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Getting Started 2018-01-31T10:15:52+00:00

Getting Started

For most proposed commercial and residential developments, new buildings and building additions, the first step is for the applicant to receive approval of planning documents, which include site development plans, plats, public improvement construction plans, and then approval of building permit construction drawings.

Loveland Fire Rescue Authority’s Community Safety Division reviews planning documents and building permit submittals for projects within three governmental jurisdictions: 

  • the City of Loveland
  • unincorporated Larimer County in the Loveland Rural Fire Protection District
  • the Town of Johnstown near Interstate 25 and US Highway 34 (Thompson River Ranch and 2534) in the Loveland Rural Fire Protection District

Before beginning any new-construction or remodel project, the applicant (owner, developer or contractor) must contact the appropriate Planning and Building Departments to obtain planning approval and building (construction) permits. For more information, contact the department where your site is located:

Remember that additional approvals may be necessary to start a business: a sales tax license, utility service, liquor license, food vendor license and sign permits are a few examples that may be required. Planning or Building staff in the three jurisdictions can help direct you if you have questions.

The Fire Code Development Guide

The goal of development review is the same for Loveland Fire Rescue Authority as it is for property owners, building designers and construction contractors: to build structures that are attractive and functional; safe for occupants and firefighters for the life of the buildings; and built in a cost-effective manner.

This Fire Code Development Guide provides assistance in the application of the locally adopted 2012 International Fire Code, LFRA policies and best practices for design of property development, to licensed design professionals, contractors and business owners. Applying the 2012 IFC and local amendments ensures our requirements are clear, consistent and safe.

The guide is organized with general permitting and fee information at the beginning, then moves to site-design requirements (fire apparatus access, firefighting water supply and addressing, followed by more specific requirements related to fixed fire protection, hazardous materials, key boxes, radio amplification, vehicle impact protection and cell-facility battery storage. Once the site plan, Construction Drawings and Public Improvement Construction Plans are approved, projects move on to the building permit process and fire-protection system permitting process.

This guide represents the most commonly asked development questions; it does not create or replace code provisions. Readers are cautioned that the information detailed in this guide may or may not apply to their specific situation, and that LFRA, as the Authority Having Jurisdiction, retains final authority to determine compliance.

Download the Development Guide

Check back soon to download the complete version of the Development Guide.

Planning and Zoning Approval Process

Loveland Fire Rescue Authority’s Community Safety Division reviews planning submittals for projects within three governmental jurisdictions:

  • the City of Loveland
  • unincorporated Larimer County in the Loveland Rural Fire Protection District
  • the Town of Johnstown near Interstate 25 and US Highway 34 (Thompson River Ranch and 2534) in the Loveland Rural Fire Protection District

If you need a planning approval in any of these jurisdictions, you will also need planning approval from LFRA.

Go to our Plan Reviews Page for more information.

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