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Engineering Division

Paving of roadway

River City Hall staff will continue accepting and processing applications for permits and development approvals digitally. If you have a new inquiry, please use the following resources:

  • General Community Development inquiries: Call the Community Development main phone line at (970) 375-4850.
  • Engineering inquiries, including excavation permits and inspection of public improvements/utilities: Call the Engineering main phone line at (970) 375-4810.


The Engineering Division is responsible for:

  • Project and Development Review
  • Issuance of excavation permits, public improvement agreements, and right-of-way permits
  • Traffic Studies and Temporary Traffic Control during construction
  • Stormwater Program and Environmental Compliance

Development Standards for Public Improvements and Construction Specifications (PDF)

  1. Permits ▼
  2. Inspections ▼

Right-of-Way Permits

Per City Code of Ordinances Section 21-51, written permission is required for obstruction of any kind or nature or to dig or leave any excavation in the city's right-of-way. The city's right-of-way consists of any part of any street, alley or sidewalk. Obstructing or digging in the public right-of-way without permission from the city is unlawful and subject to fines. All person(s) wanting to obstruct or dig in the public right-of-way are required to complete a permit application and submit to the Engineering Department located at: 1235 Camino del Rio, Durango, CO 81301


Excavation Permit (PDF)

Revocable Permit (PDF)

Onsite Excavation & Grading Permit (PDF)

Retaining Wall Application (PDF)

Stormwater Permit (PDF)

Email applications to or drop off at River City Hall, 1235 Camino del Rio.

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