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To manage growth, the City uses a 30 year forecast that incorporates regional projections, city land-use policy and transportation analysis that is updated every 10 years with census data. This is known as the Comprehensive Plan. The City also evaluates traffic on an ongoing basis to ensure we have the most efficient, effective and safe traffic control systems at each unique intersection for all modes of traffic (vehicle, pedestrian and cyclist).
When any development is proposed within the City of Arvada, City staff is responsible for reviewing and approving that development. This process includes reviewing traffic impact studies that assess the current and future projected traffic in the area. This process identifies improvements that are needed when the development is built, as well as future changes that may need to be implemented as more homes and businesses are added to the area.
In addition, the City of Arvada is about to initiate a Transportation System Master Plan project. The City of Arvada’s Transportation System Planning (TSP) effort is a significant effort that will eventually help identify the City’s ongoing and long-term transportation needs. The TSP effort will include extensive community engagement, data analysis, future transportation demand and management opportunities, and funding and resource strategies to make it a success.
The City is aware of resident concerns around a proposed industrial development located at 59th Avenue and McIntyre Street. This land is located in Jefferson County and the City of Arvada does not have jurisdiction related to the development of this property.
The application plans are reviewed by the County team for conformance to land use and engineering standards in the County. The City of Arvada received a referral and made comments on a proposed development. These comments are non-binding related to the County's determination of the application, but will represent Arvada's perspective on the technical merits of the project and its impacts on Arvada. Please view the Jefferson County proposal documentation or the developer's webpage for more information about the proposed project.
A Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) system is a push-button activated pedestrian signal that alerts drivers about the presence of a pedestrian within a crosswalk with yellow strobes. The City uses a guideline for when and where these devices are appropriate. At the 63rd and McIntyre intersection, with the location not meeting signal warrants, the RRFB design was developed to support pedestrian safety. This design includes modifications to the raised medians and was intended to be a low-cost and quick-build solution in response to the 2019 conditions. However, with logistical challenges and recent changes to engineering standards, this design now requires additional considerations to meet the updated engineering standards, forecasted traffic volumes, speeds, and pedestrian safety requirements. The City is assessing the application of the RRFB system alongside other alternatives, such as pedestrian traffic signal, given more recent data and public input.
No - the City is not currently considering a left-turn restriction at the 63rd and McIntyre intersection. However, traffic safety is a top priority and crash patterns may result in restrictions in the future if a traffic signal is not an option. The City will conduct an evaluation and share it with emergency responders and the neighborhood if this future safety option is needed.
Yes - the City is considering a traffic signal at the intersection of 63rd and McIntyre. The City is assessing this option with a phased approach where the interim solution will serve pedestrians (pedestrian signal) and the future solution will build on the pedestrian signal to serve side-street traffic demand.
Yes - the City may identify interim solutions that may help address the ongoing citizen concerns while the City is working on a permanent solution to be evaluated and built.
Get prepared! The Arvada Community Emergency Response Team (Arvada CERT) is a volunteer emergency response team that was started in partnership with the City of Arvada and the Arvada Fire Protection District. Arvada CERT Members are trained to be ready for disasters and will be better able to help themselves and their neighbors respond and recover from emergencies. CERT Members become part of a specialized team that can help our local first responders on special projects related to emergencies and disasters.
The CERT Basic Academy consists of 24 hours of training time and is open to anyone at least 16 years of age, regardless of physical ability. At the Basic Academy, participants learn about:
The next CERT training will be held in 2023. Check back for updates.
Please see the Athletic Field Rental Rules and Agreement
During regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m.-3p.m.), email the fields team.
During evenings and weekends, please call 720-785-0319.
The City’s parks, including athletic fields, are open 6 a.m.-11 p.m. daily.
All fields that are part of the City of Arvada’s athletic complexes require a reservation and permit prior to use. These complexes include:
Park fields (Tier 3 fields) are open to the public for free without a permit during regular hours (6am-11pm. daily). Park fields can also be reserved using CivicRec, the City’s online field reservation system. Park fields (Tier 3 Fields) require a permit when the use is organized, preplanned, recurring, or the applicant is conducting a private event or program for a park purpose.
Athletic fields will be closed when the City determines there are unusable conditions. Those field conditions typically include standing water, frost, snow, sparse grass, badly worn turf or saturated ground. In the event of adverse weather, the City will determine the status of all fields by 1 p.m. and post that information on CivicRec, the City’s online field reservation system under the red tab labeled “Athletic Field Status.” View the City’s Athletic Field Weather Policy for more detailed information.
No, overnight parking is not allowed.
Once the permitted use has ended, the area should be restored to a litter- and damage-free condition. The City will be responsible for trash bag pick up. Repair or clean up beyond normal use will be billed to the permittee based on cost of service.
During regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m.-3p.m.), email the fields team..
Portable toilets are cleaned twice during the week. Extra cleanings on weekends can be scheduled during the permitting process.
Dogs are allowed at athletic complexes and must be on a leash. Dogs are not allowed on any fields. Please be sure to clean up after your dog.
Advertising of any kind is not allowed.
Generators are not allowed on any playing surface.
Concessions/vending is only allowed during tournaments and must be requested by the tournament director during the permitting process.
Alcoholic beverages are not allowed to be sold or consumed.
Any changes that need to be made to the field, including lining access and/or baseball field prep, must be coordinated with the City of Arvada during the rental approval process.
During the rental approval process, users will be assigned a custom pin number that will allow them to operate the lights. For assistance, contact the City using the on-call number, 720-785-0319. Lights for all fields will automatically turn off at 11 p.m.
A small profile, the low-speed vehicle used for transportation and recreation. Examples include bikes, e-bikes, electric scooters (not including mopeds), and wheelchairs.
Intersections are the most dangerous location for cyclists. By moving out of the intersection, low-speed conveyances can get out of the conflict zone more quickly, improving safety for everyone.
Arvada's citizen-appointed boards and commissions acquire and study information in specific areas and make recommendations to the City Council and staff on issues within the board's area of expertise. Some boards are quasi-judicial and have decision-making powers within their areas of expertise and some are advisory boards.
The City of Arvada currently has 14 standing boards, commissions and authorities consisting of approximately 130 volunteer members. Each board and commission is supported by a staff liaison. The City Clerk's Office coordinates the recruitment and appointment process for all boards and commissions.
You may apply for up to three boards or commissions.
No person shall be allowed to serve on more than one board or commission.
Time commitment varies depending on the board or commission. Check out the webpage for the board you are interested for more details.
The terms for the boards and commissions vary but most are three or four years, with a maximum of 10 to 12 years allowed. Check out the webpage for the board you are interested for more details.
Opting out of SB-152 (PDF) enabled City Council broad decision-making authority for broadband services within the city limits. The City of Arvada is now working with other local jurisdictions such as the fire and school districts in order to benefit the broader community. The ultimate goal is to create a "Smart City." Examples include: improving traffic flow through monitoring and controlling traffic signals; provision of high-speed internet to students and school administrators; increased efficiency in managing the City's water distribution system; and the ability to lease broadband capacity to public and private providers to provide the community with more high-speed connectivity options.
As of today, the Arvada City Council does not have plans to start providing FFTH.
Since 2008, 129 Colorado local communities have voted to opt out of SB-152. Out of these Longmont is the only city that is directly providing FFTH. Fort Collins, Grand Junction and Estes Park are exploring the idea, and Rio Blanco County is considering an open access public private model.
Unfortunately, no. The cable franchises that the City has with TDS and Comcast govern broadcast TV services, not broadband. Broadband services are not regulated and therefore, the City does not have the authority to govern existing broadband providers. However, since the opting out of SB-152, the primary ISP providers in Arvada (Comcast and Century Link) have significantly upgraded their infrastructure.
The City has a strategy (Dig Once Policy) to install fiber conduit in coordination with street repairs/construction projects whenever those projects align with the City Master Fiber Optic Plan; however, projects do not always align with the Master Plan. Installing conduit during projects that are not part of the Master Plan would result in "stranded" lines that do not connect to anything.
Rick AssmusCommunity Connectivity ManagerPhone: 720-898-7523Email Rick Assmus
No. All address, phone number, email and phone updates to your contractor license can be done online at arvadapermits.org. You will need to login to the system using your AEC license ID and your password that were set at time of licensing. The only time that you will need to submit information to the office is when there is a name change, or adding an additional signer to your permit.
No. You will be able to renew your license with the City of Arvada whenever you have work in the City. It does not need to be renewed every year.
The following list is an example of activities that require a permit. Even if your planned project or work is not on the list, you may still need a permit. To find out if something that is not on the list requires a permit, please call 720-898-7620 or email Building Department Division.
