Municipal Records Management

How does a municipality obtain approval to use this records management manual?

The Approval Request Form must be completed and returned to our office.  Once approved, the city or town's name will be added to this site (Municipal APPROVED).  It is recommended that the town or city board/council adopt by resolution use of this schedule. A sample adopting resolution is now available.

This retention schedule will not provide legal authority or authorization for destruction of municipal records by any municipality until it is approved for use for that municipality by the Colorado State Archives.  Additionally, no record shall be destroyed if it is pertinent to any current or pending litigation.

The approval will remain in effect indefinitely or until rescinded by the municipality or State Archivist. Municipalities using this record retention schedule will not be required to report yearly record destruction statistics to our office at this time.

Municipal Records Retention Manual

Introduction

 

Municipal Manual Files & Table of Contents

SCHEDULE 05. Building and Structure Records

  • 05.010 Address History Files

  • 05.020 Applications for Building Permits

  • 05.030 Building and Demolition Permits

  • 05.040 Building Review Board Case Files

  • 05.050 Certificates of Occupancy

  • 05.060 Construction Drawings and Plans

  • 05.070 Inspection Records

  • 05.080 Registers and Ledgers – Building Permits

SCHEDULE 10. Cemetery Records

  • 10.010 Burial Records

  • 10.020 Cemetery Boundary and Lot Records

  • 10.030 Cemetery Financial Records

SCHEDULE 15. Election Records

  • 15.010 Absentee Voter Records

  • 15.020 Ballot Issue Comments

  • 15.030 Ballots

  • 15.040 Campaign Reports and Statements

  • 15.050 Complaints and Supporting Documentation – H.A.V.A.

  • 15.060 Coordinated Election Records

  • 15.070 Election Equipment Records

  • 15.080 Election History Files

  • 15.090 Election Judges Records

  • 15.100 Mail Ballot Election Records

  • 15.110 Maps – Election

  • 15.120 Nomination Records

  • 15.130 Notices of Election

  • 15.140 Oaths and Affidavits

  • 15.150 Petitions – Ballot Measures and Recall

  • 15.160 Polling Records

  • 15.170 Receipts and Accounting Forms

  • 15.180 Surveillance Recordings – Election Areas

  • 15.190 Tabulation and Election Certification Records

SCHEDULE 20. Entities Appointed by Municipality

  • 20.010 Agendas and Supporting Documentation

  • 20.020 Appointments and Resignations

  • 20.030 Bylaws

  • 20.040 Goals and Work Plans

  • 20.050 Member Lists

  • 20.060 Minutes and Supporting Documentation

  • 20.070 Notices – Meetings

  • 20.080 Oaths of Office

  • 20.090 Recommendations, Findings and Supporting Documentation

  • 20.100 Recordings of Meetings

SCHEDULE 25. Environmental Records

  • 25.010 Environmental Monitoring and Review

  • 25.020 Hazardous Waste Storage and Transport Records

  • 25.030 Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)

