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Bids/Purchasing
How may I get on Lakewood's Vendor List?
The City of Lakewood does not maintain a vendor list. The Purchasing Division uses an online bid system for posting of solicitations. Vendors are encouraged to register on the  Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing System.  We strongly encourage Lakewood-based vendors to develop relationships with our Purchasing Division as a part of our commitment to supporting Lakewood-based businesses.

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Economic Development
How do I start a business in Lakewood?
Follow the steps on the "Start a Business" page to ensure your business starts strong.

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How can Economic Development help with my job search?
Lakewood Economic Development matches employers with employees.  Jobs are listed for your convenience on our Find Employment page.  Economic Development strongly encourages jobseekers to use the Jefferson County Workforce Center's free services.

More Information: Find Employment
What incentives are there to help me start or grow a business?
The City of Lakewood, Jefferson County and the state of Colorado have incentive programs for those investing in the community. We can tailor a package of available local, county and state incentives designed to help you identify all available resources for your business.

More Information: Business Incentives
Where may I get City demographic information?
The City collects a variety of demographic information. Basic demographics can be found by visiting Demographics . For more detailed information, call 303-987-7050 to speak with an Economic Development Specialist who can create custom reports by request.

More Information: Demographics
"What's going on at...?"
Lakewood Economic Development often hears this question.  From those inquiring about new businesses in Lakewood, to current planning cases, to large-scale development projects, we are here to provide you with the "latest and greatest" city news.  We pride ourselves on being well-versed in which projects are happening in the city, so please contact Lakewood Economic Development at 303-987-7050 if you have specific questions. 

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How may I learn more about business and development in Lakewood?
Lakewood Economic Development publishes a weekly eNewsletter that contains business and development news, and information about ribbon cuttings and upcoming educational seminars. Sign up for the Lakewood Economic Development Newsblast today.

More Information: Email Newsletters
Am I eligible for Enterprise Zone Tax Credits?
Colorado's Enterprise Zone program provides tax incentives to encourage businesses to locate and expand in designated economically challenged areas of the state. Lakewood's Enterprise Zones are located along the Union Blvd., Colfax Avenue, Sheridan Boulevard, and Alameda Ave. corridors. Businesses and property owners in these targeted areas are eligible for tax credits to be applied toward state tax obligations.  Property and business owners can confirm their property address is located in the Enterprise Zone by using the interactive map.

More Information: Enterprise Zone
Green Business Programs
What is the value of an energy evaluation?
The value of these energy evaluations range from $250-$750, depending on the size and complexity of the building.
Who is a part of the Greening Lakewood Business Partnership?
What does the Greening Lakewood Business Partnership do?
The goal of this public-private partnership program is to develop a sustainable model for a citywide conversion of commercial properties to optimum energy-efficient standards while providing education and job training opportunities for RRCC students and veterans.

Who should I contact to learn more about the BEEP Program or how to register?
For more information about the BEEP Program and to get registered for your initial consultation, contact Ron Vasquez at 303-264-9684 or visit ColoradoLiteracy.org.

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Who will perform my energy audit?
An energy coach, trained by experts at Red Rocks Community College and The Learning Source, will analyze and baseline your building’s energy use, evaluate energy bills and inform you about the effects of occupant behavior on energy costs.
What is NREL?
The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Labratory (NREL), located in nearby Golden, is the country's premier site for renewable energy research and development and a lead laboratory for energy efficiency. NREL is the only federal laboratory dedicated to the research, development, commercialization and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Backed by 35 years of achievement, NREL leads the way in helping meet the growing demand for clean energy.

More Information: National Renewable Energy Labratory (NREL)
Incentives and Grants
What incentives are there to help me start or grow a business?
The City of Lakewood, Jefferson County and the state of Colorado have incentive programs for those investing in the community. We can tailor a package of available local, county and state incentives designed to help you identify all available resources for your business.

More Information: Business Incentives
Am I eligible for Enterprise Zone Tax Credits?
Colorado's Enterprise Zone program provides tax incentives to encourage businesses to locate and expand in designated economically challenged areas of the state. Lakewood's Enterprise Zones are located along the Union Blvd., Colfax Avenue, Sheridan Boulevard, and Alameda Ave. corridors. Businesses and property owners in these targeted areas are eligible for tax credits to be applied toward state tax obligations.  Property and business owners can confirm their property address is located in the Enterprise Zone by using the interactive map.

More Information: Enterprise Zone
Licenses
Who qualifies for a Special Event Permit?
In order to qualify for a Special Event Permt the applicant must be a non-profit organization or a political candidate.
How long does it take to obtain a new Liquor License?
The application process for a new Liquor Licenses can range anywhere from four to five months.
Does my business need a Lakewood sales/use tax license?
Yes. To ensure zoning and tax compliance, all business activities in the City must be licensed with a sales or use tax license, even if no merchandise is sold.  
How do I obtain the Certificate of Zoning for my license?

One can obtain a Certificate of Zoning by contacting the Lakewood Planner of the Day in the Planning Department.  This can be done at the Permit counter.  Alternatively, one can contact the Planner of the Day by e-mailing POD@lakewood.org.  Please supply the address of interest and your contact information.

A payment of $18 is required for this service and can be done with a credit card by completing the authorization form and attaching it to your e-mail.

Permits
May I operate a business from my house?
Home occupations are permitted and regulated by Article 13: Home Occupations of the Zoning Ordinance. If the home occupation you are contemplating is not listed, you will need to contact the Planner of the Day to determine whether the proposed home occupation is acceptable. You may contact the Planner of the Day at 303-987-7571. 



More Information: POD@lakewood.org
What is zoning and how does it impact me and my property?
Zoning is a tool used to regulate land development by separating incompatible uses. Zoning dictates how your property may be used. It also establishes design parameters including minimum lot size, minimum building setback, maximum building height and the number of units. You can determine the zoning of your property by visiting Lakewood EZ Maps.

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How do I obtain a building permit?
Building permits are needed for tenant finish and all development projects.  Please visit our Building Permit desk for more information.    For larger-scale projects, please contact the Planner of the Day for questions that include zoning and use. 

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Public Improvement Fees Belmar
When is my Belmar PIF due?
The Belmar PIF is due on the 20th day of the month following the reporting period, unless the 20th falls on a holiday or weekend. If the 20th falls on a holiday or weekend, the PIF is due the next business day. A postmark of the 20th (or next business day when the 20th falls on a holiday or weekend) will be considered timely filing.
Do I need a separate Belmar PIF license?
No, you do not need a separate Belmar PIF license; the business information from the application for sales and use tax license will be used to establish your Belmar PIF account.
How do I update my Belmar PIF account?
Belmar PIF account changes may be submitted in writing, or online. You may include your account changes on your monthly sales reporting form.
How do I file my Belmar PIF?
PIF is reported on Schedule B of the Monthly Sales Return, make all Belmar PIF checks payable to City of Lakewood.
May I combine PIF with tax on my cash register receipts?
No, PIF should always be separately stated on sales receipts.
Public Improvement Fees Colorado Mills
When is my Colorado Mills PIF due?
The Colorado Mills PIF must be RECEIVED on or before the 20th day of the month following the reporting period unless the 20th falls on a holiday or weekend. If the 20th falls on a holiday or weekend, the PIF is due the next business day. A postmark date of the 20th will be acceptable as proof of timely filing. 
Do I need a separate Colorado Mills PIF license?
No, you do not need a separate Colorado Mills PIF license; the business information from the application for sales and use tax license will be used to establish your Colorado Mills PIF account.
How do I update my Colorado Mills PIF account?
All Colorado Mills PIF account changes may be submitted in writing. You may also include your account changes on your monthly sales reporting form.
May I combine PIF with tax on my cash register receipts?
No, PIF should always be separately stated on sales receipts.
How do I file my Colorado Mills PIF?
PIF is reported on Schedule B of the Monthly Sales Return.  Make your Colorado Mills PIF check payable to "City of Lakewood".
Public Improvement Fees Creekside
When is my Creekside PIF due?
The Creekside PIF is due on the 20th day of the month following the reporting period, unless the 20th falls on a holiday or weekend. If the 20th falls on a holiday or weekend, the PIF schedule and payment are due the next business day. A postmark of the 20th (or next business day when the 20th falls on a holiday or weekend) will be considered timely filing.
Do I need a separate Creekside PIF license?
No, you do not need a separate Creekside PIF license; the business information from the application for sales and use tax license will be used to establish your Creekside PIF account.
How do I update my Creekside PIF account?
Creekside PIF account changes may be submitted in writing or online. You may also include your account changes on your Monthly Sales Return.
May I combine PIF with tax on my cash register receipts?
No, PIF should always be separately stated on sales receipts.
How do I file my Creekside PIF?
Creekside PIF is reported on Schedule B of your Monthly Sales Return form or online. Make your check payable to "City of Lakewood."
Starting a Business
How do I start a business in Lakewood?
Follow the steps on the "Start a Business" page to ensure your business starts strong.

More Information: Start A Business
What incentives are there to help me start or grow a business?
The City of Lakewood, Jefferson County and the state of Colorado have incentive programs for those investing in the community. We can tailor a package of available local, county and state incentives designed to help you identify all available resources for your business.

More Information: Business Incentives
How do I obtain the Certificate of Zoning for my license?

One can obtain a Certificate of Zoning by contacting the Lakewood Planner of the Day in the Planning Department.  This can be done at the Permit counter.  Alternatively, one can contact the Planner of the Day by e-mailing POD@lakewood.org.  Please supply the address of interest and your contact information.

A payment of $18 is required for this service and can be done with a credit card by completing the authorization form and attaching it to your e-mail.

Statistics
Where may I get City demographic information?
The City collects a variety of demographic information. Basic demographics can be found by visiting Demographics . For more detailed information, call 303-987-7050 to speak with an Economic Development Specialist who can create custom reports by request.

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Where may I get traffic counts for Lakewood streets?
The City of Lakewood can create traffic counts for most major roadways in the city. Please contact an Economic Development Specialist at 303-987-7050 to get a custom report. 
Taxes and Returns
How do I file taxes for a special event or one-time sale?
If you have participated in a special event or a one-time sale, please remit your taxes to the City of Lakewood on the miscellaneous sales tax reporting form. If you do business on a more frequent basis, you need to obtain a City of Lakewood sales or use tax license.
May I request a change in filing frequency?
Yes, filing status changes can be requested by mailing in a hard copy of the account change form or by submitting an online account change form via our website.
What information should I include in my refund request?
All refund requests must be submitted in writing and include:
     Business name and address
     Contact person
     Phone number
     License number
     Explanation of refund
     Amount requested
     Supporting documentation
How long will it take to receive my refund check?
If approved, you will receive your refund check within 2-3 weeks of the APPROVAL date.
May I fax my license application?
Yes, a faxed copy of your license application may be submitted; however, sales tax license applications will not be processed until the $15 fee has been received.  
May I pay my licensing fee with a credit or debit card?
At this time, the City of Lakewood only accepts checks or cash for sales and use tax application fee payments.
How long will it take to receive my sales or use tax license?
Typically, it will take 4-6 weeks to approve your license and mail your packet. If you have not received your license within this timeframe, please contact the Revenue Division's Taxpayer Services at (303) 987-7630 for the status of your application.
Do I need to renew my sales and use tax license?
You do not need to renew your sales and use tax license with the City of Lakewood. Your initial application fee of $15 is the only fee required, and your license will remain open until we receive written notification to terminate the account.
Do I need a City of Lakewood exempt license if I already have an exempt license for the state of Colorado?
Yes, you need a state of Colorado and a City of Lakewood exempt license to be exempt from all sales tax within Lakewood.
Do I need to renew my exempt license?
Yes, when your exempt license is up for renewal, you will receive a renewal packet in the mail.
What if I remit my City of Lakewood taxes to another jurisdiction?
All City of Lakewood taxes collected should be remitted to the City of Lakewood. If you have remitted Lakewood taxes to another jurisdiction, you will still need to send payment to the City of Lakewood. You will then need to contact the other jurisdiction to get a refund on the erroneous payment.
How do I know which zone my business is located in?
Contact the Revenue Division's Taxpayer Services at (303) 987-7630 and ask for your zoning information. At this time, you may decide to arrange a meeting with the auditor in your zone.
What is construction use tax?
Tax that is due on purchases of construction materials that will be incorporated into real property located within the City of Lakewood.
What is the construction use tax rate in the City of Lakewood?
3%.
What is taxable for construction jobs?
Construction materials and other tangible personal property used, stored or consumed in the City of Lakewood; shipping and delivery; rentals and leased equipment; and fabrication labor.
What is fabrication labor?
Any operation which results in the creation or production of an article of tangible personal property; an operation that changes the form or state of tangible personal property is one of fabrication; the tax applies to the total charges for the fabrication or production of an article of tangible personal property made to order.
Who is responsible for remitting construction use tax?
The general contractor who acquires the building permit; the subcontractors who complete work under the general contractor's building permit; the owner of the permitted property.
What is the construction use tax process?
A construction use tax deposit is paid on 50% of the estimated contract valuation when the building permit is issued. When the project is finished, a construction use tax reconciliation should be completed and remitted to the City with any additional construction use tax due-or a request for refund. A construction use tax audit may be engaged at any time, up to three years after the Certificate of Occupancy has been issued.
Which records should I keep and for how long?
All project records should be kept for a minimum of three years from the date the Certificate of Occupancy is issued. Project records should include the final contract between the general contractor and the owner, including any change orders; a list of subcontractors with their contact information and any subcontractor affidavits received; a detailed job-cost ledger; invoices for construction materials purchased by the general contractor, subcontractors and owner; and a copy of the AIA Certificate and/or final billing to owner.
What if my construction project is exempt?
If the owner is an exempt organization, a copy of the owner’s Lakewood exemption certificate should be provided at the time the building permit is issued.
May I request changes to my account on the phone?
No, all account changes must be submitted in writing. Changes can be sent via fax, email, or regular mail.
What is Lakewood's sales tax rate?
For most of Lakewood, the combined sales tax rate is 7.5%. This total is comprised of 3% to the City of Lakewood, 2.9% to the State of Colorado, 1.1% for RTD/CD and 0.5% to Jefferson County. In Belmar, the combined rate is 5.5% due to the City of Lakewood collecting 1% instead of 3% at this location.     
How do I know if I owe use tax?

If you answer "yes" to all three of the following questions when reviewing your invoices, then you need to report use tax.

Was the invoice for purchase, rental, lease of tangible personal property or for a warranty or maintenance agreement of tangible property?

Did you pay sales tax of 7.0% or less?

Was the item used, stored, or consumed in the City of Lakewood?

Do I have any tax liability when I take over a business?
Yes, use tax is due on the fair market value of furniture, fixtures, supplies, and equipment, associated with the purchase of a business.
Are nutrition bars, diet bars, and meal replacement bars taxable?
Nutrition bars, diet bars, and meal replacement bars are taxable if they meet the definition of “candy” and do not have flour listed as an ingredient and do not require refrigeration.
Are powdered drink mixes, frozen drink concentrate, and concentrated soft drink syrup considered soft drinks?
Powdered drink mixes and frozen drink concentrate are not considered soft drinks because they are not liquid. Sweetened soft drink syrup is considered a soft drink because it is a liquid.
Is food purchased at a convenience store subject to Lakewood sales tax?
Food, as defined, is exempt from Lakewood sales tax when purchased at a convenience store. This exemption is not based on convenience or grocery type retailers.
Is food and drink for business use subject to Lakewood sales or use tax?
Food and drink for business use is subject to Lakewood tax. For example, bottled water, snacks, coffee, and donuts purchased for a business meeting or break room are subject to Lakewood tax. In most cases, if the items were purchased at a grocery retailer, the sufficient sales tax was not charged at the time of the sale. The business is required to remit 3% Lakewood use tax on those food and drink items that were not subject to city sales tax at the time of purchase.
How is "candy" defined?
“Candy” means a preparation of sugar, honey, or other natural or artificial sweeteners in combinations with chocolate, fruits, nuts, or other ingredients or flavorings in the forms of bars, drops, or pieces. “Candy” shall not include any preparation containing flour and shall require no refrigeration.
By definition, assorted bags of candy contain both taxable and non-taxable items, how are these purchases taxed?
Lakewood sales tax should be calculated on the entire purchase price of the assorted bag, when the bag contains both taxable and non-taxable items. The non-taxable items may only be exempted if the taxable and non-taxable items can be separately stated on the invoice.
How are "soft drinks" defined?
“Soft drink” means a nonalcoholic beverage that contains natural or artificial sweeteners. “Soft drink” does not include beverages that contain milk or milk products, soy, rice, or similar milk substitutes, or greater than fifty percent of vegetable or fruit juice by volume.
Urban Renewal
Does Lakewood have an Urban Renewal Authority?
Yes, the Lakewood Reinvesment Authority is managed in the City Manager's Office. 

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How does urban renewal reinvestment benefit the citizens of Lakewood?

The Lakewood Reinvestment Authority establishes reinvestment areas in areas where the existing conditions negatively affect the community and where barriers impede redevelopment. Reinvestment results in quality redevelopment that benefits adjacent neighborhoods and permanent increases in the revenue that the City has available to provide services to its residents.



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How does reinvestment benefit Lakewood businesses?

Businesses thrive in commercial areas that are vibrant and attractive. In some areas of Lakewood, market forces were failing to draw private redevelopment due to costly improvements needed to meet health and safety codes. In designated reinvestment areas, the Lakewood Reinvestment Authority (LRA) is authorized to use a variety of tools for redevelopment. LRA reinvestment projects strengthen the area for all businesses. The LRA can also offer support to existing businesses within a reinvestment area.



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How does the Lakewood Reinvestment Authority decide where to designate a reinvestment area?
Colorado Revised State Statute defines the criteria for establishing reinvestment areas. To declare a reinvestment area, the LRA must first conduct a study to demonstrate that significant impediments to redevelopment exist in that area. The LRA has established reinvestment areas only where the number of impediments found far exceed the state required minimum. The study and a reinvestment plan are presented at public hearings and must be accepted by City Council to finalize the reinvestment area designation.

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What is the difference between a reinvestment area and a redevelopment project?
A reinvestment area is an area within which the Lakewood Reinvestment Authority's redevelopment tools may be used for a redevelopment project(s). An area may encompass just a few acres or a large area, such as an urban corridor or downtown area. A redevelopment project typically occurs when the LRA partners with the private sector for redevelopment of a specific location within a reinvestment area. If the area is small, a project may cover the entire area, such as at the Creekside Shopping Center redevelopment project, located in the Colfax-Wadsworth Reinvestment Area. A project area may be smaller than the area, such as the Belmar redevelopment project located in the West Alameda Avenue Corridor Redevelopment Area.