Homeowners and Contractors. For residential permits, if you are the homeowner and you occupy the structure, you may apply for the permit. If you are hiring a contractor to complete the work, please have them apply for the permit. For commercial projects, a licensed contractor must obtain the permits and complete the work. If you are interested in becoming a licensed contractor with the City of Arvada review the guidelines for contractor licensing.
If the application is available for online submittal you will go to www.arvadapermits.org to complete your online application. Not all applications are available online, please check the table above. Applications can also be made by sending your application and plans to us via emailing Building Permits Division. We encourage you to use these online methods to submit applications. However, if needed, paper applications and plans may be dropped off at City Hall for processing. Permits are no longer processed over the counter.
The City of Arvada uses eTRAKiT for the permit application process, this system requires a login to create applications. If you are a licensed contractor you must use your Contractor License number and password.
Permits that do not require a plan review (Roofing, Residential Plumbing, Electrical and Mechanical) are typically issued within one business day of a completed application submission. Major projects like New Single Family and Commercial require a plan review and can take 4 to 6 weeks to complete the first plan review.
Fees are variable. Permit fees vary by project type. Typically, you can expect to pay:
Permit fees can be estimated using our online calculator.
Use tax is a tax that is assessed in lieu of sales tax. The Arvada use tax rate is the same as the sales tax rate, 3.46%. Building use tax is assessed on construction materials that are used in Arvada. The revenues from building use tax are utilized to fund additional city services related to construction growth.
The tax is computed on the total value of the project. The construction project valuation is based on statistical data relating to costs of similar projects or the actual contract price of a project. Although an individual may conduct the construction work themselves and may obtain materials at a discount or no cost, this still results in increased value to the improvements. Consequently, use tax is calculated on the greater of the calculated or contract values.
The building permit fee and Use Tax are based on the total value of construction. Use the Permit Fee Table to generate your fee. Use Tax is 58% of the job value multiplied by 3.46%.
New: You can now use the Fee Calculator to get an estimation of the cost of permit.
Inspections are required for most permit types. Inspections can be scheduled until 6 am of the desired inspection date. In a weather event such as a hailstorm, inspections are not guaranteed to be completed by the next business day. Inspections are completed Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm. All inspection can be scheduled using Arvada's permit site or by calling 720-898-7630 and using the automated line. A 3-digit inspection code is required.
All permit records are available online at Arvada Permits Site. You will be able to find all information by searching for the permit by address or by permit number. If the records are not available online you will have to submit an Open Records request, additional fees may apply.
Each sign needs a separate sign permit (wall signs separated by a distance of more than three feet shall be considered separate signs). Provide the following with the application:
Apply online with the Arvada Permits Site.
Cable companies in Arvada are:
Cable bills cannot be paid at City of Arvada offices.
Contact the cable company directly:
Submit a service request only if you are having problems with your cable provider, and have been unable to resolve them with the company including:
Your cable company determines your monthly rate. For questions regarding your bill, contact your cable company directly.
Holiday tree drop-off days and times are beginning Monday, December 26, and running through Monday, January 16, trees may be dropped off between 6 am and 5 pm.
Mulch is made available free of charge at drop-site locations during the collection period. Residents will be responsible for loading and hauling of mulch.
No! You will have one primary point of contact (your designated planner) and will submit everything online through eTRAKiT. You will be guided through the process.
It depends on your project(s), responsiveness, and a few other factors. Typically, from start to finish, development review takes 18 to 30 weeks (not including pre-application or neighborhood meetings).
Your designated planner. You will have access to representatives from multiple City departments, but will have a planner assigned to your review to help you navigate the process. Should the need arise, the Director of Community and Economic Development will also be available to you.
It depends on your development, but in general you should be familiar with the City's Land Development Code (LDC) and Engineering Code of Standards and Specifications.
Yes. Each project (not developer) undergoes an individual development review process.
Yes. As a private property owner you do have the right to post your property with a "no solicitations" sign and you have the right to ask someone to leave your property if you do not want them there. If a person refuses to leave or you feel threatened by them you should dial 911 and request a police officer.
No. People who distribute these materials are not making contact with the homeowner or engaging in the act of selling anything; there is nothing criminal or illegal about distributing materials. If the issue is one of handbills posted on your door, the enforcement becomes even more difficult. A company that chooses to advertise in that way usually hires another company to print and distribute the materials; the printing and distribution company then hires people to deliver the flyers/materials. If you are concerned about the materials serving to notify criminals that you may not be home, we recommend that you contact a neighbor and support each other by removing the flyers when either of you is out of town.
The Colorado Secretary of State registers voters. Visit GoVoteColorado.com for more information.
The deadline to register to vote and receive a mail ballot is October 30, 2023.
After October 30 you can still register to vote, up to and including Election Day, by appearing in-person at any Voter Service Center in the county in which you reside.
Please use the links to Jefferson County Election and Adams County Election websites.
The City Council District Map was adopted in January 2023. Locate your address on the map, or enter your address in the upper right corner to confirm which City Council District you live in.
Ballot drop-off and voting locations for:
Signs cannot be:
Signs can be removed if they are placed:
Signs removed by City staff:
For more details about allowable sizes and locations of political signs please review the City's Guide to Political Sign Placement
There are exemptions to telephone solicitation, and political calls are one of them as defined in the Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.) Section 6-1-903. Unfortunately, there is no complaint or removal process established for these types of calls and mailings. You can contact your county clerk and request that your phone number be removed from your voter registration information, but this provides no guarantee that your phone number will not be obtained from other sources.
Yes, you must have a current Municipal General Contractor and license to obtain a permit for this work. See our licensing page for more information.
Applications are completed online. Please use your contractor license to login and apply for the permit. Remember you must include the necessary documentation (including traffic control plan and sidewalk closure plan). Applications without complete information will not be processed.
Once your permit has been approved you will be notified by email. At that time, your permit can be paid for by logging into your AEC account.
You can operate a food truck in Arvada without a permit when:
Generally, the term Group Home refers to housing occupied by a group of unrelated persons with disabilities that are a protected class under the Federal Fair Housing Act (FFHA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Persons with disabilities include those with a condition that substantially limits major life activities, such as blindness, hearing and mobility impairment, developmental disabilities, and mental illness. These facilities provide housing, personal care, and rehabilitation services, affording individuals with disabilities the same right to use and enjoy a home as individuals without disabilities.
The City is legally obligated under state and federal law to provide "reasonable accommodations" to any protected class. The FFHA and the ADA prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities and prohibit local governments from enacting zoning or land use decisions that discriminate against protected persons. The Colorado legislature declared that group living (for no more than eight persons) is a residential use and a "matter of statewide concern." State law requires local governments with zoning codes to recognize group homes as residential land use and to include them in normal residential surroundings, including single-family residential units; therefore, a Group Home with eight or fewer residents is an allowed use in all Residential Zone Districts in Arvada.
A Sober Living Facility (sometimes referred to as a "sober home" or "recovery residence") is a housing facility that helps those recovering from drug and/or alcohol addiction (diagnosed as "substance use disorders") transition back into the community after undergoing intensive inpatient treatment services. These homes promote independent living, the development of life skills and provide structured activities and recovery support services to those recovering from substance use disorders. These homes are free from alcohol and nonprescription or illicit drugs. Residents are required to go through rehabilitation prior to living in the home and continue to undergo treatment as a condition of living in the home. The number of residents living in each home varies, as do additional in-house rules.
Under federal law, individuals recovering from drug and/or alcohol addiction are considered to have a disability, as drug addiction and alcoholism are physical impairments that can substantially limit major life activities. Individuals with disabilities are a federally protected class of people; protected by both the FFHA and the ADA. Under these federal laws, cities are obligated to provide individuals with disabilities "reasonable accommodations" upon request in order to provide equal housing opportunities.
House Bill 19-1009, which went into effect in 2019, introduces new legislation that provides oversight for Sober Living Facilities. After January 1, 2020, all Sober Living Facilities will have to obtain certification from the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health in the Department of Human Services, unless the facility is chartered by Oxford House, or has operated as a recovery residence in Colorado for 30 or more years. The certification requirements will be established by the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health.
Sober Living Facilities, like all other properties in the City, must also comply with the City's building, land use, and criminal codes, and any other applicable laws. The City will enforce against any violations of these laws.
The FFHA and the ADA prohibit discrimination by requiring local governments to make "reasonable accommodations" in their rules, policies, practices, or services when necessary to give people with disabilities equal housing opportunities. Courts have consistently ruled that this requirement applies to zoning and other land use regulations.
