Planning & Zoning Approvals

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, LFRA’s rural fire-protection district in unincorporated Larimer County, and the Town of Johnstown near Interstate 25 and US Highway 34.

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


How Do I Obtain LFRA’s Design Requirements for Property Development?

LFRA’s Fire Code Development Guide provides assistance in the application of the locally adopted 2018 International Fire Code, policies and best practices for design of property development. Applying the 2018 IFC and local amendments ensures IFC development requirements are clear, consistent and safe.

The guide provides IFC requirements related to site design (fire apparatus access, firefighting water supply and addressing), fire protection systems, hazardous materials, key boxes hazardous materials.

The LFRA Fire Code Development Guide can be accessed here:

Fire Code Development Guide (3.7 MB)


What are Planning Submittal Requirements for LFRA?

LFRA is part of the overall review process for planning projects in the City of Loveland, Town of Johnstown and unincorporated Larimer County. The planning departments provide the submittals directly to LFRA, after the applicant provides submittal documents to the planning departments. LFRA reviews submittals prior to approval.

Planning documents LFRA typically reviews include site development plan, utility plan, plat and Public Improvement Construction Plans.


What are LFRA Fees for Planning Review?

For Larimer County and Johnstown projects, the LFRA Board of Directors has approved the following fee schedule:

  • Site Plan Review, Land Division, Rezoning, Special Exception and Special Review Applications – $250
  • All other applications – $100

Within the City of Loveland, LFRA is as part of the overall approval process and does not assess its own review fee.


What Happens After Planning Approval?

Once plans are approved, the applicant typically will move on to the building permit process. For information about the building permit process, click here.

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