Special Event Permit Detail

Application Information

ID: 5862   Event: Straw Bale Building Workshop
Application Date: 04/19/2021    Event Date: 07/10/2021   Thru: 07/18/2021
Contact 1 Name: Paul Waller
Address: 321 Sanddown Blvd
Livermore CO 80536
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Contact 2 Name: Ken Sagen
Address: 321 Sanddown Blvd
Livermore CO 80536
Email: Send email

Event Information

Permit Type(s): Private Land
Website: http://www.strawbale.com
Parcel #: 0229000003

321 Sanddown Blvd
Livermore, CO 80536

We are building a new home on our private property this year. The primary construction method -- straw bale construction -- is not the most conventional method, and so as part of the build, we plan to host a hands-on educational experience for other straw bale enthusiasts to learn the methods as they consider building their own homes.

Our Straw Bale Building Workshop will be conducted by nationally-known expert Andrew Morrison, who has been conducting similar workshops for over 25 years. Approximately 40 Registrants will gather on our private property, with most registrants camping on-site for the duration of the week-long event.

Registrants are expected to arrive at the site on Saturday, July 10, and most will depart on Saturday, July 17. Some may volunteer to remain after to assist with plastering of all straw bale walls and to take advantage of that learning opportunity.

7.7.1 - Potable water for the event and Registrants will come from the well on our private property. The well was tested prior to our purchase of the property in Fall 2019.
7.7.2 - At least two (2) portable rental toilet facilities (

Estimated Participants: 40   Estimated Spectators: 20

Food / Alcohol:
  Food is being served: CATERED
 Alcohol is NOT being Served

   Sat. 07/10/2021: 06:00 AM - 07:00 PM
   Sun. 07/11/2021: 06:00 AM - 07:00 PM
   Mon. 07/12/2021: 06:00 AM - 07:00 PM
   Tue. 07/13/2021: 06:00 AM - 07:00 PM
   Wed. 07/14/2021: 06:00 AM - 07:00 PM
   Thu. 07/15/2021: 06:00 AM - 07:00 PM
   Fri. 07/16/2021: 06:00 AM - 07:00 PM


Additional Information Submitted by Applicant

1. Date Submitted: 04/27/2021
We are attaching copies of our Homeowners' Policy and Personal Umbrella Policy to show limits that should satisfy this requirement?

2. Date Submitted: 04/28/2021
Trash disposal will be handled through our standard contracted trash removal by Cowboy Sanitation out of Cheyenne. Registrants will be cautioned against storing and food in their tents or campers as in standard camping procedures, and space will be available for storing any snacks or other foodstuffs in a secure Conex storage container currently on site.

Reviewing Agency Comments/Status

Email the Special Events Coordinator regarding this application.


Status: Approved

Comments: Approved on two conditions:
1) County building permit 21-RES0130 for the home must be issued by that time. It has not yet received Larimer County plan review approval; there are many outstanding corrections needing to be addressed. No work may proceed until the permit is issued.
2) A homeowner working on their own home may do their own electrical and plumbing work. Anyone else performing electrical or plumbing work must be properly state-licensed. People working on the straw bale home as volunteers or workshop attendees may work on any portion of the construction except the electrical and plumbing portions, subject to approval by the General Contractor obtaining the permit.

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Code Compliance

Status: Approved


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Colorado Division of Wildlife

Status: Approved

Comments: I would like to know if the applicant has a plan for trash disposal and food storage to mitigate against conflicts with bears.

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Status: Approved


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Status: Approved

Comments: Spoke with applicant regarding event on 6/21/21:
-Applicants proposing 6 portable restrooms to spread out on the property for camping. Requested handwashing stations at portable restrooms and food service area (example of camping handwash stations at this website: https://thegreatpaleooutdoors.com/how-to-make-a-camping-handwashing-station/) with soap and a paper towels, as well as trash bag/container.
-Water for event provided from on-site. Applicants will be testing the water quality and obtained a water sample container from Health Dept to submit for testing. If sample comes back positive, then the applicant will need to shock disinfect well before event. Resources available on our website for well shocking/treatment: https://www.larimer.org/health/clean-air-water-and-soil/drinking-water/water-quality-resources
Applicants will also provide waiver/signage to inform guests that well water is untreated.
-Food preparation will be conducted off-site in a commercial kitchen by people with food safety training.

I appreciate the conversation and wish the applicants a successful event.

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Larimer County Emergency Management

Status: Approved


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Livermore Fire Protection District

Status: Approved

Comments: This event should advise participants that emergency services may be a long time in responding and they should plan on taking care of their medical necessities. Since the even is planned during a dry part of the year, precautions must be taken to eliminate possible wildfire. All fires must be contained in a well made fire-pit, and must be of a small size for recreation, not for the disposal of trash or slash. Additionally, severe storms, wind, lightning, heavy rain, and, hail are dangerous and likely at this time of year and the "event" should have a plan to address such.

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Status: Approved


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Risk Management

Status: Approved

Comments: Thank you.

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Status: Approved


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Final Disposition


Good Morning Paul and Ken,

Congratulations! Your special event permit application has been approved.

Please print the permit and have it available for the duration of your event.

Your approved event shall comply with all Center for Disease Control, State of Colorado and Larimer County Health Department guidelines and rules for social distancing and maximum crowd size that are in place at the time of the event.

Hvae fun and much success.