In the context of Sober Living Facilities that house individuals with disabilities, in order to comply with federal law, cities must provide these residents with a reasonable accommodation upon request, which is generally done in the form of an adjustment to zoning regulations. The Arvada Land Development Code authorizes the Arvada Community Development Director to modify the limits on the number of non-related occupants allowed in a home, such as a Sober Living Facility. Allowing more occupants to reside in the home provides a reasonable accommodation for individuals recovering from drug addiction and/or alcoholism. This ensures that the City is in compliance with federal regulations.
No, group homes and sober living facilities are allowed in all residential zone districts. There is no action required by the City Council.
Recent data shows that in Jefferson County, 77% of those experiencing homelessness are families with children. Others experiencing homelessness include veterans and individuals with mental health or substance abuse issues.
The number is difficult to quantify because those experiencing homelessness tend to move between jurisdictions, and many do not want to bear the stigma and scorn often associated with being homeless, and, therefore, avoid using resources that might identify them as experiencing homelessness.
Homelessness is becoming more prevalent in all Colorado communities. While the reasons for the increase in homelessness are complex, rising housing costs and lack of affordable housing are contributing factors, as are mental health and substance abuse issues.
The City has established a homelessness team from multiple departments. The team meets once monthly to examine and explore resources and best practices that are being utilized across the nation in order to assist those experiencing homelessness. Current projects/approaches are:
Homelessness is an issue growing in communities all over Colorado regardless of how those cities respond to the issue. Arvada is responding by working to find solutions that allow those who are experiencing homelessness to maintain a measure of human dignity while they get back on their feet.
The Arvada Police Department has increased its presence in Olde Town and is conducting extensive outreach to connect those experiencing homelessness with resources, while actively addressing public safety issues sometimes related to homelessness. Arvada PD follows standard procedures for enforcement of code and ordinance violations, regardless of the status of the individual(s) involved. Most recently, the Police Department has developed a new response team: the Community, Outreach, Resource and Enforcement (CORE) team. The CORE team is presently focusing its efforts in the area south of West 58th Avenue and east of Allison Street. Officers have opened lines of communication with residents, visitors, business owners, and the homeless population with the goal to find resource-based solutions. It is important to note that this team will also deploy strategic enforcement efforts when providing resources becomes ineffective.
No. It is not illegal to be homeless, and those experiencing homelessness have the same rights as all other citizens.
If you see someone committing a crime on public property, please call Arvada Police at 720-898-6900. The Arvada Police Department can be contacted in any situation where:
These situations do not constitute the only means as to why police should be contacted. If you believe the situation warrants police response, please contact non-emergency police dispatch at 720-898-6900.
The Arvada Housing Authority (AHA), by providing housing assistance, in no way verifies a family's suitability as a participant. The landlord is responsible for screening participants according to their own tenancy requirements. If requested by the landlord, the AHA may provide the landlord with the current and last known address of the prospective participant.
To download forms please view the feature column.
The AHA will notify the family and owner of approval or denial within 10 days of receiving all required forms. If AHA determines that the tenancy cannot be approved for any reason, the owner and the family will be notified in writing and given the opportunity to address any reasons for disapproval. The AHA will instruct the owner and family of the next steps for approval.
The AHA will not release payment until a copy of the signed lease is received and the HAP Contract is executed. The first payment is usually received within 30 to 45 days of the HAP Contract being signed. Though uncommon, you should be aware there could be a delay of up to 60 days before receiving the first rental assistance payment. However, after any initial delay, you can expect the check on or about the first of every month. The participant must pay their portion of the rent according to the requirements of the lease. You may not penalize the participant for a delay in the assistance payment.
After the initial term of the lease, the landlord may request a rent increase by providing at least 60 days written notice of an upcoming increase to the AHA and the participant. The proposed increase must be reasonable and may not exceed the rent for unassisted rental units of the same size and type that you own. The AHA reserves the right to deny any rent increase found to be unreasonable based on market conditions at the time or to delay the start of an increase when proper notice has not been given.
The landlord may evict a participant by following the terms of the lease along with state and local laws for eviction. Landlords are required to notify the Arvada Housing Authority (AHA) in writing of lease violations and eviction actions. Providing copies of any legal notices or warning letters to the Arvada Housing Authority (AHA) and the contracting agency is sufficient notice that a lease violation has occurred. However, the landlord may not evict a family for nonpayment of the housing assistance payment by the Arvada Housing Authority (AHA).
The participant is responsible for damages. It is important to actively manage all of your rental properties including those occupied by our program participants. No one can promise that a Housing Choice Voucher participant, or any renter for that matter, will not damage a unit. However, if you enforce your lease by sending notices and warnings when necessary and if you meet your landlord obligations as required by the HAP Contract, we will assist you when problems occur by reminding participants of their program obligations. Sometimes, you may have to evict a participating family and even sue for damages just as you would with any participant. You can reduce your risk of problems from any participant by having a comprehensive screening policy and adhering to it.
Federal regulations prohibit the AHA from allowing a participant's family to rent a unit from a relative unless the AHA determines that approving the rental unit provides a reasonable accommodation for a participant's family member who is a person with disabilities. The AHA handles such requests on a case-by-case basis.
§ 982.306 PHA disapproval of owner. (d) The PHA must not approve a unit if the owner is the parent, child, grandparent, grandchild, sister, or brother of any member of the family, unless the PHA determines that approving the unit would provide reasonable accommodation for a family member who is a person with disabilities. This restriction against PHA approval of a unit only applies at the time a family initially receives tenant-based assistance for occupancy of a particular unit, but does not apply to PHA approval of a new tenancy with continued tenant-based assistance in the same unit.
In Arvada, open burning information, regulations, and enforcement are handled through the Arvada Fire Protection District (AFPD). You may contact them at 303-424-3012.
Recreational Fires may be allowed under specific conditions.
The burning of waste is not permitted without an Open Burn Permit. For permit, information visit the Jefferson County Public Health website.
Wood burning is restricted on Action Days (high pollution days) as determined by the State of Colorado. Only residents with an EPA or State certified wood burning stove can burn on an Action Day. Between November 1 and March 31, call the State Air Quality Hotlines at 303-758-4848 or 303-782-0211 after 4 pm or visit Colorado's Department of Public Health & Environment Indoor Burning Restriction page.
All new wood stoves and inserts sold today in Colorado are EPA or State certified units. You can call the City at 720-898-7811 to verify you have an EPA Certified Stove.
The right to a trial by jury is provided for in both the U.S. and Colorado Constitutions. Jury Service was established as a check on the exercise of governmental power. You have been summoned because there are pending cases in the City of Arvada for which jury trials have been scheduled.
Because you have been selected for a trial, you are obligated to serve for the length of this trial. The majority of trials in the City of Arvada are completed in one day.
Our court hears cases of alleged violations of the Arvada City Ordinances. These cases may be criminal, traffic, animal control, or zoning cases.
Yes. City Ordinance sets the rate at which you will be paid. Currently, you will receive a $6.00 reporting fee. If you are sworn to hear a case, you will receive $12.00 a day. The office o the Municipal Court will make payment immediately.
Your employer should excuse you from work if you show your employer the jury summons. In fact, by State law, your employer cannot prevent you from service as a juror by threatening you with any adverse action, including termination. Anyone who tries to prevent you from serving as a juror can be charged with a crime and can be sued, with the law allowing treble damages and reasonable attorney fees to the juror upon a finding of willful misconduct by an employer. If you have any questions, notify the court clerk.
If you get sick or have an emergency prior to reporting to the courthouse, contact the office of the Municipal Court immediately. If you get sick, or have an emergency at home during a trial, advise the court clerk immediately. You will then be told what to do about jury service.
Wear clothes which reflect the seriousness of your jury service. Remember that it is part of your responsibility to maintain the dignity of the courtroom. Casual business attire is appropriate.
The Court is located in Arvada's City Hall building between Wadsworth and Kipling on Ralston Road. The cross street is Ammons. The building is brown brick with red trim. The door that faces Ralston Road has Council Chambers & Municipal Court written above.
You may park in the front parking lot or the north parking lot, sown the hill, north of Arvada's City Hall.
Unless specified in writing by the Judge, all community service must be completed at a Non-Profit (501)(c)(3) organization. There are many organizations that will benefit from your service. To find an organization, browse one of these websites:
To request a continuance or to reschedule any hearing scheduled by the court:
For a description of court hearing types, please see the Court Hearing Types page.
The City of Arvada's curfew ordinance for juveniles can be found in the Arvada Municipal Code at 62-151 through 154. Anyone under 18 years of age is prohibited from being in a public place after 10 pm on Sunday through Thursday nights, and after midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. The curfew is in effect until 6 am the following morning.
The exceptions are:
Anyone under the age of 18 is considered a juvenile, and the following rules apply:
If you have been sentenced to complete a class, you can find information about those classes here.