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Does being in a reinvestment area affect property values?

Being in a reinvestment area typically increases property values, as nearby redevelopment occurs and because the designation signals a commitment by local government to the area that encourages private investment. Property values in both the West Alameda corridor and Colfax Wadsworth reinvestment areas have increased significantly since they were designated - at rates much faster than the citywide average. The same benefit is expected over time in the recently designated West Colfax Corridor.



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Do I have to pay additional taxes if my property is in a reinvestment area?
The reinvestment area designation does not place any new taxes on a property.

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Will my property be condemned if it is located in a reinvestment area?
No, being located within a reinvestment area does not mean your property will be condemned. Only if your property is included in a redevelopment project could you be required to sell. Property owners may be able to participate in the redevelopment project rather than relocate.

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How does the Lakewood Reinvestment Authority (LRA) decide where to undertake a redevelopment project?

The LRA can only undertake a redevelopment project within an established reinvestment area. When an area is created, a redevelopment plan outlines the purpose of the area and the tools that may be used.

The LRA establishes projects where the tools available can effectively be used to meet the goals of the area - for example, improving commercial viability and public amenities in a distressed area. The LRA only uses its tools where market forces alone are unable to bring about quality redevelopment. The LRA typically partners with private developers who can share the costs of reinvestment.



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May I be a participant in the redevelopment if my property is located in or near a redevelopment?
Yes, it is possible for a property owner to participate in a redevelopment project. All property owners in a reinvestment area have the opportunity to submit a proposal for redevelopment. The proposal competes with all other submittals to meet the project criteria, which are determined according to the goals and purpose of the Reinvestment Plan for the reinvestment area. A property owner may submit a proposal alone or seek to be a partner in a proposal.

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How are property owners and tenants compensated if they must move for a project?

The Lakewood Reinvestment Authority (LRA) must pay fair market value for any property obtained through condemnation. If a fair price cannot be agreed upon, a court determines the fair market value. The LRA also pays relocation costs to businesses and residents. Relocation compensation includes a variety of costs including business closure, new business cards and advertising the new address. Unlike the open market, in a reinvestment project, tenants have the same rights to relocation assistance as property owners and are justly compensated.



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Arts & Culture
How do I get on the mailing list for Bravo magazine or the Classes brochure?
Call the Heritage, Culture & the Arts Division at 303-987-7845.
How do I register for classes?
How do I purchase tickets to a performance?

Tickets to all performances are available online, by phone at 303-987-7845 or in person at the Lakewood Cultural Center Box Office. All online and phone orders are subject to a $5-per-order handling charge. Online orders are subject to additional per-ticket convenience charges.

 

Arts & Culture: Education, Classes, Camps
How do I register for a Historical Luncheon?
To place a reservation, please contact the Heritage Center at 303-987-7850.
How do I register for Heritage Days?
Reservations can be made by downloading the registration form.
I would like to learn about visual art classes. Where can I find information?
You are always welcome to stop by and visit the Lakewood Cultural Center or Washington Heights Arts Center. For class information, call 303-987-5436 or view our Arts and Culture Classes Brochure.
Do you have art classes for children and youth?

Yes, we have a variety of painting, clay and dance classes for kids ages 3-17. You are always welcome to stop by and visit the Lakewood Cultural Center or Washington Heights Arts Center. For class information, call 303-987-5436 or view our Arts and Culture Classes Brochure.

 

I would like to be an assistant art teacher. How do I learn more?
Call the Washington Heights Arts Center at 303-987-5436.
How do I register for classes?
May I visit the facilities and the classes before signing up?
We encourage people to come and visit the classes and centers before they sign up, especially if they are uncertain.
What if I decide I can’t take a class that I am registered for?
A refund can be issued, but a $5 processing fee will be charged. A full description of the refund policy is listed on the receipt.
Arts & Culture: Exhibits
Who chooses the artwork for Art on the Commons?

A committee of citizens, business leaders and City staff.

 

How long is the Art on the Commons artwork displayed?
One year, from May to May.
How can I get my work displayed as part of Art on the Commons?

Prospectus for Art on the Commons is mailed to known artists in November and posted on the website.

 

When is the artist’s submission due for Art on the Commons?
Submission must be received by January 30th
Is the Art on the Commons artwork for sale?
Yes, contact the arts curator at lorjoo@lakewood.org for more information.
Arts & Culture: Facilities
Is there a fee to park at the Lakewood Cultural Center?

No, parking at the Lakewood Cultural Center is free and available next to the building or in a well-lit parking garage below the facility.

 

May I eat or drink at the Lakewood Cultural Center?

We welcome patrons to enjoy food and beverage any time in the Lakewood Cultural Center lobby, classrooms and meeting spaces.  The Lakewood Cultural Center is proud to have the Village Roaster Coffee Cart on site for purchase of a variety of coffee, soft drinks and snacks for your convenience Monday-Friday, 8-4 p.m. and Saturday, 10-2 p.m..  The Village Roaster also offers a variety of beer and wine options during most performances.  Beverages are welcome in the theater, but food should be enjoyed in the lobby.   

For food and beverage during rental events, please speak with the Cultural Center Specialist at 303-987-7976 or lccrentals@lakewood.org

 

Arts & Culture: Museum
How do I make a reservation for a group tour?
Contact Katy Lewis at 303-987-7879 or katylew@lakewood.org.
I have a tour reserved, but the weather is bad. What happens now?
Tours take place rain or shine. Tours will be rescheduled, in extreme weather conditions. There are no refunds for tours.
How do I register for summer camps?
Register for summer camps online or in person at Lakewood Heritage Center.
May my camper attend more than one camp?
Yes, if they fall in the age range for the camp, they can register for multiple camps.
Are there forms that need to be filled out before attending camp?
Yes, a wavier and release form must be filled out for all campers attending camps at Lakewood Heritage Center.
How do I register for one of the Scout programs?
Register online or in person at Lakewood Heritage Center.
May just one Scout register?
Yes, we will take Scouts on an individual basis or a whole troop.
I have a Scout who needs an Eagle project. Do you have any?
Yes we do. Call 303-987-7879 to discuss the available options.
May all Scout badges be achieved onsite?
Most badges will be completed the day of the visit. Required prerequisites must be finished before the site visit.
Where are these Scout programs held?
All programs are held at Lakewood Heritage Center.
How do I register for a school tour?
Contact Katy Lewis at 303-987-7879 or katylew@lakewood.org
How much do school tours cost?
$4 per student and $3 per chaperone. Teachers are free!
Is there a limit to how many students we can bring on a school tour?
Each building can hold up to 15 students. Our site can accommodate up to 180 students for tours at one time. 
I have several questions about school tours. Where can I find the answers?
Check out our Educator’s Guide! If you can’t find the answer there, contact Katy Lewis at 303-987-7879 or katylew@lakewood.org.
How long does it take to receive photos we have chosen?
It generally takes a week to process orders using our photograph use policy. Larger orders may take longer.
May these photos be published?
Yes, although there may be a charge due to our photograph use policy. We do require a credit line of "Lakewood Heritage Center, City of Lakewood," and we request a courtesy copy of publications with our photographs in it.
I have some old photos. Can I donate them?
We take photos on a case-by-case basis. We would be happy to look at them to determine if they would be right for the collection. Call 303-987-7879 to make an appointment.
How do I register for a Historical Luncheon?
To place a reservation, please contact the Heritage Center at 303-987-7850.
May I purchase the entire series of luncheons in advance?
Yes, please contact the Heritage Center at 303-987-7850.
How do I register for Heritage Days?
Reservations can be made by downloading the registration form.
How do I register for trunk programs?
Contact Katy Lewis at 303-987-7879 or katylew@lakewood.org.
Arts & Culture: Museum Stores
How can I have my art available for purchase in the Artisan Showcase?

Contact coordinator of museum stores at 303-987-7756 or hca@lakewood.org.

 

I want to particpate in the Annual Holiday Show and Sale. Who do I talk to?
Arts & Culture: Performances and Events
How do I purchase tickets to a performance?

Tickets to all performances are available online, by phone at 303-987-7845 or in person at the Lakewood Cultural Center Box Office. All online and phone orders are subject to a $5-per-order handling charge. Online orders are subject to additional per-ticket convenience charges.

 

Is there a fee to park at the Lakewood Cultural Center?

No, parking at the Lakewood Cultural Center is free and available next to the building or in a well-lit parking garage below the facility.

 

May I eat or drink at the Lakewood Cultural Center?

We welcome patrons to enjoy food and beverage any time in the Lakewood Cultural Center lobby, classrooms and meeting spaces.  The Lakewood Cultural Center is proud to have the Village Roaster Coffee Cart on site for purchase of a variety of coffee, soft drinks and snacks for your convenience Monday-Friday, 8-4 p.m. and Saturday, 10-2 p.m..  The Village Roaster also offers a variety of beer and wine options during most performances.  Beverages are welcome in the theater, but food should be enjoyed in the lobby.   

For food and beverage during rental events, please speak with the Cultural Center Specialist at 303-987-7976 or lccrentals@lakewood.org

 

When is the tractor pull at Cider Days?
The tractor pull is all day, both days.
Why is there an admission charge for Cider Days?
Lakewood residents, through the election of their City Council, mandated that Community Event programs be minimally supported by tax dollars. Accordingly, Lakewood Heritage Center is charged with producing some events to be revenue generating.
Can I bring my dog to Cider Days?
Yes!
If it rains, will Cider Days still happen?
Yes, the event is held rain or shine.
If it snows or is very cold, will Lakewood Lights still happen?
Yes, the event is held snow, cold or shine.
Can I or my company participate as an exhibitor or vendor at Rockin' Block Party?
Only sponsors of the event may have on-site presence. Use the link below to learn more about sponsoring events with the City of Lakewood.

More Information: Community Partnership Opportunities
Can I bring my own food and beverage to Rockin' Block Party?
Yes, feel free to bring your own picnic however, no glass containers are permitted.  Alcoholic beverages are prohibited except for beer.

More Information: Park Rules and Regulations
If it rains, will Rockin' Block Party still happen?
Yes, the event is held rain or shine.
Can I or my company participate as an exhibitor or vendor at Sounds Exciting?
Only sponsors of the event may have on-site presence. Use the link below to learn more about sponsorship opportunities with the City of Lakewood.

More Information: Community Partnership Opportunities
Can I bring my own food and beverage to the summer concerts?
Yes, feel free to bring your own picnic however, no glass containers are permitted. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited but are available for purchase.

More Information: Summer Concert Series Information
If it rains, will summer concerts still happen?
Yes, concerts are held rain or shine.
Arts & Culture: Rentals
Does my organization qualify for the 501(c)(3) non-profit rate?
A letter from the IRS designating your organization as 501(c)(3) is required to receive the non-profit rate.
What is the theater ‘Event Period’?
An ‘Event Period’ is a five (5) hour maximum period of time when the theater is used to present an event attended by the public, audience or members of a group. Also a period when the facility is used for the purposes of broadcasting, televising, recording or filming an event. Additional equipment or labor fees will apply.
I want to create, print and sell my own tickets to an event occurring at the Lakewood Cultural Center. May I do that?
The City is the sole distributor of tickets to all Cultural Center events. All ticketing must be conducted through the Lakewood Cultural Center Box Office.
What are the insurance requirements for renting the theater?
Any individual or organization renting the Lakewood Cultural Center Theater is required to hold a Certificate of Liability Insurance listing the City of Lakewood as an Additional Insured for $1 million. Insurance Requirements Information.
I want food and/or beverage served during my event. What do I need to know?
All food and beverages served in the Lakewood Cultural Center must be provided by a licensed caterer. Caterer must be professional, licensed and in good standing with the Lakewood Cultural Center. The Lakewood Cultural Center retains the right to refuse caterers who violate Cultural Center policies. No ‘potluck’ food may be served. The Lakewood Cultural Center has a kitchen for staging, but it is neither a catering kitchen nor cooking facility. Tenant is liable for caterer at all times. A 10% food and beverage commission will be assessed on the purchase of food and beverages or fair market value of items served in the Cultural Center. No food may be sold within the Lakewood Cultural Center other than by the City licensed concessionaire.
I want to serve alcohol to my attendees at the Lakewood Cultural Center. May I do that?

The Lakewood Cultural Center has a City licensed concessionaire who holds the facility’s exclusive liquor license. For additional information, call 303-987-7976 or email LCCRentals@lakewood.org.

 

Is alcohol allowed at Lakewood Heritage Center rentals?
Beer, wine and liquor is permitted during private events and is contingent upon approval of a City of Lakewood Alcohol Permit.
Is driving on-site allowed for renters and vendors?
Driving on-site is allowed only when pre-arranged prior to the event. It is necessary for all vehicular traffic to check-in with the event supervisor prior to driving on-site.
Is there a security deposit for rentals at Lakewood Heritage Center?
There is a $250.00 security deposit due 60 days prior to an event or to reserve a date more than 60 days in the future.
Are tents and grills allowed at my event?
Tents are allowed at your event however cannot be staked in the ground at any location. A weighting system comprised of either sandbags or water is acceptable. If your tent is larger than 10’ x 10’, a permit must be obtained through West Metro Fire Department. Gas grills are permitted at your event with the approval of West Metro Fire Department.
Does LHC have a preferred catering list?
LHC does not have a preferred catering list and clients are allowed to bring any type of food they wish.
Can I take a tour of your facilities?
Absolutely! Please contact 303-987-7747 or email julela@lakewood.org to schedule a facility tour.
City Council
Is the public allowed to attend city council meetings and city council study sessions?
Yes, the public is allowed to attend and is encouraged to attend city council meetings and study sessions.
How do Council meetings operate?
Regular Lakewood City Council meetings are held at 7 p.m., the second and fourth Mondays of each month to receive citizen input and to take action on proposed legislation. Roberts Rules of Order are used as procedural guidelines. Regular meetings are held in City Council Chambers in Lakewood Civic Center South, 480 S. Allison Pkwy.

City Council Study Sessions are held the first and third Mondays of each month to review complex matters. The public is welcome to attend the study sessions, but unlike regular council meetings, public comment is not taken. Study sessions are held in City Council Chambers in Lakewood Civic Center South, 480 S. Allison Pkwy.
How can I participate at City Council meetings?
The public has the opportunity to speak at regular Council meetings.

For items not on the agenda, there is a public comment period at the beginning of the meeting. Comment is also taken during public hearings for ordinances on the agenda for second reading.

You can sign up to speak, on public comment and public hearing rosters available at the Council meeting.

As you address the Council, please state your name (spelling your last name) and your address. Please present your views as concisely (there is a three-minute limit) as possible without repeating testimony from other speakers. When appropriate, it is important to state that you are speaking for a group or certain number of people in the audience.

Public comment is not taken at study sessions, but the public is welcome to attend.

Thank you in advance for attending City Council meetings, expressing your opinions and observing Lakewood city government in action. If you have any questions, please contact the City Clerk's Office at 303-987-7080
What are ordinances and resolutions?
The Lakewood City Council votes to adopt ordinances and resolutions. An archive of ordinances and resolutions considered by City Council during the current year and the previous year is kept online. Older ordinances and resolutions may be obtained through the City Clerk's Office.

Resolutions are used to express a particular position, to make an appointment, or to adopt a policy that is administrative in nature. Resolutions appear once on the City Council agenda and are not reflected in the Municipal Code. Resolutions are immediately effective upon passage by City Council unless otherwise noted.

Ordinances are used to enact any permanent law or measure which make up the laws of the City and are enforced by penalty. Adoption of an ordinance requires a public hearing process. On “first reading” the ordinance is introduced and the public hearing is scheduled. On “second reading” the public hearing is held and members of the public have an opportunity to express their opinions related to the ordinance. Once an ordinance is adopted and goes into effect, it is codified into the Municipal Code
What are the Mayor and Council paid?
Mayor and City Council Salaries

The compensation paid to the mayor and City Council members for their public service is established by the City’s Home Rule Charter and Municipal Code. The charter, which was approved by Lakewood voters and serves as the City’s “constitution,” dictates that the amount of compensation received by City Council members, and any additional compensation to be paid to the mayor, be set by an ordinance adopted by the City Council. At the same time, any ordinance increasing or decreasing salaries can only be applied after the next election (in November of odd-numbered years), because the Charter prohibits City Council members from adjusting their own salaries while they are in office.

The Municipal Code, which is the book of laws adopted by City Council, contains the ordinances that set the actual salary amounts for the mayor and City Council members. In addition, Title 4 of the Municipal Code has for many years required the City Council to review the compensation for City Council members and mayor every four years in November before each mayoral election to determine if any adjustment is appropriate. In May 2011, the City Council amended this section to say that the salary review will occur in November, or as soon as possible after November, prior to a mayoral election.

Below is a chart showing the salaries for the mayor and City Council members for the last 10 years.

Mayor's Salary
1999 - 2006 $24,000
2007 - 2010 $30,402
2011 $38,800

City Council member's Salary
1999 - 2007 $9,126
2009 - Present $12,873
What is the Council's "Quasi-Judicial" role?
City of Lakewood Jobs
How do I apply for a job with the City?

Applications must be submitted through the City of Lakewood online application system. Resumes and cover letters will not be considered in lieu of an online application. You can only apply for open positions advertised on the website. 


  1. If this is the first time you are using our online job application system, you will need to create an account with Governmentjobs.com. 
  2. Once you have created your account, you may build your application. To expedite this, gather all your information before beginning the application. It is important that you complete all sections. Please do not write, "see resume" for any section or response. Doing so will render your application incomplete, and it will not be considered. This process may take 30-45 minutes.
  3. If you wish to attach a cover letter or resume, do so during this step. You won’t be able to attach these items once you move to the next step. These documents may be uploaded in a Word or PDF file; you may also copy and paste this information into the resume field within the application. These documents must be attached to your online application before clicking the "apply" button on the job advertisement. Do not mail, fax or email these attachments.
  4. Now you are ready to apply for a specific job. From the City’s home page, click on  the “Job” icon. In the left hand navigation, click on "Job Opportunities" and scroll down and click on the position you wish to apply for.
  5. Click “Apply." Complete all agency and any supplemental questions.  Leaving questions unanswered could disqualify your application from further consideration.
  6. At the end of the application process, a message will appear, confirming your application has been submitted and providing you with important information about the next steps. You will also receive an email confirming your application was received.  If you do not receive this email within a few hours, please check your junk or spam folder.

