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Code Enforcement Unit

Please call Code Enforcement at 303-441-3333 to ask questions or report a code violation to dispatch.

Service requests submitted on-line will receive a response within 4 business days (7:00 am - 5:00 pm, except holidays).

The Code Enforcement Unit, part of the Boulder Police Department, responds to property maintenance and nuisance code violations that affect public safety and quality of life in the City of Boulder.

Code Enforcement officers investigate code violations related to:

How do I contact Code Enforcement to ask questions or report a code violation?
Call non-emergency dispatch at 303-441-3333.

How do I find the status of my report?
Call non-emergency dispatch at 303-441-3333, or you may use the Property Search for Summary of Enforcement Activity to search by address and view enforcement activity by the City of Boulder within the past 24 months. This search will return information including:

  • Boulder Police Department State summonses;
  • Municipal Court summonses; and
  • Case status.

What are the potential fines for violations?
The City of Boulder Municipal Court issues a Bond Schedule that lists the fines for various violations of the Boulder Revised Code (1981).

What if my property is declared a public nuisance?
Nuisance abatement is a civil action that can be pursued parallel with (or in lieu of) criminal prosecution. The potential outcome of a nuisance abatement action is a corrective, injunctive-type order issued by the Boulder Municipal Court. A property owner cannot be deprived of his/her property under this regulation (Chapters 10-2.5 "Abatement of Public Nuisances" and 12-2 "Landlord Tenant Relations").

"Public nuisance" means:

  • the condition or use of any parcel (house, apartment, etc.) where two or more separate violations of the Boulder Revised Code have occurred within a year; or
  • three or more separate violations have occurred within a two-year period, if during each such violation, the conduct of the person committing the violation was such as to annoy residents in the vicinity of the parcel or passers-by on the public streets, sidewalks and rights-of-way in the vicinity of the parcel.

There are no specific violations or actions that are designated as "public nuisance" acts. Whether or not a violation triggers the nuisance abatement process is a decision left to the responding law enforcement agency.

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