable bags to their guests. Visitors can also purchase reusable bags, pay the 20-cent fee for paper bags or go without. Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is working with community partners to develop a bag bank program where people can borrow bags. More information on the bag bank program is coming soon.
Your business completes the City of Steamboat Springs Application and Voluntary Agreement agreeing not to provide disposable plastic carry-out bags, and to collect a waste reduction fee of 20¢/disposable paper bag provided.
Once a year, submit a report to the City detailing fees collected through paper bag distribution and the use of these funds for eligible purposes *
* Details can be found in the Application and Voluntary Agreement
As an opt-in partner, your business gets to keep the entire 20¢ fee.
No. The fees collected must be used only for the pillowing purposes, per Section 19-204 of the Code:
Yes. Customers that can provide evidence that he or she is a participant in a Colorado Food Assistance Program. (Section 19-206) are exempt from the disposable paper bag fee.
You and your customers feel great, knowing you are making a difference in our community
If your business do not fill out the application and agree to the 20¢/paper bag fee requirements, the amount charged for paper bags is considered a sale, and is subject to sales tax that will need to be reported and remitted to the City. In addition, your business may not communicate that it is participating in the plastic bag ban/paper bag fee program. It also will not receive recognition in opt-in participant communications, nor will it receive opt-in participant signage and materials.
Yes. Business may opt out of this voluntary agreement at any time by notifying the City of Steamboat Springs
If you have a compliment, concern, or complaint about a Steamboat Springs Police Officer or the Department, contact Chief Cory Christensen.
To report a crime that occurred within Steamboat Springs, call 970-879-1144 and a police officer will be dispatched to your location or will contact you by telephone. If you were a victim of a crime while in our jurisdiction where there is NO suspect information; and you need to file a report for insurance purposes, you may submit a Short Offense Report. Please read and follow the instructions carefully!
You can either go to the Sex Offender section (which only shows sex offenders with felony charges) or request a complete list from the front desk at the Police Department's Administration Office during business hours for all current sex offenders located in the city's jurisdiction. To obtain a list of registered sex offenders in the county's jurisdiction, please contact the Routt County Sheriff's Office.
Applications are accepted and can be obtained under the employment section. Qualifications are:
Candidates also must be able to work any shift and be physically able to meet the demands of the job.
To request a report copy (this includes accidents) fill out the correct form located in the Records section. Please read the instructions completely and submit the correct fee (from the Fee Schedule) for your request. You can also obtain a paper application form at the Police Department front desk Monday through Thursday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and Friday between 8:00 a.m. and Noon, except for holidays. There will be no faxing or emailing of criminal justice records.
To request a records check fill out the correct form located in the Records section. Please read the instructions completely and submit the correct fee (from the Fee Schedule) for your request. You can also obtain a paper application form at the Police Department front desk Monday through Thursday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and Friday between 8:00 a.m. and Noon, except for holidays. There will be no faxing or emailing of criminal justice records.
Steamboat Springs Police is seeking to create a database of local citizens who are fluent in foreign languages. If you are interested, contact Commander Jerry Stabile at 970-879-1144 or email him.
Applicants wanting to visit SSPD for fingerprinting will begin the fingerprint process online by visiting Colorado CABS website. From here, select the reason for your background check from the list of options and click on the + symbol. This section will also provide the fee associated for the specific fingerprinting requirement.
At this point, applicants will select IdentoGO by IDEMIA, which will then redirect them to IdentoGO’s webpage to setup an appointment.
IdentoGO will be at the Combined Law Enforcement Facility (2027 Shield Drive) every Monday from 9:00am to 4:00pm and will follow the same observed holidays as the city. There is a vendor-processing fee of $10.00 per applicant plus the state and FBI fees (if required). The amount of the state and FBI fees vary by applicant type and other factors determined by the CBI.
For additional questions regarding the process, applicants should visit www.identogo.com or call IdentoGO’s customer service at 844-539-5539.
This above process does not include sex offender registration fingerprints. These are taken 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
The release of all property and evidence by appointment only on specific days. The designated days for release will be Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Individuals are encouraged to call 970.879.4344 or 970.879.1144 to make an appointment for the release of property/evidence.
After an appointment has been secured, please arrive at the main glass entrance of the Combined Law Enforcement Facility, 2027 Shield Drive. Inform the Steamboat Springs Police Front Desk that you have an appointment with the Evidence Technician, and they’ll do the rest.
Contact the Steamboat Springs Police evidence technician at 970-879-4344, ext 122 or check the current list of Found Property.
Yes. Review Section 7-61 through 7-68 of the Steamboat Springs Municipal Code of Ordinances.
By law, you are obligated to report any motor vehicle accident if it causes damage in excess of $1000 or causes an injury.
For emergencies, please call 911 immediately. For non-emergencies, call 970-879-1144 to request additional patrols in your area.
Contact the Routt County District Attorney office in person at 1955 Shield Drive, Steamboat Springs, CO or call 970-879-1146.
The new Sharrow is different – it is an awareness tool on narrower roads where bikes and other vehicles must share the same space. Motorists drive in the travel lane over the symbol. The mark is simply a reminder to be alert for the potential presence of cyclists.
Complete the sales tax application and submit with a copy of the owner's driver's license and $50.00 application fee.
File online at www.xpressbillpay.com or complete a paper return.
Additional services and permits may be required and/or obtained for your event. These include liquor permits, police officers, fire prevention services, emergency services, and street closure equipment.
Unless your event is a private party (by invitation only, not open to the public, no charge to attend and no charge for alcohol) a Special Events Liquor Permit is required from the City Clerk’s Office. You need to be a nonprofit 501c3, or have sponsorship from a nonprofit to be eligible to apply for this permit. The permit is $100 and the City Clerk’s Office needs a complete application 30 days in advance of the event. There must be food available when alcohol is served. For more information, please contact the City Clerk, Julie Franklin at email@example.com.
