Satellite building offices reopen for new season |

Satellite building offices reopen for new season

— Satellite offices of the Routt County Building Department opened this week in the towns of Hayden, Oak Creek and Yampa.

Instead of driving to the courthouse in Steamboat Springs, residents in outlying areas of the county can submit applications for building permits or meet with a building inspector in their towns. The inspector then acts as a courier, and transports paperwork back to Steamboat.

“He’s authorized to issue permits on the spot for things that aren’t complicated structurally, like small room additions or decks,” said Building Department official Mark Marchus.

Yampa Town Clerk Janet Ray said residents appreciate the satellite office.

“It’s a great improvement because prior to this, they had to drive to Steamboat,” Ray said.

Hayden resident Don Johnson said the growing town in west Routt County might need a building inspector for more than an hour a week.

“With the building going on here, it’s time to think about our own building department,” Johnson said.

Marchus said the seasonal times are flexible. Depending on the level of construction, the satellite offices usually open by late April and close in November.

“When west Routt needs more — when our response to inspections is longer than one day — I will go to the commissioners and ask for more personnel,” Marchus said. “During the winter, there is almost no construction that would warrant opening a small office in Hayden.”

Until then, contractors and residents renovating their homes are saving time and money by utilizing the satellite offices.

A building inspector will be:
* At the Hayden Town Hall on Tuesdays from 8 to 9 a.m.

  • At the Oak Creek Town Hall on Wednesdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
  • At the Yampa Town Hall on Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Call the Routt County Building Department at 870-5566 for more information.

— To reach Michelle Bales, call 871-4208 or e-mail

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