How can I be sure my application was received?
All applicants will receive a confirmation message on their screen when they have successfully completed the application process. A separate email confirmation will be sent to all applicants. If you don’t receive an email, you should check your junk email folder. You should also check your online account to verify your email address is correct on your application.
What happens after I submit my application?
Applications will be reviewed and individuals whose qualifications most closely match the job will be notified by email or phone about the next step in the selection process.

How can I check the status of my application(s)?
Some recruitments are large, however, so the process may take weeks or even months. Your patience is appreciated. 

How do I attach a cover letter and resume to my application?
This is addressed in question no. 1.
May I submit an application for a job that is not advertised?
May I apply only with a resume and cover letter?
No. This is addressed in question no. 1.

What if I don’t have a computer?
The City of Lakewood offers access through an onsite computer in our Job Center, located at 480 S. Allison Pkwy in the Civic Center South Building. The computer is available on a first-come, first-served basis and is monitored by the Employee Relations Department. The computer is available for use 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Computers with Internet access are also available at your local libraries.
What if I don't have Internet access?
You must have an email address to apply for a position with the City, which uses email to communicate with applicants. You may set up a free email account with Gmail, Hotmail or another free service.
What should I do if I forget my username or password?
Your username and password are private. Our staff cannot access this information for you. Please visit the Applicant Login page and click “I forgot my Username and/or Password.” Follow the instructions provided. If you need further assistance contact NEOGOV Customer Support. Support is available 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. (Eastern Time), Monday through Friday at 1-877-204-4442 or 310-465-0515. Follow the instructions for applicant assistance.
In the job posting, what does "Continuous" mean?

Some job postings don’t have specific closing dates. These are designated as “Continuous,” and can close at any time. Please apply promptly for these jobs. When the posting closes, applications will no longer be accepted.

 

What are Supplemental Questions?
These relate specifically to the job you are applying for. They help us identify the candidates whose skills most closely match the job qualifications.
How do I apply to become a City of Lakewood Police Agent/Officer?
The City will open an academy or post lateral positions on an as-needed basis. We encourage you to complete a Job Interest Alert to receive an email notification when a position or an Academy opens. Click Police Employment on the right side of the Job Opportunities webpage under Quick Links for more information about becoming a Lakewood Police Agent. Applications will be accepted only during an open recruitment.
Can my saved application be used to apply for future jobs?
Yes. Once your application has been created, it will be saved in the online system. You may update your online application at any time and use it to apply for future jobs.

How long will it take to fill a position?
Recruitments vary and many factors determine how long the hiring process takes. Steps in the selection process include application review, skill assessments, preliminary interviews, oral board interviews, polygraphs and/or physicals for some law enforcement positions and a reference and criminal background check. PLEASE NOTE: An average recruitment takes 30 days.
What internships do you offer?
The City occasionally offers unpaid internships. Every department manages its own. Please contact the department that interests you to learn about available opportunities.


How can Economic Development help with my job search?
Lakewood Economic Development matches employers with employees.  Jobs are listed for your convenience on our Find Employment page.  Economic Development strongly encourages jobseekers to use the Jefferson County Workforce Center's free services.

More Information: Find Employment
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
Where can I find information about affordable housing options in Lakewood?
Metro West Housing Solutions can provide up-to-date information about affordable housing options in Lakewood. The mission at Metro West Housing Solutions is to provide an opportunity for a healthy, affordable, decent and safe living environment for Lakewood residents.

More Information: Metro West Housing Solutions
Dog Licensing
What form of payment do I need to acquire a dog license?
To acquire a dog license at the City Clerk's Office you will need to have a check or money order made payable to 'Foothills Animal Shelter'.  Credit card payments can be processed online through Foothills Animal Shelter.
What documents are required in order to license my dog?
You will need to bring your dog's most recent rabies certificate showing an issue and expiration date for the rabies vaccine and check or money order to pay the license fee.  A rabies vaccination waiver obtained from your vet can be used in lieu of the rabies vaccination certificate.  Credit card payments can be processed online through Foothills Animal Shelter.
Elections
When is the next City Election?
November 5, 2013
How many Council Seats are open in the upcoming election?
5 Council Seats, 1 in each Ward.
What are the qualifications for an individual to be elected to office in Lakewood?
Candidates must be at least 18 years of age, a registered elector and a Lakewood resident for one year. Ward specific candidates must live in the ward they wish to represent for at least 12 consecutive months preceding the date of the election. Any person elected to office must continue to live within the ward from which he or she was elected throughout the term of office.
How do I find out what ward I live in?
The City of Lakewood has created an interactive map to help you find out what ward you live in. 

More Information: City of Lakewood Ward Map
How do I register to vote?
You can register to vote online with the Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder.

More Information: Jefferson County Elections Main Page
Neighborhoods
Does my neighborhood have a plan?
A neighborhood plan is a policy document that provides guidance to City officials and staff regarding decisions within a neighborhood. It also serves to enhance the character and quality of a neighborhood.

More Information: Neighborhood Plans
Is my neighborhood organization registered with the City?
The City of Lakewood encourages neighborhood organizations to take an active role in setting directions for their neighborhoods. Through registered neighborhood organizations citizens have opportunities to become involved in local government and strengthen their community.

More Information: Neighborhood Organizations
What are Lakewood's major parks?
William F. Hayden Park on Green Mountain and Bear Creek Lake Park are the two largest parks in Lakewood. Lakewood is also home to dozens of smaller, community parks.

More Information: Parks, Forestry and Open Space in Lakewood
What is the Sustainable Neighborhoods Program?
Lakewood’s Sustainable Neighborhoods Program encourages active citizen participation in workshops and initiatives with the goal of enhancing community sustainability in Lakewood’s neighborhoods. Using guidance from City staff and partnerships with community organizations, participating neighborhoods earn credit and are then recognized for their effort. Depending on the number of credits earned in a given year, neighborhoods receive designation as a “Participating Sustainable Neighborhood” or an “Outstanding Sustainable Neighborhood” from the City.

More Information: Sustainable Neighborhood Program Overview Brochure
What are the benefits of participating in the program?
Participation in the program can enhance the environmental and social strength of a neighborhood while demonstrating commitment to sustainability in Lakewood. In addition, participation benefits can include recognition by City Council, neighborhood signage, education and an increased sense of community.
What are the goals and target areas?
The Sustainable Neighborhoods Program focuses on five broad goal categories and associated target areas. Participating neighborhoods use these goal areas to guide their selection of workshop topics and neighborhood initiatives. The goal categories are: energy, air, water, land and people.



More Information: Goals and Target Areas Brochure
How does my neighborhood become certified?
To receive certification as a “Participating Sustainable Neighborhood,” the neighborhood must earn a minimum of 60 credits. To receive certification as an “Outstanding Sustainable Neighborhood,” the neighborhood must earn a minimum of 100 credits. Credits are awarded for attendance at neighborhood workshops and for participation in projects and initiatives that build upon workshop topics.

More Information: Sustainable Neighborhood Certification Brochure
Will my property be condemned if it is located in a reinvestment area?
No, being located within a reinvestment area does not mean your property will be condemned. Only if your property is included in a redevelopment project could you be required to sell. Property owners may be able to participate in the redevelopment project rather than relocate.

More Information: Urban Renewal
Older Adult Services
How do I register for Older Adult classes?
To register for Older Adult classes, first review Live the Life description of classes for a complete profile of class information. Registration can be done online or in person at Clements Community Center or by calling 303-987-4820.
How can I find information about resources in the community for Older Adults?
Contact the Reachout Office at 303-987-4838 for information and referral to over 3500 programs including housing, transportation and in-home assistance.
How can I be placed on the mailing list for Older Adult publications?
To be placed on the Live the Life mailing list call 303-987-4820 or email clements@lakewood.org
Older Adult Services: Lakewood Rides
Are there other transportation resources for older adults in the community?

Other transportation resources in the community include:

RTD- Denver - www.rtd-denver.com

Seniors' Resource Center - www.srcaging.org


Denver Regional Mobility and Access Council - www.drmac-co.org

Older Adult Services: Programs and Activities
How do I register for Older Adult classes?
To register for Older Adult classes, first review Live the Life description of classes for a complete profile of class information. Registration can be done online or in person at Clements Community Center or by calling 303-987-4820.
How can I find information about resources in the community for Older Adults?
Contact the Reachout Office at 303-987-4838 for information and referral to over 3500 programs including housing, transportation and in-home assistance.
How can I be placed on the mailing list for Older Adult publications?
To be placed on the Live the Life mailing list call 303-987-4820 or email clements@lakewood.org
Parks
Which park shelters are reservable for parties and/or events?
To view our reservable park shelters, please use the Interactive Community Map. Click on Rentals on the left side of the page and then click Park Shelters. Use the map pinoints to explore our reservable shelters or click List View to see a listing of available shelters.

More Information: Interactive Community Map
Parks: A-Z Parks
Which park shelters are reservable for parties and/or events?
To view our reservable park shelters, please use the Interactive Community Map. Click on Rentals on the left side of the page and then click Park Shelters. Use the map pinoints to explore our reservable shelters or click List View to see a listing of available shelters.

More Information: Interactive Community Map
Parks: Bear Creek Lake Park
What does the Bear Creek Lake Park entrance fee include?
The entrance fee allows access to park trails, the swim beach, archery range, fishing, boating and the Visitor Center. Additional fees apply to horseback riding, boat rentals, camping and the water ski school.

More Information: Bear Creek Lake Park
Are the swim beach picnic shelters available for reservation?
No. The two shelters at the beach are only available on a first-come, first-served basis. The nearest shelter available for rent is Meadowlark Cove.
Is Bear Creek Lake Park a Colorado State Park and will my state park pass work?
No, Bear Creek Lake Park is NOT a Colorado State Park. The park is managed by the City of Lakewood Regional Parks Division. A state park pass is not valid.
Is a state fishing license required to fish? Can I buy one at the park?
Yes, a valid state fishing license is required for anyone 16 or older to fish withing the park. Licenses are not available for purchase at the park, but may be purchased at nearby sporting good stores.
Is the Bear Creek Lake Park annual park pass good for one year from the date of purchase?
The annual park pass is valid for the calendar year only. The coming year park passes go on sale December 1.
Is the Bear Creek Lake Park annual park pass transferable?
No, the annual park pass is NOT transferable and must be permanently affixed to the windshield to be valid.
What park trails are paved?
The Bear Creek Trail and the connector trail for the C-470 trail are the only paved trails in the park. All other trails are soft surface.
Are dogs allowed on the swim beach?
No. Dogs are not allowed on the Bear Creek Lake Park swim beach, on the surrounding turf grass or at picnic shelter area.
Does the camping reservation fee include a daily park pass?
Yes. A daily park pass is included with the camping fee.
Are camp fires permitted?
Yes, fires are permitted within designated fire rings only and must be fully extinguished when unattended.  Be aware that a county fire ban can override this at anytime.
Is there an after hours entrance to the campground?
Yes. The after hours entrance can be accessed from C-470.  Please call the park Visitor Center at 303-697-6159 for directions.  The after hours entrance is not available during regular park hours.
How many nights can I camp for?
You may camp for up to 14 nights in a 30-day period.
How many people can stay in the yurt?
The yurt has single bunk beds for four people.  One tent is allowed onsite.  A total of six people may stay at the yurt site.
How close is the campground to Red Rocks Amphitheater?
The campground is about 5-10 minutes by car from Red Rocks.
Is there a shuttle service to Red Rocks Amphitheater?
No. Campers will need to make their own arrangements to and from concerts.
What should I do if I encounter a baby animal or baby bird?
Leave it alone! Often times, wildlife will leave their young alone as a way to protect them from predators. Young wildlife are born with strong survival instincts and the mother’s behavior is geared toward protecting them. The mother will periodically come back to check on her young. If you encounter a baby bird on the ground you may pick it up and place it on a nearby branch, back in its nest, or in a sheltered area nearby if it is safe for you to do so. Never attempt to rehabilitate a wild animal on your own! If you believe a baby has been orphaned contact your local Division of Wildlife office and they can decide what is best for the animal. Remember to always enjoy wildlife from a distance!
What should I do if I encounter injured wildlife?
Never approach an injured animal. If you encounter injured wildlife you can call your local Division of Wildlife office (DOW), Lakewood Animal Control or the park Visitor Center.
Are bear and/or mountain lion in the park?
We will occasionally see black bear or mountain lion in the park. If you encounter a bear or mountain lion never run away or turn your back on the animal. If you encounter a bear, back away slowly while giving it plenty of room to escape. If you encounter a mountain lion, make yourself big and loud while baking away slowly.  Please report any bear or mountain lion sightings to the Visitor Center in person or at 303-697-6159.
Do venomous snakes live in the park?
Occasionally rattlesnakes are seen in the park. The Western Prairie Rattlesnake is native to Colorado and is usually the species we see in the park. Two other species of rattlesnake live in the state, the Midget Faded Rattlesnake and the Massassagua, which lives in eastern Colorado. If you encounter a rattlesnake, back away slowly from the area while giving the snake plenty of room to escape.
What should I do if I encounter a coyote?
Never run away or turn your back on a coyote. If you have small children or small pets with you pick them up and continue walking slowly from the area. Never approach coyotes or their dens. If the animal approaches you, make yourself big and loud and make loud noises to scare it away. You may also throw sticks or rocks toward the animal. If you have an encounter with a coyote let us know about it! You can call the Visitor Center at 303-697-6159 or visit us in person.
What species of fish can I catch in Bear Creek Reservoir?
Anglers can catch Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Saugeye, Tiger Muskie and an occasional Perch. Rainbow trout are stocked 1-2 times a month during the summer. When fishing make sure you know the bag limit of the species you are targeting and have a valid Colorado fishing license with you.
What does the volunteer bike patrol do?
The volunteer bike patrol acts as an extension of the park rangers.  Volunteers patrol the trails in uniform and provide education on park rules, park and area information, and user assistance including first aid.
Parks: Forestry
Where can I dispose of leaves and tree debris?
Leaves and tree debris can be disposed of at Rooney Road Recycling Center.
Who do I contact if trees are growing into the power lines?
Please contact Excel Energy at 1-800-895-4999.
Can Forestry help when my neighbor’s tree overhangs into my yard?
No. Forestry can assist only with dying or dead trees. Healthy tree braches that overhang are a civil matter between the two of you.
What can be done about trees and bushes that are obstructing sidewalks, streets or view?
Sidewalks & streets must be kept free of obstructions such as overgrown trees or bushes. To report a concern visit the vegetation concerns page or call 720-963-5240.
If I need to hire a contractor to work on my trees, are there any requirements I need to be aware of?
Yes. By City ordinance, any person or company performing tree work for hire is required to possess a tree contractor’s license. Prior to licensing prospective contractors must pass a field and written exam and show proof of adequate insurance coverage.  View list of licensed tree contractors.
Parks: Park Rentals
Which park shelters are reservable for parties and/or events?
To view our reservable park shelters, please use the Interactive Community Map. Click on Rentals on the left side of the page and then click Park Shelters. Use the map pinoints to explore our reservable shelters or click List View to see a listing of available shelters.

More Information: Interactive Community Map
Parks: Resources and Education
Where can I dispose of leaves and tree debris?
Leaves and tree debris can be disposed of at Rooney Road Recycling Center.
Who do I contact if trees are growing into the power lines?
Please contact Excel Energy at 1-800-895-4999.
What can be done about trees and bushes that are obstructing sidewalks, streets or view?
Sidewalks & streets must be kept free of obstructions such as overgrown trees or bushes. To report a concern visit the vegetation concerns page or call 720-963-5240.
If I need to hire a contractor to work on my trees, are there any requirements I need to be aware of?
Yes. By City ordinance, any person or company performing tree work for hire is required to possess a tree contractor’s license. Prior to licensing prospective contractors must pass a field and written exam and show proof of adequate insurance coverage.  View list of licensed tree contractors.
Parks: William F. Hayden Park on Green Mountain
Why does my dog have to be on leash at William F. Hayden Park on Green Mountain?
Dogs are required to be on leash due to potential impacts to other park users and for the protection of park wildlife.  Keeping your dog on leash also helps to protect your pet from hazards such as rattlesnakes, coyotes and vehicles on roads surrounding the park.
What potentially hazardous animals are on William F. Hayden Park on Green Mountain?
Rattlesnakes are common in the park, so please remain alert and use caution.  Coyotes are frequently seen as well, but are typically not a hazard.  The occasional mountain lion is also sighted in the park.
I see cars driving on William F. Hayden Park on Green Mountain, who are they?
There is a radio tower on the summit of the mountain that needs frequent maintenance.  If you see vehicles on the park service road they are most likely there for this purpose.  Park staff also use the road for patrol and maintenance.
Why are you closing the trails on William F. Hayden Park on Green Mountain?
Park staff has developed a plan to create and manage a sustainable trail system in the park for all users. Some of the existing trails in the park were created by park users and are not sustainable, particularly trails going directly up ridgelines. These trails create erosion, allow for the spread of invasive weeds and create unsightly scars.  In order for Lakewood to manage the park in a sustainable way, some of these trails will need to be closed, while others will be improved.
What are you doing to prevent car break-ins at the parking lot?
Lakewood Police and park rangers have significantly increased their patrol presence at the trailhead areas and are working to educate park users to not leave valuable items in their vehicles.  Other options to decrease this issue are also being pursued.  Please report any suspicious activity of thefts to the Lakewood Police at 303-987-7111.
Why can’t I walk off trail in the park?
The park is a sensitive resource that sees hundreds of thousands of users each year. Many of these users have created their own trails over the years, resulting in significant erosion issues, unsightly scars, wildlife habitat fragmentation and noxious weed spread.  The semi-arid nature of the region, and the nature of the soil, makes the park particularly susceptible to the formation of social trails. Users are required to remain on designated trails to help protect the scenic and habitat values of the park.
Who do I call if I have a complaint, question, concern or problem on William F. Hayden Park on Green Mountain?
The park is managed by the City of Lakewood Regional Parks Division, based at Bear Creek Lake Park.  Please call 303-697-6159 with any questions or concerns.
Passports
What are the passport processing hours?
The City of Lakewood processes passports Monday - Friday from 11am to 4pm.
Can I pay the passport fees with a credit card?
The fees for processing passports are split into two payments. The payment that is sent in with the passport to the US Department of State, needs to be in the form of check or money order. The city's portion of the fees can be paid with cash, check or debit and credit cards.
How long does it take to process my application and receive my passport in the mail?
Routine processing takes 4-6 weeks for the US Department of State to process a passport applications. For an additional fee your application can be expedited and processed in 2-3 weeks.
What do I need to bring with me to apply for a passport?
Documents needed to apply for a passport depends on if the applicant is an adult or minor and if this is the first time applying for a passport. For details please call the City Clerk's Office 303-987-7048.
Public Notices
Where can I find a public meeting notice?
Public meetings are posted in the atrium located at Civic Center South, 480 S. Allison Pkwy. Lakewood, CO 80226. To best serve our citizens public meetings are also made available on the city website.
Where can I find legal notices posted by the City?
All legal notices are posted online and are updated on a weekly basis.
What is a public meeting notice?
Public meeting notices include, but are not limited to Mayor and City Council meetings, board and commission meetings, special district meetings and any other public meetings.
What is a legal notice?
Legal notices include but are not limited to invitations to bid, contractor settlements, public hearings, ordinances set for public hearing and ordinances adopted by City Council.
Public Records
How long does it take to process a public records request?
The city is given three working days from the time a public records request form is submitted to gather information and contact the citizen.
Recreation
How do I register online?
To register for classes and activities online, please visit https://rec.lakewood.org/vsiwebtrac.html to access our online registration system.
Recreation: Adult
What are the age requirements for participation in Adult Sports programs?

