How To Avoid The Pitfalls Of Senate Bill 35

Colorado law imposes strict limits on subdividing land. A law passed in 1972 — commonly referred to as "Senate Bill 35" — requires an approval process for subdivisions that create lots smaller than 35 acres. This law has important implications not only for builders and developers, but also for individual landowners. It can affect your ability to divide up a parcel as part of an estate plan, for example.

Complying with Senate Bill 35 requires going through a rigorous administrative process. You will have to adhere to county land use regulations and procedures. Approval may require action by the Board of Adjustment and the Board of County Commissioners.

At Pearson & Paris, P.C., we can guide you through the process. Our attorneys handle real estate subdivision issues across Colorado. Based in the Lakewood area of Denver, we represent individual landowners as well as developers.

Our lawyers understand the intricacies of Senate Bill 35. We will use that knowledge to help you avoid common pitfalls.

Why Compliance Is So Important

The costs of failing to comply with Senate Bill 35 can be substantial. The state and county won't legally recognize invalid subdivisions. You will not be able to obtain building permits or sewage permits or change the zoning for illegal subdivisions. As a result, the property may become unusable for building and development.

The law does provide certain exceptions to the 35-acre rule. However, these exemptions are highly technical. Our lawyers can assist you in determining whether any apply to your property.

Talk To Us About Your Situation

To learn more about the legal framework for unlawful division of land — and to discuss how this framework affects your property rights — please contact our firm at 303-872-4719 (toll free at 888-725-2609).