Offers classes including Teens and Tobacco, Petty Theft, Violence is Preventable, Violence Intervention, Discovering Better Choices, Young Offenders, and Female Offenders. Visit the ISAE website for more information.
Offers classes including Responsible Driver, Aggressive Driver, Road Rage, Petty Theft, Resolving Conflict, Anger Management, and Animal Management. Visit the CIMA website for more information.
Offers Youth and Adult therapeutic services and one-day classes. Visit the National Institute for Change website for more information.
Food and drinks (this includes water) are not allowed in the courtroom. Items may not be stored in a purse, briefcase, backpack, etc., but must be removed from the courtroom, even if in a sealed or unopened container.
No. Information regarding juveniles cannot be provided by phone or email. You must appear in person to get information.
Yes, in fact, if you are under 18 years old, you must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Enrollment in the program provides access to:
Irrigation ditches own water rights. The FHL, Croke and Church ditches deliver water seasonally from Clear Creek to Standley Lake (in Westminster). In addition, the FHL and Church continue past Standley Lake.
Google Maps has some of the ditches mapped and labeled.
Each irrigation ditch is an independent company. Individuals and municipalities own water shares that are delivered by the company.
Stormwater ditches are swales that receive storm runoff from your neighborhood and direct the water to the nearest natural stream, such as Little Dry Creek or Ralston Creek.
If you are an adjacent landowner, the vegetation (including trees) along the ditch is your responsibility. Neither ditch company nor municipalities generally own the land under and along the ditch. Instead, the canal companies have prescriptive easements, which allow them to dictate the use of the land within the easement. The ditch companies prioritize removal of trees and vegetation that impede water flow. The rest is up to you.
Please do not throw anything in the ditches, even grass clippings. Never throw dog poop in the ditch. Keep in mind that the ditches are a vital water source, and you or someone downstream may drink this water (after treatment). Yard waste left piled on the ditch banks tend to promote sloughing of the banks by trapping moisture underneath.
No, not unless you have purchased shares in that ditch company and are a recognized shareholder. Using the water without owning shares is considered water theft.
Free mulch is available for Arvada residents in the parking lot of Birds Nest Disc Golf Course. Birds Nest Disc Golf Course is located at 17925 W. 64th Parkway in West Arvada, one mile east of Highway 93.
Mulch is available on a first come, first served basis. Availability is not guaranteed.
Horses are only allowed in designated areas and on designated trails in Arvada as defined by Arvada Municipal Code Sec. 66-26, which reads:
It shall be unlawful for any person to ride, lead or otherwise permit any horse in or upon any public park, except for posted equestrian trails and posted equestrian centers.
Visit our Local Trails page for information on which trails and trail areas permit horses.
You may request a memorial tree or park bench be placed in a City park by contacting our main parks maintenance number at 720-898-7410. Park benches and the concrete pours for the benches are paid for by the requesting party. The City may not be able to install a bench where it requested, depending on factors such as the location of irrigation and trees, proximity to other existing park benches, and the location of hazards.
Please contact the Water Department at the after-hours phone number 720-898-7820.
Submit an Ask Arvada request to report graffiti in an Arvada park. If you see graffiti happening in progress, call the police non-emergency line at 720-898-6900. Graffiti on private property is the responsibility of the property owner.
For an extensive list of FAQs regarding the canals and ditches that wind through Arvada (and all of Metro Denver), visit the Ditches page.
Many City of Arvada parks have amenities such as basketball courts, volleyball pits, tennis and pickleball courts, etc.
Removing limbs from power lines is extremely dangerous. Please contact Xcel Energy. They will determine if it is on a service line to your home or on a secondary line for the neighborhood and will direct the course of removal. You may contact Xcel by calling 1-800-895-4999.
The primary reason why watering often occurs in parks during those daylight hours is that given the many hundreds of acres that require watering and the number of irrigation zones in any given park, there are simply not enough hours between 6 pm and 10 am to complete the cycle.
Again, many hundreds of acres that require watering and the number of irrigation zones in any given park, there are simply not enough hours to complete the cycle when parks / trails users are not present.
Playground audits are performed annually in all parks January through March. Playground checks and repairs are conducted weekly in all parks January through September.
Large open space areas are only mowed once a year (if at all) to allow native grasses to thrive, which helps keep invasive species out. Native grasses can only thrive after they drop their seed heads. Mowing more often would interfere with and prevent that cycle. General open space mowing is done three times a year; the initial mowing occurs along trails. Additional mowing along the trails is conducted where trail usage exceeds the width of the trail.
Visit our Open Space and Natural Area Maintenance page for more information.
With more than 220 sites spread across 4,200 acres, properly maintaining the City's parks and open space is a labor-intensive task. From April 1 through September 30, City parks are mowed every 7-10 days.
We apply herbicides to better control invasive species such as: Scotch Thistle, Emerald Ash Borer, Mountain Pine Beetle and Purple Loose Strife to name a few. All parks crew who are applicators are certified by the Department of Agriculture and attend classes to keep their credentials current.
With more than 30,000 trees on City property, maintaining them properly is a labor-intensive task. Pruning and other tree maintenance can be expected year around. Learn about tree removal in City parks.
Yes, you may trim City-owned trees to your property line or contact our City Forester at 720-898-7410.
Yes, the City is allowed to trim resident-owned trees to our property line. Contact our City Forester at 720-898-7410 with additional questions.
As part of voluntary water conservation efforts, Arvada residents are asked not to water their lawns between 10 am and 6 pm. However, you'll notice that sometimes sprinklers in our parks are running during those daytime hours.
The primary reason is that given the many hundreds of acres that require watering, and the number of irrigation zones in any given park, there are simply not enough hours between 6 pm and 10 am to complete the cycle. Parks staff also conduct irrigation checks and make adjustments during these daylight hours.
Another reason daytime watering occurs in places like the Stenger and Lutz sports complexes is due to the high use of the complex on weekends and three-day holiday periods. During these periods the turf areas lose the base level of soil moisture required for plant health and player safety, thus requiring additional watering during weekdays when the fields are not in use.
Finally, annual seed and sod repair and grounds rehabilitation can account for short watering cycles throughout the day at specific locations. For example, when the City upgrades a median by putting in new seeds, plants, and trees, additional watering may be required to get the landscaping established.
Rest assured that the City does monitor its usage and works to keep the volume below its historical use.
Arvada law requires dogs to be licensed annually. Cats may also be licensed. A dog (or other pet) license may be obtained through Foothills Animal Shelter, any of the four Arvada Police Stations or many local veterinary offices. Proof of current rabies vaccination and spay/neuter must accompany this registration. In lieu of written documentation, your veterinary clinic may complete the designated area on the license registration. Licenses must be worn on the dog's collar at all times.
If you find or lose a pet, notify Arvada Animal Management at 720-898-6850. This is a recorded line and Animal Management Officers (AMO) check it frequently. Be prepared to leave a message with the following information:
If you've lost a pet, you may also contact Foothills Animal Shelter to see if your pet may have been turned in by a concerned citizen.
Immediately call police non-emergency dispatch at 720-898-6900 and select option #1. An Animal Management Officer (AMO) will be notified by dispatch to respond as soon as possible.
Please note: If your pet is injured or deceased, please contact your veterinarian for assistance.
If you know or suspect someone is committing animal abuse or neglect, please notify Animal Management at 720-898-6850. This is a recorded line, which is checked frequently. Leave the reason for your call and your contact information to expedite a response. When Animal Management returns your call, be prepared to tell them:
Documenting as much information as possible is critical to the Animal Management Officer’s ability to help the animal.
Repeat encounters with off-leash or pooper scooper violators warrants a call to Animal Management. Animal Management will ask for descriptions of the animals and the owners and the time and location of the infraction. As a repeat encounter, does this happen at or around the same time every day or on a particular day? Knowing this information helps the Animal Management Officers determine if an area is violation-heavy. Assigning extra patrols to those areas can help correct the violations.
It is unlawful for an owner or custodian of an animal to allow that animal to create a disturbance by loud, persistent, or habitual barking, howling, yelping or other unreasonable noise. Before filing an official complaint, it can be useful to try the following:
When Animal Management receives a complaint of a barking dog:
If you would like to request a form letter, a brochure on barking dogs or to file a barking dog complaint please submit a service request or call Animal Control at 720-898-6850.
Arvada's Code of Ordinances prohibits the feeding of wildlife or any wild animal in any park or golf course within the city.
You can report coyote activity in the area online or you can call Arvada Animal Management at 720-898-6850.