All participants must be at least 18 years of age during the season in order to be eligible.

 

Are uniforms required in team sports participation?
Team uniforms are not required for our volleyball, ultimate frisbee, or racquetball leagues. Basketball, Softball, Kickball and Flag-Football teams, however, teams must wear same color shirts with permanent numbers placed on the back.
If I am an individual player looking to play on a team what do I do?
Contact the Adult Sports Office at 303-987-4806 to be put on the "free agent roster" list. Teams searching for new players can get your name and contact information from that list.
If I play on a team and want to know if my game is cancelled due to bad weather whom do I call?
If games are cancelled due to inclement weather, you can call the Recreation Department Outdoor Athletics Weather Hotline at (303) 987-7078 after 4:00 pm to find out if games have been cancelled for that day.
If I have a game rescheduled, where can I find the make-up dates?
The team captain of your team will be notified via email regarding any make-up dates. The schedule will also be updated and placed online.
What do league fees cover?
League fees cover officials/umpires fees, necessary equipment, field/gym usage, lights, all league and post-season tournament awards, and administrative costs.
I am interested in officiating in youth or adult leagues, whom do I contact?
Contact the Adult Sports Office at 303-987-4806.
Can teams register for your leagues on-line?
No. Since we require a deposit at time of registration, all league registrations will have to be done in person at the Charles Whitlock Recreation Center or over the phone at 303-987-4806.
Do returning teams get registration priority over new teams?
Yes, registration is opened up to new teams only after the priority period set aside for returning teams has been completed.
Do I have to pay the full registration cost at the time I register my team?
It’s a good idea to, but no, we only require a down deposit for each team to you lock into a league.
What is the next step after registration?
For some sports, there will be a manager’s meeting to discuss rules and regulations and hand out the schedules. If there isn’t a meeting the team manager will receive the schedule via email or it can be acquired form our web site on a given date.
Do you register individuals wishing to play on a team?
No. We register teams only.
What is the maximum number allowed on the roster for each sport?
Rosters are unlimited. With that being mentioned, the City of Lakewood will only purchase up to a certain amount of items, if your team wins your respective league.
Recreation: Fitness
What type of water shoes do I need?
Water shoes are recommended, but not required. You can buy water shoes at any local retail store.
What is the most cost-effective way to buy aqua fitness passes when not a SilverSneakers® member,but aged 62-plus?
If you come only once a week for aqua fitness, buy a 10-visit punch card. If coming twice a week, consider the Senior All-Access pass.  You may attend all classes under this pass as often as you want, water and land.
Do I have to join the recreation center to take mind/body classes?
No, you can purchase a mind/body pass or pay for a class without joining the facility.
Are yoga mats provided?
There are yoga mats, but most patrons prefer to bring their own. Mats can be purchased at most sporting goods stores.
What is the difference between Pilates and Yoga?
Pilates primarily focuses on the core (deep abdominals, lower back, gluteals and hips). Yoga focuses on flexibility, balance and core control.
Are there any yoga classes that do not require getting down on the floor?
Yes, you can take Yoga Stretch, which is taught either in the chair or using the chair to help with balance. This class is listed under Older Adult Fitness.
What are the advantages to taking Tai Chi and where is this class offered?
Tai Chi offers numerous benefits, including improving balance through slow, progressive movements (forms) that allow you to shift your weight and stabilize your body. It also improves mental focus and clarity. You can attend a Tai Chi class at the following location: Charles Whitlock Recreation Center (Tues., 7:15 p.m.-8:45 p.m.).
How can I join SilverSneakers®?
SilverSneakers® is a program managed by Healthways. Some insurance plans qualify you to be a member. Please check with your provider, or check with front desk staff at any Center. front desk staff.
What if my insurance plan does not allow me access to SilverSneakers®?
You can still participate in any of our Silversneakers® classes, which are part of our General Admission classes. You may purchase a pass to come into the facility or join our Senior All-Access which allows you the same benefits as SilverSneakers®.
How do I get started if I have not exercised in awhile, or ever? Is it too late?
It is never too late to start exercising. You may join a SilverSneakers® class, a strength training classs or participate in an equipment orientation to learn how to workout safely.
What clothes should I wear to a fitness class?
Wear something that allows you to move and is not restrictive. Shoes that are laced. and will allow for safe footing, are recommended.
Do I need to bring my own equipment?
No, equipment is provided, but please bring water to class.
Do I have to register for classes?
Unless the class is specified as registration, or it says you must preregister, it is probably a general admission class, which allows you to drop into class at the appropriate time.
What kind of results can I expect from doing Pilates?
You can expect an increase in strength, flexibility, mobility, balance and body awareness, along with decreased back or other general pains.
How long will I have to do the Pilates workout before I see results?
The average active person doing two-three classes per week should see some results within 10-12 classes.
I have a bad back. Will I be able to do Pilates?
Always consult your physician before starting any fitness routine. An experienced instructor will be able to modify exercises to accommodate your limitations, continually challenge you within your range and monitor your improvements.
Will I get the same results with a mat workout as with a Reformer or equipment workout?
Mat-based workouts are very convenient and can be done anywhere. Adding light equipment and the larger resistance equipment will place more emphasis on outer limbs and add variety and intensity.
If I'm doing Pilates, should I still do my regular workout?
Pilates is a musculo skeletal conditioning program. It’s ideal, in combination with some kind of cardiovascular exercise (walking, running, aerobics, aqua fitness, etc.) and is a great complement to a weight-training program.
Recreation: Golf
May I reserve a tee time online?
Fox Hollow and Homestead do not have online reservations for tee times. Please call Fox Hollow, 303-987-5428, or Homestead, 720-963-5181, to reserve a tee time-or visit in person.
How do I get to Fox Hollow?
Fox Hollow Golf Course is located on Morrison Road one-half mile west of Kipling Parkway and 3 1/2 miles east of C-470 in Lakewood.
 
Traveling from C-470 east or west:
Exit C-470 at Morrison Road. Proceed east on Morrison for about 3 1/2 miles and find Fox Hollow on the south side of the street.
 
Traveling from Kipling Parkway north or south:
Turn off Kipling Parkway at Morrison Road. Proceed west on Morrison for one-half mile and find Fox Hollow on the south side of the street. 

Street Address: 13410 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood, CO 80228

Phone: 303-986-7888
How do I get to Homestead?

The Homestead Golf Course is located on the North Hampden Frontage Road three-quarters of a mile west of Kipling Parkway in Lakewood, close to Highway 285 and C-470.
 
Traveling from C-470 east or west:
Exit C-470 at Hampden, or Highway 285. Proceed east on Hampden for about four miles until you reach Kipling Parkway. Exit onto northbound Kipling to the first stop light,which is the North Hampden Frontage Road, turn left on the frontage road and drive about one mile. The road will take you right to The Homestead Golf Course.
 
Traveling from Kipling Parkway north or south:
Turn off Kipling Parkway at the North Hampden Frontage Road. Proceed west on the frontage road for one mile. This road will take you right to The Homestead Golf Course. 
Street Address 11500 W. Hampden Ave., Lakewood, CO 80227

Phone: 720-963-5181

Recreation: RISE
I want to get my camper/participant registered for Paha this summer. What's next?

We are glad your camper/participant will be joining us this summer. Please note that there are
two steps to the registration process:


1) Register with our participant registration system (called RecTrac) by registering online at
www.Lakewood.org/Paha or by visiting any City of Lakewood Recreation Center. And don’t
forget step 2!
2) Complete the camper/participant paperwork available at www.Lakewood.org/Paha by May
9th. We’ll be emailing out more information after you register with details about the summer.

How do I register online?
Online registration is easy! Simply visit www.Lakewood.org/Paha and click on Registration, Fees
and paperwork. A link on that page will take to you our online registration system. Note: you’ll
need to have a profile to register online. After you have registered, you’ll need to complete your
paperwork by May 9th.
What if I don't want to register online?
Easy! Simply register in person at any City of Lakewood Recreation center. Front desk staff will be glad to help you!
What are the fees for either program?

A. See the chart below for dates and fees.

Summer Registration and
Fees for Camp Paha and
Paha Adults in Transition
Full 7 weeks
(Register for both
sessions A and B)
Session A
(Camp Paha #236701-01)
(PAT #236702-02)
Session B
(Camp Paha #236701-01)
(PAT #236702-02)
NOTE: Programs run 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 16-Aug 1, 2014 Jun 16-July 3, 2014
No PAT/Paha July 4
July 14-Aug 1, 2014
No PAT/Paha July 4
Residents of Lakewood $1450 $725 $725
Nonresidents $1860 $930 $930
Non-Refundable
Registration Fee
$50/$60 $25/$30 $25/$30

 

I've registered my camper/participant but I'm told they are 'waitlisted.' What does that mean?
Unfortunately, we are unable to accept each and every camper and participant that registers. If your camper/participant has made the waitlist, we aren’t yet sure if we have room to host them at Paha. If we can or cannot, we will contact you and let you know. If you are waitlisted, it’s best to complete the paperwork in hopes of coming off the waitlist
I must complete the Camper/Participant Paperwork electronically, print them out (and sign) to submit them. What is I don't have a computer/printer?
We have a Paha Paperwork night available on Thursday, April 17th from 4-6pm at the Link Rec Center. You can register now for a slot (Activity #136700) by calling 303-987-4800. But hurry, spaces are limited.
Where should my completed paperwork go to?
Completed paperwork packets (and all supplementary documentation) should be mailed to or dropped by the Whitlock Recreation Center, 1555 Dover St, Lakewood, CO 80215.
I feel like there are some important dates you are not tell me about. What are they?

 

Apr 1, 2014 - 8 a.m. 2013 Returning Campers/Participants may register for Paha
2014 Paha Paperwork available www.Lakewood.org/Paha
Apr 7, 2014 - 8 a.m. All New and Returning Paha Campers/Participants may register
May 2, 2014 Regular Registration for Camp Paha closes. Anyone wishing to register for Camp Paha must contact Mark Snow at 303-987-4869 directly after this date.
May 9, 2014 All Paperwork (typed, not hand-written) is due POSTMARKED to hold our camper/participant's spot.
May 20, 2013 Registration for Parent Open House (June 11 for Camp Paha. June 12 for Paha Adults in Transition) opens. Call 303-987-4800 to register for your 15 minute meeting with staff.

 

The paperwork refers to an Open House. What is that?
The Parent Open house is a chance for parents to bring their camper/participant to see and tour the camp before the summer starts. We have found that it greatly reduces anxiety about the summer. Parents will have the opportunity to Paha leadership, staff and the Paha Nurse regarding their camper and care for the summer. Look for more information in the paperwork packet on how to register.
This FAQ has been great but I just want to talk with someone.

We welcome your phone call or email! You can contact us below.


Mark Snow
RISE Coordinator
303-987-4869
MarSno@Lakewood.org


Megan Schoenbein
Paha Programs Director
303-987-4866
MegSch@lakewood.org

Recreation: Special Events
Are there time requirements for each of the stations in the challenge?
Yes, there will be time requirements for each station they will be as follows:
• Swim-20 minutes
• Push up-2 minutes
• Sit up-2 minutes
• Pull up-1 attempt
• Run 30 minutes
Do I have to swim a specific stroke and how many lengths is 500 yards?
You may swim any stroke throughout the swim. The swim will take place in a 25 yard pool, so 500 yards will equal 20 lengths of the pool.
Will there be other competitors in my lane/space throughout the challenge?
Yes, this is a community building event, so you will be getting to know other people throughout the challenge.  Each wave will have 16 people in it.  This will mean 2 swimmers per lane, and 16 on the run course.  Wave competitors will partner up for the push-up, sit-up, pull-up portion of the challenge to assist in counting reps. 
How much rest is provided between each station?
It depends on the station.  There is generally 10-15 minutes rest after the swim to change into fresh clothes.  Between the push-up, sit-up, pull-up, participants can count on approximately five minutes rest between exercises, and there will be another 10 minutes rest before the run.
When do I need to show up for the event?
We will e-mail timelines to all pre-registered participants.  This will include individual start times for each participant.  We encourage everyone to show up early to support fellow competitors, but everyone should plan on being at the facility 30 minutes prior to your wave start time.
Is there anything else I need to know prior to the event?
You need to know that this is going to be an outstanding event which will bring participants together to support and encourage each other, so bring your cheering voice and positive attitude.
Recreation: Swimming
How are private lessons scheduled?

Participants should call the front desk of any facility (preferably the one where they would like the lessons to take

place) and set up the dates and times they are available. The front desk staff will print all of the information out and submit

it to the Pool Manager. We will then post the request and if an instructor is available to work with you, they will call you to

set up the lessons.

 



More Information: Recreation Center Facilities
Do you provide another participant for the semi-private lessons?

No, you must already have another participant (friend or family member) arranged to register with you for a semi-private lesson. Lesson cost is per person.

 

What happens if I sign up and pay for private lessons and no one calls me?
We strive to set up lessons within 5-10 business days, however during certain times of year it may take a few extra days. Our goal is to have an instructor contact you as soon as possible.
What times and days are available for private lessons?

Lessons can be taught any time and day and scheduling will be arranged between the instructor and participant.

 

I am unsure which swimming lesson level to sign my child up for. How do I decide?

Please see the lesson placement checklist. If you still are unsure, please call or come to one of the facilities and an instructor will be willing to help you.

 



More Information: Swim Lesson Youth Placement Checklist
When are lessons cancelled?

Lessons are cancelled the Thursday before the session starts if they are not meeting enrollment requirements. We will try and arrange for you to get into a lesson elsewhere or into a similar level of ability.

 

I signed my child up for the wrong level, what do I do?
Please call the Pool Manager as soon as possible. We will do our best to get them into the correct level.

More Information: Aquatics Staff Contacts
I signed my child up on the waitlist for a class but never received a phone call. What do I do next?

The Pool Manager will contact you ONLY if a spot or another class has opened up or been added. If you do not hear from anyone, you did not get in.

 

I have never taken swimming lessons before. What adult swimming lesson class should I sign up for?

Please sign up for the Adult/Teen Fundamentals class. This is for adults with no prior experience. If you have had some experience before, please sign up for the Adult Refinement class. Adult/Teen lessons are for participants 16 years old and up.

 

Who are masters swimmers?

You can become a masters swimmer if you are 18 years or older.  Masters swimmers come from all walks of life and with all abilities. Some are accomplished collegiate athletes while others have never done anything more than float through the Red Cross exam in PE class in school. Anybody can be a master’s swimmer.  Our coach is experienced with coaching young and old, competitor and non-competitor alike. You can get as much or as little stroke advice as you want. Many athletes from other disciplines join Masters Swimming to gain cross training advantages. Others join to get into a structured program to help recover from a health problem or to just stay fit. There are as many reasons to join, as there are swimmers.

 

Can I join the masters swim team if I'm not a very good swimmer?

Yes! The Dawgs team is open to people of all abilities. Workouts are organized in such a way that different skill levels  and speeds are separated into different lanes. There is a lane that will fit everyone. If it is your first time with the team, feel free to ask Coach Carole for a recommendation on which group to work with.

 

Can I practice with the masters swim team if I'm visiting from out of town?

If you are visiting from out of town and would like to swim with the Dawgs, you are welcome to join us at any of our workouts. You will need to pay a daily masters drop-in rate ($6) at the recreation center prior to practice.

 

Do I have to compete to join the masters team?

No. In fact, a significant number of Dawgs never compete. Many join and stay just for the fitness aspects. The common goal of the Dawgs masters team is to stay fit and have fun.

 

I'm thinking about competing in masters swimming. What's it like?

Congratulations! Stepping into competition can add significant motivation to your training program. Masters swimming has several types of competitions typically broken into "seasons".

Winter spring months are typically the "Short Course" season.  Most meets are swum in a 25 yd pool. In Colorado, short course state championships are usually held in April. Officially the short course season finishes with the completion of the USMS Nationals usually held in mid-May.

Spring and summer are generally the "Long Course" seasons. Long course is a designation given to a 50-meter pool. This is the type of pool you see at the Olympics and World Championships. Similar to short course season, long course season culminates in a national event each year sometime in mid-August.

In most seasons and events, the competition is broken up into gender and age group divisions. Age groups start from 19 and go 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, and so on.

 

Recycling
What recycling programs are available?
The Quail Street recycling center is located at 1068 Quail St. 

More Information: Recycling
Where and when may I recycle in Lakewood?

Lakewood residents may drop off common, household recyclable items at the newly remodeled Quail Street Recycling Center, located at 1068 Quail St. Operating hours:

  • Winter: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., October through April
  • Summer: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., May through September

 

For larger, more dangerous items, Lakewood residents may use the Rooney Road Recycling Center in Golden. Commonly accepted items include small business waste, electronic items, paints, oil, solvents, appliances and organic yard waste. Operating hours:

  • For organic waste: Changes by month, please refer to their website
  • For hazardous materials and chemicals: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m Wednesday and Saturday, by appointment only 


More Information: Rooney Road Recycling Center
What may I recycle at the Quail Street facility?
Please refer to the link below for a detailed list that describes what may and may not be recycled at the Quail Street Facility.