  • 25.040 S.A.R.A. Tier II Reports – Submitting Facility's Copy

  • 25.050 Storage Tanks – Regulated Substances

  • 25.060 Toxic Sites

SCHEDULE 30. Financial Records

  • 30.010 Accounts Payable (A/P) Records

  • 30.020 Accounts Receivable (A/R) Records

  • 30.030 Asset Records

  • 30.040 Audit Records

  • 30.050 Bank Records

  • 30.060 Bankruptcy and Foreclosure Records

  • 30.070 Bond Issue Records

  • 30.080 Budget Records

  • 30.090 Fee and Rate Schedules and Supporting Documentation

  • 30.100 Financial Guarantees

  • 30.110 Franchise Records

  • 30.120 Grant Records

  • 30.130 Improvement District Records

  • 30.140 Investment Records

  • 30.150 Ledgers and Journals

  • 30.160 Loan Records

  • 30.170 Purchasing Records

  • 30.180 Rebate Program Records

  • 30.190 Tax Collection Records

  • 30.200 Tax Reporting Records

  • 30.210 Utility Billing

SCHEDULE 35. Fleet and Equipment Records

  • 35.010 Equipment Records in General

  • 35.020 Fuel Use Records

  • 35.030 Maintenance and Safety Records – Vehicles and Equipment

SCHEDULE 40. General Administrative Records

  • 40.010 Administrative Proceedings Records

  • 40.020 Affidavits of Publication

  • 40.030 Agreements and Contracts

  • 40.040 Awards and Honors

  • 40.050 Calendars

  • 40.060 Charters and Supporting Documentation

  • 40.070 Code Book Records

  • 40.080 Committees – Internal

  • 40.090 Complaints, Routine Service Requests and Nonbinding Petitions

  • 40.100 Correspondence and General Documentation

  • 40.105 Donor Records

  • 40.110 Event Records

  • 40.120 External Groups and Agencies

  • 40.130 Forms – Blank

  • 40.140 Housekeeping Files

  • 40.150 Intellectual Property Records

  • 40.160 Legislation and Regulatory Actions – External

  • 40.170 Mailing and Distribution Records

  • 40.180 Maps, Drawings and Supporting Documentation

  • 40.190 Maps – Informational

  • 40.200 Open Records Requests and Supporting Documentation

  • 40.210 Organization Files

  • 40.220 Policies and Procedures Documentation

  • 40.230 Program Records

  • 40.240 Project Files

  • 40.250 Public Relations Records

  • 40.260 Publications

  • 40.270 Records Finding Aids

  • 40.280 Reference Files

  • 40.290 Reports

  • 40.300 Retention Schedules and Compliance Certificates

  • 40.310 Rules, Regulations and Standards

  • 40.320 Special District Records

  • 40.330 Studies, Plans and Reports

  • 40.340 Surveys Conducted by Municipalities

  • 40.350 Worksheets, Drafts and Other Preliminary Working Material

SCHEDULE  45. Governing Body Records

  • 45.010 Agendas and Supporting Documentation

  • 45.020 Appointments

  • 45.030 Bylaws

  • 45.040 Committee Records – Governing Body

  • 45.050 Goals and Work Plans

  • 45.060 Governing Body as Another Decision-Making Body

  • 45.070 List of Members

  • 45.080 Member Records

  • 45.090 Minutes and Supporting Documentation

  • 45.100 Notes Taken at Meetings

  • 45.110 Notices of Meetings

  • 45.120 Ordinances and Supporting Documentation

  • 45.130 Proclamations

  • 45.140 Recordings of Meetings

  • 45.150 Removal From Office – Initiated by Governing Body

  • 45.160 Resolutions and Supporting Documentation

SCHEDULE 50. Historic Preservation Records

  • 50.010 Archaeological and Historical Site Records

  • 50.020 Community and Municipal Histories

  • 50.030 Community Records

  • 50.040 Landmark and Historic Designation

  • 50.050 Newspapers and News Clippings – Local

  • 50.060 Photographic Records with Historical Value

  • 50.070 Records Older Than 1900

  • 50.080 Scrapbooks

SCHEDULE 55. Information Technology and Communication Systems Records

  • 55.010 Communication and Technology Systems Records

  • 55.020 Reserved

  • 55.030 Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Plans – IT

  • 55.040 Reserved

