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You must be 21 years of age by the time of your graduation from the POST academy. We do not have have an age limit for our officers and, in fact, we encourage applicants with a variety of life experience!
Our local POST academy, hosted by the Western Colorado Community College, is a 16-week course.
Typically, there are two academy classes per year; one that starts in January, and one in August.
There is a lot you can in preparation that will help you in the application process!
Colorado statute requires that officers wishing to transfer be fully certified in another state and have served at least one year in the last three years to be eligible for Provisional Certification. Qualified applicants may either go through a skills test in the Denver area, or attend a refresher academy. More information about the process of transferring certification to the state of Colorado can be found by visiting the Colorado POST website.
If you apply and are selected as a sponsored cadet with the Grand Junction Police Department, not only will we pay your tuition through our local academy, but we will also pay you an hourly wage while you attend. If you are interested in additional information about our local academy, more information can be found on the Western Colorado Community College website.
The physical ability test is pass or fail, with only one attempt allowed. If you fail the test, you may reapply after six months.
Typically, the entire process takes an average of eight weeks.
If you are hired by the Grand Junction Police Department as a sponsored recruit in the academy, all uniforms, equipment, and books will be provided at no cost to you.
Applicants who come to us directly from the academy will go through a four week "mini-skills" program, to acclimate them to our agency. They will then move on to patrol in a Field Training program, where they will be paired with a training officer. That training program typically lasts 12-16 weeks. Lateral or certified applicants coming to us from another agency will typically go through an abbreviated version of the same training.
Safety is a big issue! If water that gets sucked back into your water system is contaminated by weed killer, fertilizer, or pesticides, it can make you very sick. Chemicals and insecticides in your drinking water can cause several reactions. Reports from across the nation have included:
Backflow preventers are required by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Primary Drinking Water Regulations, and the City of Grand Junction resolution Number 89-99. Backflow preventers must be installed on your home and business sprinkler systems if they are tied into your domestic water supply. They also need to be installed on fire sprinkler systems, commercial facilities where chemicals are used, boiler systems, and other systems where water could become contaminated.
For more information about backflow prevention email Brian Breault, Cross-Connection Control Coordinator, or call at 970-256-4101.
Be aware of situations where your home water supply does or could come in contact with non-potable liquid. Don’t let a cross connection be made if another, safer, way is possible. If cross connecting cannot be avoided, use the proper plumbing device to prevent any liquid from backflowing into the potable water system. For example, a hose bib (outside faucet) vacuum breaker is a simple, inexpensive plumbing device you attach to the faucet before attaching the hose. Other situations require a special backflow prevention device that will isolate potable water from potential contamination.
To protect the quality of tap water in your home never allow hoses to be submerged in sinks, pools, chemical mixing tanks, etc. Be sure your toilet flush valves have an anti-siphon device. Make sure any plumbing work done at your home is by a licensed plumber. Last, but not least, winterize your backflow device (PDF) correctly to prevent costly water leaks and damage next spring.
This City is currently scheduled to begin accepting applications for retail cannabis stores and co-located medical and retail cannabis stores for ten (10) sites starting May 9 at 8 a.m. through June 8 at 5 p.m. Testing facility licenses have been allowed in the City since October 2016.
All cannabis businesses in the state of Colorado require licenses from both the State and the local jurisdiction.
The City allows the following license types: Retail Cannabis Stores, Co-Located Retail and Medical Cannabis Stores, Retail Testing Facilities, and Medical Testing Facilities.
The official State web portal for cannabis regulations in Colorado can be accessed on the State's Marijuana Enforcement Division website.
Ballot questions 2A and 2B provide for the taxation of cannabis businesses and allow the City Council to promulgate regulations that would provide for cannabis business licensing. No other elements of the State or local rules for cannabis and cannabis businesses are changed. For example, the following State of Colorado laws remain in effect:
Questions such as the type of cannabis businesses that may operate, where they may operate, and how many may operate are not determined by ballot measures 2A and 2B; they would be defined in further regulation as may be adopted by City Council.
The City Council is considering an ordinance on May 4 that would allow Regulated Cannabis Stores in the B-1, B-2, C-1, C-2, MU, BP and MX zone districts. The ordinance further includes buffering provisions. As currently drafted, the ordinance provides that no Regulated Cannabis Stores shall be located:
A list of schools and licensed treatment facilities can be found on the City’s Cannabis Licensing webpage.
No. If and when license applications are opened, only those materials submitted with the application would be considered in the licensing review.
No. Measures 2A and 2B affect only marijuana businesses, where products meet the THC threshold of marijuana (0.3% THC). Businesses where cannabis products do not meet that THC threshold are not affected by Measures 2A and 2B.
No. The City will conduct a randomized selection of all qualified applicants.
The passage of 2A and 2B constitutes a new funding source to support enforcement and implementation related to the new cannabis-related businesses that will be coming to the community. Revenue from retail cannabis is also dedicated to build, operate and maintain the highest priorities in the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) Master Plan, which was adopted by City Council on January 6, 2021. A summary of the plan, as well as the full plan, can be found on the Parks Recreation Open Space Master Plan webpage.
The PROS plan, driven by community engagement, lays out over $157 million in projects and priorities for the next 8 to 10 years. Since this new revenue stream will take many months to establish, funds for the PROS projects will not be available for several months. The City will follow the regular budgetary process for considering capital projects city-wide, including parks and recreation. Priorities in the PROS plan will be folded into the 2022 budgeting process, as well as subsequent annual budgets, and the new funding source will enable deeper and more rapid progress towards those priorities.
We recommend starting with the Online Burial Search located here. Please keep in mind that we are still digitizing our records. If the Burial Search does not return the correct information, call the cemetery office at 970-244-1550.
Nothing may be planted in the Municipal Cemetery without approval from the City Manager’s designee.
The Cemetery does not sell or install any sort of monument. There are many fine companies within the Grand Valley and nearby.
Any unoccupied space may be sold. Please contact the office for further details.
