Residents

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The Town of Dolores is a great place to live whether you are coming to find a quiet place to retire or looking for a safe place to raise your family. There are approximately 30 acres of parks and open space that includes ball fields, play grounds, trails and fishing access. Not to mention the endless amount of public lands a few minutes from home.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Effective May 20th

San Juan National Forest and partners implement fire restrictions due to critical conditions

Durango, Colo., May 19, 2022— San Juan National Forest Fire Management Staff are implementing Stage I Fire Restrictions on all National Forest System lands within the San Juan National Forest, including wilderness, beginning at 12:01 am on Friday, May 20th. Fire restrictions are designed to protect public safety and our area natural resources. Southwest Colorado is in extreme drought with continued hot, dry weather creating a critical fire environment. The fine for violating campfire restrictions in Stage I has been raised to $500 in Colorado

Learn more.

Dog Owners

All resident dogs must be licensed. Please read this short information document.

Be Bear Awa​re

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife website provides excellent advice on living in bear country.

Also, be sure to refer to the Bear Resistant Container Ordinance.

Green Waste

As of May 26, 2022, the Dolores Green Waste site is open for citizens on the last Thursday of the month from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Note that your yard waste and tree trimmings will be inspected at the gate, so ensure your cargo does not include the following:

Appliances Metals Chemicals Asbestos
Liquid Construction Debris Hazardous or Radioactive Waste Household Trash
Tires Electronics Paint Oil
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Utilities

If you are just moving or thinking of relocating there are some things you should know. The Town operates the water and sewer services so you will need to stop by Town Hall to get those services changed to your name. We are located at 420 Central Avenue or give us a call (970) 882-7720. 

Fee Schedule water and sewer

New in 2021 the Elderly Low-Income utility (water/sewer) discount program is up and we are taking applications.  To apply please call 970-882-7720.

Contact for other utilities and services;

Empire Electric will provide your electric service

Century Link phone and internet

Spectrum  Broadband cable TV and phone

Zumacom  high speed wireless

Waste Management Trash service

Countryside Disposal 970-565-8180 ( sorry no link yet) Trash service

Atmos Energy Natural gas

Building Code

Building code (2006 IBC) requires an approved building permit prior to any construction.

We also adhere to the Flood Damage Prevention Regulations.

The Dolores Land Use code guides and regulates growth and development in the Town.  Dolores Land Use Code

Please call Town Hall 970-882-7720 to speak to the Building Official and assistance with application processes.

When is a permit required? this can help you determine if your improvement requires a permit.

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Water

Refer to the 2022 Water Quality Report for information regarding possible contaminants the Town of Dolores tests the water supply for throughout the year.

Summer Weeds

Be sure to refer to the summer weed maintenance reminder.

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Schools and Daycare

Dolores RE4a Public school system includes infant and toddler, and preschool through twelfth grades.

Dolores Christian Childcare. For child care outside of school

Dolores Public library sits on the edge of the Dolores River

Elections

Don't Forget, This is Snow Country

It is also important to remember that you are moving to the mountains, which means it's snow country, so do not forget your shovel. The town plows roads but does not plow driveways nor removes berms resulting from its plowing efforts.

Please be sure to review the following applicable policies