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FAQs - Engineering

What excavation contractor can I use?

There are many qualified excavation contractors in our area. The phone book, Better Business Bureau, and referrals from others are three good ways to choose a contractor. La Plata County doesn't have a "list" of contractor's names that can be given out. After you have made your choice, give us a call and we'll quickly check their bonding status.

How long does it take to get approval on my driveway access or excavation within the right-of-way permits?

In La Plata County, most permits are processed within three to seven days.

An initial inspection is performed to address adequate sight distance, drainage requirements, access surfacing and grade, setback regulations, and any other concerns specific to your property.

How much does the driveway access permit cost?

The fee for an access permit is $100.00.

Do I need any additional permits to move a mobile home on County roads?

Yes a Special Transport Permit is required if the mobile home is over 81/2 feet in width.

Can I get an access permit before I apply for a building permit?

Yes. Access permits are frequently issued prior to a building permit being requested. Because an access permit is often a requirement for getting a building permit, retaining your copy of the access permit is very important to avoid being charged for another one.  Also at the time the access permit is approved, an address will be assigned.

What are the bonding requirements that I need prior to starting excavation?

La Plata County requires that any work done within the county's right-of-way be covered by a license and permit bond (surety bond). A bond in the about of $5,000, payable to La Plata County Engineering for a period of one year is required.  Specific information can be requested from the Engineering Department at 970-382-6363. The purpose of this requirement is to protect the property owner and the County in the event that the construction does not comply with county standards.

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