City Council holds their regular meetings on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall Auditorium, 250 N 5th Street. These meetings are open to the public. Meeting agendas are posted the Friday afternoon prior to the Wednesday meeting on the City’s Agendas & Minutes webpage.
City Council workshops are public meetings where Council discusses, analyzes, studies and clarifies information and issues for upcoming Council meetings. Council and staff may request specific items for an agenda and items range from specific projects to upcoming legislation to Citywide department updates. Workshops are held the Monday prior to regular meetings at 5:30 p.m. in the Fire Administration Training Room (625 Ute Avenue). Public comment is typically not taken during workshops.
City Council meeting agendas and packets are posted the Friday afternoon prior to the next week’s meeting(s) on the City’s Agendas & Minutes webpage. Agenda Packets include a staff report and supporting documents for each agenda item. Hard copies of a meeting’s agenda and packet are available at the meeting. Agendas and packets from the last several years are also available online the City’s Agendas & Minutes webpage.
A resolution is a written motion or policy adopted by a deliberative body.
An ordinance is legislation which necessitates changes in our current laws, policies, or procedures as a city, which is codified in the Grand Junction Municipal Code.
All ordinances require two readings by City Council. The first reading introduces the ordinance (typically placed on the Consent Agenda) and includes the meeting date of the upcoming Public Hearing but is generally not discussed by City Council. The second reading of the ordinance is a Public Hearing (on the Regular Agenda) when public comment can be taken for that item and allows time for discussion by City Council.
Resolutions require only one reading and are typically voted on at the regular City Council meeting that they are scheduled to appear on.
Yes, at every City Council meeting there is tine allocated for Public Comments as well as a “Non-Scheduled Citizens & Visitors” period on the agenda. Public Comment occurs before a Council vote is taken and the nonscheduled comments occurs at the beginning and end of the meeting. During these periods, anyone may speak before the Council on issues that are not on that meeting’s agenda. In addition, community members may also speak at a future meeting when that item does appear. If a Public Hearing is scheduled, public comments are taken during the meeting specifically for that item.
The Grand Junction City Council is comprised of seven community members - five of whom are elected from and represent specific City districts - and two are elected at-large.
You can check on the City’s website to see which City Council District you live in.
You may call, email, or write to individual Council Members or the Council as a whole.
Community members are also encouraged to go to GJSpeaks.org to comment on projects listed there.
Yes, Council meetings are live streamed and available on the City’s Agendas & Minutes webpage along with other public City meetings. City Council meetings are also broadcast live on channel 191.
You may call the Council office at 970-244-1504 or email the Council Member with whom you wish to speak.
City staff develops the annual budget throughout the year and a recommended budget is presented by the City Manager to City Council beginning with Council workshops in October. The first public hearing typically takes place in November and the second public hearing in December, followed by City Council’s adoption of the City’s budget. For more information, visit the Annual Budget & Budget Development webpage.
You can look through the City Charter and Municipal Code online.
Community members are able to pick up and drop off paper applications* in English and Spanish at these locations:
* A 30-day paystub is required with the submission of an application.
Community members that make $46,050/year or less and meet the live/work requirement may qualify to apply.
The city's Resource Stewardship and Sustainability team are facilitating in assisting community members with any questions they have about the Ebike to Work Program. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or call 970-256-4059.
Take a look at the district maps below to determine if you meet the live/work qualifications.
Downtown Development Authority (DDA) District
Horizon Drive Business Improvement District
Starting January 1, 2023: “Large Stores” * are required to charge a $0.10 fee on each single-use carryout paper and/or plastic bag. On a quarterly basis, stores remit (pay) $0.06 of what they collected to the City of Grand Junction, and the stores keep $0.04.
Starting January 1, 2024: “Large Stores” are not allowed to purchase plastic carryout bags but may still charge the $0.10 fee for plastic bags purchased prior to that date. On June 1, 2024, all plastic carryout bags will be banned in large stores. Also, starting in 2024, polystyrene food containers are banned at all retail establishments, with no exemptions.
A single-use carry-out bag is just what it sounds like: a paper or plastic bag that customers use to put items in as they leave a store at check-out. These do not include small and lightweight bags to collect items inside a store like produce, bulk food items, deli items, bulk seed/feed, or prescription medications.
Paper carry-out bags must be made from 100% recycled material or postconsumer content.
“Large Stores” are affected by this law. These are those with more than three locations and/or that are part of a franchise, corporation, or partnership with a physical location outside of Colorado.
This means that any store, regardless of type, does not need to comply if it operates solely in Colorado, has three or fewer locations in the state, and is not part of a franchise, corporation, or partnership that has physical locations outside of Colorado. This is commonly referred to as the small business or independent business exemption.
Retail food establishments do not need to comply if they prepare or serve food in individual portions for immediate on- or off-premises consumption; however, this exemption does not apply to grocery stores or convenience stores, and they must still comply. This is commonly referred to as the food service or restaurant exemption.
All stores are affected, no exceptions.
If you bring your own reusable bag and do not use a single-use carryout bag, you can avoid paying the fee.
Also, customers that can show proof of being on a federal or state food assistance program do not have to pay the fee.
Customers who believe a store is not charging the fee or is improperly offering refunds or discounts that offset the fee can report the store to the City of Grand Junction Sales Tax by calling 970-244-1521.
All impacted stores must display a sign notifying customers of this program.
Stores must keep records of fees collected and must include the bag fee as an itemized line on customer receipts, accounting for the total number of bags used at the time of purchase. This fee is not subject to tax and so will not affect the sales tax amount shown on the receipt.
Stores are allowed to retain $0.04 of the collected fee and must remit (pay) $0.06 to the City of Grand Junction.
No. The law explicitly states that the funds kept by the stores from this fee do not count as revenue and are not subject to sales tax.
No. The law does not outline what the store can or should do with this fee revenue.
The funds will support the community-wide distribution of reusable bags and education on the value of reducing reliance on single-use carryout bags. Funds may also be used to support any recycling, composting, or other waste diversion programs and related outreach and education activities.
Stores must remit payment to the City of Grand Junction on a quarterly basis.