Yes. The City of Arvada has noise control laws and enforces them. From loudspeakers to fireworks or loud music, many noises can create a disturbance. In most areas, noise standards (how loud things can be and what sorts of disturbing noises can be made) are lower (quieter) from 9 pm to 7 am. A noise complaint can be made at any time. To report a noise complaint, please call 720-898-6900.
Vehicles impounded by the Arvada Police are released directly by Connolly's Towing. Contact Connolly's Towing at 303-424-3445 to find out what is needed to recover a towed vehicle.
If your car is on a police hold, you will need to contact the Arvada Police Department Evidence Unit at 720-898-6926 to find out how to retrieve your vehicle. Depending upon the storage location of your vehicle, you will go to Connolly's Towing to pay the required fees to them and obtain your vehicle or you will pay the City of Arvada towing fees at Evidence and obtain a vehicle release. Vehicles released from the City's impound facility are only done by appointment. Remember, it is the vehicle owner's responsibility to keep registration information current.
Parking Enforcement is a shared responsibility between LAZ Parking and the Arvada Police Department.
Due to the volume of property that is turned in, the police department does not have a lost and found service. Every attempt is made to identify and notify the owners of found property but when the owner can not be identified successfully, the items are held for 60 days and then disposed of or sent to auction.
If you are experiencing an emergency, please dial 911. For other non-emergency police matters, please call dispatch 720-898-6900.
Yes. Please call the non-emergency number: 720-898-6900.
The Colorado State Patrol can also help with this.
In limited situations, the APD can help. For example, if an animal or person is in immediate danger, the APD can help.
For other situations that are not life-threatening, please call a locksmith in the area.
No. This is not a service we provide. You can find a local locksmith to help you.
The APD does not license or register bicycles. Please check with your insurance company for suggestions.
The Arvada Fire Protection District (AFPD) can assist with car seat installation. Visit a local Fire Station for assistance or check the AFPD website.
Local hospitals are also a resource for proper car seat installation.
Our application process typically occurs quarterly and our selection process is thorough and involves several important steps:
At Arvada PD, we offer competitive salary and benefits packages, which include (but is not limited to):
Take a look at our City Benefits and Pay for more information.
Appropriate temporary and permanent solutions are being implemented. Options include:
We have heard additional concerns at other intersections, particularly near the businesses at the other end of the Parkway near 91st Drive. The City will continue to monitor the safety for pedestrian crossing in this area and provide any interim solutions that may be deemed appropriate.
The lead time for ordering a traffic signal is between 6 to 8 months. Every traffic signal has to be designed specifically for that intersection based on the design of the road. Even once the signal is designed it can take 12 to 16 months to get the signal ordered and installed.
Update 11/8/23: The plan for the signal has been updated to install the full traffic signal that will operate in flash. The east / west signal will operate with a yellow-flash and north / south signal will operate with a red-flash. When a pedestrian arrives at the intersection they can push the button to cross. The signal will turn to solid red in the appropriate directions allowing the pedestrian to cross. Once the light turns back to the flashing mode vehicle traffic can begin moving again.
The type of traffic control employed at an intersection is determined through a traffic impact study. This process considers a variety of factors, including traffic (motorized and non-motorized) demand, traffic safety, and intersection operations and function within the entire City transportation system.
The City of Arvada engineering standards provide the framework for this industry-standard traffic impact study. The framework is flexible for the City Traffic Engineer to accommodate the variables involved in determining the most efficient, effective, and safe traffic control at each unique intersection.
As communities, like those in the Candelas area, continue to develop the traffic control may need to be periodically assessed and updated as the population and associated motorized and non-motorized traffic in an area increases to ensure safe and efficient traffic operations. What may be needed when a development is first built may change as more homes and businesses are added in the area.
When development is proposed it goes through a process with the City through both internal teams and City Council for approval. This process requires developers to complete traffic studies on existing traffic demand and projections for future traffic demands once the project is complete and even 10 to 20 years into the future.
The City holds developers accountable for building the appropriate infrastructure for the proposed plans and any impacts to traffic demands through that area.
However, these developers can only be held accountable to the areas they are directly impacting. This is why the City has decided to study the entire Candelas Parkway corridor, as studies up to this point may have been limited to various sections on the corridor and may not have taken a recent, holistic view of the area.
The recommendations from the traffic impact study, the possible impacts from the surrounding developments, ongoing feedback from the community members and law enforcement officials, and the crash history are the factors that help the City assess the potential intersection improvements for an intersection.
The City requires each developer to submit a traffic study detailing the impacts of traffic from their development. These studies are prepared by a professional engineer and reviewed by City staff. These studies can be found associated with each development in our permit system at arvadapermits.org.
The main goals of the Lake Arbor Shore Stabilization Project are to 1) repair the eroded shorelines to improve public safety near the trails and 2) remove large sediment deposits within the western pond.
In addition, algae and unpleasant odors have been a consistent problem around the lake, especially during the hot, summer months. In order to mitigate these issues, the project will install features to improve water quality. These include:
The odor has a variety of possible causes including contaminants from stormwater run-off in the surrounding neighborhoods, goose and other animal feces, and the shallow nature of the water which allows algae to grow more easily.
The City is legally required to determine any existing water rights that may impact the project. This was a lengthy process that has concluded and allowed the project to move forward.
The City is working with Colorado State Parks and Wildlife to assess the aquatic species in the lake and assist with salvage and relocating so they are not impacted by construction activities.
Most of the project areas will be restored with good-quality topsoil, and should be solid candidates for new tree plantings in the future. Soil quality will be tested after construction to determine when and where we can put new trees. Other areas in the park will likely need more time for soil remediation.
New wetland plants will also be added along the north shoreline next year once the water level has returned to normal. Topsoil test will be used to determine the plant species that will work best.
Ensure that you always pick up after your pet and dispose of waste appropriately.
Homes built after 1950 are more likely to have copper service lines.
You can often identify the material used in your service line through a visual inspection at the point where the water service line enters your home. Reference this photo (PNG) to find the location.
You can scrape a small section with a coin if it is dirty or discolored. Reference this photo (PNG) for pictures of pipe material types.
Need help or still not sure? Take a picture of the service line and email it along with the service address and a City team member will get back to you.
The City is working through options to provide financial support to replace galvanized or lead service lines (does not apply to premise plumbing). However, no final decisions have been made yet.
If a copper pipe is connected to a galvanized line, a dielectric junction must be installed to reduce the potential for corrosion. It is recommended that internal galvanized lines be updated as well.
No. The City long ago removed all lead pipes from the system-owned portion of the water system.
Micromobility is "any small, human or electric-powered transportation solution such as bikes, e-bikes, scooters, e-scooters or any other small, lightweight vehicle that is being used as a shared resource between multiple users" (Transportation of America).
As it relates to Arvada at this time, we are specifically looking at electric scooters, regular bicycles, and electric bicycles that do not exceed 20 MPH.
Please contact the vendor directly to resolve the issue.
These devices are black and white in color. Please use one of three methods to contact Bird:
These devices are green and white in color. Please use one of three methods to contact Lime:
Following the direction of the City Council and feedback at the November 14 Council workshop, the City team will move forward with an additional year of the shared micromobility pilot program in 2023. The program allows contractors to provide shared e-scooters, bikes and e-bikes throughout the city. The continuation of the pilot process will allow City teams to continue studying the functionality of the program. The City will utilize the Council and community feedback to update the program moving forward.
Bird and Lime shared devices are permitted in the City of Arvada. Each company can have up to 200 devices that can be rented by the public during the pilot program.
If interested, please email E-Mobility to inquire about the process.
Yes, this is possible but it is not always feasible with current resources and staffing. The City team is working to adjust timing on impacted intersections. However, traffic patterns can vary throughout the day and not all patterns can be adjusted at the same response time and accuracy that the detection system can.
The City team is working to purchase replacement parts and store additional detection systems to avoid this situation in the future.
Arvada Police Department Community Rooms can accommodate about 30 people comfortably and 40 people at the most. If you need a larger space, consider the Anne Campbell room at City Hall.
No. Community Rooms are not for these types of private events. Other events (such as trainings, staff meetings, or club meetings) are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
You may reserve a Community Room up to 2 months in advance.
Yes. It is the Anne Campbell room, which can accommodate up to 50 people. The Anne Campbell room is not managed by the Arvada Police Department. If you are interested in the Anne Campbell room, please call 720-898-7602.
Beginning January 1, 2021, due to the adoption of the digital parking permit program, enforcement of these residential areas will be enforceable through the use License Plate Reader camera technology.
Residential permits are valid for one year from the date of approval, and Olde Town employee permits must be renewed every six months.
No. Your residential permit is only valid in your neighborhood.
