Community Services Unit

The Police Department is in charge of Code Enforcement and Animal Control. Community Service Officers Hannah Wood and Tyler Betts can be contacted at (970) 826-2386 or (970) 826-2374. Calls for service can be made to: Colorado State Patrol Dispatch at (970) 824-8111.

Animal Control areas include:

  • Barking Dogs
  • Animal Bites
  • Vicious Animals
  • Animals Running at Large
  • Animal Welfare

Code Enforcement areas include:

  • Junk or Litter
  • Weeds, Grass & Brush
  • Hazardous or Unsanitary Property
  • Junk/Inoperable Vehicles
  • Vehicle Parking
  • Burning
  • Unlawful Depositing of Snow and Ice

Municipal Ordinances

Code Enforcement involves the enforcement of many of the City’s municipal ordinances. These ordinances have been enacted to preserve the health, safety and welfare of Craig’s citizens and to protect the basic character of our community. The information contained here is provided in an effort to inform you of the various nuisance ordinances and to help you better understand the laws that affect you. Through compliance with these ordinances, we can all continue to make Craig a better community.

Impounded Animals

Impounded animals are housed at the city shelter at Bear Creek Animal Hospital.

City Licenses for Animals

City licenses are required for dogs that reside in the Craig city limits. 

Animal licenses can be purchased at Bear Creek Animal HospitalCraig Veterinary HospitalCraig City Hall, or at the Craig Police Department. Licenses cost $10.00 for dogs that are not spayed or neutered and $2.00 for dogs that are spayed or neutered.

Junk or Litter
Junk or litter means refuse, waste matter, junk or litter items, which by reason of its location and character is dangerous to public health, safety and welfare, is unsightly or interferes with the reasonable enjoyment of property by neighbors, detrimentally affects property values in the surrounding neighborhood or community, or which would materially hamper or interfere with the prevention or suppression of fire upon the premises.

Weeds, Grass and Brush
Growing weeds, including noxious weeds, and brush; dead weeds, grass, brush or tree trimmings; or any plants which conceal filthy deposits located on any property with the City of Craig are considered a nuisance. This includes land on or along the sidewalk, street or alley adjacent to the property and between the property line and the curb or middle of the alley. Exceptions to this are undeveloped or un-subdivided land, open space areas, agricultural crops and tended flower or vegetable gardens. Any trees, bushes or other vegetation that interferes with vehicle movement in the alley or street are also considered a nuisance.

Hazardous or Unsanitary Property
Any building or real property, whether open to the public or not, which presents a hazard of fire or accident or a hazard to health or safety must be corrected.  

Junk / Inoperable Vehicles:
A junk or inoperable vehicle is defined as any vehicle not capable of traveling under its own powers, not bearing current registration plates, or which, for sixty (60) days or more, has not been in condition to be legally operated on the streets. In the City of Craig, any junk or inoperable vehicle must be within an approved solid six (6) foot fence or within a fully enclosed building. The National Kidney Foundation allows citizens to donate motor vehicles directly to the organization through their "Kidney Car Program". The donation is tax deductible.

Vehicle Parking
No person shall park any vehicle other than a motorcycle or moped in any front or side yard unless the vehicle is parked on a portion of the yard which provides direct access to a garage from a street, or on an improved side yard area having an inorganic surface and a border which defines the parking area.

Unlawful Depositing of Snow and Ice
It is unlawful for any person to deposit snow and/or ice on any public street or alley from public or private property.  Snow materials may be pushed into the property owner’s property so long as it does not interfere with regular city snow plowing operations nor impede sight distance for traveling motorists.