For example, if your store collected $100 in bag fees between January 1 and March 31, you would submit a payment of $60 to the City of Grand Junction within the first week of April. If your store then collected $200 worth of fees between April 1 and June 30, you would remit $120 during the first week of July, and so on.
It is recommended remittance begin as early as April 2023 but must occur no later than April 2024. The first remittance payment must account for all fees collected starting January 1, 2023, subject to council direction. After April 2024, remittance must occur regularly on a quarterly basis. The city is considering adopting an ordinance that requires remittance starting in April 2023. Please note that if this occurs, we will be in direct contact with stores.
If the first payment is delayed, it must still account for all collected fees starting on January 1, 2023, up to that point. For example, if a store delays their remittance payment until July 2023, that remittance payment must still account for the bag fees collected during the first two quarters of 2023.
The rules for which stores are and are not affected by this law are automatic, which can be confusing for stores that would like to opt-in to a program to discourage single-use carryout bags.
There are multiple options for stores that wish to reduce single-use carryout bags:
Stores that are exempt from state law are allowed to charge their own self-imposed charge on carryout bags if they wish. The City of Grand Junction recommends this be a $0.10 fee to align with other stores in our community. Stores in this case are allowed to retain 100% of the revenue from this charge and do not have to remit any amount to the City of Grand Junction. However, this charge would be subject to sales tax as it would be categorized as a sale of an item: in this case, the store is selling a carryout bag for $0.10 each.
Yes, but this is not subject to the 4 cents of tax-free revenue as noted in HB21-1162. If you charge 10 cents on anything other than a plastic bag or paper bag that is a taxable item and must incur sales tax.
Seasonal yard waste compost collection occurs every week, April through October, on the same day as trash collection.
A timeline is currently being developed, with every intention to include all single-family residences within the city limits within the next two years.
Dual stream recycling is collected with automated trucks to maximize efficiency. If glass were collected with containers using this method the resulting breakage would contaminate other materials. Excluding glass from curbside pickup is the only way to preserve the quality of the recyclables. Glass remains highly recyclable, and residents are encouraged to bring glass to the main drop off at 333 West Avenue or neighborhood glass-only drop sites. For more information on glass recycling locations, call 970-256-4136.
Glass is accepted at the Recycling Drop Off Center at 333 West Avenue as well as several neighborhood glass-only drop sites. For more information on glass recycling locations, call 970-256-4136.
Yes. Residents may choose to keep their current trash-only collection. However, trash rates are changing for all trash customers and pricing is based on the size of the trash can(s). Recycling and yard waste bins are optional, and collection of those bins can be added for no additional charge.
Special pickups are offered for a fee if you are unable to wait until your next collection date. Call the recycling division at 970-256-4136 to schedule a special pick up. You can also bring sorted recyclable material to the drop off center at 333 West Avenue.
The frequency of collection is every other week in hopes of accommodating recycling participants. There is the option to bring sorted recycle materials to the free drop off center. Special pickups are offered for a fee. Call the Recycling Division at 970-256-4136 to schedule a special pickup.
Special pickups are offered for a fee if you are unable to wait until your next collection date. Call the recycling division at 970-256-4136 to schedule a special pick up. Yard waste is not accepted at the City drop off but can be taken to the Mesa County Compost Facility 970-263-9319 for a fee.
To vote in a City election you must be a resident of the municipal district and have resided in this state for at least 22 days prior to the election and be registered to vote.
For the April 2023 election, ballots will be mailed on March 17, 2023. If you don’t receive your ballot, please call the City Clerks' office at 970-244-1509.
Ballots are mailed to eligible voters at an address within the Grand Junction city limits. If you didn’t get a ballot it could be because:
If you make a mistake on your ballot, or for some other reason are unable to use the ballot mailed to you, please fill out and file a Replacement Ballot Form.
All ballots must be returned by 7 pm on Election Day. Postmarks do not count as a received date. Ballots received after 7 pm on Election Day will not be counted.
Ballots can be returned via mail (with the proper amount for postage affixed) or to one of the drop boxes listed on the voter instructions.
Even though the City is divided into districts, eligible voters can vote for candidates in each district. The same ballot is sent to all eligible voters.
All eligible voters can vote for candidates in the at-large race as well. Again, the same ballot is sent to all eligible voters.
Per the City’s Charter (Section 20), the names of candidates shall be arranged in alphabetical order of the surnames.
State law provides that all municipal elections shall be nonpartisan. Candidates are not required to provide information about their party affiliation, nor does the City request the party affiliation of any candidate.
The City Election Information page will have contact information for the candidates and committees. Please contact the candidates and/or committees directly if you have specific questions.
You may request a Replacement Ballot by completing a sworn statement form in-person. Sworn statement forms may be obtained at the City of Grand Junction, City Clerk’s Office during regular business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday (except legal holidays) and on Election Day from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact the City Clerk’s office at (970) 244-1509.
The unofficial results of the City election will be posted on the City’s website around 7:15 pm on Election Day. The information will be updated once the ballots are tabulated. A link from the City’s homepage, as well as links from the election page, will be available on Election Day. Results are also provided on Cable Channel 191. In addition, the local media usually provides extensive coverage on their websites.
The City encourages voters to return their ballots early, which will ensure quicker results after 7 pm on Election Day.
The purpose of printing your name, signing, and dating the outside of the return envelope is to allow election officials to examine the return envelope and compare the information on the envelope to the voter registration records to determine whether the ballot was submitted by an eligible elector who has not previously voted in the election.
Voters who are not comfortable with mailing the return envelope with the signature on the outside may return their ballots to the ballot box locations listed on the Voter Instruction sheet. It is also permissible to put the return envelope in another larger envelope addressed to the address on the return envelope. The larger envelope can include more than one ballot, as long as each ballot is sealed in the voter’s return envelope and the voter has completed the return envelope with his or her printed name, signature, and date. (Be sure to affix adequate postage to the larger envelope if it contains more than one ballot.)
