Property Improvement Permit


The Planning Department encourages all applicants to review the Frequently Asked Questions section prior to filling out the Property Improvement Permit application to ensure all required information and documents are submitted with the application. If plans or construction material information are included or required as part of the application submittal, please attach PDF versions of the documents in the fields provided.

To determine the Zoning Designation of a given property, use the City's online Zoning Map. Permitted Uses and Zone Designation information may be found in Chapter 18.08 of the Municipal Code.

It is also important to know whether or not the work is being performed in one of the City's local historic districts as this may impact not only the requirements of the submittal but, potentially, the review process as well. Use the Historic Sub-Districts Map to determine whether or not a given property is located within one of the City's Local Historic Sub-Districts. 

If you submit an application online, the Planning Department will contact you regarding payment, so it is important to include a phone number in which you may be reached.

Submit an Application Online

Use the links below to submit an online application for a Property Improvement Permit. Please check to see if the property in which the work is to be performed is within the boundaries of one of the local historic sub-districts as this may impact the information required for a successful application. Also refer to the Frequently Asked Questions page regarding work in the historic districts to ensure all required information and materials are submitted.

Submit an Application via Email

Property Improvement Permit applications may be sent to the Manitou Springs Planning Department email ( If you submit an application by email, the Planning Department will contact you regarding payment using the phone number provided on the application.

Submit an Application In- Person

Property Improvement Permits applications may also be submitted in person to the City of Manitou Springs Planning Department at the following address:

City of Manitou Springs Planning Department
606 Manitou Avenue
Manitou Springs, CO 80829

Use Tax ID Number

The Use Tax ID Number needed to pull the Building Permit with Pikes Peak Regional Building Department (PPRBD) is issued in conjunction with the Property Improvement Permit for the City of Manitou Springs. Each Use Tax ID Number is unique to each Property Improvement Permit, meaning there is one Use Tax ID for one Property Improvement Permit. 

City Use Tax is paid through the Property Improvement Permit and is assessed based on 3.8% of the cost of materials, not including labor (as of July 1, 2020). For more information regarding Use Tax, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page. 

Development Guidelines

Guideline Guideline Document
Sign Design Guidelines for the Downtown Zone Guideline (PDF)
Building Height - Residential Guideline (PDF)
Building Height - Commercial Guideline (PDF)
Fences/Retaining Walls Guideline (PDF)
Concrete Colors - Downtown/Historic Districts Guideline (PDF)
Accessory Structures - Storage Buildings, Greenhouses, etc. Guideline (PDF)
Development Standards Guidelines (PDF)

Site Plan Requirements & Information

Payment Information

A Property Improvement Permit and Use Tax ID Number will not be issued until payment has been received and processed by the City of Manitou Springs.

The City of Manitou Springs accepts payments in the form of cash, check, or credit/debit card (Visa, Mastercard, or Discover). Cash or check transactions will need to be performed in person, however, credit/debit card transactions may be performed in person or over the phone.