  • 55.050 Electronically Stored Information (ESI) Data Maps

  • 55.060 Project Records – Information Technology and Communication Systems

  • 55.070 Television System Records – Municipally Operated

  • 55.080 Website and Intranet Records

SCHEDULE 60. Infrastructure Records

  • 60.010 Electric Service

  • 60.020 Locate Requests

  • 60.030 Solid Waste Management

  • 60.040 Stormwater Drainage System Records

  • 60.050 Street and Traffic Operations Records

  • 60.060 Transportation System Records

  • 60.070 Vacations – Street, Alley and Right-of-Way

  • 60.080 Water and Sewer Distribution and Storage System Records

  • 60.090 Water and Sewer Treatment System Records

  • 60.100 Water Source of Supply Records

SCHEDULE 65. Land Use and Planning Records

  • 65.010 Annexation Case Files

  • 65.020 Census and Population Records

  • 65.030 Development Case Files

  • 65.040 Economic Development Records

  • 65.050 Referrals From Other Jurisdictions

  • 65.060 Variance and Exemption Case Files

  • 65.070 Violations – Land Use Code

  • 65.080 Zoning Records

SCHEDULE 70. Library, Museum and Other Repository Records

  • 70.010 Library Records

  • 70.020 Museum and Other Repository Records

SCHEDULE 75. Licenses and Permits

  • 75.010 Bonds – Licenses and Permits

  • 75.020 Licenses and Permits – Issued by the Municipality

  • 75.030 Licenses , Permits and Supporting Documentation – Issued to the Municipality

  • 75.040 Registers – Licenses and Permits

SCHEDULE 80. Litigation and Legal Counsel Records

  • 80.010 Claims

  • 80.020 Criminal Case Files

  • 80.030 Legal Communications

  • 80.040 Litigation Case Records

SCHEDULE 85. Municipal Court Records

  • 85.010 Appeal Records

  • 85.020 Bonds and Supporting Documentation – Court

  • 85.030 Case Files

  • 85.040 Docket Sheets

  • 85.050 Evidence

  • 85.060 Jury Records

  • 85.070 Probation Files

  • 85.080 Recordings of Court Proceedings

  • 85.090 Registers and Indexes

  • 85.100 Warrants

SCHEDULE 90. Personnel Records

  • 90.010 Affirmative Action Records

  • 90.020 Agreements and Contracts – Employment

  • 90.030 Benefit Records

  • 90.040 Bonds – Public Officials

  • 90.050 Collective Bargaining Records

  • 90.060 Driver's License Verifications

  • 90.070 Employee Records – Active and Terminated

  • 90.080 Employee Records – Temporary and Seasonal

  • 90.090 Employment Verifications

  • 90.100 Grievances

  • 90.110 Health, Medical and Safety Records

  • 90.120 I-9 Forms

  • 90.130 Job Recruitment Records

  • 90.140 Payroll Records

  • 90.150 Pension and Retirement Records

  • 90.160 Polygraph Records – Workplace Investigations

  • 90.170 State of Colorado New Hire Reporting Compliance

  • 90.180 Training Information

  • 90.190 Unemployment Insurance

  • 90.200 Volunteer Worker Records

  • 90.210 Work Schedules

  • 90.220 Workers' Compensation

SCHEDULE 95. Property Records

  • 95.010 Acquisition, Sale and Transfer Records

  • 95.020 Deeds and Dedications and Supporting Documentation

  • 95.030 Easements and Rights-of-Way and Supporting Documentation

  • 95.040 Leases and Supporting Documentation

  • 95.050 Maintenance, Upkeep and Damage Records

  • 95.060 Parks

SCHEDULE 100. Public Safety Records

  • 100.010 Ambulance Licensing and Operation Records

  • 100.020 Animal Control

  • 100.030 Dispatch Records

  • 100.040 Emergency Planning and Response

  • 100.050 Fire and Rescue Records

  • 100.060 Hazardous Materials Enforcement Records

  • 100.070 Immigration Status Reporting Records

  • 100.080 Police Records

SCHEDULE 105. Risk Management Records

  • 105.010 Insurance Records

  • 105.020 Security Records – Municipal Facilities

 

Approved Municipalities

The following list of approved municipalities are links to PDF files that will open in a new tab.

