Critical Area Information

If you have interest in a Critical Area & Archaeology Review (known as CAAR’s) please review the following options and related materials.

Critical Area Review Request (Instant)

Follow the steps below to view parcel-level critical area information for a parcel in San Juan County (applicants must still inquire about archaeology concerns via email or over phone with this option):

Step 1) Enter Full 12-Digit Parcel Number:

Step 2) to update link below:

Step 3) Click this link to view Critical Area Review results and maps for your parcel

CAAR Request (Email Correspondence)
If you have interest in a Critical Area & Archaeology Review (known as CAAR’s), please submit a request to dcd@sanjuanco.com or call us directly with the following information:

• Your name and email address
• The tax parcel number you would like to receive information on

We reply to CAAR requests to identify land use regulations and critical area reports that may be required for development at the time of permit application. This information is based on a review of the whole parcel. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide the required reports or prove the indicated report requirement does not apply to their specific project site. Please let us know if you have more specific questions using our Ask a Question resource page where we can briefly review proposed projects. Actual conditions in the field control determinations of compliant development.

Pre-Applications (preliminary consultations)


Brief consultations (15 minutes or less) regarding projects that are underway or prospective land use developments can be obtained by using our Ask a Question/Request Assistance form to request a scheduled consultation. Scheduling the consultation ensures that knowledgeable staff are in the office to assist you.

In-depth consultations (more than 15 minutes) prior to the submittal of applications must also be scheduled. There is a $450 base fee, or a $150 charge for site visits. You can also schedule a combination of a consultation and a site visit for a total of $600. Use the Pre-Application request form (DOC  PDF) to initiate scheduling a longer consultation and/or site visit.

Critical Area Information- Related Materials