Monday, March 27 is the last day you can register to vote and still receive a mailed ballot. If you miss this deadline, you can still register to vote up to and including election day (April 4); however you will need to appear in person at the Grand Junction City Clerk's Office (250 North 5th Street) to pick up a ballot.
Grand Junction Fire Department serves the community with both ambulance and fire crews. All of the firefighters in Grand Junction are certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT- B or I) or EMT-P (Paramedics) and all of the fire engines carry medical equipment to care patients before the ambulance arrives.
We are called to help the public with many different situations including helping people after a fall, investigating smoke or hazards, and helping people after car accidents. We typically do not rescue cats from trees. People should call Mesa County Animal Control at 970-242-4646 for animal related problems.
Our stations are staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Crews work 24 hour shifts from 8 am to 8 am the next morning. We have three different shifts each working 56 hours per week.
Call our Community Outreach office at 970-549-5858 to schedule tours of the fire stations or safety education at your facility.
Our Ride-Along Program allows citizens to join us in the day-to-day operations of the Department and accompany crews on calls. You can request a ride along online, call 970-549-5800, or email the Fire Department.
Yes, it’s the law. When safe, slow down, pull over to the right, and stop. Always use your turn signal to indicate your intentions, and travel at a safe speed. However, if your car is already stopped, and you don’t have anywhere to pull over stay put until the emergency vehicle goes around you. Never slam on the brakes and stop in the middle of the road when you see emergency vehicles approaching.
Do not tailgate, "draft," or follow an emergency vehicle closely. Not only is this illegal, you run the risk of collision as vehicles pull back out into traffic after the emergency vehicle goes by.
Apparatus responding to calls are frequently canceled, or the first arriving unit finds that the call is not an emergency and tells the units to respond in a non-emergency mode. Emergency lights and sirens are used when responding to life threatening calls.
Gentax provides a more user-friendly, modern system that is more accessible to taxpayers and allows more efficient processes to collect and report revenue.
No. The City will no longer be printing paper forms or providing envelopes. The Gentax system provides easy online filing and helps reduce costs and conserve resources.
We encourage all filers to use the Gentax online system, but forms and payments can be mailed to a centralized location (a specific address will be provided as soon as it is available.)
Monthly filers will begin using Gentax for the January 2023 return, due February 20, 2023. Quarterly filers will start using Gentax for the Q1 2023 return, due April 20, 2023, and annual filers will not use Gentax until the 2023 return is due January 20, 2024.
Yes. All current account holders will have a new account number generated in the Gentax system. This account number will be generated and communicated near the end of January to allow returns due on February 20, 2023, to be filed through Gentax.
Once the account holder has created an online account, the tax preparer can apply for tax preparer access using the business FEIN or SSN.
You must be 18 years of age with a high school diploma or equivalent and hold a valid driver’s license. We do not have an age limit for any of our careers and, in fact, we encourage applicants with a variety of life experience to apply.
Yes. Applicants complete two physical ability tests that are intended to mimic functional movements of the job. Click to view our videos of the Firefighter Physical Ability Test and the EMS Physical Ability Test.
The physical ability test is pass or fail, with only one attempt allowed. If you fail the test, you may reapply in the next application period.
Fire Academies are typically held once or twice per year in the Fall and in the Spring. However, frequency can depend on hiring needs.
There is a lot you can do to help you prepare for the application process! First, check out our Hiring Process page. Go on a ride along with our agency and learn as much as you can from the crews currently doing the job you seek. Visit the City of Grand Junction website to learn about our community. Also, follow us on social media where we’ll post pre-hiring events for potential applicants. Ask questions! Reach out to our Training Division or Human Resources team directly, and we’d be happy to visit with you about the process.
Typically, the entire process takes an average of seven (7) months to complete.
As simple as it sounds, read and follow the directions on the application, include as much detailed information as possible, and triple check it before you submit! Many applicants are disqualified due to an incomplete application, so be sure to complete all sections, include all attachments, and answer every question. Communicate your passion for the job and demonstrate that you’ve done your research on the department when completing your cover letter and application. Finally, honesty is the best policy; be yourself, and be truthful.
Yes, we accept National Registry and Colorado EMT certifications. For information on out of state, expired, or upgrading certifications check here.
The EMS Academy is six weeks, and the Fire Academy, which includes the EMS Academy, is 19 weeks.
As a rapidly growing fire department, a position typically becomes available within 6-12 months for candidates deemed eligible for a future position at GJFD.
Yes! Fire Engineer, Fire Captain, and Firefighter Paramedic are positions that our firefighters may aspire to. Our EMTs and Paramedics may become EMS Officers or Firefighter Paramedics.
While it may be a new term, micromobility devices have been around us for decades—you may have even used one yourself! The Federal Highway Administration defines micromobility as “any small, low-speed, human- or electric-powered device.” This includes non-motorized devices like bicycles, skateboards, wheelchairs, or rollerblades. Powered devices, such as e-bikes, electric scooters, or Segways may be less familiar to many, but their popularity is growing as they may provide users with alternate options to traditional conveyances.
Like a motor vehicle, a micromobility device can make it easier, faster, and more convenient to cover distance, when compared with walking. Unlike a motor vehicle, the State of Colorado does not require a license to operate a micromobility device. Thus, these devices can enable mobility for many when compared with motor vehicles.
Shared micromobility refers to a system of docked and/or dockless vehicles that are part of a shared fleet and that are available to the community for short-term rental.
Bird and Lime each have an app which can be easily downloaded from Apple or Google Play app stores. After creating an account and being introduced to Local Riding Guidelines, you can locate and rent a scooter for your personal use. If you are finishing your ride within a Dedicated Parking Zone (e.g., Downtown, Lincoln Park, CMU, or Riverfront), please ensure you find a designated parking corral. Payments are typically processed through the app as well, but cash payment options are also available.
Because of the increased interest from e-scooter companies looking to deploy in the Grand Junction market, the City is taking a proactive approach through pilot study to help establish parameters for operations. Furthermore, micromobility may expand transportation choice for short-range trips and provide new revenue generation for the community. A pilot allows for a preliminary feasibility study before committing to a permanent licensing program.