More Information: Quail Street - Allowable Materials List
Who may I contact with recycling questions?

Quail Street: For more information, please call 303-987-7974 for a recorded message on times, accepted materials and other information; or call 303-987-7190 for other questions.

 

Rooney Road : For questions regarding hazardous material, call 303-316-6262 ext. 1 or 2. For questions regarding organic materials, call 303-316-6262 ext. 3.

Sustainability
When is Earth Day?
Earth Day is celebrated each April 22, with additional events oftentimes held the week before and/or after. Lakewood's 2012 Earth Day celebration will be held on Saturday, April 21 at Lakewood Commons.

More Information: Earth Day FAQs
What is the value of an energy evaluation?
The value of these energy evaluations range from $250-$750, depending on the size and complexity of the building.
What is Xeriscape?
Xeriscape uses low-water-use plants to create a sustainable yet lush and easy to care for landscape in Colorado’s semi-arid climate. The term was coined in the 1980s to help create a recognizable "brand" for low-water-use landscaping. Xeriscape is a combination of the word "landscape" and the Greek word "xeros," which means dry.

Xeriscape is based on seven basic principles: planning and designing, limiting turf areas, selecting and zoning plants appropriately, improving the soil, using mulch, irrigating efficiently and maintaining the landscape.

More Information: Principles of Xeriscaping
Who should I contact to learn more about the BEEP Program or how to register?
For more information about the BEEP Program and to get registered for your initial consultation, contact Ron Vasquez at 303-264-9684 or visit ColoradoLiteracy.org.

More Information: The Learning Source
Who will perform my energy audit?
An energy coach, trained by experts at Red Rocks Community College and The Learning Source, will analyze and baseline your building’s energy use, evaluate energy bills and inform you about the effects of occupant behavior on energy costs.
How much energy can green buildings save?
Green and energy-efficient buildings can reduce use by 24-50 percent, carbon emissions by 33-39 percent, water use by 40 percent and solid waste by 70 percent.

More Information: U.S. Green Building Council
What cost savings do green buildings provide?
Green buildings can reduce operating costs by 8-9 percent while increasing building value, occupancy ratio and rent ratio.



More Information: U.S. Green Building Council
What has the City of Lakewood done to improve energy efficiency in its buildings?
The City of Lakewood Facilities Maintenance Department has been busy working on a retro-commissioning project, identifying and improving energy efficiency in several City buildings. Through this effort, approximately 460,500 square feet of space in Lakewood-owned buildings has been retrofitted. The Facilities Maintenance Department expects the savings from 2011 to be approximately 15 percent over the previous year.
What cost-saving energy rebates are available to me?

The City of Lakewood offers two energy rebate programs to its residents: The Solar Rebate Program and the Do-it-Yourself Attic Insulation Program.

 

Xcel Energy offers an extensive rebate program that can help customers save on their energy bills.



More Information: Xcel Energy Rebate Programs
How do I sign up for Every Trip Counts?
Email Kate Cooke at kcooke@raqc.org to sign up for Every Trip Counts Today! Log your trips and track your progress toward cleaner air! You can also visit the link below for more details about the program.



More Information: Every Trip Counts
What are the perks of signing up for Every Trip Counts?
The Every Trip Counts program will reward the first 1000 participants with their choice of a pack of RTD bus passes or a gift certificate to a bicycle shop.



More Information: Every Trip Counts Program Information
How much gas annually does the average driver waste while idling?
The average vehicle spends an average of 5-10 minutes per day voluntarily idling. This amounts to between 0.3 and 0.75 gallons of wasted gas per idling hour. As a result, most drivers waste one to two tankfuls of fuel per year while idling.
How much air pollution does idling really cause?
An idling vehicle produces about 4.8 grams of carbon monoxide per minute, which is roughly equal to the carbon monoxide produced from 3 packs of cigarettes. In the Denver metropolitan area, idling is responsible for an estimated 40,000 tons of harmful air pollution each year and 400,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. The result: more than 40 million gallons of fuel wasted, just while idling, and $100 million in annual costs for residents and businesses in the metro area.
Won't restarting my car frequently waste gas?
Many drivers believe that idling is preferred to restarting; however, idling for even 10 seconds in cars with fuel injection (which includes almost all vehicles built since the late 1980s) uses more fuel than restarting the engine.
How long does it take for my car to warm up?
Modern engines require only 30 seconds to warm up. Excess idling only adds pollution to the atmosphere.
What is the maximum amount of time my vehicle should idle?
Avoid idling more than 30 seconds (when not in traffic). Frequent restarting has little impact on the battery and starter ($10 a year in wear), whereas excessive idling can actually damage important engine components. Idling for just 10 seconds uses more fuel than restarting the engine.
What is the most efficient speed at which to drive?
55-60 mph is the most efficient speed. Every 5 mph over 60 reduces fuel efficiency by about 7 percent. That is like paying $0.30 more per gallon: Driving 70, rather than 60, costs the same as paying $4.50 per gallon compared to $3.90. Drive the speed limit on the highway and use cruise control when you can.
What is Project FEVER?
Project FEVER is a national project designed to achieve the president’s goal to put one million electric vehicles on the road by 2015. Project FEVER seeks to overcome the regulatory, permitting, infrastructure, planning and policy barriers that hinder the expansion of electric vehicles into the mainstream marketplace and introduce policies, procedures and incentives that facilitate this development.

More Information: Project FEVER Information
Who administers Project FEVER?
The Denver Metro Clean Cities Coalition was recently awarded $500,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy to implement Funding Electric Vehicle Expansion in the Rockies, or Project FEVER.

More Information: Denver Metro Clean Cities Coalition
What is NREL?
The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Labratory (NREL), located in nearby Golden, is the country's premier site for renewable energy research and development and a lead laboratory for energy efficiency. NREL is the only federal laboratory dedicated to the research, development, commercialization and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Backed by 35 years of achievement, NREL leads the way in helping meet the growing demand for clean energy.

More Information: National Renewable Energy Labratory (NREL)
What is a Brownfield?
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), "Brownfields are real property, the expansion, redevelopment or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties protects the environment, reduces blight and takes development pressures off green spaces and working lands."

More Information: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Brownfields
Who should I contact with Brownfields questions?
For more information about the City's Brownfield Programs, contact Dan Scheppers, Brownfields Coordinator, at 303-692-3500.
Sustainability Awards
When and where will the Sustainability Awards ceremony be held?
The 2014 Sustainability Awards will be presented April 28, 2014 at 7 p.m. during the City Council regular meeting. A reception in honor of award recipients will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. prior to the City Council meeting. Both events will take place in the South Building at 480 South Allison Parkway. 

More Information: Sustainabililty Awards 2013 Info Brochure
Sustainable Neighborhoods Program
What is the Sustainable Neighborhoods Program?
Lakewood’s Sustainable Neighborhoods Program encourages active citizen participation in workshops and initiatives with the goal of enhancing community sustainability in Lakewood’s neighborhoods. Using guidance from City staff and partnerships with community organizations, participating neighborhoods earn credit and are then recognized for their effort. Depending on the number of credits earned in a given year, neighborhoods receive designation as a “Participating Sustainable Neighborhood” or an “Outstanding Sustainable Neighborhood” from the City.

More Information: Sustainable Neighborhood Program Overview Brochure
What are the benefits of participating in the program?
Participation in the program can enhance the environmental and social strength of a neighborhood while demonstrating commitment to sustainability in Lakewood. In addition, participation benefits can include recognition by City Council, neighborhood signage, education and an increased sense of community.
What are the goals and target areas?
The Sustainable Neighborhoods Program focuses on five broad goal categories and associated target areas. Participating neighborhoods use these goal areas to guide their selection of workshop topics and neighborhood initiatives. The goal categories are: energy, air, water, land and people.



More Information: Goals and Target Areas Brochure
How does my neighborhood become certified?
To receive certification as a “Participating Sustainable Neighborhood,” the neighborhood must earn a minimum of 60 credits. To receive certification as an “Outstanding Sustainable Neighborhood,” the neighborhood must earn a minimum of 100 credits. Credits are awarded for attendance at neighborhood workshops and for participation in projects and initiatives that build upon workshop topics.

More Information: Sustainable Neighborhood Certification Brochure
Planning & Construction
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Building Codes
How much energy can green buildings save?
Green and energy-efficient buildings can reduce use by 24-50 percent, carbon emissions by 33-39 percent, water use by 40 percent and solid waste by 70 percent.

More Information: U.S. Green Building Council
What cost savings do green buildings provide?
Green buildings can reduce operating costs by 8-9 percent while increasing building value, occupancy ratio and rent ratio.



More Information: U.S. Green Building Council
Clean Air Programs
How do I sign up for Every Trip Counts?
Email Kate Cooke at kcooke@raqc.org to sign up for Every Trip Counts Today! Log your trips and track your progress toward cleaner air! You can also visit the link below for more details about the program.



More Information: Every Trip Counts
What are the perks of signing up for Every Trip Counts?
The Every Trip Counts program will reward the first 1000 participants with their choice of a pack of RTD bus passes or a gift certificate to a bicycle shop.



More Information: Every Trip Counts Program Information
How much gas annually does the average driver waste while idling?
The average vehicle spends an average of 5-10 minutes per day voluntarily idling. This amounts to between 0.3 and 0.75 gallons of wasted gas per idling hour. As a result, most drivers waste one to two tankfuls of fuel per year while idling.
How much air pollution does idling really cause?
An idling vehicle produces about 4.8 grams of carbon monoxide per minute, which is roughly equal to the carbon monoxide produced from 3 packs of cigarettes. In the Denver metropolitan area, idling is responsible for an estimated 40,000 tons of harmful air pollution each year and 400,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. The result: more than 40 million gallons of fuel wasted, just while idling, and $100 million in annual costs for residents and businesses in the metro area.
Won't restarting my car frequently waste gas?
Many drivers believe that idling is preferred to restarting; however, idling for even 10 seconds in cars with fuel injection (which includes almost all vehicles built since the late 1980s) uses more fuel than restarting the engine.
How long does it take for my car to warm up?
Modern engines require only 30 seconds to warm up. Excess idling only adds pollution to the atmosphere.
What is the maximum amount of time my vehicle should idle?
Avoid idling more than 30 seconds (when not in traffic). Frequent restarting has little impact on the battery and starter ($10 a year in wear), whereas excessive idling can actually damage important engine components. Idling for just 10 seconds uses more fuel than restarting the engine.
What is the most efficient speed at which to drive?
55-60 mph is the most efficient speed. Every 5 mph over 60 reduces fuel efficiency by about 7 percent. That is like paying $0.30 more per gallon: Driving 70, rather than 60, costs the same as paying $4.50 per gallon compared to $3.90. Drive the speed limit on the highway and use cruise control when you can.
What is Project FEVER?
Project FEVER is a national project designed to achieve the president’s goal to put one million electric vehicles on the road by 2015. Project FEVER seeks to overcome the regulatory, permitting, infrastructure, planning and policy barriers that hinder the expansion of electric vehicles into the mainstream marketplace and introduce policies, procedures and incentives that facilitate this development.

More Information: Project FEVER Information
Who administers Project FEVER?
The Denver Metro Clean Cities Coalition was recently awarded $500,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy to implement Funding Electric Vehicle Expansion in the Rockies, or Project FEVER.

More Information: Denver Metro Clean Cities Coalition
Development Regulations
May I submit my sign application online?
At this time, we do not accept applications on-line. You may bring it in person or send it by mail to:

Planning Department
Attn: Walter Jauch
480 S. Allison Pkwy.
Civic Center North
Lakewood CO 80226

Once your application has been reviewed and is ready for approval, you may come into the City or mail the payment to the address above. If you mail the payment be sure to obtain the correct permit fee, and include the permit number and job address on the check. To process a credit card payment, please complete a Credit Card Authorization form.

More Information: POD@lakewood.org
Development Regulations: Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances
How do I find the zoning of a property?

By using the ezMaps feature, you can find information about a property, including:

  • Zone district
  • Water and Sewer districts
  • Subdivision
  • Neighborhood organizations
  • Schools
  • Parks
  • Floodplain
  • Sales tax rates
  • Links to Jefferson County Assessor information with full details about a property.
  • Aerial maps
  • Zoning maps

and more!



More Information: Lakewood ezMaps
Do I need a temporary banner permit?
Yes. Temporary signs, including banners, require a permit. The sign application may be submitted in person or sent by mail to:

Planning Department
Attn: Walter Jauch
480 S. Allison Pkwy
Civic Center North
Lakewood CO 80226

In general, one temporary banner is allowed at a time, and a property is only allowed 90 days annually for temporary banner use. A temporary banner may be a maximum of 40 square feet in size, and located flush against the building to which it is affixed. 



More Information: POD@lakewood.org
May I operate a business from my house?
Home occupations are permitted and regulated by Article 13: Home Occupations of the Zoning Ordinance. If the home occupation you are contemplating is not listed, you will need to contact the Planner of the Day to determine whether the proposed home occupation is acceptable. You may contact the Planner of the Day at 303-987-7571. 



More Information: POD@lakewood.org
Do I need a permit for a shed?
If the detached shed is 120 square feet in size, or taller than ten feet, you will need a building permit and meet all setback requirements. Please note that accessory structures are not allowed within the primary front setback of a property or in front of the primary structure. If you have any questions, please contact the Planner of the Day at 303-987-7571.

More Information: POD@lakewood.org
What are the standards for a detached garage?
Any combination of detached garages, storage sheds, private noncommercial recreation facilities, and workshops within 1-R, 2-R, or 3-R Zone Districts shall not exceed ten percent of the lot area, up to a maximum of 1,800 square feet. Detached accessory structures within the 1-R, 2-R, and 3-R Zone Districts have a maximum height of 20 feet. They must be placed at least five feet from the rear and side property lines and may not be located within the required front yard or in an easement. If you have any questions, please contact the Planner of the Day at 303-987-7571.

More Information: POD@lakewood.org
What are the standards for an attached garage?
An attached garage within residentially zoned districts must be smaller than the habitable portion of the main building to which it is attached. The height and setback standards are the same as the main building. You can use our ezMaps feature to determine your zone district and regulations for the principal structure. If you have any questions, please contact the Planner of the Day at 303-987-7571.

More Information: POD@lakewood.org
What do I need to do to develop in Lakewood?
The Planning Department works closely with other city departments to ensure that all property development is of high quality, meets all safety standards, and is consistent with the City's goals. 

A citywide cross-departmental group called the Development Assistance Team, or DAT, oversees the efficient and thorough review of all development proposals. DAT is an internal weekly staff meeting to coordinate the review of all development proposals in Lakewood.



More Information: Property Development Process
What local food production does the Lakewood's zoning code allow?

Currently, rural and large lot residential zoning districts R1A and RR allow farming, apiary uses (beekeeping), animal and poultry husbandry, unlimited poultry, rabbits, pigeons and chinchillas and a limited number of cattle, horses goats, sheep and llamas (depending on lot size). Medium density residential zone district 1-R allows for unlimited poultry, rabbits, pigeons and chinchillas and a limited number of cattle, horses goats, sheep and llamas (depending on lot size).


The proposed updates to the City's zoning code would increase the number of residential zoning designations allowed to produce food. For more information about the zoning rewrite process, please visit PlayYourPart.org.

 



More Information: Lakewood Zoning Rewrite Information (PlayYourPart.org)
Energy Efficiency
How much energy can green buildings save?
Green and energy-efficient buildings can reduce use by 24-50 percent, carbon emissions by 33-39 percent, water use by 40 percent and solid waste by 70 percent.

More Information: U.S. Green Building Council
What cost savings do green buildings provide?
Green buildings can reduce operating costs by 8-9 percent while increasing building value, occupancy ratio and rent ratio.



More Information: U.S. Green Building Council
What has the City of Lakewood done to improve energy efficiency in its buildings?
The City of Lakewood Facilities Maintenance Department has been busy working on a retro-commissioning project, identifying and improving energy efficiency in several City buildings. Through this effort, approximately 460,500 square feet of space in Lakewood-owned buildings has been retrofitted. The Facilities Maintenance Department expects the savings from 2011 to be approximately 15 percent over the previous year.
What cost-saving energy rebates are available to me?

The City of Lakewood offers two energy rebate programs to its residents: The Solar Rebate Program and the Do-it-Yourself Attic Insulation Program.

 

Xcel Energy offers an extensive rebate program that can help customers save on their energy bills.



More Information: Xcel Energy Rebate Programs
What kinds of savings did these traffic-tming efforts yield?
Based on time savings figures, normal traffic counts for each area and formulas provided by the Environmental Protection Agency, Lakewood traffic engineers calculated that the changes should save drivers $1,297,737 each year, along with 52,410 vehicle hours, 82,355 gallons of fuel and emission reductions of 18,559 pounds.
What were the results of these timing measures?
Time spent at the red light on West Alameda Avenue between South Allison Street and Green Mountain Drive has been cut by 14 percent. On West Colfax Avenue, from Kendall to Simms streets, time spent at the light has been reduced by 8 percent and from West Yale to West 32nd avenues along Wadsworth, time spent at the light has been cut by 25 percent.
What is NREL?
The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Labratory (NREL), located in nearby Golden, is the country's premier site for renewable energy research and development and a lead laboratory for energy efficiency. NREL is the only federal laboratory dedicated to the research, development, commercialization and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Backed by 35 years of achievement, NREL leads the way in helping meet the growing demand for clean energy.

More Information: National Renewable Energy Labratory (NREL)
Engineering
Do I need to shovel snow off of my sidewalk?

Residents and business owners are required to remove snow from sidewalks adjacent to their properties within 24 hours of the snowfall ending.


Call the Public Works Department at 303-987-7975 to report a sidewalk that has not been cleared.

Environmental Services
What is a Brownfield?
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), "Brownfields are real property, the expansion, redevelopment or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties protects the environment, reduces blight and takes development pressures off green spaces and working lands."

More Information: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Brownfields
Who should I contact with Brownfields questions?
For more information about the City's Brownfield Programs, contact Dan Scheppers, Brownfields Coordinator, at 303-692-3500.
Inspections
How do I schedule an inspection for a building permit?
To request an inspection, please call 303-987-7768.  You will need your permit number, contractor registration number and inspection code as indicated on your permit card.  For additional information about an inspection that was not approved, check the correction notice at the job site.





