New Legislation

Action Required for Colorado Paid Sick Leave

As a reminder, in July 2020 Colorado enacted the “The Healthy Families and Workplaces Act” (HFWA). The HFWA requires that employers with 16 or more employees provide paid sick leave to employees effective January 1, 2021. All employers, regardless of size, will be required to provide paid sick leave to their employees beginning January 1, 2022.

What You Need to Know:

  • HFWA does not require employers with existing paid sick leave or PTO policies to provide additional sick leave if their policies are as generous as the law regarding amount of leave, accrual, carryover and use requirements, and the employer makes this clear to employees, in writing and distributed in advance of an actual or anticipated leave request.
  • Employees accrue sick leave at a rate of no less than one hour for every 30 hours worked up to 48 hours in a calendar year starting January 1st of your effective year, or their hire date, whichever is later.
      • Employees exempt from overtime should accrue based on the assumption that the employee works 40 hours per week. If the employee’s normal workweek consists of less than 40 hours, the employee should accrue based on the number of hours that comprise their normal workweek.
  • Employees may begin to use sick leave immediately, as it is accrued.
  • Employers may choose to frontload sick leave by providing the total amount of sick leave at the beginning of the calendar year.
  • Employers must permit employees to carry over up to 48 hours of unused sick leave at year-end. Employers may permit an employee to carry forward more than 48 hours of unused paid leave from one benefit year to the next.

For more information, contact your trusted payroll representative.

City of Colorado Springs Stormwater Criteria Updates

The Colorado Springs Stormwater Enterprise has finalized the Stormwater Construction Manual (SCM). Implementation was December 1, 2020. The Stormwater Construction Manual is a consolidation of the 2014 DCM, ECM, and Insurance Reference Guide.

  1. Introduction
  2. Grading and Erosion Control Permitting Basics
  3. Design Phase Requirements
  4. Construction Phase Requirements
  5. Native Vegetation Requirements and Guidelines
  6. Inspection and Enforcement
  7. Permit Closeout
    1. Grading and Erosion Control Plan Checklist
    2. CSWMP Checklist
    3. Standard GEC Plan Notes
    4. GEC Plan / CSWMP Signature Blocks
    5. Construction Control Measure Details

The City of Colorado Springs Stormwater Enterprise reviews and approves documents related to stormwater design and construction. Examples of the types of documents the Stormwater Enterprise reviews are included below:

  • Drainage Report
  • Drainage Letter
  • Drainage Memo
  • Master Development Drainage Plan
  • GEC Plan
  • Channel Design Plan
  • Permanent Control Measure Plan
  • Drainage Plan/Profile

Documents are reviewed electronically using the City of Colorado Springs Stormwater Enterprise / Traffic / EDR Electronic Review System. Review fees are charged for all projects requiring stormwater review. Please reference the stormwater review fees website. Project specific questions related to submittals required should be directed to the project Review Engineer.


State Plumbing Code Adoption (2018 IPC)

The State’s official adoption was June 1, 2020. RBD will be implementing the new code beginning May 31, 2021.

State Electrical Code Adoption (2020 NEC)

The State’s official adoption was August 1, 2020. RBD will be implementing the new code beginning July 31, 2021. Significant Changes have been published, to include over 60 points of new changes with added costs.

City of Colorado Springs & Colorado Springs Utilities Underground Damage Prevention Safety Program

(Implementation set for January 2021)

The City has partnered with CSU to stand up a local enforcement program to oversee excavation activities and requirements. Contractors will still call for locates through the 811 program, however CSU will now be able to address complaints and infractions at a local level. A new Article 10 (Underground Damage Prevention Safety Program) of Chapter 12 (Utilities) of the Code of the City of Colorado Springs has been approved – Ordinance 20-70

Colorado Springs Fire Department –
Construction Services

Working in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI)
As a result of the Waldo Canyon Fire (2012) and the disastrous outcomes that were experienced, the Colorado Springs Fire Department (CSFD), in partnership with the Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs (HBA), collaborated to address some critical issues in house design and construction. The result of the collaborated effort was the modification of City code language to safely and reasonably protect those residents who are rebuilding homes in the Waldo Canyon Fire Burn Area or building new homes in any portion of the city of Colorado Springs WUI. The collaboration also resulted in an Ignition Resistant Construction Design Manual that is to be used in conjunction with the 2015 IFC Appendix K. with the intent to show builders and landscapers what construction materials and vegetation requirements they must follow in order to reduce the risk of ignition to a home from an exposure fire.

For questions, contact CSFD Construction Services @ 719-385-5982 Ext. 2.


The Water Shortage Ordinance (WSO) has been in place since 2002 and establishes the rules that govern the response options available to City Council during a water shortage. This Ordinance is a key means for City Council and Colorado Springs Utilities to protect water supply, maintain water service essential for public health and safety, and minimize adverse impacts to economic activity during a water shortage. Colorado Springs Utilities has proposed updates to the existing Water Shortage Ordinance to include a long-term focus on reducing the waste of water at all times, updating the water shortage response rules, and removing rules that have been superseded by new state laws. This program will contribute 10% to our overall savings target – 375 acre-feet in 2021 and 450 acre-feet by 2030 which, in turn, will provide a future source of supply for our community.

In the updated WSO, the following actions will not be permitted at any time to reduce waste:

  1. Watering landscaped areas, other than with drip irrigation, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. during the period from May 1 to October 15.
  2. Watering landscaped areas with potable water more than three (3) days per week, with the following exceptions:
    1. Watering under an establishment permit;
    2. Watering under a water allocation plan;
    3. Watering new plant material on the day of planting;
    4. Watering of turf grass that is essential for high use sports fields;
    5. Operating and attending to an irrigation system as needed for installation, repair, or reasonable maintenance; and
    6. Watering trees, shrubs, and plants (including vegetable and flower gardens) with a drip irrigation system, handheld hose equipped with an active positive shutoff nozzle or handheld container at any time.
  3. Using water to clean outdoor impervious surfaces such as sidewalks, driveways and patios, except when cleaning with water is necessary for public health or safety reasons or when other cleaning methods are impractical or inappropriate.
  4. Applying water intended for irrigation to an impervious surface, such as a street, parking lot, alley, sidewalk or driveway, or any other water use outside, in a way that allows water to pool or flow across the ground or into any drainage way, such as gutters, streets, alleys or storm drains.
  5. Washing motor vehicles, trailers, boats and other types of equipment with a hose that lacks an active positive shut-off nozzle.
  6. Failing to repair or disable, for a period of more than ten (10) calendar days, leaking or damaged irrigation system components, service lines or other plumbing fixtures.