Property proposed for development must be within the city limits of Lafayette. If the proposed development is outside of the city limits, but within the Urban Growth Boundary as shown on the Land Use Plan Map, it must be annexed into the city before or concurrently with the review process. If the proposed development is outside of the Urban Growth Boundary then either the boundary must be amended by the City Council, or the development review must be through Boulder County. Annexations require public hearings before both the Planning Commission and City Council.

Application Process

1. Schedule a pre-application meeting

  • Prior to developing in the City of Lafayette, please schedule a pre-application meeting.   Planned Unit Developments (PUDs) and Special Use Reviews require a pre-application conference. Pre-applications conferences are optional for other types of projects; however, we recommend meeting with staff prior to submitting most land use applications. The meeting will provide direction on necessary applications, plan sets, studies, the process, and a general timeline.
  • Please complete the Pre-Application Conference Form

2. Complete an application

3. Submit completed application form(s) and all supplemental information to:

  • All plan submittals must be done electronically. Paper copies will not be accepted.
  • All plans and supporting documents should be in separate PDF files with descriptive names.
  • Large plans can be submitted through Dropbox or a similar FTP site via a link from that site.
  • Submittals are accepted every Tuesday to begin the review cycle the following week. 

Related Applications / Forms

Pertinent Code Sections