More Information: Inspections
How do I schedule a final zoning inspection?
A final zoning inspection can be scheduled by contacting the Planning Department at 303-987-7505 or e-mail waljau@lakewood.org.  Please supply us with the permit number and address of the site.  A planner will be in contact with you to work out the scheduling.
Lakewood West Corridor Light Rail
When will light rail service begin in Lakewood?
West Rail Line service is scheduled to begin on April 26, 2013.

More Information: RTD West Corridor
What is Transit Mixed-Use zoning?
The intent of the Transit Mixed Use (TMU) Zone District is to create an environment for efficient and attractive transit and pedestrian oriented commercial, office, residential, research and development and mixed-use projects at major nodes along the Regional Transportation District’s (RTD’s) West Rail Line.

The TMU zone district is also intended to allow for flexibility in use mixture and building design in the eight designated sub areas.

More Information: TMU Zoning Code
What are some of the benefits of light rail and TMU zoning?

Some of the benefits of light rail and TMU zoning include:

  • A variety of transit choices
  • Infill development
  • Walkable, bikeable communities
  • A reduction in vehicle miles traveled resulting in:
    • Reduced energy use
    • Improved air quality
    • Cost savings
    • Improved physical and mental health
  • Economic growth
  • The creation of a cohesive community or neighborhood
  • A greater sense of place
Licenses
How do I obtain the Certificate of Zoning for my license?

One can obtain a Certificate of Zoning by contacting the Lakewood Planner of the Day in the Planning Department.  This can be done at the Permit counter.  Alternatively, one can contact the Planner of the Day by e-mailing POD@lakewood.org.  Please supply the address of interest and your contact information.

A payment of $18 is required for this service and can be done with a credit card by completing the authorization form and attaching it to your e-mail.

Maintenance & Operations
How do I report a dead animal in the street?
To report a dead animal in the street, please call our dead animal hotline, 303-987-7960.



Permits
How do I schedule an inspection for a building permit?
To request an inspection, please call 303-987-7768.  You will need your permit number, contractor registration number and inspection code as indicated on your permit card.  For additional information about an inspection that was not approved, check the correction notice at the job site.





More Information: Inspections
Do I need a temporary banner permit?
Yes. Temporary signs, including banners, require a permit. The sign application may be submitted in person or sent by mail to:

Planning Department
Attn: Walter Jauch
480 S. Allison Pkwy
Civic Center North
Lakewood CO 80226

In general, one temporary banner is allowed at a time, and a property is only allowed 90 days annually for temporary banner use. A temporary banner may be a maximum of 40 square feet in size, and located flush against the building to which it is affixed. 



More Information: POD@lakewood.org
Do I need a permit for a shed?
If the detached shed is 120 square feet in size, or taller than ten feet, you will need a building permit and meet all setback requirements. Please note that accessory structures are not allowed within the primary front setback of a property or in front of the primary structure. If you have any questions, please contact the Planner of the Day at 303-987-7571.

More Information: POD@lakewood.org
Do I need a permit for the work I'm going to do?

See "Permits" under the Public Works Department main page.

 

 

What is zoning and how does it impact me and my property?
Zoning is a tool used to regulate land development by separating incompatible uses. Zoning dictates how your property may be used. It also establishes design parameters including minimum lot size, minimum building setback, maximum building height and the number of units. You can determine the zoning of your property by visiting Lakewood EZ Maps.

More Information: Property zoning
How do I obtain a building permit?
Building permits are needed for tenant finish and all development projects.  Please visit our Building Permit desk for more information.    For larger-scale projects, please contact the Planner of the Day for questions that include zoning and use. 

More Information: Property Development
How do I schedule a final zoning inspection?
A final zoning inspection can be scheduled by contacting the Planning Department at 303-987-7505 or e-mail waljau@lakewood.org.  Please supply us with the permit number and address of the site.  A planner will be in contact with you to work out the scheduling.
Property Development
May I submit my sign application online?
At this time, we do not accept applications on-line. You may bring it in person or send it by mail to:

Planning Department
Attn: Walter Jauch
480 S. Allison Pkwy.
Civic Center North
Lakewood CO 80226

Once your application has been reviewed and is ready for approval, you may come into the City or mail the payment to the address above. If you mail the payment be sure to obtain the correct permit fee, and include the permit number and job address on the check. To process a credit card payment, please complete a Credit Card Authorization form.

More Information: POD@lakewood.org
May I operate a business from my house?
Home occupations are permitted and regulated by Article 13: Home Occupations of the Zoning Ordinance. If the home occupation you are contemplating is not listed, you will need to contact the Planner of the Day to determine whether the proposed home occupation is acceptable. You may contact the Planner of the Day at 303-987-7571. 



More Information: POD@lakewood.org
What do I need to do to develop in Lakewood?
The Planning Department works closely with other city departments to ensure that all property development is of high quality, meets all safety standards, and is consistent with the City's goals. 

A citywide cross-departmental group called the Development Assistance Team, or DAT, oversees the efficient and thorough review of all development proposals. DAT is an internal weekly staff meeting to coordinate the review of all development proposals in Lakewood.



More Information: Property Development Process
How do I schedule a final zoning inspection?
A final zoning inspection can be scheduled by contacting the Planning Department at 303-987-7505 or e-mail waljau@lakewood.org.  Please supply us with the permit number and address of the site.  A planner will be in contact with you to work out the scheduling.
Public Safety Services
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Criminal Summons
What are the maximum penalties assessed by the court for a juvenile?

The maximum penalty for a juvenile criminal violation is a $1,000 fine. Any juvenile who fails to comply with a lawful order of the Municipal Court may be confined to a juvenile detention facility not to exceed 48 hours. As part of such sentence, the court may order restitution to a victim for actual damage or loss caused by the offense to which a defendant pled guilty, nolo contendere (no contest), or was convicted. 

 

I missed my court date, what should I do?
If you missed your court date, you will need to appear in person at the Violations Bureau counter and inform the clerk that you missed your court date. It is advantageous to appear before a warrant is issued for your arrest. 
May I come in before my scheduled court date?
You will need to appear in person at the Violations Bureau counter and inform the clerk you would like to be seen early. Adult arraignments are held Monday and Wednesday at 1:15 p.m., and juvenile arraignments are held Tuesday and Thursday at 2:15 p.m. If you are under age 18, you need to appear with a parent or legal guardian. Please arrive 15 minutes before the arraignment session. 
What if I have questions regarding the law?
If you have legal questions, you should consult a private attorney. The Municipal Court staff is unable to provide legal advice.
When do I have an opportunity to speak with the judge?
You may speak with the judge when your case is called in open court. You may also write a letter for the judge to review; however, some correspondence cannot be seen by the judge before you enter a plea.
How long will I be at court?
Court sessions vary; an arraignment session can last two to three hours.
How do I request a trial?
If you enter a plea of not guilty, you have the right to have a trial by the court, which is by a judge, or in some cases, by a jury. If you request a jury trial, a $25 jury fee and a formal request must be filed within 21 days of entering a not guilty plea. 
How do I qualify for a public defender?
The prosecuting attorney must be seeking jail time, and you must qualify financially to be appointed a public defender. 
What options do I have if I am unable to pay my fine?
If you are unable to make payment of your fine in full, you may request additional time to pay at the Violations Bureau counter. A $25 stay fee will be added to your case if you are unable to pay within 48 hours. You will need to complete a financial application and provide mandatory financial documentation.
Is my charge a felony violation?
No, the Lakewood Muncipal Court processes criminal and traffic Municipal Ordinance Violations.
What are the maximum penalties assessed by the court for an adult?
The maximum penalty that can be imposed for a criminal violation is a $1,000 fine or 365 days in jail-or a combination of the two. As part of such sentence, the court may order restitution to a victim for actual damage or loss caused by the offense to which a defendant pled guilty, nolo contendere (no contest), or was convicted.
Animal Control
My neighbor's dog barks too much. What can I do?
Follow the link below for more information about barking dogs.

More Information: Your Neighbor's Dog
Does Lakewood have any dog breed restriction?
No.
Does my dog need to be licensed?
Yes. All dogs over the age of 4 months must be licensed and they are required to have a rabies inoculation. Licenses must be renewed annually. Visit our licensing page below for more information.

More Information: Dog Licenses
Why should I license my dog?

Licensing reunites lost pets with their owners. A dog license can be traced 24 hours a day, every day of the year through the Foothills Animal Shelter website. The license information can include home and alternate phone numbers, a secondary person to contact in case of emergency and medical and dietary information for the dog.

Before the license existed, dog owners were only required to have a current rabies tag on their pet. Rabies tags could only be traced through the issuing veterinary clinic - only when the clinic was open.

 

To learn more about licensing and for a link to the online tag lookup database visit our licensing page below.

 



More Information: Dog Licenses and Online Tag Lookup
How do I register my dog?
You can register your dog online, by mail, or in person. Use the link below to learn more on the Foothills Animal Shelter website.

More Information: Register Your Dog
I have a skunk or raccoon living under my porch or in my chimney - or somewhere nearby. What can I do?
Animal Control does not trap nuisance wildlife. Private pest control companies are listed in the yellow pages or online. Before resorting to trapping, check your environment. Wildlife requires food, water and shelter, which is abundant in our neighborhoods. Improperly stored trash, pet food and unkempt yards provide a haven for wildlife. Lush landscaping, gardens, fruit trees, bushes and water features also attract wildlife. Fruit trees and bushes can be netted, and fruit that has fallen to the ground should be picked up. Gardens should be fenced or netted to prevent access. Wildlife-proof caps should be used on chimneys. Holes and cracks as small as a half-inch should be plugged to prevent access into your home.
How many animals can I have?
  • A maximum of five pets per household.
  • No more than three of any species are allowed (example: three cats and two dogs or three dogs and two cats)
  • Service animals, such as seeing-eye or assist dogs, are allowed in addition to household pets.


More Information: 6.05.015 - Limited Number of Household Pets
When should I call animal control?

 Call Animal Control if:

  • You are bitten by an animal or have in your possession an animal that has bitten someone.
  • You see a sick or injured stray animal, an animal needing assistance or a dead animal.
  • You encounter an animal that is aggressive toward people or other animals.
  • You suspect there is animal cruelty or neglect occurring. (Examples: lack of food, water, adequate shelter or veterinary care.)
  • You suspect an animal has been abandoned.
  • You see a dog or any livestock running loose.
Where is Visitor Parking?
 Visitor parking for the Public Safety Building is available in the Municipal Court parking lot one floor above the main floor level access and across the street from the Public Safety Building. If you need main floor parking access to the Public Safety Building, several handicap-designated parking covered spots are available across the street from the main entrance of the Public Safety Building and on Allison Parkway, street level.

More Information: Directions to Police Department
City Attorney's Office
Why did I receive a subpoena?
If you received a subpoena, it is because you have been listed as a witness for the municipal prosecution. Before the trial you will be contacted by a legal investigator to obtain your statement in preparation for your testimony.  If you have questions before you are contacted by a legal investigator, please call (303) 987-7450, and you will be directed to the legal investigator responsible for the case.
How do I talk to a municipal prosecutor about my case?
Your first court date, the arraignment, is listed on your summons and if you choose, you may speak to a municipal prosecutor at that time; however, you must be advised of your rights before speaking with a prosecutor.  The prosecutor will go over the summons and reports with you and provide different options on how you can handle your case, such as a plea bargain, which is often a sentencing concession in exchange for a plea of guilty to the charge.
How do I get information about my case?
You have the right to receive relevant police reports and other materials about the charges against you.  All  this information is called "discovery."  Discovery can be obtained by filling out a discovery request form in person at the Municipal Prosecutor's Office.  The prosecutor will look at the reports and determine what you are eligible to receive. You may then take that form to Lakewood Police Records for your copies.  The charge for Discovery is a minimum of $6 payable to the records department.
What is the process for turning in proof of insurance?
You should provide proof of insurance two weeks before your scheduled court date. You will receive a letter giving instructions on how to provide the Municipal Prosecutor's Office with your insurance information. It is imperative that you include your summons number and your insurance agent's phone number on the paperwork you provide. You may: Fax your information to (303) 716-3762, or you may mail or deliver it to the Municipal Prosecutor's Office at 445 S. Allison Pkwy., Public Safety Building, Lakewood CO 80226.  If you need more information, please call the Municipal Prosecutor's Office at (303) 987-7450.
How do I submit proof of my court ordered-class/program?
If you are ordered to complete a program or class as part of your sentence, and you are not being supervised by the Probation Department, you may fax your certificate of completion to (303) 716-3762 or you may hand-deliver the certificate to the Municipal Prosecution Office-or to the court. A copy will be made and submitted to the court.
I sent my insurance, how do I know if you received it; what are the next steps?
If you sent in your insurance, we will call the insurance company to verify your coverage. If your insurance is valid, with only a no-proof-of-insurance charge, you will receive a motion to dismiss in the mail, and you will not have to appear in court.  If you have a second charge on the same summons, you may get a plea bargain in the mail.  If you do not get a plea bargain in the mail, or if your insurance is found not to be valid, you must appear in court.
I picked up discovery, but I know there is a video; how do I get a copy?
You will need to request the video through the Lakewood Police Records Department.
How do I drop a restraining order?
It is the court's decision. You should write a letter making a request to drop or modify the restraining order and deliver it to the Municipal Prosecutor's Office.  A motion to modify the restraining order will be sent to the division clerk of the court, and you will be notified of a court date.  At this time, you will go before the Judge to explain why you would like to have the restraining order dropped or modified. 
I think I have a warrant; what shall I do?
You will need to contact the Lakewood Marshals Office.
Why didn't I receive a plea bargain to be paid through the mail?

This is determined on a case-by-case basis and some cases do not qualify for a plea bargain in the mail.

For example:

  • Proof of insurance was submitted; however, it was not valid on the date of the violation.
  • There was an accident involved.
  • A speeding charge exceeding 25 mph or more above the posted speed limit.
  • The charge carries 6 points or higher.
Where is Records located?
Records is located in the City of Lakewood Public Safety Building, 445 S. Allison Pkwy, Lakewood, CO, one block west of Wadsworth Blvd and Alameda Ave Parking is available in the upper-level parking lot and short-term, handicapped parking is available in front of the building. As you enter the Public Safety Building, Records is located on the main floor to the left of the security checkpoint.

More Information: Directions To the Lakewood Police Department
Code Enforcement
How often do property owners have to mow their yard?
Weeds and grass on residential and commerical properties must not exceed 6 inches in height.  Vegetation on vacant lots must be maintained at 12 inches or below.
How often do pet owners have to clean up after their animals?
Animal feces must be cleaned up regularly and must not cause excessive odor.

Horse manure needs to be removed from the property every 7 days.
Can my neighbor keep junk in the yard?
Outside storage of items such as tires, auto parts, waste building materials, trash and indoor furniture is not allowed. These items should be kept in a garage or storage shed. Typical outdoor items such as a barbecue, patio furniture and toys are allowed.
My neighbors’ tree is overhanging onto my property, what can be done?

The city does not have the authority to intervene when tree limbs hang over on to a neighboring property. The city encourages neighbors to work the issue out together. However, if there is a dead tree that is cause for concern, contact the city’s Forestry Division.


Trees and bushes must not encroach onto the public right-of-way or obstruct public street signs such as street names and stop signs. To report obstructions of sidewalks, signs and other items caused by overhanging trees or bushes, call the City of Lakewood Forestry Division at 720-963-5240.

Can RV’s be parked on the street?
All recreational vehicles or travel trailers must be parked on an improved surface when parked on private property. There is a 48 hour or less provision to load or unload the vehicle if it’s necessary to park on the City street, and only if it is parked directly in front of the dwelling unit of the vehicle’s registered owner.

All boat, horse and utility trailers must be parked on an improved surface when parked on private property. There is a six hour or less provision to park on the street if it is necessary.
How many vehicles can my neighbor have on their property?
Up to seven vehicles, which include trailers, boats and recreational vehicles, are allowed on each
single-family residential property. Four vehicles per unit are allowed on duplex properties. The
total number of vehicles allowed can include up to two inoperable vehicles. There are no restrictions on the number of operable vehicles that can park on the street.

All vehicles must be parked on an improved surface such as concrete, asphalt or gravel. Gravel
surfaces need to be a minimum depth of 3 inches, and kept free of weeds and other vegetation. Up to 50 percent of the front yard and 50 percent of the backyard may be used for parking areas.
How long can trash containers be kept on the street?
Trash must be removed from private property at least once a week to prevent an accumulation. Trash containers can be metal or plastic with tight fitting lids, or commercial-type dumpsters. Trash bags that are strong enough not to rip under normal handling may be used. However, if the bags are repeatedly being ripped by animals or are not sufficient to keep the trash secured, trash cans must be used.

All containers must be stored on private property and may be placed curbside no more than 48 hours for collection. The area around the trash storage area must be kept clean.
Can my neighbor have an inoperable vehicle on the property?

Up to two unlicensed or inoperable vehicles are allowed per residential property. Each must be stored on an improved surface (see Residential Parking section) in the side yard or backyard and be screened from public view.

Screening options are a 6-foot tall privacy fence or a fitted car cover. Contact Code Enforcement at 303-987-7566 to report inoperable vehicle violations in yards.

Unlicensed and inoperable vehicles are prohibited at apartment or other multifamily complexes. Inoperable vehicles, including those that are not currently licensed, cannot be parked on City streets.

Contact the Police Department’s nonemergency number, 303-987-7111, to report inoperable vehicles
parked on City streets.

Do I have to have my address posted on my property?
Address numbers are required to be displayed on all residences, offi ces, and other commercial buildings. Numbers need to be between 4 and 12 inches in height and of a contrasting color with the background. Numbers need to be clearly visible
from public streets, private drives and alleys. For more information on building numbering, contact
Code Enforcement at 303-987-7566.
Do I need to shovel snow off of my sidewalk?

Residents and business owners are required to remove snow from sidewalks adjacent to their properties within 24 hours of the snowfall ending.


Call the Public Works Department at 303-987-7975 to report a sidewalk that has not been cleared.

My neighbor has a large commercial vehicle on their property, is that allowed?

Yes, but only one commercial vehicle per residential property is allowed. The following are prohibited:

Semis, dump trucks, buses, vehicles over 20,000 pounds, vehicles 30 feet or longer, or 10 feet or more in height.

 Commercial vehicles cannot park on City streets.

Community Services
Does the Lakewood Police Department offer any services for businesses?
LPD offers security surveys and a newsletter, called "WARN," aimed at helping businesses prevent a variety of crime.  The newsletter is free and you can sign up at any time.  Contact the Sector Liaison Unit to schedule a basic security survey.

