Planning & Zoning

Building Permits

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The Town of Bluff enacted zoning and planning ordinances governing new development within the Town.  In some cases new development may require subdivision review or formal site plan review as provided by the ordinances.  All new development will be screened for compliance with Town ordinances. To obtain a building permit the applicant must first receive a Land Use Clearance (LUC) from the Town of Bluff Planning & Zoning Commission.  After approving the LUC the Commission will send the LUC to San Juan County. The applicant must send their full application to San Juan County. The County will issue a building permit if the application for the building permit is complete and includes the LUC. A building permit must be obtained before beginning new construction, before moving a trailer or pre-built home onto a lot and for any addition or remodeling.  

Click here to download the Land Use Clearance (LUC) *updated 7/15/20

Completed Land Use Clearance forms must be received by 5:00 pm MT the Friday before the next regular meeting in order to be reviewed at that meeting. 


Approved Land Use Ordinances

Signed Outdoor Lighting Ordinance 2019-17-12

Zoning Ordinance 2019-5a-9 (includes signs)

Subdivision Ordinance 2019-5b-9

Subdivision Application Form

Copy of the ordinance enacting a temporary land use regulation prohibiting, for a period of 180 days, the development of commercial, industrial uses, and new subdivisions.

Land Use Clearance Ordinance


Approved Zoning Maps

Zoning Map Whole approved 9/5/19

Zoning Map East Central approved 9/5/19

Zoning Map West approved 9/5/19


Sign Permit Application

Click here to download the sign permit.

For applicable ordinances, see here: Zoning Ordinance 2019-5a-9 (includes signs)


Final General Plan

Link to  Bluff General Plan Signed

Link to General Plan Appendices

Planning & Zoning Commissioners:

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Sarah Burak, Chair

Amanda Podmore, Vice Chair

Malyssa Egge

Marcia Hadenfeldt

Ed Dobson


Upcoming Meetings

The Planning & Zoning Commission typically meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month at 6 pm.

Videoconference Regular Meeting Wednesday, May 18th, 2022 at 6:00 pm, URL: Join by phone (US) +1 636-735-3215‬ PIN: ‪928 639 871‬#

Videoconference Regular Meeting Wednesday, June 15 at 6:00 pm, URL: Join by phone (US) +1 636-735-3215‬ PIN: ‪928 639 871‬#

Upcoming Meeting Agendas

Click here to see upcoming agendas. Please note they may be in draft form.

Past meeting minutes

Please click here to access draft and approved minutes.


Planning & Zoning Agenda Request Form

Please fill out this form and email a minimum of one week prior to the date of the request for meeting. See the form for full instructions.

*Please note this form is not intended for public comment. Opportunity for public comment is provided at each Planning & Zoning Commission meeting.