Yes. If you have an account with a registered vehicle that has been approved you may add a visitor permit to your account that is good for 24 hours. If you already have two complimentary permits you may purchase up to 3 more at $5 each.
An automatic email will be generated and sent to you prior to the permit's expiration. The email will come from [email protected] so ensure the address is added to your contact list or it may go to your junk mailbox.
Simply log in to the site, click on "Manage Permit", then click "Edit" next to the vehicle that is registered, and edit the information on the following screen. If the temporary plate is replaced with a permanent plate, follow the same instructions to input the new plate.
Beginning August 29th, 2021 you can call the City's parking ambassador contractor, LAZ Parking, at 720-364-8587 if you would like them to drive through your neighborhood and ensure all vehicles on the street are permitted.
Yes, you must have a current Municipal General Contractor license to be able to obtain a permit for this work. See our licensing page for more information.
Applications are submitted electronically using the customer service portal Electronic applications are only available to licensed contractors. Remember you must include the necessary documentation (including traffic control plan). Applications without complete information will not be processed.
Once your permit has been approved you will be notified by email that your permit can be paid for by logging into your AEC account at Arvada Permits.
All businesses located within the City are required to obtain a business license and file a tax return based on their filing frequency. Any business coming into the City to sell, lease, rent, deliver, or install tangible personal property is also required to be licensed. Non-profit organizations should have a business license but no tax returns will be required.
Businesses need to apply for a business license online using MUNIRevs. The license is free and does not expire with the exception of food trucks and short-term rentals, which expire one year after the issue.
Please call MUNIRevs support directly at 888-751-1911 for submission errors, technical issues, and payment difficulties.
Please use the business license closure form to close your account.
All Arvada tax returns are due on the 20th of the month and must be filed and paid online.
Arvada is a home-ruled City which means Arvada collects its own tax. The City tax rate is 3.46% for sales and uses tax, 2% for lodging tax, and 4% for admissions tax.
Please reach out to us by emailing Sales Tax or calling 720-898-7100 so that Revenue staff can provide one on one educational tax assistance and guidance.
Arvada does not require businesses to renew their business license unless they are a food truck or a short-term rental, which has an annual renewal. If you have an address or business change, please submit an account change, otherwise, your license will continue until it is closed.
Licensing your business helps the City build relationships with local businesses, identifies business contacts for emergency purposes, provides contact for business outreach and notification due to potential issues, ensures zoning compliance, and establishes a tax account for required tax return filing.
Please submit the Claim for Refund form.
Please complete the Building Construction Use Tax Refund Form (PDF)
Access MUNIRevs and apply for an online account. Once your account has been approved, tax returns will be issued to your MUNIRevs Business Center on the first of the month, based on your filing frequency.
If you made a mistake on your return you can correct it until you check out. If you checked out and need to make corrections, please access the MUNIRevs FAQs from your Business Center to find out what is required.
If you are having technical issues, or submission errors or cannot submit your payment, please contact MUNIRevs support at 888-751-1911.
Yes! Please log into your MUNIRevs Business Center and get our new company ID and update the information with your bank before submitting a payment.
Please log into your MUNIRevs Business Center to get the debit block and be sure to set it up before attempting payment. If you submit payment before this has been set up your bank will reject the payment.
No, MUNIRevs will not allow you to file a tax form where you are owed money. You will need to fill out a Claim for Refund form and send it to us for review. Once it has been reviewed and approved we can put a credit on your account or submit your request for a refund.
If you are an occasional filer or have participated in a special event and have tax to remit to Arvada, please apply for an account using MUNIRevs and notate that you need a tax return. In the future, you can continue to use this account but you will need to contact Revenue for them to add a tax return to your account. Please be sure to have your account number ready when you contact them.
We accept all payment types including e-check, credit card, and ACH credit payments. If you need electronic payment details, please reference the FAQs from your MUNIRevs Business Center and submit the form for access.
Online filing is free. We allow e-check and credit card payments up to $600,000. E-check payments are free and credit card payments are assessed a 2.39% fee, with a $1.50 minimum, which is paid to the payment processing company. Please contact your personal bank for ACH and electronic payment charges.
Yes. A contractor with a Municipal General Contractor license or a Licensed Plumber (through the City of Arvada Building Department) can install sewer and water services within the property. If the project requires a repair or disconnect to the main (in the street or sidewalk), that work must be performed by a Municipal General Contractor. The Municipal General Contractor license must be obtained through the City of Arvada Engineering Division, please visit our licensing page for more information.
Applications are submitted electronically using the customer service portal, Arvada Permits. Electronic applications are only available to licensed contractors. There will be a minimum 1 business day processing review on each permit, a WTR SWR Service permit must be paid for and issued before work can begin. For permits requiring a street cut, there is a 1-3 business day processing review. Once the review is completed, the applicant will be notified via email when the permit is approved and ready for payment, all payments can be made online at www.arvadapermits.org.
Utilize the eTRAKIT Application.
A short term rental is defined in the City's Land Development Code as a dwelling, portion of a dwelling or accessory dwelling unit (ADU) rented to transient guests for a period of less than 30 consecutive days.
If you rent a home, portion of a home or an accessory dwelling unit to guests for between 1 and 29 days at one time, a short term rental license is required.
If you only rent for 30 or more days at a time, then no license is required.
One owner may operate up to three short term rental properties within the City. However, only one reservation is allowed per property at a time. A short term rental can only be occupied for up to 240 days per calendar year. At the end of each year, a Short Term Rental Log will need to be submitted to the City verifying the number of days that a rental was occupied.
A property owner or a long term renter may operate a short term rental. If you are not the property owner, you will need to provide written permission from the property owner to operate a short term rental.
If you are a property owner that rents out a portion of the home to a long term renter and also desire to utilize a portion of the home as a short term rental, you will need to provide the City with an acknowledgement from the long term renter that they agree with the short term use of the property.
You will need to provide the following information as part of your application for a short term rental license:
Prior to issuance of a permit, you will need to:
Failure to comply with these requirements and the requirements of the short term rental ordinance, Section 3-1-5-3 of the Land Development Code, may result in fines and/or revocation of a license.
You can apply for a license through the City's electronic application system by using eTRAKiT application. If you are using eTRAKiT for the first time, you will need to create an account.
Yes, you will need to apply for a business license as well as a short term rental license. The business license can be submitted using MUNIRevs, our business licensing and online tax software.
No, just like other utilities per federal and state laws, small cell facilities are allowed in the public right of way.
Small cell facilities are low-powered antennas that provide cellular and data coverage to smaller geographic areas, supplementing the larger cellular network and improving service for wireless customers. They are installed and operated by private companies. Small cell equipment meets current 4G (LTE) voice and data demands and city staff understands it will be modified with future 5G higher speed equipment as technology changes.
To minimize the number of poles within the right-of-way, it is the city’s first priority to have small cells co-locate with existing facilities (such as Xcel street lights). However, the existing poles do not have the structural capacity to handle the weight of small cell equipment and will need to be replaced with larger dual purpose poles. In instances where existing pole locations will not work, new poles may be added.
The industry’s intent for deploying small cell facilities is to improve its reliability and coverage. Each site is usually connected to a specific provider.
To learn more about public health in relation to radio frequency (RF) radiation visit the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) website. For more information, email the City of Arvada Planning Department or call 720.898.7435.
Small cell poles are up to 40 feet tall and typically cover 1,500 feet.
The City prioritizes the most trafficked streets for plowing. This includes main, arterial roads (like 80th or Carr), collector roads that run through neighborhoods, and school zones. This helps ensure commonly used roads remain passable for the traveling public and emergency response teams. Other benefits include:
Additional roads may be plowed when a storm reaches a certain caliber, typically 12 inches of snow or more. At the discretion of City management, additional contractors can be brought in to help plow more roads to ensure safety for the traveling public.
View the map of snow plow routes for more details.
State highways like Wadsworth (HWY 121), Sheridan (HWY 95), and parts of Indiana and Ward (HWY 72) are plowed by CDOT (Colorado Department of Transportation). View the map of snow plow routes for more details.
Before a storm anti-icing salt brine (salt water mixture) can be applied to help prevent snow from sticking. This is only used during some storms as it is not useful if the ground is too warm. During a storm 3 de-icing materials are used based on ground temperatures:
All of these materials are industry standard and considered environmentally safe.
Yes, to report ice build ups on the road or in gutters please call 720-898-7725. Please leave a brief message with your request and the location by address or cross streets. Your request will be logged into the work order system to be addressed.
Please note: packed snow and ice on residential roads will not be removed if they are still passable by cars.
Sidewalks are the responsibility of the home or business owner. City Code 18-491-302.3.3 requires sidewalks to be shoveled within 24 hours after the snow stops. Please report unshoveled sidewalks to code enforcement via Ask Arvada or by calling 720-898-7465 during regular business hours. Visit the Shoveling Walkways webpage for more information.