More Information: WARN Newsletter signup signup
How do I sign up for National Night Out?
It's easy! Simply use the form below.

More Information: National Night Out Signup
How do I determine whether someone has been arrested?

When someone is taken into custody by the police, there are many outcomes: released after booking, taken to Detox, taken to the Jefferson County Jail, etc. Since there are many possibilities, often the best option is to wait a few hours and see if the arrested person calls you. If the person is a juvenile, the police Agent will make an effort to contact a parent/guardian.

 

If you don't hear from the person within a few hours, call the Jefferson County Jail at 303-271-5388 to determine whether they have been lodged there. If you have other questions, call us at 303-987-7111.

Where do I go to get fingerprinted?

 

Visit our fingerprinting services page to learn more.



More Information: Fingerprinting Services
How do I obtain a protection (restraining) order?
Please visit our protection order webpage below.

More Information: Protection Orders
I need a police Agent to stand by while I...

Often, a citizen needs a police agent to stand by and keep the peace for a short amount of time while one attempts to resolve a civil situation. We call this a "civil assist." To request a civil assist, please stop at a neutral location near the address where you need to go. Call the police nonemergency number at 303-987-7111 and request an officer meet you at that location.

 

We do not make appointments for civil assists. Also, please understand we have a limited number of agents responding to emergency and non-emergency calls - it may take us a little while to meet you.

Who do I call for information on hotel vouchers for the homeless?
Hotel vouchers are only available in cold conditions and certain requirements must be met. Call Family Tree at 303-422-2133 or 211.
Which number do I call to get information on registering as a sex offender?
Call 303-987-7022
What are the current seat belt and car seat laws?
Seat belt and car seat laws are always being updated to keep motorists and their children safe. The best source for this information is found on the Colorado Department of Transportation's website. Go to it by clicking on the link below.

More Information: Colorado Seat Belt and Car Seat Information
I’ve been to court and my case has been resolved. When and how can I get my property?
The case detective must first sign off the property after you have gone to court and received a disposition. Or, you may obtain a Court Order from the judge authorizing the release of your property and present the Court Order to the Property Unit when picking up your property. You must call the Property Unit to make an appointment 24 hours in advance to pick up your property.

More Information: Claiming and Releasing Property
Can I have someone else pick up my property?
A representative can pick up your property with a notarized letter from you authorizing them to pick up your property. The notarized letter must include the representative’s name, and they must present the notarized letter and a current valid government issued photo I.D upon picking up the property. They must call the Property Unit to make an appointment 24 hours in advance to pick up any property.

More Information: Claiming and Releasing Property
The detective won’t call me back, what do I do?
Please be aware our detectives typically work Monday through Friday, daytime hours. They may also be on vacation or out sick. Please be patient and allow ample time for the detective to return your call. If you are still unable to get a hold of the detective after a reasonable amount of time, you may call and request to speak to their supervisor.

More Information: Claiming and Releasing Property
I found someone’s property, what do I do with it?
You may bring any found property to the Lakewood Police Dept. and turn it in at the front desk.  If the property isn’t claimed by the owner within sixty days, it can be released to you as the finder.   

More Information: Found Property
Crime Prevention
How can I protect myself from identity theft?
    1. Do not provide anyone with your personal information over the phone, Internet or through the mail, unless you initiated the contact.
    2. Monitor your financial accounts.
    3. Shred personal and financial information.
    4. Check your credit report annually.
    5. Cancel financial accounts immediately if lost or stolen.
    6. Do not carry social security cards or PIN numbers in your purse or wallet. 


More Information: Identity Theft Crime Prevention Tips
How can I prevent my car from being stolen?
1. Lock your car.
2. Park in a well-lit area.
3. Don’t leave keys in or around the vehicle.
4. Don’t leave valuables in the vehicle.
5. Get an anti-theft device. (club, steering wheel lock, ignition kill switch, alarms)

More Information: Prevent Car Theft Web Page
Investigations Division
How do I contact a detective reference a cold case?
Call us at 303-987-7474 or email, coldcase@lakewoodco.org.
What is the process after I report a crime?
The report will be sent to an Investigation Sergeant for review and possible assignment to a detective. The determination for assignment is based on the available suspect information and solvability of crime. For information on what detective is assigned or the status of the case you may call 303-987-7200.
Who do I contact if I have additional information regarding my case?

A division technician will take the additional information or put you in touch with your case detective. If you have it, please have your case report number ready.

 

For crimes that occured to a person (violent crimes including homicide, robbery, domestic violence, assault, harassment, sex assault, etc.), please call 303-987-7200

 

For crimes that occured to property (car break-ins, thefts, burglary, pawn violations, drugs and all economic crimes), please call 303-987-7301

If my stolen property is located, what do I need to do to get it back?
If the item was recovered by Lakewood PD you may call the Property Evidence room at 303-987-7320 to arrange for pick up. If the item was recovered in another jurisdiction you should be provided with a phone number to contact at the time of the recovery notification. If not you can call the main Investigations line at 303-987-7200. There are times when the stolen property needs to be held for a period of time base on its relevance to the case. You may be referred to the assigned Detective
If I pick up my stolen car from the impound lot and there is property inside not belonging to me, what should I do with it?
If possible do not touch the items not belonging to you. At the time of your original report you should have been provided a card with phone numbers indicating the department you should contact. If not you can call the desk agent 303-987-7150 or the main Investigations line at 303-987-7301. An agent, technician or detective can assist you. Please have your case number available when you call. Depending on what the items are you may be asked to place the items in a bag and bring it to the police station or a CSI may respond to your location to retrieve the items. There are times when the items will not be retrieved and you will be instructed to discard them.
When may I get my property back from the pawn shop?
First, ownership must be determined. If the property is not needed for court purposes, the detective will release the property to the victim. If you have any questions about your property, please contact the Pawn Unit at 303-987-7269.

More Information: Pawn Program Information for Citizens
How can I add additional stolen or missing property to my report?
Bring a typed or legibly printed list of the property to the Lakewood Police Department front desk agent to be attached to the case. Place the case number in the top right hand corner to insure routing to the correct file. Include item description, brand, serial number, model, color and value. If you are unable to come into the police station the list may be faxed. Contact the desk agent at 303-987-7150. An agent or a member of the Telephone Reporting Unit will be able to assist you. Please have your case number available when you call.
How can I add suspect information to my report?
At the time of your original report you should have been provided a card with phone numbers indicating the department you should contact. If not you can call the desk agent 303-987-7150 or the main Investigations line at 303-987-7200. An agent, technician or detective can assist you over the phone. Please have your case number available when you call.
Are others having the same crimes happening to them in the area?

To see what crimes are occuring around you, click the link below for the crime mapping service we use.

 

If you would like further information about crime and crime statistics in your area, please contact the records department employee Angela Harness.

 

For specific alerts about crime sprees and trends, check our news and alerts section.



More Information: RAIDS On-Line Crime Stats
How can I protect myself from identity theft?
    1. Do not provide anyone with your personal information over the phone, Internet or through the mail, unless you initiated the contact.
    2. Monitor your financial accounts.
    3. Shred personal and financial information.
    4. Check your credit report annually.
    5. Cancel financial accounts immediately if lost or stolen.
    6. Do not carry social security cards or PIN numbers in your purse or wallet. 


More Information: Identity Theft Crime Prevention Tips
How can I prevent my car from being stolen?
1. Lock your car.
2. Park in a well-lit area.
3. Don’t leave keys in or around the vehicle.
4. Don’t leave valuables in the vehicle.
5. Get an anti-theft device. (club, steering wheel lock, ignition kill switch, alarms)

More Information: Prevent Car Theft Web Page
Who do I contact if my credit cards are stolen or compromised?
1. Credit card company and your banks.
2. Our Economic Crimes Technician at 303-987-7275.
Why is it important to keep record of serial numbers on personal items?
Recording serial numbers found on valuable items increases the likelihood that your property will be returned if it is stolen. Serial numbers provided to police - along with item descriptions and the name of the owner - are listed in a crime information database that will alert any law enforcement officer who intercepts the property. For example, when an officer locates suspected stolen property, serial numbers will be checked via the database, which will help confirm whether the property is stolen, increasing the probability that it will be returned.

It is also common practice for thieves to use pawn shops to fence stolen property. Pawn shops are required to record serial numbers of incoming property and hold it for 30 days before reselling it. Again, serial numbers will be compared to those in the crime information database, and law enforcement will be notified if any serial number matches one reported as stolen.

When recording serial numbers found on your valuable items, it is important to include the make, model and a brief description of each one. It is also recommended that this information be kept in a safe place from thieves. For example, it is better to store a hard copy of the information in a file drawer than to save it on a computer, which could be stolen.
How can victim assistance help me with my case?
Victim assistance provides aid to innocent persons who suffer physical, emotional or financial loss from a criminal incident. The staff and volunteers respond in person to victims and family survivors of violent crime or sudden death. Other cases are followed up with a phone call, letter or a personal visit. Members of the unit also help victims apply for Crime Victim Compensation and provide referrals for any long-term support they might need. To learn more, visit our victim assistance web page using the link below.

More Information: Victim Assistance Unit
Who should I contact to find out the disposition of my case is?
For people (violent) crimes, call 303-987-7200.

For property crimes, call 303-987-7301.
How do I see the crime or crime pattern's in my neighborhood?

To see which crimes are occuring around you, click the link below for our crime mapping service.

 

If you would like more information about crime and crime statistics in your area, please contact Records Department employee Angela Harness.

 

For specific alerts about crime sprees and trends, check our news and alerts section.



More Information: RAIDS On-Line Crime Stats
Does the crime lab have internships?
At this time we do not.
Can I tour the crime lab?
Due to evidence security requirements, tours of the crime lab are not possible.
Municipal Court
How should I dress to come to court?
Appropriate attire is required. Clothing should be modest and not offensive.
Where is Records located?
Records is located in the City of Lakewood Public Safety Building, 445 S. Allison Pkwy, Lakewood, CO, one block west of Wadsworth Blvd and Alameda Ave Parking is available in the upper-level parking lot and short-term, handicapped parking is available in front of the building. As you enter the Public Safety Building, Records is located on the main floor to the left of the security checkpoint.

More Information: Directions To the Lakewood Police Department
Municipal Court: Criminal Summons
What are the maximum penalties assessed by the court for a juvenile?

The maximum penalty for a juvenile criminal violation is a $1,000 fine. Any juvenile who fails to comply with a lawful order of the Municipal Court may be confined to a juvenile detention facility not to exceed 48 hours. As part of such sentence, the court may order restitution to a victim for actual damage or loss caused by the offense to which a defendant pled guilty, nolo contendere (no contest), or was convicted. 

 

I missed my court date, what should I do?
If you missed your court date, you will need to appear in person at the Violations Bureau counter and inform the clerk that you missed your court date. It is advantageous to appear before a warrant is issued for your arrest. 
May I come in before my scheduled court date?
You will need to appear in person at the Violations Bureau counter and inform the clerk you would like to be seen early. Adult arraignments are held Monday and Wednesday at 1:15 p.m., and juvenile arraignments are held Tuesday and Thursday at 2:15 p.m. If you are under age 18, you need to appear with a parent or legal guardian. Please arrive 15 minutes before the arraignment session. 
What if I have questions regarding the law?
If you have legal questions, you should consult a private attorney. The Municipal Court staff is unable to provide legal advice.
When do I have an opportunity to speak with the judge?
You may speak with the judge when your case is called in open court. You may also write a letter for the judge to review; however, some correspondence cannot be seen by the judge before you enter a plea.
How long will I be at court?
Court sessions vary; an arraignment session can last two to three hours.
How do I request a trial?
If you enter a plea of not guilty, you have the right to have a trial by the court, which is by a judge, or in some cases, by a jury. If you request a jury trial, a $25 jury fee and a formal request must be filed within 21 days of entering a not guilty plea. 
How do I qualify for a public defender?
The prosecuting attorney must be seeking jail time, and you must qualify financially to be appointed a public defender. 
What options do I have if I am unable to pay my fine?
If you are unable to make payment of your fine in full, you may request additional time to pay at the Violations Bureau counter. A $25 stay fee will be added to your case if you are unable to pay within 48 hours. You will need to complete a financial application and provide mandatory financial documentation.
Is my charge a felony violation?
No, the Lakewood Muncipal Court processes criminal and traffic Municipal Ordinance Violations.
What are the maximum penalties assessed by the court for an adult?
The maximum penalty that can be imposed for a criminal violation is a $1,000 fine or 365 days in jail-or a combination of the two. As part of such sentence, the court may order restitution to a victim for actual damage or loss caused by the offense to which a defendant pled guilty, nolo contendere (no contest), or was convicted.
Municipal Court: Jury Service
Can I lose my job if I serve as a juror?
State law 13-71-134 C.R.S. protects a juror's job, "An employer shall not threaten, coerce, or discharge an employee for reporting for juror service as summoned."
Do I still have to serve on jury duty if I am an active duty member serving in the military?
Military members are not exempt from jury duty in Colorado. You must report for jury service or you may request an excusal or reschedule.
Why do I receive summonses from the City and county at the same time?
The summons process is random. On occasion an individual may receive a jury summons from the City of Lakewood and from Jefferson County.
How may I reschedule my jury service?
You have the right to reschedule once; if you need to do so, please call 303-987-7407.
How are jurors assigned to trials?
The judge will provide some initial instructions, and the parties or the attorneys will ask questions of each juror. Each side in the case may ask the court to excuse any juror for a specific cause. Each side is also allotted a certain number of “peremptory” or discretionary challenges for which a cause need not be given; however, the law does not permit these challenges to be made in a discriminatory manner.
Am I eligible to serve on a jury if I have a felony conviction?
Under state law 13-71-105 (3) C.R.S., you are eligible to be a trial juror, but you are not eligible to be a grand juror; however, a felony conviction may be a factor the parties consider in determining whether to keep a person on the jury.
Am I paid for serving as a juror?
Your employer has a duty under state law 13-71-126 C.R.S. to pay regular wages up to $50 per day if you are regularly employed for the first three days of juror service. Employers may pay more than $50 by mutual agreement. If you are a part-time or temporary worker and have worked for the same employer for three months or more, you are considered a regular employee. The Lakewood Municipal Court compensates jurors $6 if they serve as a juror on a trial and $3 if they appear but do not serve. This amount is set under state law 13-10-114 (3) C.R.S.
What is the “one day/one trial” system?
Under Lakewood Municipal Court policy, in each calendar year, jurors serve for only a single day, or the duration of one trial. The average length of a trial is one day at the Lakewood Municipal Court.
Municipal Court: Probation
What is a Presentence Investigation Report?
A presentence investigation report (PSI) is a document prepared by the Probation Division about a specific defendant. This report provides the court with information about the offense, the victim impact and the defendant. The report helps the court determine an appropriate sentence. PSI’s are prepared in juvenile and adult cases.
How does someone get on probation?
A sentence to probation is court ordered after an adult defendant pleads guilty or is found guilty of a criminal offense. A juvenile may be sentenced to probation if adjudicated a delinquent by the court because of the underlying criminal act. The probation department also supervises offenders who reach an agreement for a deferred sentence or adjudication with the prosecutor for the City of Lakewood.
What are “Terms and Conditions” of probation?
The terms and conditions of probation are the requirements set by the court as part of the probation sentence. Some conditions, like the necessity to remain law-abiding, are required by law. Other conditions might be related to the specific individual, like attending mental health counseling, paying restitution or fines.
What happens after I have been put on probation by the judge?
If ordered to probation, you should immediately report to the probation office. At that time, you will be assigned a probation officer and instructed when to return. If a presentence report was not completed as part of your sentence, you will complete several forms so your probation officer has information about your background. During the time you are on probation, you will work with your probation officer to complete the probation terms and conditions set by the court.
What happens if I don’t do what I am supposed to do while on probation?
The court sets the conditions of your probation, and your probation officer will review these with you. Violation of any condition may lead to a complaint (a revocation) being filed with the court and a hearing where the court will determine whether you violated your probation and whether your probation will be revoked. If probation is revoked, you may be resentenced to probation, sentenced to pay additional fines, community services or, in some cases, to a jail term if you are an adult. If you are a juvenile, you could be resentenced to probation, ordered to pay additional fines or complete community services and, in some cases, be placed in the Mount View Detention Facility (MVDF).
When is my probation over?
Probation periods vary by case. Your probation officer will give you the exact date of probation termination. Generally, jurisdiction for misdemeanor probation is 12 months or less. In some cases, this can be extended in the event fines are not paid, community service work or counseling requirements are not completed or you have been found guilty of a new criminal violation.
Municipal Court: Traffic Summons
What is a traffic infraction?
A traffic infraction is a violation of the law that is a minor traffic offense not punishable by imprisonment. Minor traffic offenses are generally considered infractions.
What are the possible penalties for a traffic infraction?
The maximum penalty is a $200 fine for class 4 infraction and a $400 fine for class 3 infraction. A 10 percent victim witness surcharge, and a $35 court cost or processing fee is added to all fines.
What is a traffic offense?
A traffic offense is a violation of the law that is a more serious traffic offense, such as no proof of insurance, careless driving, reckless driving, etc., and is punishable by imprisonment.
What are the possible penalties for a traffic offense?

The maximum penalty for class 2 traffic offenses is a $1,000 fine or 365 days in jail, or a combination of the two. Fines are imposed at the judge’s discretion. A 10 percent surcharge and a $35 court cost or processing fee is added to all fines.

 

May I come in before my scheduled traffic or animal court date?
You will need to appear in person at the Violations Bureau counter and inform the clerk you would like to be seen early. Traffic and animal case arraignments are held at 8:15 a.m., Monday through Thursday. In the majority of cases, if you are under age 18, you need to appear with a parent or legal guardian. Please arrive 15 minutes before the arraignment session.
What is a plea bargain?
A plea bargain results when the prosecutor offers a reduction in points and gives the defendant the opportunity to plea to a lesser charge. Some traffic infractions are offered a preapproved plea bargain by mail.
Should I plea bargain or go to trial?
Court staff cannot provide legal advice. You may request to speak with a prosecutor about your case.
What options do I have if I am unable to pay my fine?
If you are unable to make payment of your fine in full, you may request additional time to pay at the Violations Bureau counter. A $25 stay fee will be added to your case if you are unable to pay within 48 hours. You will need to complete a financial application and provide mandatory financial documentation.
What forms of payment are accepted for paying fines?
Payment in cash, checks, money orders, certified funds, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover are accepted by the court. If you are ordered to pay restitution, it must  be paid with cash or a money order.
What if I miss my court date?
You will need to appear in person at the Violations Bureau counter and inform the clerk that you missed your court date. It is advantageous to appear before a warrant is issued for your arrest.

