Community Planning & Development

The Community Planning and Development Department offers a wide range of services and is responsible for all planning and zoning activities, building permit issuance and inspections, historic Preservation and the overall administration and management of the Conveyance Program.

Floodplain Restudy

Communities of Black Hawk / Central City / Gilpin County

Quick Reference Meeting and Mapping Link:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been working on updating the flood plain maps in the Gilpin County area.  As a result, they have identified areas within the region as regulatory floodplains. These designations have important implications related to flood insurance requirements, flood insurance rates, obtaining federal loans, and any future sale of properties within these areas. 

The preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) produced by the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) are available for public viewing at the upcoming meeting jointly hosted by Black Hawk, Central City, Gilpin County, and CWCB.  The maps are a part of the Gilpin County Flood Study that has updated flood risk for Gilpin County and incorporated municipalities.

The Gilpin County Flood Study maps are the result of data development conducted in the past several years. They are also in the beginning stages of regulatory floodplain information approval and adoption by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

To provide you with an opportunity to review the preliminary FIRMs, ask questions, and provide input a virtual community meeting was held on Monday, August 10, 2020, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Due to Covid-19 social distancing requirements in place to protect the health of the public, no in-person meeting is available.

Representatives from the local governments, your local floodplain administrator, Colorado Water Conservation Board representatives, FEMA representatives, and the mapping contractor (AECOM) were available to explain the process and answer questions.

FEMA will establish an official 90-day Appeal Period at a later date.


Health and Safety Practices

Due to concerns related to Coronavirus COVID-19, the City of Black Hawk has established certain health and safety practices to ensure a safe working environment. Advance appointments are required to enter City facilities so we encourage the use of our online services to minimize social contact.  

In an effort to facilitate contact tracing and ensure a safe working environment, all visitors to the City of Black Hawk facilities are required to sign in and out of the building or facility, wear a face covering, answer the health screening question, and have their temperature checked.

Appointment Required

  • Please call 303-582-0615 to schedule an appointment in advance of your visit to Community Planning and Development.
  • Appointments are restricted to official city business.
  • Personal visitors are not permitted in City of Black Hawk buildings and facilities.

During your visit

  • Call designated department contact to announce your arrival so that they may greet you.
  • Sign in and out for your appointment. Providing personal contact information on the sign-in log enables notification in the event of possible COVID-19 exposure.
  • Health screening and hand sanitizer use required upon entry to City of Black Hawk facilities.
  • Personal visitors are not permitted in the City of Black Hawk buildings and facilities.
  • All visitors shall wear face coverings and maintain appropriate social distancing to the greatest extent possible while in city buildings and facilities. 


  • FedEx, UPS, and other deliveries, please leave packages outside office door.

Planning and Zoning

Coordinate and oversee all development activities from concept, to design, through construction, while insuring compliance with City policies and regulations. All applications related to land use are coordinated through this division.

Online Municipal Code

Conveyance Program

The CP&D Department manages the Conveyance Program for the City of Black Hawk.

Please contact Russell Holt, with A Smart Elevator Solution, to schedule annual and 5 year inspections for all conveyance types at or 303-241-8871

Conveyance Permit Application

New Conveyance Regulations January 1, 2020

Important Documents & Resources

General Inquires Email Address

CP&D Fees

All Land Use and permit fees are based on the City's Adopted Fee Schedule.

Make a CP&D Payment Online

Holiday Schedule

The following holidays are observed by the City and/or our consultants, and no inspections will be performed:

New Year's Day Veteran's Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Thanksgiving Day
President's Day Day after Thanksgiving
Memorial Day Christmas Eve
Independence Day Christmas Day
Labor Day New Year's Eve
Columbus or Indigenous People's Day  

Contact Information

Cynthia Linker
Community Planning and Development Director
(303) 582-0615

Ashley Wilson
Development Services Coordinator
(303) 582-2223


Mailing Address:
PO Box 68, Black Hawk, CO 80422

Physical Address:
211 Church Street
Black Hawk, CO 80422