The Engineering Division in the Public Works Department is in charge of installation of storm water drainage facilities, right-of-way improvements; watercourse and drainage management; supervision and control of public infrastructure and capital projects; inspection and sign off for site improvements, building permits, and Certificates of Occupancy.


Building Permits and Certificates of Occupancy

The engineers review construction plans to ensure conformance with the Town Storm Drainage, Flood Prevention, and Water Quality and Sediment Transport Control Standards.  A final inspection is required in order to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy. 

 Public Works Plan Review Fees


Contact Us:





Shannon Smith

Town Engineer

(970) 453-3196

Chris McGinnis

Civil Engineer III

(970) 453-3183

Office Location:

Public Works Admin Building, 1095 Airport Rd, Breckenridge, CO 80424 

General Office Hours:

Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm



Recent Projects


Riverwalk Pedestrian Improvements:

The Riverwalk Pedestrian Improvements Project was completed in order to improve access to downtown Breckenridge through the heating and rerouting of sidewalks. The project aimed to improve seating, lighting, and landscaping for the area around the Riverwalk Center Lawn. Additionally, a new plaza was constructed and now features the "Syncline" sculpture by Albert Paley. For more information about Albert Paley and his work, visit his website here

Before (September 2017):

RWC Before

After (June 2018):

RWC After 


Blue River Restoration:

The Town of Breckenridge sought to rehabilitate 3,000 feet of the Blue River to the north of the Colorado Mountain College campus. Degradation of the Blue River valley in Breckenridge is primarily the result of dredge mining between 1898 and 1940. The mining created towering rock piles on the banks of the river that were highly mobile, very unstable, and supported little to no vegetation. Since the river bed consists of loose dredge rock, it has been challenging to maintain year-round flows within the channel.

Blue River in 1990:

1. Blue River Restoration - Before

To combat these issues and restore this section of the river, the Town of Breckenridge re-routed the river and placed a 30ML PVC non-woven geotextile liner at the bottom of the river. 

Construction in 2016:

2. Blue River Restoration - Construction

3. Blue River Restoration - First Look

The new route and PVC liner has allowed for year-round flows in the river, which has now created a healthy and flourishing environment for fish, migrating elk, and vegetation. Along with restoring the natural aspects, this area of land now provides a public open space and trail. This project is vital to the sustainability of the Blue River and neighboring forest.  

Completed Project in 2018:

 4. Blue River Restoration- Completed Project

For more information about dredge mining in Breckenridge in the early 1900s, click here



Four O'Clock Road & Park Ave Roundabout:

The Four O'Clock Rd & Park Ave intersection roundabout was a partnership with CDOT to construct a roundabout rather than a traditional signal. A roundabout was the preferred intersection improvement to allow for increased vehicular flow during high traffic periods, offer a more aesthetically pleasing intersection, reduce impacts of idling vehicles, and to provide a safer and more effective pedestrian connectivity between the residential neighborhood on Four O'Clock Road and the downtown corridor. This project was completed in June 2017.

Before (April 2017):

Roundabout April 2017

After (June 2017):

Roundabout June 2017

For general information on roundabouts, see the Modern Roundabouts page here



Available Downloads

Engineering Standards
Flood Damage Prevention
Storm Drainage Standards
Water Quality Standards
Street Standards Appendix

FEMA Flood Plan Maps

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