Police Employment
Do I already have to be a police academy graduate to become a police agent?
No, Lakewood Police Department in conjunction wth the Jefferson County Sherif's office runs a Colorado P.O.S.T. certification academy.

More Information: Police Academy/Laterals
Do I have to live at the academy?
No, the academy is full time and recruits are not allowed to hold other employment, but recruits return to their own homes each night. The academy consists of eight-hour days, Monday through Friday, though some training will be required on weekends and nights.
Will I have to cut my hair, shave my beard or get rid of my earring?
Fresh shaves are required daily, and no facial hair or sideburns are allowed while in the academy. Wedding rings and watches may be worn, but no other jewelry is allowed during the academy. Females with long hair must wear it pulled back, off the collar. No colored fingernail polish will be allowed during the academy. Police agents are not allowed to display visible tattoos while on duty.
Will I have to pay to attend the Lakewood Police Academy?
No, all recruits are paid by the City of Lakewood as full-time employees and receive benefits while in the academy.
I have a relative with a criminal background, will that affect my chances of being hired?
Probably not, but each case is based on information gathered during the background investigation. Please address specific concerns with the investigator assigned to you.
I have some “issues” in my background, will this affect my chances of being hired?
It depends. Many issues are viewed on a case-by-case basis, but some will be cause for immediate disqualification. Please review the minimum qualifications and address specific issues with your background investigator.
Are there any age restrictions?
Yes, all applicants must be at least 21 years old.
What does the background investigation cover?
Previous employment, military service, criminal record, driving record, credit history, high school and college transcripts, drug use, alcohol use, truthfulness, character and any other relevant information.
Can I be a detective or CSI without being an agent?
No, all detectives and CSIs begin their careers as police agents.
Does the Lakewood Police Department require a college degree?
Yes, all applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree. The degree may be in any subject area, but there are no exceptions to this requirement.
Will I have to buy a lot of equipment?
No, the department provides most of the equipment, including a ballistic vest and uniforms.
Can I choose my shift/assignment?
Upon initial graduation, new agents are generally “slotted” and assigned to where manpower is needed. Before the start of each calendar year, agents choose their shift, days off, and area of the city worked based on seniority. All agents work a four day work week consisting of ten hour shifts.
What are the salary and benefits?
Click the link below for the salary and benefits page.

More Information: Police Agent Salary & Benefits
Why don’t I have to submit my driving record?
The police department has the ability to check motor vehicle records via computer.
How do I obtain a copy of my birth certificate?
Contact the Health Department - Vital Records, in the state in which you were born.
Do I have to list every job I’ve held in the last 10 years on the employment application?
Yes, even part-time jobs. Provide as much information as possible on jobs held since age 18.
Is there a maximum age limit or specific weight and height requirement for police agents?
No, but you must be able to pass the physical abilities test.

What does the physical ability test consist of?
The obstacle course is 130 yards. While equipped with a belt, baton, radio and weapon, you must climb a six-foot fence, duck under a sawhorse, climb through a window, run up several stairs, identify a suspect and drag a 150-pound dummy a distance of five feet, all within 76 seconds.
What is the application and hiring process like?
Please see our webpage on this topic.

More Information: The Hiring Process
What is an I-9 Form?
An I-9 is an Employment Eligibility Verification form distributed by the U.S. Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service. You will be required to complete and sign the I-9 within three days of your employment. You must also furnish the requested identification within the same three days.
If I don’t make it through the recruitment process, do I have to reapply next time?
You must submit an application each time you apply for a Police Recruit position.
Police Volunteer
What can I do as a volunteer?
There is a wide variety of opportunities for police department volunteers. More information about these opportunities is available on our website.

More Information: Volunteering at the Lakewood Police Department
Who do I contact to get started?
Call the volunteer coordinator at 303-987-7105 or by email LPDvolunteercoordinator@lakewoodco.org
How do I become a volunteer?
Many volunteer positions require the successful completion of the Citizen Police Academy, offered in the Fall and Spring of every year. Those positions that do not have this requirement are indicated next to their description. A background check and polygraph test are also a requirement for almost every volunteer position except for seasonal/special event volunteers and neighborhood watch block captains.
Do I need to complete the Citizen Police Academy in order to volunteer?
Almost all of our volunteer positions have this requirement besides volunteer victim advocate, division/case/office assistance, neighborhood watch, and seasonal/special event volunteers.
What is the minimum time commitment?
We require 50 hours per year of volunteer service (not including neighborhood watch and seasonal/special event volunteers) and a one year commitment.

What training do I need?
Basic Volunteer Support Team training and specialized training is a requirement of most positions. Volunteer Victim Advocates require a 40 hour training course.
When can I volunteer?
Really anytime, day, night, weekdays, and weekends.
Who volunteers?
We welcome a variety of ages, backgrounds and talents.
Are volunteers sworn police officers? Do they use weapons?
No, volunteers are not sworn and are not permitted to carry weapons or represent themselves as police officers.
How often do you accept new volunteers?
Volunteers are recruited generally twice per year following the Citizen Police Academy, but exceptions can be made depending on the interest of the volunteer and the needs of the department.
Police Property
I’ve been to court and my case has been resolved. When and how can I get my property?
The case detective must first sign off the property after you have gone to court and received a disposition. Or, you may obtain a Court Order from the judge authorizing the release of your property and present the Court Order to the Property Unit when picking up your property. You must call the Property Unit to make an appointment 24 hours in advance to pick up your property.

More Information: Claiming and Releasing Property
Can I have someone else pick up my property?
A representative can pick up your property with a notarized letter from you authorizing them to pick up your property. The notarized letter must include the representative’s name, and they must present the notarized letter and a current valid government issued photo I.D upon picking up the property. They must call the Property Unit to make an appointment 24 hours in advance to pick up any property.

More Information: Claiming and Releasing Property
The detective won’t call me back, what do I do?
Please be aware our detectives typically work Monday through Friday, daytime hours. They may also be on vacation or out sick. Please be patient and allow ample time for the detective to return your call. If you are still unable to get a hold of the detective after a reasonable amount of time, you may call and request to speak to their supervisor.

More Information: Claiming and Releasing Property
I found someone’s property, what do I do with it?
You may bring any found property to the Lakewood Police Dept. and turn it in at the front desk.  If the property isn’t claimed by the owner within sixty days, it can be released to you as the finder.   

More Information: Found Property
Police Records
Where is Records located?
Records is located in the City of Lakewood Public Safety Building, 445 S. Allison Pkwy, Lakewood, CO, one block west of Wadsworth Blvd and Alameda Ave Parking is available in the upper-level parking lot and short-term, handicapped parking is available in front of the building. As you enter the Public Safety Building, Records is located on the main floor to the left of the security checkpoint.

More Information: Directions To the Lakewood Police Department
Where is Visitor Parking?
 Visitor parking for the Public Safety Building is available in the Municipal Court parking lot one floor above the main floor level access and across the street from the Public Safety Building. If you need main floor parking access to the Public Safety Building, several handicap-designated parking covered spots are available across the street from the main entrance of the Public Safety Building and on Allison Parkway, street level.

More Information: Directions to Police Department
What are the hours of operation in Records?
7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday 
8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday
9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday
Closed on Sunday and holidays, except for impound releases which are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
How do I get a police report?

Please be sure to include $6, checks payable to City of Lakewood for your request.  All reports require a prepaid fee of $6. There may be an additional charge for reports more than 10 pages. You may request a report by mail or in person at Lakewood Police Records, 445 S. Allison Pkwy, Lakewood, CO 80226. If requesting by mail, please complete the form using the following link:

 



More Information: Police Records Request Form
How long does it take to get a police report?
Nonfatal traffic accidents and traffic infractions may not require a preapproval before release. Other police reports may require three to five business days for approval.
What do I need to get my vehicle out of impound?
A release form is required to retrieve any vehicle that has been towed by the Lakewood Police Department. The release form is available at Lakewood Police Records. Please bring proof of ownership (current vehicle registration or title) and your Colorado driver license to Lakewood Police Records to obtain this release form. Please have proof of insurance or you cannot drive your vehicle from the impound lot. Lakewood Police Records is open 24 hours a day, seven days per week for impound releases.
How do I get to the impound lot?
After obtaining the vehicle release form, you will be given a map to the impound lot where the vehicle is located. Payment will be requested by the towing company for the tow and storage fees.

The impound lot is open:
8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, and closed on Sunday.
How much will it cost to get my vehicle out of impound?
Contact Ace Towing, 303-722-1155 for fee information:
8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, and closed on Sunday.

More Information: ACE Towing Enterprise (Official Police Garage)
Police Services
How do I file a police report?
Filing a police report is easy!  Just click on the link on this FAQ, and follow the instructions on the Police Report Page.

More Information: Make a Police Report
Sex Offenders
What does SVP mean?
SVP stands for Sexually Violent Predator. SVP is a designation given to some adult convicted sex offenders. In 1999, the General Assembly decided that a small percentage of persons who are convicted of offenses involving unlawful sexual behavior continue to pose enough of a risk to the community that persons in the community should be told when the SVP moves into their neighborhood. SVPs are identified by their crime of conviction and by their performance on a scientific screening instrument. Persons meeting the criteria for SVP must register quarterly with their local law enforcement agency. If an SVP was convicted of an offense on or after 07/01/99, the community may be notified via a Community Notification Meeting and through the use of notification materials developed and approved by the Sex Offender Management Board.
If this sex offender is so dangerous, why is he allowed out in the community?

Most SVPs are sentenced to lengthy prison terms, although some SVPs can be released into the community on probation, directly upon sentencing, or on parole, following incarceration and sex offense-specific mental health treatment at the Department of Corrections. This may also mean that the SVP may be granted a work release as a condition of parole or probation. In determining an SVP's risk to the community, the Court or Parole Board considers the professional recommendation of the probation officer or Department of Corrections case manager, and the assessment of sex offense-specific mental health evaluators or treatment providers. If the SVP is determined to be manageable in the community, a recommendation may be made that he/she be supervised by probation or parole. In all cases, the court or Parole Board must make the determination regarding the placement of an SVP.

  • The Court or Parole Board makes the final determination regarding the SVP's release into the community.
  • As a state, we do not imprison all sex offenders. 65% are released into the community, including those who are supervised by the criminal justice system through probation or parole.
  • In Colorado, many SVPs will be subject to our Lifetime Supervision Law, which makes it easier to contain an offender if they demonstrate increased risk.

 

In case of other sex offenders who are not determined to be SVPs, many are convicted of offenses with determinate sentences, which mean that they have a time limit on their sentence. These offenders may complete their required period of supervision or be released into the community without probation or parole supervision. Most are required to register as a sex offender with law enforcement.

Why aren't communities notified when other types of sex offenders are released?
Communities in Colorado are notified when all convicted sex offenders' move into their jurisdictions, either through the sex offender registry or the community notification process regarding SVPs. The sex offender registry lists all convicted sex offenders who are required to register with local law enforcement in each community. Every citizen has the right to obtain the registry from his or her local law enforcement agency. Colorado law also requires community notification regarding sex offenders who have been assessed to be sexually violent predators, or those who are at highest risk to re-offend. This is accomplished through this community meeting.
Isn't it just a matter of time before the SVP commits another crime?
Many sex offenders can be closely monitored for risk behavior while under supervision and treatment. Some can learn through treatment to manage their sexual offender behaviors and decrease their risk of re-offense. However, such behavior management should not be considered a "cure," and treatment cannot permanently eliminate the risk that sex offenders may repeat their offenses.
Now that I know a sex offender lives in my community, what should I do differently to protect family and myself?

Read the educational and public safety materials available at the Community Notification Meeting, which offer prevention information regarding sex offenders for you and your family.

  • Read the SVP Bulletin to learn more about this specific SVP and any behaviors you should report to law enforcement.
  • Support and attend sexual assault prevention programs for yourself and your children.
What do I tell my children about this SVP?
In a manner which does not incite panic, instruct your children to avoid all contact with the SVP, even if the SVP's offense of conviction does not involve an offense against a child. Instruct them to avoid being in the vicinity of the SVP's residence or workplace. Review the public safety materials with your children and encourage your child to tell you about any contact with the SVP or any other person who make them feel uncomfortable. It is important to teach your children about appropriate and inappropriate contact and to encourage regular discussion about their interactions with others.
How would I know if my child has been sexually victimized?

If you notice behavioral changes or if you suspect that your child has been sexually victimized, contact your local law enforcement agency, Department of Social Services, or Child Advocacy Center immediately. Also, give your child permission to talk to you about things that may be bothering them and encourage them to attend child abuse prevention programs held through schools and community programs.

It is important to remember that though SVPs may pose a risk, they are not the only sex offenders in the community. Other offenders who may be dangerous, but who are not subject to community notification by law, include all un-convicted sex offenders, all sex offenders who offenses were committed prior to July 1, 1999, and many who have not been identified as known sex offenders. Research indicates that a person is most likely to be sexually assaulted by someone they know.



More Information: Child Sexual Abuse - What Parents Need to Know
Traffic Safety
What are the current seat belt and car seat laws?
Seat belt and car seat laws are always being updated to keep motorists and their children safe. The best source for this information is found on the Colorado Department of Transportation's website. Go to it by clicking on the link below.

More Information: Colorado Seat Belt and Car Seat Information
Traffic & Transportation
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Signals, Signs, and Markings
How do I report a missing or damaged traffic sign?

To report a downed stop sign, please call the Lakewood Police Department at 303-987-7111.

To report sign problems on a state highway (Wadsworth, Kipling, Colfax, 6th Ave., Hampden, Morrison), please call the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) at 303-757-9511.

To report any other traffic sign problem, please call 303-987-7980.

If you have more questions or concerns, please email us.

How do I report a traffic signal problem?
To report a signal problem, please call the Traffic Engineering Division at 303-987-7980, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

To report a signal problem at other times and on weekends, please call the Lakewood Police Department at 303-987-7111.

To report a traffic signal with a bulb out, please call the "Dead Bulb Hotline" at 303-987-7989.





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How do I report a street light outage?

Please contact Traffic Engineering at 303-987-7980 and provide the following:

Which street is the light on? (please indicate the nearest house number)
Is there a direction to the street name? (i.e. West 7th or East 7th)
What is the nearest cross street?

 

Light Location: 
    Corner (please indicate which corner - e.g.  northwest (NW), southeast (SE), northeast (NE), southwest (SW) 
    Mid-block 
    Parking Lot 
    Alley


In addition, most light poles have an Xcel facility tag with numbers.  Providing these numbers when reporting an outage is the best way to ensure that Xcel will locate the problem quickly.

To Report General Power Outage
If you are experiencing a general power outage in your area, please contact Xcel Energy at
1-800-895-4999.

If you have more questions, please email.

What kinds of savings did these traffic-tming efforts yield?
Based on time savings figures, normal traffic counts for each area and formulas provided by the Environmental Protection Agency, Lakewood traffic engineers calculated that the changes should save drivers $1,297,737 each year, along with 52,410 vehicle hours, 82,355 gallons of fuel and emission reductions of 18,559 pounds.
What were the results of these timing measures?
Time spent at the red light on West Alameda Avenue between South Allison Street and Green Mountain Drive has been cut by 14 percent. On West Colfax Avenue, from Kendall to Simms streets, time spent at the light has been reduced by 8 percent and from West Yale to West 32nd avenues along Wadsworth, time spent at the light has been cut by 25 percent.
Traffic Calming
What kinds of savings did these traffic-tming efforts yield?
Based on time savings figures, normal traffic counts for each area and formulas provided by the Environmental Protection Agency, Lakewood traffic engineers calculated that the changes should save drivers $1,297,737 each year, along with 52,410 vehicle hours, 82,355 gallons of fuel and emission reductions of 18,559 pounds.
What were the results of these timing measures?
Time spent at the red light on West Alameda Avenue between South Allison Street and Green Mountain Drive has been cut by 14 percent. On West Colfax Avenue, from Kendall to Simms streets, time spent at the light has been reduced by 8 percent and from West Yale to West 32nd avenues along Wadsworth, time spent at the light has been cut by 25 percent.
Traffic Control
What kinds of savings did these traffic-tming efforts yield?
Based on time savings figures, normal traffic counts for each area and formulas provided by the Environmental Protection Agency, Lakewood traffic engineers calculated that the changes should save drivers $1,297,737 each year, along with 52,410 vehicle hours, 82,355 gallons of fuel and emission reductions of 18,559 pounds.
What were the results of these timing measures?
Time spent at the red light on West Alameda Avenue between South Allison Street and Green Mountain Drive has been cut by 14 percent. On West Colfax Avenue, from Kendall to Simms streets, time spent at the light has been reduced by 8 percent and from West Yale to West 32nd avenues along Wadsworth, time spent at the light has been cut by 25 percent.
Traffic Engineering
How do I report a pothole?
Call 303-987-7950 or email.
Who do I contact to request driveway access onto a City street?
Call Lakewood Traffic Engineering Division at 303-987-7980 or email.  Click for a copy of the Traffic Engineering Design Standards "Green Book."
Utilities
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Drinking Water
How do I report a water service problem?
For assistance with water system maintenance or to report any water leaks in the City system, please call 303-987-7950 or email. For emergency assistance after hours, please call Lakewood Police Dispatch at 303-987-7111.
Which Water District am I in?
 View the list of citywide utility providers and the district   map .   See a list of providers.   
Sanitary Sewer
How do I report a sewer backup?
For assistance with sewer line maintenance or to report blockage problems, please call 303-987-7950 or email. For emergency assistance after hours, please call Lakewood Police Dispatch at 303-987-7111.
Which sewer district am I in?
The map shows the various sewer district boundaries within the City of Lakewood.   See a list of utility providers.
Stormwater Management
How do I report a clogged storm drain?
For assistance with maintenance or to report a blockage or other emergency, please call 303-987-7950 or email. For after hours emergencies, call Lakewood Police Dispatch at 303-987-7111. 

 



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Who do I contact for maintenance of a culvert, gulch or drainage ditch?
For assistance with maintenance or to report a blockage or other emergency, please call 303-987-7950 or email.   For after hours emergencies, call Lakewood Police Dispatch at 303-987-7111.



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