Approved Municipalities
  1. Akron
  2. Alamosa
  3. Antonito
  4. Arvada, City of 
  5. Aspen
  6. Ault
  7. Aurora
  8. Avon
  9. Basalt
  10. Bayfield
  11. Bennett
  12. Berthoud, Town of
  13. Black Hawk
  14. Blanca
  15. Blue River
  16. Boulder, City of
  17. Bow Mar
  18. Breckenridge
  19. Brighton
  20. Brookside
  21. Broomfield
  22. Brush
  23. Buena Vista
  24. Burlington
  25. Calhan
  26. Cañon City 
  27. Carbondale
  28. Castle Pines
  29. Castle Rock
  30. Cedaredge
  31. Centennial
  32. Center
  33. Central City
  34. Cherry Hills Village
  35. Cheyenne Wells
  36. Coal Creek
  37. Collbran
  38. Colorado Springs
  39. Commerce City
  40. Cortez
  41. Craig
  42. Creede
  43. Crested Butte
  44. Crestone
  45. Cripple Creek
  46. Dacono
  47. De Beque
  48. Deer Trail
  49. Del Norte
  50. Delta
  51. Dillon
  52. Dinosaur
  53. Dolores
  54. Dove Creek
  55. Durango
  56. Eagle
  57. Eaton
  58. Edgewater
  59. Elizabeth
  60. Empire
  61. Englewood
  62. Erie
  63. Estes Park
  64. Evans
  65. Fairplay
  66. Federal Heights
  67. Firestone
  68. Fleming
  69. Fort Lupton
  70. Fort Morgan
  71. Fountain
  72. Fowler
  73. Foxfield
  74. Fraser
  75. Frederick
  76. Frisco
  77. Fruita
  78. Garden City
  79. Georgetown
  80. Gilcrest
  81. Glendale
  82. Glenwood Springs
  83. Golden
  84. Granby
  85. Grand Junction
  86. Grand Lake, Town of
  87. Greeley
  88. Green Mountain Falls
  89. Gunnison
  90. Gypsum
  91. Hartman
  92. Haxtun
  93. Hayden
  94. Holly
  95. Holyoke
  96. Hooper
  97. Hot Sulphur Springs
  98. Hudson
  99. Idaho Springs
  100. Ignacio
  101. Jamestown
  102. Johnstown
  103. Keenesburg
  104. Kersey
  105. Kiowa
  106. Kremmling
  107. Lafayette
  108. La Jara
  109. La Junta
  110. Lake City
  111. Lakewood
  112. Lamar
  113. Larkspur
  114. La Salle
  115. La Veta
  116. Limon
  117. Littleton
  118. Lochbuie
  119. Log Lane Village
  120. Lone Tree
  121. Longmont
  122. Louisville
  123. Loveland
  124. Lyons
  125. Mancos
  126. Manitou Springs
  127. Manzanola
  128. Mead
  129. Meeker
  130. Milliken
  131. Minturn
  132. Moffat
  133. Monte Vista
  134. Montrose
  135. Monument
  136. Morrison
  137. Mountain View
  138. Mountain Village
  139. Mt. Crested Butte
  140. Nederland
  141. New Castle
  142. Northglenn
  143. Norwood
  144. Nucla
  145. Oak Creek
  146. Olathe
  147. Orchard City
  148. Otis
  149. Ovid
  150. Pagosa Springs
  151. Palisade
  152. Palmer Lake
  153. Parachute, Town of
  154. Parker
  155. Pierce
  156. Pitkin, Town of
  157. Platteville
  158. Pritchett
  159. Pueblo
  160. Ramah
  161. Rangely
  162. Red Cliff
  163. Rifle
  164. Rockvale
  165. Rocky Ford
  166. Romeo
  167. Rye
  168. Saguache
  169. Salida
  170. Seibert
  171. Severance
  172. Sheridan
  173. Silt
  174. Silver Cliff
  175. Silver Plume
  176. Silverthorne
  177. Silverton
  178. Simla
  179. Snomass Village
  180. South Fork
  181. Springfield
  182. Steamboat Springs
  183. Sterling
  184. Stratton
  185. Superior
  186. Swink
  187. Telluride
  188. Timnath
  189. Trinidad
  190. Vail
  191. Victor, City of
  192. Walden
  193. Walsenburg, City of
  194. Walsh
  195. Wellington
  196. Westcliffe
  197. Westminster
  198. Wheat Ridge
  199. Wiggins
  200. Wiley
  201. Windsor
  202. Winter Park
  203. Woodland Park
  204. Wray
  205. Yuma