Bird and Lime launched in Grand Junction in May 2023 for an 18-month pilot. Bird and Lime each have a user-friendly app available for download from the Apple or Google Play app store. In the app, you can learn about Local Riding Guidelines, including parking and operation rules specific to Grand Junction. Additionally, each app proves users with an opportunity to report problems or learn more about that operator's service.
In certain zones, including Downtown, CMU, and City Parks, the devices will follow a dedicated parking model, where they will have to be stored in designated zones to maintain clearance on sidewalks. These Dedicated Parking corrals are installed via an operator fee charged to Bird and Lime. In the rest of the city, the pilot is launching under a free-floating parking model to allow the city to determine where demand exists for future development of corrals if we choose to continue beyond the initial pilot.
Within either the Bird or the Lime app, there is a support feature where you can report an issue or find answers to their FAQs. Additionally, each company can be reached via the contact information printed on each device, available online, or found below. If you or another user has sustained an injury or been the victim of a crime, it may be appropriate to dial 9-1-1.
First of all, be courteous! Our streets are shared spaces, and it is up to all of us to be safe and respectful as we travel around.
Please refer to the rules outlined in the app associated with the e-scooter you are hoping to ride.
It is recommended that devices be ridden in bike lanes when available and safe. Users are prohibited from riding on sidewalks on Main Street, Colorado Ave, between 1st Street and 7th Street, and 7th Street between Grand Ave and Colorado Ave.
Per City ordinance, the speed limit on sidewalks is 6 MPH. The speed limit on Shared-use Trails (e.g., Riverfront Trail) is 15 MPH.
See GJMC Chapter 10.14.010 (External link)for more detail.
All information about parking rules and requirements can be found within the app associated with the e-scooter you are hoping to use.
With the exception of certain parts of the City (Downtown, CMU, Riverfront, North Ave, and some Parks), the parking is free-floating. This means that you can park your e-scooter anywhere on a hard surface, as long as you maintain 3' of sidewalk clearance for ADA requirements, do not block private or public access, and do not block metered parking spaces.
When ending a ride within designated zones (listed above; see the map in your app for more details), you leave the e-scooter within a designated parking corral. The specific locations can be found in your app. Look for the scooter markings on the pavement!
The Pilot Area extends from 24 Rd on the west to the 28 1/2 Rd alignment on the east and from I-70/Horizon Drive on the north to the Colorado River and parts of Orchard Mesa, including the Mesa County Fairgrounds in the south.
Check out the route-finding map uploaded in the "Documents" section on EngageGJ.org/micromobility for recommendations on signed bicycle routes to help navigate the city.
The City of Grand Junction Neighborhood Block Party trailer can only be used within the city limits. To find out if your neighborhood is in city limits call Parks and Recreation at 254-3842.
You will need to submit a Street Closure Permit at least three weeks in advance of your party date. Please submit this application in addition to the Block Party Trailer application. We include everything you will need for street closure in the trailer, such as required traffic signs and cones.
Yes, the Trailer may be placed in these areas as long as it is easily accessible to be towed in and out. Submit a Block Party Trailer Permit Application at least 3 weeks in advance of your event date.
Street Closure Permit Application and a Block Party Trailer Permit Application must be submitted and approved. Submit all items at least 3 weeks in advance of your event date.
The City of Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Department has a separate permitting process for use of areas or shelters within our numerous parks. Please contact Parks and Recreation at 970-254-3866 or visit their office at 1340 Gunnison Avenue (in Lincoln Park) to apply for park and/or shelter use. Be sure to mention during your reservation process that you wish to use the Block Party Trailer as well.
A reasonable accommodation is a change or modification to afford a qualified individual with a disability full enjoyment of the City’s programs or activities unless modifications of policies, practices, and procedures would fundamentally alter the nature of the process, service, or activity, or result in undue financial and administrative burdens to City.
If you need a reasonable accommodation, please contact the City’s Nondiscrimination and Accessibility Coordinator at email@example.com or by calling 970-244-1561.
No, you do not need to put your request in writing, however, making a written request can be helpful documentation for ensuring that City provides the desired accommodation. In addition, you do not need to use the specific words “reasonable accommodations” when making your request.
You may request a reasonable accommodation from City at any time. However, requesting in advance of a meeting, conference call, or visit will help ensure that City can fulfill the request for an accommodation. For certain requests, such as requests for sign language interpretation, the City requests at least two weeks advance notice.
Yes, anyone can request a reasonable accommodation on behalf of an individual with a disability who seeks to interact with City staff or participate in its programs or activities.
The city may contact you to obtain more information about your request and to better understand your needs. In addition, City may review your request to determine:
In addition, in some cases, the City may consult with you in an interactive process to determine on a case-by-case basis what accommodations can be made.
If the City determines that your requested accommodation would fundamentally alter the nature of the program or impose an undue financial or administrative burden, the City may deny your request. However, in the unlikely event that this occurs, City will work with you to identify an alternative accommodation that allows you to effectively participate in City’s program, activity, or service.
No, the City may not request medical documentation after receiving your request for a reasonable accommodation. The City’s questions will be limited to understanding the barrier to your ability to participate in the program or activity in which you are interested and the nature of an accommodation that will remove this barrier.
No, you are not responsible for the cost of an auxiliary aid or service the City provides to you.
There are many types of reasonable accommodations. Some examples of how the City provides reasonable accommodations include:
Fraud reports cannot be filed online. Examples of fraud include:
If you have received a check that has been returned by the issuing bank as Non-Sufficient Funds (NSF) and is in an amount less than $2,000, the Grand Junction Police Department does not accept these reports. Recipients of these checks are encouraged to file a complaint with the 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office Bad Check Restitution Program at 877-269-4109 or at www.checkprogram.com/21stjudicialco.
If you are the victim of any of the above-referenced crimes and this occurred within the city limits of Grand Junction, you will need to fill out a fraud packet, which can be found here. Once the fraud packet us completed, please call (970)242-6707 to speak with an officer.