Vendors that serve food at events in Routt County must have a retail food license. Applications for Temporary Food Events and Event Coordinators are located on the Routt County Environmental Health website. Please submit information 45 days before your event.
Mobile food trucks will also need approval through the Fire Department.
A permit is required for tents 400 square feet or greater and are inspected by Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue. A tent is a structure, enclosure, or shelter, with or without sidewalls or drops, constructed of fabric or pliable materials supported by any manner except by air or the contents that is protects.
A permit is required for cooking tents of any size and are inspected by Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue. A cooking tent is usually a membrane structure that a vendor uses for cooking with a gas-, solid-, or liquid-fuel burning equipment (example: grill).
Liability insurance coverage not less than $1,000,000 must be provided for all events within City limits. The City of Steamboat Springs MUST be listed as an Additional Insured.
The following require a sales tax license from the City of Steamboat Springs:
Block parties will go through the event permit process. An application will need to be submitted and the street venue will need to be reserved.
Please contact Rachel Lundy at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tara Cusack at email@example.com to reserve your venue.
Other facility rentals including the Community Center, Olympian Hall, or sports fields will continue to be reserved through the city’s website.
The five miles of Lincoln Avenue/ Highway 40 through downtown is the responsibility of the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). The City of Steamboat Springs
staff takes great pride in providing street maintenance and is dedicated to maintaining 76 miles of streets, 6 miles of alleys, 37 parking lots, 1,100 fire hydrants and 105 cul-de-sacs.
City Council found that there were an increasing number of bear and other wildlife encounters in urban areas of the city. This growth was primarily due to inadequate security of residential and commercial waste placed outside for collection.
Any refuse container, regardless of size, left outside a house, garage, or other enclosed building that is an attractant to bears or other wildlife must be stored in a bear resistant container, a bear resistant dumpster, or a bear resistant enclosure.
The new ordinance requires all trash containers to be certified as bear resistant by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee and dumpsters or dumpster enclosures to be bear resistant. Trash haulers are required to provide bear resistant receptacles to their customers within a three-year period.
Attractant refuse means any waste that could reasonably attract wildlife which includes, but is not limited to:
Attractant refuse does not include recyclables that have been rinsed and cleaned.
No, the intent is to prevent any non-domestic mammal indigenous to the Yampa Valley including, but not limited to, bear, deer, elk, moose, raccoon, coyote, beaver, skunk, badger, bobcat, mountain lion, porcupine, and fox from being attracted to human created refuse.
It’s unlawful for any person to knowingly leave or store any refuse, recyclable, food product, pet food, grain, salt or any other materials attractive to or edible by wildlife in a manner which may attract or entice wildlife.
The new ordinance went into effect on May 10, 2020. However, trash haulers may phase in the supply of bear resistant containers and dumpsters over a three year period to be completed by 2023. The schedule for phasing in bear resistant containers and dumpsters is:
Local waste haulers will be communicating directly with customers on a roll out schedule.
Customers with curbside pickup service shall place bear resistant containers at the curb, alley, or public right-of-way on the morning of the scheduled pick up no earlier than 6:00AM. After pickup, all containers must be removed from the curb, alley, or public right-of-way on the same day.
Household waste that cannot reasonably be considered “attractant refuse,” including but not limited to, non-edible yard maintenance waste, household items, clean recyclables, and cardboard do not require the use of bear resistant containers when not comingled with attractant refuse.
Any container left outside, including trash pickup days, must be bear resistant.
Approved containers must be certified to be bear resistant by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC).
Bear resistant dumpster means a fully enclosed metal refuse container with either a tight-fitting metal lid or a hardened, plastic lid with metal reinforcement that can be latched into a closed position which prevent access to its contents by wildlife.
Bear resistant dumpster enclosure means an enclosed structure consisting of four sides and a secure door and cover which shall have a latching device of sufficient design and strength to prevent access to a dumpster by bears.
The City Clerk will maintain an official list of bear resistant containers approved by the IGBC.
The owner and/or manager of any property on which refuse is stored will be liable for any violation regardless of whether they are directly responsible for the failure to secure the dumpster or enclosure in accordance with its design.
Your lease may have specific provisions for responsibilities and/or fines levied by your landlord/property manager.
Any trash hauler who provides a refuse receptacle to a city customer shall only provide bear resistant containers or bear resistant dumpsters. The trash hauler may offer different container sizes and charge a fee for providing the container or dumpster. The trash hauler may phase in the supply of bear resistant containers and dumpsters over the span of three years to be completed by 2023
A damaged bear resistant container must be replaced or removed by the trash hauler within seven days.
If a bear resistant dumpster or enclosure is damaged, allowing access to wildlife, repairs must be made within seventy-two hours after written notification by the City to the person in charge of the property.
The city will provide financial assistance to individuals and families who qualify for federal low-income assistance programs, such as SNAP, LEAP, SSI, Medicaid, EITC, and TANF.
Customers will need to provide proof of billing from the trash hauler and evidence of current eligibility for federal assistance. The subsidy amount will be $100 annually and the program will expire December 31, 2022.
The municipal court is authorized to establish a penalty schedule for violations. The mandatory minimum fines may increase for repeat and multiple offenders. Trash haulers who do not comply may have their license suspended or revoked.
Bird feeders are permitted; however, between April 15 and November 15, all feeders must be removed at night or suspended on a cable or other device so that they are inaccessible to bears and other wildlife. The area below feeders must be kept free of the accumulation of seed, seed debris, or other attractive or edible materials.
This provision went into effect on May 10, 2020.