Jefferson County Approved Forester For

Defensible Space Inspections

Splintered Forest

Defensible Space Inspection Services

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Are you looking to build a new home in the mountainous areas of Jefferson County, Colorado? Want to build an addition or a deck on a home you currently own? Let the Splintered Forest team and our Jefferson County Approved Forester help guide you through the process and complete your Defensible Space Inspection today!

What is the process for applying for a Defensible Space Permit?

1) Talk with the Jefferson County Planning & Zoning Division – contact information can be found on their website.

2) Start the application for a defensible space permit number with Jefferson County.

3) Contact a Defensible Space Inspector from the County approved list. The inspector will meet with you at your property and mark any trees requiring attention. After the markings have been completed, the inspector will notify the County that the initial inspection is completed and the Defensible Space sign off on the permit will be released.

4) During the construction process, you must complete the required removals, thinning or trimming. Before obtaining your Certificate of Occupancy, you must have the Defensible Space Inspector return to verify the work has been completed.

5) After the work has been completed and verified, the Inspector will provide proof of a final inspection to Jefferson County on your behalf.


Splintered Forest has the capability to complete both the Defensible Space Inspection and the necessary fire mitigation work. Contact us today!

When Is A Defensible Space Permit Required in Jefferson County, CO?

Mountainous areas of Jefferson County, Colorado in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) (meaning properties above 6,400 feet in elevation) are required to obtain a Defensible Space Permit for the following reasons:

  • Building a new structure or replacing a current structure 
  • Completing an addition on a current structure 
  • Building or replacing a deck 
  • Turning a property into a short term rental 
  • New development projects (i.e. new subdivision plats) or when required by a note on a subdivision plat

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Justin Matheny

Five Stars

The crew was incredibly efficient, skilled and professional. Would highly recommend and use them again in the future.

Frank Beebe

Five Stars

Friendly, reliable, three trees removed, they were in and out in 45 minutes. Highly recommend them.

Frazer Lockhart

Five Stars

This is a great company! ... They were quick to provide a clearly stated bid, then followed up with scheduling. When an opening occurred ahead of our scheduled date, they reached out to complete our job earlier. On-site they were professional and meticulous, working with high energy and real skill. It was a real pleasure to work with Splintered Forest. They are our new "go to" for any tree work.

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