Development Standards & Regulations

Development Standards & Regulations

The Adams County Board of Commissioners adopted the Development Standards and Regulations to guide development and protect and promote the public health, safety, and general welfare of the county.

These Development Standards and Regulations are regularly updated to reflect the goals of the Comprehensive Plan, to ensure that they adhere to current case law, and to comply with updated State and Federal regulations.

View the Development Standards & Regulations in Municode here

Chapter 1 - Administration
Chapter 2 - Application and Permitting Procedures
Chapter 3 - Zone District Regulations
Chapter 4 - Design Requirements and Performance Standards
Chapter 5 - Subdivision Design, Improvements and Dedication
Chapter 6 - Regulations Governing Areas and Activities of State Interest
Chapter 7 - Roadway Standards and Technical Criteria
Chapter 8 - Access Design and Traffic Requirements
Chapter 9 - Storm Drainage Design and Stormwater Quality Control Regulations
Chapter 10 - Special District Guidelines and Regulations
Chapter 11 - Definitions
Appendix A - Applications
Appendix B - Engineering Checklists and Standards Detail
Appendix C - Engineering Road Standards 
Appendix D - Model Service Plan for Special Districts
Official Code Interpretation Manual

Click here for the complete Development Standards & Regulations Document (may be slow due to large file size). Document last updated November 9, 2021.

Adams County plans to substantially revise its Development Standards and Regulations in a process known as the Development Standards Overhaul. View project updates and get involved at

For old versions of the regulations, please contact the Community and Economic Development Department at 720.523.6800 or e-mail [email protected]