Frequently Asked Questions
The Unincorporated portion of El Paso County is all the land that is not in a City or Town. The Development Services Department is not able to review projects that are in cities or towns because each of these have their own separate regulations. El Paso County is an "arm of the State" and thus mandated to uphold State Statutes.
If you need to determine for sure where your property is, click on the "Real Estate Parcel Search" to the left side of this page. Once you've found your property click on the ten (10) digit number that's underlined. Scroll down the page and you'll see a block that lists all the entities you pay taxes to for this parcel of land. If you are in a city or town, the name will be listed.
Here is a list of the Cities/Towns which are incorporated in El Paso County (if you reside in one of these call the numbers shown for questions regarding land use).
Note: Some of the smaller towns are limited in the scope of services they provide.
The Pikes Peak Regional Building Department is the organization which issues building permits for most of the cities and towns in El Paso County and for the County itself.
Remember, the Development Services Department reviews for Land Use and the Regional Building Department reviews construction, plumbing, and electrical plans and issues building permits.
The El Paso County Board of County Commissioners has approved Fees charged by the Development Services Department based on studies of the cost of service. These costs include, but are not limited to, Staff time, equipment and technology needed to complete project reviews and other required services.