Fremont County
Building Department &
Environmental Health Offices


Office Hours:
7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Thursday
Except Holidays


615 Macon Ave.
Room 212
Cañon City, CO 81212

(719) 276-7460
Fax: (719) 276-7461

Building Department Staff:
Michael Cox
Building Official
mike.cox@fremontco.com

Martin Hasenauer
Building Inspector
martin.hasenauer@fremontco.com

Wyatt Sanders
Building Inspector
wyatt.sanders@fremontco.com

Environmental Health Department
Sid Darden
County Sanitarian
sid.darden@fremontco.com

Fremont County Engineer
Don Moore
(719) 276-7367
Cell (719) 539-8866
don.moore@fremontco.com

One of the submittal requirements for application of a building permit is evidence of a potable water supply to the property. Typically this evidence is provided in the form of a water tap contract or recent water bill from a public entity, or a well drilling permit from the State Division of Water Resources or evidence of an existing well. In some rare cases, however, none of the above options are practicable. Therefore, under certain circumstances, a cistern may be accepted as a primary water supply.

A cistern as a primary water supply will only be permitted on parcels of land which were legally created prior to June 1, 1972, and on parcels which are thirty five (35) acres or larger. A cistern as a primary water supply will only be permitted after all other options for water have been exhausted without success. If you are proposing a cistern as your primary water source, it will be necessary for you to provide the following documentation to the Building Department.

  1. A written disapproval of a well permit application from the Colorado Division of Water Resources or a written statement from a licensed water well driller indicating a dry well. The written statement from the driller must include a copy of the driller's log of the well.
  2. A contract or written statement from a bulk water supplier that bulk water is available for sale to you.
  3. An executed form letter concerning the use of bulk water and a cistern. The form letter may be obtained, signed and notarized at the Building Department.

Fremont County provides no assurance or representation that the use of bulk water and a cistern will be an approved or an acceptable long-term source of potable water.

THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT BULK WATER WILL ALWAYS BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE, AND FREMONT COUNTY HAS NO AUTHORITY OR JURISDICTION WHATSOEVER OVER WATER SUPPLIERS OR THEIR DECISION TO SELL WATER IN BULK TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC