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Fireworks Are Not Only Dangerous, But Illegal in Fort Collins

With summer's arrival, it's not too early to start talking about fireworks and the Fourth of July.

Fireworks are a traditional part of America’s Independence Day celebration.  Yet, it’s imperative we all know and obey the fireworks laws in Fort Collins. And the good news is the local laws are not complex.

Yet, did you know?

Fort Collins law prohibits the possession and/or use of fireworks of any kind within the city limits. This includes fireworks frequently sold outside city limits and legal to use elsewhere, as well as fireworks sold just across the border in Wyoming.

Possession and use (without a permit) of fireworks of any kind in the city of Fort Collins may result in confiscation of the fireworks,  issuance of a summons into municipal court, and a fine over $2700.  To avoid a summons, a costly fine, possible injury, or starting a fire, join other community members in celebrating and leave the fireworks shows to the professionals.

How do I report fireworks violations?

If you hear or observe fireworks being used at non-professional displays, call the Fort Collins Police Services non-emergency number at 970-221-6540. Please do not call 9-1-1.

For more information, please visit our fireworks page.

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Historic Preservation Process Improvements Study

With the goal of increasing the transparency, predictability and effectiveness of our Historic Preservation efforts, the City of Fort Collins will undertake a two-part study to identify improvements. Currently, at Council direction, several code revisions are being brought forward. Learn more about this study or view the information from the open house.

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Old Town & River District Undergo New Design Standards

Work is underway to develop design standards and guidelines for new development and redevelopment of existing buildings within the Old Town Historic District and the River Downtown District.  Public outreach has included an informational meeting this past October and a public workshop on November 13. Join the discussion and learn more about this project.

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Check Building Permits & Development Review Online

You can check the status of Building Permits, Development Review projects, and also schedule your building inspections online with our Community Services Citizen Access Portal

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Neighborhood Night Out - Tuesday, August 4

Register your Neighborhood Night Out event by July 14 to receive a t-shirt, goodie bag, and possibly a friendly visit from police, fire, and/or City Council! For more information and to register go to