For the purposes on online reporting, suspect Information means the ability to identify the person(s) responsible for the crime(s) committed. This is based on a combination of objective facts/evidence and general description information of the suspect(s) and/or their vehicle.
Please note, ‘Suspect Information’ is more than a subjective hunch.
If only the license plate number on the suspect’s car is known, that is considered objective evidence not suspect information.
Here are a few examples of how to enter an address into the online reporting system. If the address is located on a highway, you should list the name of the highway under the St Name field, and leave the St Type blank.
If you need to report an emergency, call 911. If your incident is not an emergency, you can call 970-242-6707 to speak with an officer who will take your report.
The Grand Junction Police Department can only accept reports for incidents that occur within our jurisdiction. If your incident took place outside of the City Limits of Grand Junction, you need to file your report with the corresponding agency. If your incident took place in Grand Junction, but you’re not sure if it happened within City Limits or not, you can check the City Limits map. If you don’t know where the incident occurred, and you wish to file a report, please call non-emergency dispatch at 970-242-6707.
There is no save feature available for online reporting. Please gather all relevant information, including dates, times, locations, and subject information, before you begin this process.
Only incidents that fall under one of the categories listed in the reporting system can be filed online. If you don’t see an appropriate match for what you want to report, please call non-emergency dispatch at 970-242-6707 and an officer will take your report.
Check the pop-up blocking settings in your browser. Be sure it is set to allow pop-ups for this page. If that doesn’t fix the issues, please call non-emergency dispatch at 970-242-6707, and an officer will take your report.
Documents and photos can be attached to the online report under the “INCIDENT” tab. Simply click on the Attach/Detach Documents and Photographs link.
The supported document types are [image/gif, image/jpeg, & image/pjpeg].
Please make sure the overall size of all the documents/photos is less than 20.0 MB.
If you have more than three (3) attachments, please make a note on the narrative page.
For Portable Document Format (PDF), Word Documents (DOCand DOCX), Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet files (XLS and XLSX), and any other file types that aren’t supported by the system, please send an email with the attachments to PSTS@gjcity.org. Please include the temporary reference number or the permanent case number in the subject line.
Links to video files (i.e., ARLO, Nest, or Ring doorbell) can be emailed to the GJPD Police Service Technicians PSTS@gjcity.org. Please make sure to include the temporary reference number or the permanent case number in the subject line.
If the video is saved to a file, please make a note on the narrative page. Once a permanent case number is assigned, you will be sent an Axon Evidence.com link via email to upload the file(s) directly into GJPD’s evidence database.
If none of the options mentioned above work for you, please call nonemergency dispatch at 970-242-6707 and an officer will contact you to collect the video.
Body-worn cameras can be used to record any police-citizen encounter. This includes inside private homes and other sensitive areas where officers are on official business and legally allowed. Recording is not required during medical situations unless there is a reason to use the camera to collect evidence, statements and interviews.
Officers don’t have to tell people that a body-worn camera is being operated or that the individuals are being recorded. Officers wear the camera in a conspicuous location and manner. People should assume the camera is recording. It’s also okay to ask the officer if the camera is on or to ask the officer to turn on the camera.
Videos are downloaded and stored in a cloud-based storage database provided by the camera’s manufacturer. All recordings must be saved a minimum of 90 days.
The original version of the video cannot be edited by anyone, including system administrators. Redacted copies of the videos to blur people/objects, remove audio, and narrow the video to relevant sections can be created by authorized users. The original version the video will remain unchanged.
Videos can be deleted either though an automated retention system based upon the type of incident recorded or manually by a system administrator. Manual deletions will only be done after a criminal case is adjudicated in a court of law or if a recording was accidentally made in a location restricted by policy, such as a restroom. Manual deletions of accidental recordings will require command staff approval.
The release of recordings to any person shall be made in accordance with current department policy and procedures, and pursuant to requirements of applicable law, including but not limited to the Colorado Open Records Act.
Medications may be disposed at the following locations:
The hazardous waste disposal facility at the Mesa County Landfill will accept prescriptions medications. They do not take controlled substances, however, you can buy an envelope for $5.00 from them that is prepaid and you can send off your controlled substances that way. They are open Thursday – Saturday 0800-1630.
You can also go to http://takemedsseriously.org/safe-disposal/disposal-options/ to find a drop off location and see when drug take back events are going on.
You can also check the DEA website at https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal for any updated information.
Firearms can be disposed of at the Mesa County Landfill (3071 US Hwy 50, (970)256-9543) for a minimum fee of $5.00. Citizens can also contact Van Gundy’s (645 4th Ave, (970)242-9500) if they would like to turn the firearm over to them to be scrapped.
To dispose of unwanted ammunition, contact the Mesa County Landfill Hazardous Waste Facility. They are located at 3071 US Hwy 50, and their phone number is (970)256-9543. They will accept ammunition up to 50 calibers, as well at Class C fireworks. Drop off is free to the public. Residents may drop off Thursday through Saturday, from 8:00 to 4:30, excluding County holidays. Businesses are required to make an appointment in advance.
Colorado Fingerprinting at 833-224-2227 or IdentiGO (located in Battlement Mesa) at 844-539-5539 to make an appointment.
Protection orders/restraining orders are handled by the Court. Contact 970-257-3640 for more information.
If you are a victim of Domestic Violence, Colorado Legal Services may assist you in obtaining a protection order. For more information contact 970-243-7940.
If there is any suspect information, such as the name of the caller or business, or the caller’s phone number, contact the Grand Junction Police Department (242-6707). Even if you have no suspect information, you may still contact the Police Department and speak with an officer. However, typically nothing can be done if you have no information and you have not suffered a loss. You can also go to www.IC3.gov, the Internet Crime Complaint Center, and file your report there. You can protect yourself from possible future scams by asking the caller for their name and phone number and asking them to send you additional information in the mail. Never give out information such as your social security number, credit card numbers, or bank account numbers to solicitors. To minimize telephone solicitations, you might want to consider signing up on the National No-Call List. You can sign up on-line at www.donotcall.gov, or by phone at 1-888-382-1222.
