In the residential zone districts in the city, you are allowed a trash dumpster no larger in size than 2 cubic yards. Trash enclosures and dumpsters screens require zoning permits.
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You are allowed to have up to four garage sales per year. A garage sale permit is required which is available from the front desk receptionist at City Hall.
If you have an approved in-home business (home occupation), you are allowed one non-illuminated sign up to two (2) square feet in size which can be feestanding or wall-mounted. Permanent flagpoles are permitted. Building permits are required for freestanding signs, wall signs, and flagpoles. Temporary yard signs are also allowed and do not require a permit; you may have an unlimited number of small yard signs up to four (4) square feet. Please contact the Planning Division at 303-235-2846, if you have specific signage questions.
The type and size of signage allowed on commercial properties varies by location and use. Section 26-709 of the City Code determines which types of signs are permitted based on the use of the property. Section 26-710 determines the standards for permanent signs. All permanent signs require building permits. Painted signs and window signs that are proposed separately from a larger sign package require a zoning permit. Please contact the Planning Division at 303-235-2846 if you have questions about a specific location or sign type.
A pre-application conference is required for all potential land use cases, except variances, and building permits for commercial or multi-family construction. The purpose of these meetings is to provide an opportunity for potential development applicants to discuss land use proposal with various city staff persons from the Community Development and Public Works departments. While city staff cannot predict the outcome of any land use development application, they can respond as to process and feasibility of approval. Pre-application meetings are held each week on Thursday afternoons.
The public hearings are quasi-judicial in nature. This means that the deciding body should make a decision only on the testimony presented at the public hearings. Please do not contact the Mayor, Planning Commission members or City Council representatives to discuss the merits of the case prior to the public hearing. It could jeopardize their ability to hear the case. If you have comments to provide, please submit them in writing to Planning staff to be included in the public record and to be forwarded to decision makers. In January 2020, comments will be accepted online through “Wheat Ridge Speaks”–more details are coming soon!
A zone change protest is a formal, written protest regarding a proposed zone change which can be submitted by adjacent property owners within 100 feet of the subject property. A valid protest that meets the ownership and geographic requirements of the code and charter will change the voting requirement needed to approve a zone change ordinance. Without a protest, a zone change ordinance requires at least five (5) positive votes for approval; with a protest, a zone change ordinance requires at least six (6) positive votes (a “super majority”) for approval. Learn more about the requirements and process associated with a zone change protest. Please note that zone change protests should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org while City Hall is closed to the public and public meetings take place virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are three ways to participate in City Council and Planning Commission meetings:
Learn more about public meetings, public hearings and how to participate with this short guide: Public Hearings: A Guide to Participating in City Meetings