Codes & Law

Codes and laws determine Arvada's government structure, provide guidance on what is lawful within the City's limits, and regulate how the land can be used.

City Charter

The City's charter can be found on MuniCode. For background information, please explore City Charter.

Municipal Code

The City's Code of Ordinances (Municipal Code) includes not only the City's codes, but references to state law and much more. Please visit MuniCode for the latest version of Arvada's City Code. If you're looking for reference documents, the Adopted Building Code and the Engineering Code of Standards and Specifications are available online.

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The Land Development Code (LDC) specifies what zones can be used for various purposes. The LDC includes important information about lot sizes, building placement, and much more. Explore Zoning to discover information about allowed and conditional uses, plants, signs, and other important topics.