Vehicles parked on the street that are not properly registered and appear inoperable may be considered abandoned. Abandoned vehicles can be “red-tagged.” If a tagged vehicle is not moved within 72 hours, it may be towed. Local police departments handle abandoned vehicles in their city limits. State patrol handles abandoned vehicles in unincorporated areas of the county. Abandoned vehicles on private property are the responsibility of the property owner, or you may contact Code Enforcement about possible code violations at 244-1593.
VIN inspections are completed by appointment only on Wednesdays by calling the Records Department at 970-549-5000. We charge $5 for VINS completed at the PD or $10 if we go to your location.
Before we schedule your VIN inspection you must meet the following criteria:
Car Dealerships may also complete VIN inspections for a fee. Contact the individual dealership for days/times and fees.
A certified VIN inspection is required when there is no title or registration on the vehicle. Certified VIN inspections are provided by the Colorado State Patrol and they can be reached at 970-858-2250.
The cameras in Grand Junction are for observing traffic flow only. They do not record.
Police Auctions are handled by The Auction Team. You can visit their website at https://www.theauctionteam.com/. You may also call General Services with the City of Grand Junction at (970)244-1433.
The Mesa County Detention Facility is managed by the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. Information regarding persons in custody can be found on their website, or by calling 970-244-3930.
The Emergency Notification System allows public safety officials in Mesa County to send emergency alerts to citizens using a variety of methods.
The system allows you to sign up via the web to receive emergency alerts on your cell phone, work phone, text message, e-mail, home phone, etc. from public safety officials in Mesa County.
You can receive alerts about emergencies happening near multiple addresses that you enter into the system, such as your home address, work address and your child’s school.
The system will be used to notify residents about imminent threats to life or property. Public safety officials will send alerts about emergencies such as but not limited to evacuations, wildfires, flood, gas leaks, or critical police activity.
Please be aware that weather alert information is passed through the Everbridge system directly from the NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE. If you choose to Opt-In for National Weather Alerts, notifications could be sent at all times of the day and night.
You can sign up online here: http://www.gjcity.org/439/Emergency-Alerts. You will be asked your name, address, telephone and email information. If you want to receive alerts for more than one address, you simply need to enter the first address, click the "Save" button at the bottom, and then enter an additional address. Repeat this process for each new address.
You do need a computer to sign up. If you don’t have a computer, public computers are available at the library, or you may call the GJRCC for assistance - 970-549-5404.
You do not need to sign up to receive emergency notifications if you have a traditional landline telephone service through Century Link or Charter (formerly Optimum or Bresnan). The emergency notifications are based on physical addresses and will automatically import the phone number associated to the addresses. **However, in order to receive notifications on other devices such as your cell phone or email, you do need to sign up and register those devices.** Registering these devices is highly recommended so we can still send you the information even when you are not near your traditional landline phone.
There is no cost to sign up. Emergency notification is a free service provided by the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center. GJRCC is funded through monthly surcharges on hard wire phone lines (traditional), wireless, or voice over internet telephone services. When calls are made to your cell phone, standard call and/or text messaging charges from your service provider may apply.
The system is only as good as the information you provide. If your cell phone, work phone or email address changes, you must go to http://www.gjcity.org/439/Emergency-Alerts and update the information.
No, the information you provide will be used for emergency purposes only. The Grand Junction Regional Communications Center will not give or sell your telephone numbers or email addresses to any other vendor or organization.
The Grand Junction Regional Communication Center receives all 911 calls in Mesa County and provides dispatching support for 22 Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Service agencies. For more information click here. http://www.gjcity.org/205/911-Dispatch
If you have attempted to register your address but receive an error message that your address is not found, please check the following;• If you live in an apartment, mobile home or have a unit number, etc., do not enter that number. Emergency notifications will be sent to all units and all apartments in an area that we are alerting.• Do not enter in the +4 digit zip code that you may have for your address.
The City does not offer payout for aluminum cans or any other materials. Western Metals 970-242-9500 and Pacific Steel & Recycling 970-241-2551 both pay for aluminum and other metals.
The Recycling Division is committed to responsible recycling. With the public's help in keeping materials separated, our program has contamination rates that are well below industry averages. This also enables the program to locally process and ship recycling material direct to mills.
A list of companies that accept hard-to-recycle items such as appliances, electronics, batteries, and light bulbs can be found on the Zero Waste Guide.
Hazardous material can be taken to the Mesa County Landfill Hazardous Waste Facility 970-256-9543.
It is extremely unlikely that curbside collection will be cancelled due to bad weather. Please have bins out by 7 a.m. on your scheduled pickup day.
A sexually violent predator (SVP) is a sex offender who also meets criteria set by the State of Colorado and who has had an assessment done by the state that has determined the person is at a higher risk of re-offending.
State law requires us to notify the community when an SVP moves into the area or changes their home or work address. We have several resources available for making these notifications, including our website, social media outlets, and direct mailings to addresses in the area. We may use one or all of these resources to make notifications, depending on the situation.
There are a number of ways to protect yourself from sexually violent predators (SVP) and from sex offenders in general, including:
The Grand Junction Police Department tracks all registered sex offenders, with even stricter rules for sexually violent predators. SVPs in Grand Junction are required to check in on a quarterly basis at the police department, regardless if they are still under supervised probation or parole. If an SVP is homeless, they are required to check in monthly. We also complete periodic address checks throughout the year.
The goal of providing information about the identity and addresses of registered sex offenders is to give you information that empowers you to make the decisions that will keep you and your family safe. However, when members of the community harass, engage in vigilantism, threaten, or intimidate the offender, it may cause that person to go "underground," which would make it difficult or sometimes impossible to track his or her location. If that happens, we cannot provide you with that important information that allows you to make decisions regarding you and your family.
The Grand Junction Police Department has no legal authority to direct where a sex offender may live. Unless court restrictions exist, they are constitutionally free to live wherever they choose. If you observe any sex offender engaging in any criminal, high risk, or inappropriate behavior, please contact the Grand Junction Police Department by calling 911 or 970-242-6707.
