Two Classifications for Excavations in Mt. Crested Butte

First . . . and foremost!


Know what is below before you dig! Colorado state statute requires that all utilities be located prior to any excavation.

Mt. Crested Butte Municipal Ordinance requires that no person shall commence or engage in any excavation or digging prior to notifying the Utility Notification Center of Colorado (UNCC) and all underground utilities, vaults and structures have been properly located. Further, it allows for enforcement by stating that It shall be the responsibility of the contractor performing such excavation or digging to locate any underground utilities, vaults and structures not identified by the UNCC.

The UNCC site and the agencies Excavator Handbook is a good place to get started if you are not sure how to proceed with obtaining the required locates before you dig.

Excavations within the Town Right-of-Way

It is unlawful for any person to dig up, open, excavate or cause to be dug up, opened or excavated, any street, alley, sidewalk, utility easement or other public place without first obtaining a permit.

Chapter 17, Article III of the Town Code provides for restrictions, permitting, and fees and deposits related to excavating within the Town right-of-way. It also outlines requirements for obtaining utility locates prior to any excavation.

Permits to excavate within the town right-of-way are reviewed and issued by the Community Development Department. Please review the information contained in Chapter 17 of the Town Code prior to making application for a right-of-way excavation. Then, print the Excavation Permit Application, complete the required information, and call to schedule an appointment to have your application reviewed.

Prior to your meeting, be prepared to discuss the details about your utility locates, the extent of your excavation, the expected duration of the disturbance, and your traffic control plan (if applicable). You will also need to bring your completed permit application and any applicable fees.

Building Construction Excavations & Grading

Again, Town Code has provisions for excavation and grading which is related to builing construction, subdivision development, etc.  Restrictions, requirements, permitting and fees are all addressed in the Town Building Code; Chapter 6 of the Town Code and in accordance with the 2006 International Building Code.

Section 6-30  details when a permit is required and specifies exceptions such as when the excavation permit is authorized as part of a building permit, very small volume fills, and subdivision work which is covered under an approved  and active subdivision improvement agreement. It is the responsibility of the excavator to review this section in its entirety to be sure any work is covered under an existing permit/agreement or to obtain a permit.

Section 6-31 contains information on Completion and Clean up Deposits according the the following table:

Type of Excavation or GradingDeposit Required
Exploratory excavation$250.
Excavations in association with underground repair work$500.
All Other Excavations: 
(1) 1 to 5,000 cubic yards
plus per cu. yd. over 150 cu. yds.
$750.
      $5.
(2) 5,000 to 15,000 cu. yds.
plus per cu. yd. over 5,000 cu. yds
$25,000.
$3.50
(3) 15,000 and more cu. yds.
plus per cu. yd. over 15,000 cu. yds
$52,500.
$2.

There are five conditions which apply to the required deposits and their retention and use. Please review the above-referenced ordinance to ensure compliance and understand the condtions which apply to an excavation or grading completion and cleanup deposit.

Once again, permits for building construction excavation are reviewed and issued by the Community Development Department. 

Please review the information contained in Chapter 6 of the Town Code prior to making application for a right-of-way excavation. Then, print the Excavation Permit Application, complete the required information, and call to schedule an appointment to have your application reviewed.  You will need to bring your completed permit application and any applicable fees.
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