Shake Roof Replacement Mandate - City of Boulder
2014 is right around the courner for any homeowners within the city limits of Boulder, Colorado who still have a shake roof. All shake roofs must be replaced before January 1, 2014.
According to Boulder's planning and building office, the shake roof ban, has been an on-going project for the last 20 years in an effort to mitigate unnecessary fire risk. 20 years ago there were 1,500+ homes with shake roofs within the city limits of Boulder. Since then many roofs have been replaced with conforming roofs. Building permits are required for roof replacemetns and no new building permits have been issued which allow a homeowner to replace a roof with shake shingles. Today... the number of homes within the city limits of Boulder with shake roofs have dwindled down to just over 540. All of the affected homeowners have received letters from the city, regarding the new mandate and notice to replace their shake roof.
The City Council of Boulder wants code enforcement to take action immediately beginning January 1, 2014 against any homeowners who have not yet replaced their shake roof. Tickets will be written and fines assessed right away. According to the individual in the planning office with whom I spoke today, those fines could be up to $1,000 per day until the roofs are replaced.