Sign up for Lookout Alerts to receive alerts in the case of a weather related emergency, including winter weather.
The Boulder/Denver sector of the National Weather Service will provide the most accurate information on the status of winter weather events impacting Arvada. The City routinely re-shares their social media posts on Facebook and X (Twitter) during storms.
The City coordinates a Snow Buddies Program to match those who are physically unable to remove snow with volunteers to assist them. Please visit the Snow Buddies Program page for information and eligibility requirements. You can also call 720-898-7535 to apply for assistance by phone.
The Parks Department is responsible for clearing nearly 150 miles of trails, sidewalks, and parking lots across the city during a snowstorm. There are three categories of routes, prioritized by safety.
Visit the Parks and Trails Snow Clearing page for more information, including an interactive map of the three priority routes.
You will need a special event permit if one or more of the following apply:
Storm Spotter Training is a class offered through the National Weather Service (NWS) in partnership with the City of Arvada. The NWS SKYWARN storm spotter program is an essential part of the NWS' warning process. The training provides you with information on how to safely report severe weather and be "eyes on the sky" for the NWS. During the training, you will learn about thunderstorms and cloud features that could be threatening to our community. The class lasts approximately 2.5 hours.
Anyone with an interest in public service and access to communication can participate.
Because of the complexity of severe thunderstorms and the potential dangers involved, storm spotting is recommended for adults (18 yrs or older). High school and middle school students are welcome to attend the classes with a parent or other adult.
The next Storm Spotter training will be announced later this year. Check back for updates.
Power washing, also known as pressure washing, is not illegal, but there are restrictions on how the wash water is to be disposed.
We are not allowed to contaminate another’s water supply and cities in Colorado are required to control the discharge of any potential contaminants that could end up in our storm drain. The dirty water that is left after power washing often contains mud, soap, dirt, metals, oil, grease and other pollutants. Federal, State and local regulations on how wash water can be disposed are designed to improve water quality in rivers and streams by reducing the amount of pollutants carried to downstream communities.
Restrictions apply to businesses and individuals.
Wash water may fall on landscaping, or it may flow into the gutter where storm drains are located. Storm drains are the grates in the street and parking lots that drain rainwater and snowmelt away.
These drains lead directly to our local waterways, without treatment, and eventually flow into Clear Creek and the South Platte River, which are used by downstream communities for irrigation and drinking water.
Businesses should be aware that power washers must capture wash water, collect it in containers, and dispose of it properly, such as into an interior drain or onto landscaping.
If wash water and all of its pollutants flows into the storm sewer, the property owner could be liable for a violation of the City’s Ordinance and the federal Clean Water Act. There are many reputable local companies who have purchased the equipment needed to dispose of wash water legally and safely. Only hire those who are prepared.
Sometimes. "Your Speed" signs (which show drivers their current speed) can help to reduce speeding in some instances. Usually, these signs are placed temporarily in areas where speeding is a confirmed issue. To inquire about getting a "Your Speed" sign placed, please call Traffic Engineering at 720-898-7740. Engineering will follow a process to see whether, and to what degree, a "Your Speed" sign could be effective in your area.
Yes. Raising awareness about speeding and similar issues can help to change people's behavior. In a lot of residential areas, it is residents of the neighborhood who are speeding. If a community conversation starts, people may adjust their driving habits and help contribute to a safer community. For tips on starting a neighborhood group and more, check out Neighbors Connected.
Unfortunately, research suggests that lower speed limits do not have a big impact on reducing speed. In Colorado, the speed limit on local streets (unless otherwise posted) is 30 mph. Whether posted or not, some people do not adhere to posted speed limits. This is unlawful and puts pedestrians and other drivers at risk. Police Officers enforce speed limits. To report a speeding driver, please call non-emergency dispatch at 720-898-6900.
No. In fact, some studies suggest that these signs can decrease safety. These signs can introduce new dangers. Some residents may feel more secure when these signs are present. Children may be more prone to play in the street and others may be less vigilant. Due to the serious concerns over the effects of the signs, neither federal nor state regulations recognize their effectiveness.
Traffic engineers evaluate many factors in determining whether a signal is appropriate. The safety of drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians is always considered. Read more at Signs, Signals, and Street Safety.
Traffic engineers evaluate intersections for stop control. Specific criteria are used to determine the appropriate location for stop signs. When unneeded stop signs are introduced, they may contribute to speeding and crashes.
No. Speed bumps are not allowed on public streets in Arvada. Speed bumps may harm fuel efficiency, increase pollution, create frustration, and can cause wear on cars and trucks. Speed bumps are not an effective traffic control option for residential areas.
Services are monthly but billed as a part of your bi-monthly water and trash bill. Call 720-898-7575 to request new service or change your current service level.
No, there are no startup, administrative or fuel fees for residents joining the program. The service level fees published are what you will pay for your selected service level. The fees listed are monthly. They will appear on your bi-monthly City of Arvada utility bill. You may change your service level once per year for no additional fee.
Additional services (such as on-demand curbside bulky item pick up, additional waste or recycling carts and bag tags for extra bags of trash) are available for additional fees should you choose to use them.
There are two options available:
*Please bring the exact amount in cash or pay by check. Change cannot be provided.
Residents are also encouraged to consider leaving grass clippings on the lawn for healthier grass. Leaves can also be mulched and left on the lawn.
Residents can change their service level (bigger or smaller carts) once per year for free. Additional service level changes in a one year period will incur a $15 fee for cart delivery. Additional carts can be added to your current service level for a small additional cost. Current costs are available on the Trash & Recycling page.
Please call Republic at 720-898-7575 to coordinate either changes or additional carts.
The City’s waste hauling contract includes a 99.9% service guarantee and penalties for poor service or non-compliance. Our aim is to provide residents of Arvada with high-quality, worry-free waste and recycling collection service. But, if the program turns out to not suit your household, you may change to the minimum service level and pay the associated monthly fee.
You can change service levels once per year at no additional charge.
The organized waste hauling ordinance calls for all eligible households to have access to curbside recycling. That means having a recycling cart is an important part of the program and a recycling cart will be provided to all households. Other haulers are likewise now required to provide customers with recycling carts.
Customer Service staff are available to assist you in learning how to recycle. No one will be forced to place their recycle cart out for collection.
Yes, the City’s program provides alley service. To verify alley pick up at your exact address, please contact the Customer Service Line at 720-898-7575.
The City will handle trash service the same way they currently transfer water service when a house is sold. Leave the carts at the property. Provide information to your title company when they request it. Once the new owner takes possession, they can change their service level by calling the Customer Service Line for Arvada at 720-898-7575.
Residents who choose to hire their own hauler receive benefits from the City’s waste hauling program such as access to yearly bulky item and fall leaf drop off events.
They also benefit from reduced truck traffic in their neighborhoods, which will reduce wear and tear on the roads as well as reduce noise and air pollution. This is a community program that offers benefits for the entire community. The City worked hard to negotiate a lower minimum service rate for residents that choose to hire a different hauler. Other cities have higher minimum service rates.
Any single-family residence or multi-family residence (containing seven or fewer units) without a Homeowners Association (HOA) that chooses Minimum Service will pay $5.28 per month. From that fee, $4.40 goes to Republic as per contract and $0.88 goes to the City of Arvada.
Any single-family residence or multi-family residence (containing seven or fewer units), that are within a Homeowners Association without a current waste hauling contract, and choose not to join the City’s waste hauling program, will be billed a minimum service fee of $5.28 per month. From that fee, $4.40 goes to Republic as per contract and $0.88 goes to the City of Arvada.
Any single-family residence or multi-family residence (containing seven or fewer units), that are within a Homeowners Association with a current waste hauling contract, and choose not to join the City’s waste hauling program, will be billed a minimum service fee of $0.88 per month.
The $0.88 to the City supports the waste and recycling program, including bulky item and leaf recycling drop off events, 2 employees, office space, billing-system upgrades and postage.
While your water service will remain uninterrupted, non-payment of the Residential Waste and Recycling Program monthly minimum service fee may result in a lien placed on your property.
Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an invasive insect that has killed more than 50 million Ash trees in 30 states since its initial discovery in Michigan in 2002. This insect is considered to be one of the most destructive, invasive species the United States has faced.
The insect is metallic and green. It is a one-half inch long and one-eighth inch wide.
The City has been preparing for the eventual infestation of EAB well ahead of its official arrival. During the last several years, forestry staff has completed an inventory of the size, location, and health of all 1,200 ash trees on the City of Arvada public property (697 have been treated for control of Emerald Ash Borer). The City has created an EAB Management Plan (PDF) to address ash trees on public lands.
