Mountain Pine Beetle Ordinance

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Town LandscapeThe Town of Breckenridge is diligent in its efforts to address the devastating effects of the Mountain Pine Beetle to the lodgepole pine forest.

 What property owners need to know.

  • On April 13, 2010, Town Council approved the updated Mountain Pine Beetle Ordinance on second reading. In summary, property owners are required to remove dead and infested lodgepole pine trees each year by July 15. Read the relevant portion of the Town Code here.
  • The Town of Breckenridge will not perform free inspections for the Mountain Pine Beetle on private property. If trees are being marked on private property, it is likely being performed by a Homeowner's Association or its authorized representative.
  • If a property owner questions the accuracy of currently infested trees marked for removal by a third party, the property owner can contact the Community Development Department at (970) 453-3160, for a second opinion.
  • Property owners are responsible for contracting inspection, mitigation, and removal services, as well as all associated costs and fees.
  • A Class D Minor permit is required to remove dead and infested lodgepole pine trees, and any other type of tree. A Class D permit can be obtained from the Community Development Department.
  • Property owners are encouraged to become familiar with the signs of infestation, treatment options, and the importance of replanting. See our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
  • For concerns or complaints about ordinance compliance with a neighboring property, property owners should contact the Community Development Department at (970) 453-3160.
  • For concerns or complaints related to work performed by a contractor, contact the Better Business Bureau.

For questions related to the Mountain Pine Beetle Ordinance, contact the Community Development Department, (970) 453-3160.

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