Construction & Tenant Improvements
Effective May 14, the Estes Valley Fire Protection District has adopted the 2018 International Fire Code (IFC). The accepted resolution, which includes the District specific amendments to the IFC can be found here:
This resolution was ratified by both the Town of Estes Park Board and Larimer County Board of County Commissioners in May 2019.
After discussion at the February 2019 Board meeting, the District is NOT currently considering adoption of the 2018 International Wildland Urban Interface Code (IWUIC). The original proposal for the IFC is page 1-3, and proposal for the IWUIC can be found on page 4 of this document. The Board will continue to review and seek community input before an updated proposal is made.
Previous Editions of the Fire Code:
The Estes Valley Fire Protection District adopted the 2015 International Fire Code in 2015
The Estes Valley Fire Protection District adopted the 2009 International Fire Code with amendments in 2011
Plan Review, Inspection Fees, and Operational Permits
The plan review and inspection fee schedule was designed to be
simple to interpret for potential developers while keeping fees
modest. The fee amounts were determined with our goals in mind,
and are considerably lower than our counterparts in the Front Range
and Metro areas of Colorado. The District’s desire is to have those
doing the development help offset costs. This will enable us to put
more tax revenue towards emergency response.
The Fire Code Board of Appeals in comprised of three members of the District Board. These three members have been appointed by the Board and meet as required throughout the year. These are District Board members: Jon Hodde, Larry Leaming, and Dave Hamrick
Application for Appeal
After serving the residents and guests of the Estes Valley for 103 years as the Estes Park Volunteer Fire Department, the Estes Valley Fire Protection District was created in 2010 with the mission of providing the residents and guests of the Estes Valley with fire prevention, fire protection, and emergency services. The District was founded with a very modest property tax of 1.95 mils and 7% of the sales tax from the Town of Estes Park. While these tax revenue sources have grown through time, they have not kept pace with the rate of increase for calls for service which have risen by 31% in that same time, from 551 (2010) to 720 (2017).
At the February Board meeting, the Fire District adopted a resolution to enact Impact fees following the conclusion of a Nexus Study completed by Pinnacle Consulting. This proposal was presented to the Estes Park Town Board in a work session on January 23, 2018 and will be presented to the Larimer County Board of County Commissioners on March 12, 2018.
Impact Fees are levied on new construction at the time of building permit issuance, with amounts calculated through a Nexus Study. These fees must be calculated “to pay for the construction or expansion of off-site capital improvements that are necessitated by and benefit the new development” (). Over the next 15 years, the District anticipates $3.9 million in capital costs, with $955,314 attributed to growth of the District. These growth costs include upgrading apparatus to increase their capabilities (changing engine type, increase ladder length and type) and the addition of new apparatus (second Type 3 engine for wildland urban interface and additional prevention staff vehicle). The cost of growth is distributed across anticipated new construction based on a proportionality for historic call demand between 1-2 family homes, multifamily homes, and commercial properties. Given the anticipated construction as estimated from the Town of Estes Park Comprehensive Plan, Housing Needs Assessment, and Town of Estes Park Building Permit Summaries, potential fee amounts are calculated through the Nexus study.
The one-time fees applied to new construction (at the time of the Building Permit) would take effect July 1, 2018, and are: $784.00 per new 1-2 family home, $419.00 per multifamily unit, and $0.37/square foot for new commercial construction. While the Nexus study calculated a potential commercial rate of $0.74/square foot, the District is opting to cut that in half based on the fact commercial property pays a higher assessed rate in property taxes due to Gallagher. The full Nexus study, handouts, and presentation from the Town Board work session are available below.
The costs identified are due to growth of the District, and the goal of utilizing Impact Fees is to have that growth offset the additional burden it places on the District. This serves to avoid alternative means of revenue generation such as increased mill levies which distributes the cost of growth onto all taxpayers. Existing tax revenue can be focused on operations rather than committed to capital costs for growth. The District plans a delayed initiation of fees to give developers ample time to factor into budgets for future projects.
Design Standards (In Development)
Roadways and Fire Department Access
Grade, Slope, and Surface
Sprinklers and Fire Alarms