We can provide our residents with resources for guidance in the identification of EAB, protective measures against EAB, and potential removal of infested ash trees. For additional information, visit the Colorado State Forest Service - Emerald Ash Borer page.
All species of ash trees.
With more than 30,000 trees on City property, maintaining them properly is a labor-intensive task. Pruning and other tree maintenance can be expected year around.
Yes, you may trim City-owned trees to your property line.
Yes, the City is allowed to trim resident-owned trees to our property line.
If you are an adjacent landowner, the vegetation (including trees) along the ditch is your responsibility. Neither ditch companies nor municipalities generally own the land under and along the ditch. Instead, they have prescriptive easements, which allow them to dictate the use of the land within the easement. The ditch companies prioritize the removal of trees and vegetation that impede water flow. The rest is up to you. For more information about ditches, visit our Ditches page for more information.
In most cases, homeowners and residents do not have to be on-site. Your underground utilities will be marked in the areas using the information you have given.
Colorado law requires that you make notification before you begin any size project from small ones, such as planting a tree or bush, to a big project such as pipe replacement or installation.
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Bills can be paid online by setting up an account. Options are also available to pay by phone, mail or drop box. Please visit the Pay My Bill page for more information, including setting up automatic payments and paperless options.
If you notice or suspect problems in the water system, such as main breaks, service line leaks, frozen meters, low pressure, bad taste or odor, or dirty water, please notify us at 720-898-7070.
To report a non-emergency water problem electronically, please use Ask Arvada.
New Home Owners: If you are a new homeowner here in Arvada, the title company you worked with during the purchase of your home will contact the City of Arvada to set up water / sewer service in your name.
Renters: If you are a renter, your landlord will contact the City of Arvada to set up water/sewer service in your name.
The Utility Billing Customer Service team is available to help customers navigate understanding and paying their bills. Payment plans are available to create equalized payments across a 12 month period. One time hardship credits are also available for qualifying customers. Please call the Utility Billing team at 720-898-7070 for more information.
Additionally, the state of Colorado has robust utilities support services through LEAP (Low-Income Energy Assistance Program). They have added additional federal funding for water assistance through a program called LIHWAP (Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program). Please visit the LEAP website to see if you qualify or call 1-866-432-8435 for assistance.
The City partners with Resource Central to offer several outdoor water saving programs:
Additionally, read these outdoor watering tips or watch this video.
Water rates increase year over year to keep up with inflation and general maintenance and repairs as needed. The City continually invests in our infrastructure to continue to deliver clean, reliable drinking water and dispose of wastewater after use.
Just like homeownership, over time the City must make substantial investments to maintain, repair and replace parts of our water and sewer systems. Increases in rates and fees will help to fund the necessary reinvestment in these systems to ensure we continue to provide the level of service our customers have come to expect.
Additional factors include:
In 2024, water and sewer rates are increasing by 12% with an additional $4 and $2 service fee increase respectively. Stormwater rates will increase 5%. For the average single family home, this comes to an increase of around $130 per year, $22 per bi-monthly bill, or $11 per month.
As a reminder, the City uses a tiered rate system. Tier 1 covers the first 30,000 gallons of use in a two month period. The higher tiers come with an increased rate. This means the more you use, the more you will pay. Learn more about tiers on the Rates and Fees page. Watch this video for more information on Understanding Your Utility Bill.
Rate and fee increases will be reflected beginning with your first bill of the year. Customers across Arvada receive their bills at different times. Every customer pays for 365 days of water at the rate for that year. The bill reflects the 8 weeks of water use, prior to the bill date.
Many people may not notice much difference until the warmer months when water usage, and outdoor watering, increase.
Please watch the Understanding Your Utility Bill video or visit the Rates and Fees webpage for more information.
Even with recent increases, the diligent work of former and current City teams has helped maintain relatively low rates and fees for Arvada water customers! We are proud to remain in the bottom half of customer charges.
Here are some examples:
No, the City of Arvada is committed to a philosophy that growth pays for itself. This means that customer rates and fees pay for the necessary reinvestment in the repair, replacement and maintenance of existing water and wastewater systems. Developers pay System Development Charges (SDC) when they connect new homes and businesses to our existing system. These charges help cover the investment in expanding the capacity of our water and wastewater system. Learn more on the Utilities Transparency webpage.
Developers pay System Development Charges (SDC) also referred to as tap fees to connect new water and sewer lines to our existing systems. These will be paid to the City by one of the following methods:
We do wait for a full 10 business days before the water meter can be set. SDCs paid by check can be dropped at City Hall at one of our two drop boxes. Please call 720-898-7070 with any questions.
Effective January 1, 2023, you can pay tap fees once an approved building permit is presented, but no later than the time the temporary certificate of occupancy or certificate of occupancy is issued. Please reference these documents for fee amounts:
PFAS, or Per- and poly-Fluoro Alkyl Substances, is a term that describes thousands of human-made chemicals found in everyday products that are heat, water, and oil resistant. PFAS can end up in our water, air, and soil from thousands of potential sources resulting in exposure to humans, animals and the environment. Since the 1940s, they have been used to make things like:
Studies have shown that, in high enough quantities, certain PFAS may be bad for your health. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) uses lifetime Health Advisories to protect people from negative health effects that may come from exposure to PFAS. These calculations are based on drinking about 64 ounces of water per day for 70 years. This also takes into account other potential sources of exposure beyond drinking water (for example, food, air, consumer products, etc.).
Arvada Water Quality performs internal sampling. So far there has been no detected PFAS compounds near the EPA reporting limits in our raw or treated waters (see Internal PFAS Results (PDF)). Arvada also participated in Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's 2020 PFAS Sampling Project. We will also be participating in the EPA's UCMR5 sampling in 2023 which includes many more PFAS compounds than tested for in the past. All of this information will be publicly available when complete.
The City works very hard to keep our drinking water safe for all who drink it. Thankfully, we are very early users of our water source. This means our source water hasn't had as much opportunity to be contaminated. Remember that all water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants.
PFAS enter the wastewater (sewer) system when products containing them are washed or rinsed down your drains. Wastewater treatment plants typically don't fully remove the tiny particles so they end up moving downstream to the next water user.
They can also enter groundwater near facilities where PFAS-containing products are made or used. In Arvada, groundwater is not a source of our drinking water.
The EPA and CDPHE are working on drinking water quality standards but do not have set regulations at this time. Health Advisories are used as a reference while they create maximum contaminant levels (MCL) for drinking water.
The EPA Health Advisories, which are not regulations, have previously included two compounds, PFOA and PFOS. The EPA has newly released Health Advisories that expand the lifetime exposure levels. These advisories add the HFPO, or "GenX", and PFBS compounds, and lower the advisory levels for PFOA and PFOS.
Previously, the PFOA and PFOS compounds had a health advisory level of 70 ppt (parts per trillion). The new advisories reduce these to 0.004 ppt and 0.02 ppt respectively. 0.004 ppt is the same as 4 parts per quadrillion. A part per quadrillion is 1 in 1,000,000,000,000,000. This is equivalent to 1 second in 31.7 million years! Current technology can measure these compounds at about 2 ppt.
The advisory levels for PFBS and HFPO are 2000 ppt and 10 ppt respectively.
The State and Federal governments have also created new regulations on the manufacture and sale of PFAS-containing products. Colorado's HB22-1345 is one example.
EPA: Primary Webpage on All Things PFAS
EPA PFAS Questions and Answers
CDPHE: PFAS and Your Health
Metro Water Recovery: Useful Tips and Links to Reduce Your Product Exposure
Fishing is permitted at most Arvada lakes or ponds unless otherwise posted.
Visit the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Fishing page for information on fishing license requirements, stocking reports, and more. Fishing licenses can be purchased online, through the Colorado Parks and Wildlife mobile app, by phone, or at many retailers throughout the state.
There are a few common reasons water may have a different taste or odor.
Rotten egg or sulfur
Fishy or earthy
Fluoride is a naturally occurring compound in the environment and is present at very low levels in our source water. Fluoride is often added to drinking water to promote oral health. In 1967, there was a community-led referendum in Arvada to require the addition of fluoride to the City’s drinking water. We try to maintain the levels of fluoride at about 0.7 mg/L, the amount recommended by the EPA.
Please visit our PFAS Information page.
The class is free and only available to Arvada residents or those who work in Arvada.
Classes are offered periodically throughout the year and sign up is on a first come, first served basis. The next set of classes will be held as follows:
Participants must be Arvada residents, or work in Arvada, and be at least 16 years of age; however, 14- and 15-year-olds may attend if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who is also registered for the class.