For more information about sexually violent predators and the laws regarding the management of these offenders watch this video. Parental Advisory: Due to the topics being discussed, this video is not intended for children under the age of 15.
Residential trash is picked up one day each week, Monday through Friday. Trash container should be out by 7 am. To find out what your trash day is, please email the Solid Waste Department or call 970-244-1570.
Once you know your trash day, take a look around your neighborhood. Notice where your neighbors place their container(s) on the morning of your trash day. If you still aren’t sure, contact the Solid Waste Department by phone at 970-244-1570.
If your trash container was missed on your normal trash day, and it is not a major holiday, contact the Solid Waste Department at 970-244-1570.
The City uses automated trash trucks with a pick up mechanism that is only able to grab hold of a certain type of container (provided to all City trash customers). If trash is not in your provided container, it will not be picked up without making special arrangements ahead of time with the Solid Waste Department.
Yes! To change the size or quantity of your container(s) simply contact the Solid Waste Department at 970-244-1570.
We offer new customers a one-time free service to pick up empty moving boxes and packing materials. You must contact the Solid Waste Department to make arrangements for this service.
Containers do disappear from time to time and damage can occur. Contact the Solid Waste Department at 970-244-1570 to find or replace your trash container.
Trash is normally picked up Monday through Friday. However, there are major holidays each year that could cause a one-day delay in your service. Call 970-244-1570 with collection questions.
The City uses an automated trash system that does not allow our trucks to pick up any type of container besides the ones we provide with our service. If you have extra trash, that won’t fit into your container, contact the Solid Waste Department at 970-244-1570 to make special arrangements.
The Recycling Division offers a recycling drop off center as well as curbside collection for residential homes and dwellings 4-plex and under. Please contact the Recycling Division at 970-256-4136 for more information or to sign up for services.
If you forget to put out your trash or get your container out later than 7 am on your trash day, contact the Solid Waste Department at 970-244-1570 and we will send the driver back to your house. Charges may apply.
The City’s turf conversion rebate pays a portion of the cost; however, will not cover the entire conversion to a water-wise landscape. This is meant to be an incentive, and over time the savings on water bills will add up with the conversion of at least 40 percent of water use by installing low-water plant materials. The City is also offering Smart irrigation rebates that can help offset costs, which include Smart Controllers, rain sensors, moisture meters, efficient rotor nozzles, and tree ring drip systems. Applications can be made to both programs in addition to applying for graywater conversion, beginning on March 1.
Many residents are already choosing to convert their lawns, however, many are using weed fabric and rocks and eliminating irrigation. By choosing to only use rock the ground stays hotter, and trees can die if landscaping doesn’t include greater plant diversity not just rock. The grant that supports this program requires a minimum of 50 percent plant coverage to offset heat and prevent our community from becoming more arid.
The City has a free pile of wood mulch, first come first served, that can help reduce costs while helping plants naturally retain water. This is located on Riverside Parkway behind the Parks Operation office. There are rebates for irrigation systems and components that can assist with effective, efficient watering while reducing costs and water use.
Turf is allowed; however, the City is working to reduce the amount of non-functional turf to conserve water, a vital resource. The city does not currently limit and/or prohibit turf on new single-family (attached or detached) lots. The City does not allow more than 30 percent of a site to be planted with non-functional turf on multi-family sites and non-residential sites.
This program is offered to water customers who pay their utility bills to the City of Grand Junction. A portion of the funds for the conversion program came from a grant and another portion from the City’s Utilities budget which means more residents can benefit from the new program.
DRIP- the Drought Response Information Project will be offering an HOA Water Wise class on March 21, 2024, at 5:30 p.m., City of Grand Junction Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street.
Existing trees in an area of proposed turf conversion will count for a maximum of 25 percent coverage, so half of the 50 percent required.
City staff will use professional judgment to determine the specific percentage based on the tree species, size and health of the tree, and how much area the canopy is covering. Trees benefit from under canopy plants which provide another source of moisture and shade the ground. Dry, shade-loving plants are a good choice in this situation.
In 2004, the Senior Citizen Discount for water was discontinued. Over the last few years the minimum charge for water has remained low, providing the minimum discount to all users, including seniors.
Tenants can stop or start service online via the CustomerConnect portal.
When a home is being sold, the title company will take care of transferring utility services and paying any final bills. Call (970) 244-1579 with any questions.
Please see Pay Your Utility Bill.
The City of Grand Junction does not provide gas or electric services. Please contact Xcel Energy at 800-895-4999 or Grand Valley Power at 970-242-0040.
The Ridges Irrigation System is normally on from the first of April through the end of October or until the first freeze occurs. Please check the Ridges Irrigation page for information on outages, official start and stop dates.
Irrigation charges (rates) to cover the cost of operating the Ridges Irrigation system are calculated and pro-rated over a 12-month period. The total cost per year to the customer would be the same whether it was charged out over 7 months or 12 months.
Call a Customer Service Representative at 970-244-1579 and request the water meter be temporarily shut off for repairs. Please do not attempt to turn a water meter off yourself, as the water meter is the City’s property and responsibility. If possible, please schedule repairs during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 7 am to 3:30 pm). For an after-hours emergency water shut-off, dial 970-242-6707.
While you have your water shut off, it is recommended that an isolation valve be installed on your service line. This allows you to turn the water on and off, yourself, in case of repairs or an emergency.
Not necessarily, but you should call a Customer Service Representative at 970-244-1579 and request a re-read of your water meter. If the reading is correct, then you can test for a water leak by following these step-by-step instructions.
One of the easiest and most effective ways to prevent waterlines from freezing is to turn on your faucets during the cold weather months. By continuously running a small stream of water (the size of a pencil lead) through your faucets - particularly faucets located on exterior walls - you can help prevent costly repairs. Avoiding Frozen Pipes (PDF).
Additional water usage charges may apply, so customers are encouraged to sign up for the Drip Program by calling Utility Billing at 970-244-1579. If your pipes do freeze, you should not attempt to forcefully heat your waterlines - it is best to let lines thaw naturally.