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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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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

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Latest Neighborhood News

Stay informed with news on all neighborhood events, classes, policy changes and more. To read the latest edition and subscribe to get this e-newsletter, visit

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Questions About Development Proposals in Your Neighborhood?

If you've received a letter or seen a yellow sign about a neighborhood meeting or a hearing for a development proposal in your neighborhood, and have questions, we can help. There are several online resources to learn more about neighborhood meetings, other upcoming events, and how you can participate in development review. If you have questions, please contact Sarah Burnett, Neighborhood Development Review Liaison, at 970-224-6076.

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Changes to Animal Control Enforcement

Several animal control ordinances were changed to civil infractions rather than criminal misdemeanors. These code changes lessen the severity of the penalty to more accurately fit the “crime.” With the new codes, people in violation will get a civil citation with an immediate fine versus a possible criminal record, fines and jail time. These changes also make enforcement quicker and easier with the goal of gaining compliance and relief from the problem as quickly as possible. Common violations include: animal at large (off-leash), animal disturbance (barking dog), animal waste removal/pick-up and any animal license/rabies vaccination violations. For more info, please visit the Larimer Humane Society.

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Current Edition of the Landlord/Tenant Handbook

Intended to be a summary of state statutes and local ordinances, this handy guide will help inform Fort Collins landlords and tenants about many of the rights and responsibilities each have in a legally binding contract. Information contained in this handbook does not constitute legal advice and is current as of August 2010. Visit

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Occupancy Limits & Enforcement

Do you know about the changes adopted by City Council on May 14, 2010? Visit to learn more about our occupancy limit and how it is enforced. Here you can also find disclosure statements and occupancy investigaton forms.

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Nuisance Hotline

There is one number you can call to report a variety of neighborhood issues. For more info visit

Neighborhood Services

Physical Address: 281 North College Avenue | Fort Collins, CO 80524
Mailing Address: PO Box 580 | Fort Collins, CO 80522-0580
Phone: 970-224-6046
Fax: 970-224-6050