Cirque Meadows by Adam Johnson
> Departments > Community Development > Planning > Horse Facilities Regulations

Larimer County Equestrian Operation Regulations

photo of horse facility

  Subscription Service

Subscribe (or unsubscribe) and receive updates to the Horse Facility Study website in your e-mail inbox.RSS

Larimer County - Does your horse business have legal County land use approval?

In 2010 Larimer County updated, and significantly relaxed, land use regulations for horse boarding and training businesses. As part of that change, a new process was created called Public Site Plan. The benefits of a Public Site Plan Process include an abbreviated review process and lower application fee.

The new regulations do not apply to non-profits such as 4-H and Pony Club, or to the private use of personal horses. Horse keeping that is accessory to the primary use of a property is a use-by-right. Accessory horse keeping may include horse boarding, horse training for a fee and riding lessons. Changes in the land use code clearly differentiate accessory horse keeping from equestrian operations. When accessory horse keeping exceeds the maximum number of allowed boarded horses and weekly trainee visits, based on the property size, it is defined as an equestrian operation. More information: Accessory Horsekeeping and Equestrian Operations.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or need additional information, please call the Larimer County Planning Department at (970)498-7683 or email at

Background Image: Cirque Meadows by Adam Johnson. All rights reserved.