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The Town of Castle Rock has a municipal ordinance as it pertains to the use of firearms. Castle Rock Municipal code 9.04.160 - Discharging weapons states it is unlawful for any person, except law enforcement officers in the performance of their duties, to fire or discharge within Town limits. Discharging a firearm to protect livestock from wildlife is not accepted under the municipal code. It is worth noting, chickens are not considered livestock according to the Town of Castle Rock Municipal code 6.02.030, where livestock is specifically defined as horses, mules, sheep, goats, cattle, swine, geese, pigeons, turkeys, pea fowl and guinea hens. For more information on requirements for chickens and ducks in the Town of Castle Rock, please read Municipal code 6.02.250, or call the Castle Rock Police Department's Animal Control Unit at 720-733-6063.
The Castle Rock Police Department teams up with the Colorado State Patrol Motor Carrier Safety Section (most recently during the fall of 2023) and conducts commercial motor vehicle inspections. During the most recent inspections, there were no violations of the engine brake mufflers required for commercial motor vehicles found. Castle Rock Police will continue its partnership with Colorado State Patrol to conduct more inspections in 2024.
Updated Jan. 9, 2024
Seven factors are considered when determining whether the Town should be placed under fire restrictions. These are: 1 and 2) two different evaluations of the moisture content of plant materials; 3) the current fire danger rating from the National Weather Service; 4 and 5) the resources available to fight fires and recent incidences of fires; 6) whether adverse fire conditions are predicted to continue; and 7) the local fire preparedness level as set by the National Multi-Agency Coordination Group.
If specified criteria are met related to at least three of these factors, Stage 1 restrictions are considered. Once a fourth condition is met, Stage 2 restrictions are considered. Conditions are evaluated for the Town as a whole and not for certain areas, although moisture levels may vary throughout Town given how rainfall tends to occur here.
It's important to note that while the rapid downpours that are typical in summer in Castle Rock generally help increase the moisture level of grasses, they typically do not provide great amounts of moisture for larger, more flammable plant materials like scrub oak and trees. Additional factors including heat, relative humidity and wind also come into play when recommending fire restrictions.
Castle Rock Water's goal is to check each fire hydrant in Town annually. Additionally, Castle Rock Fire Department (CRFD) may check hydrants when they respond on fire alarm calls, natural gas leaks and other requests for service.
In its most recent Insurance Service Office evaluation in 2021, the Town received a score of 39.37 out of a possible 40 for water supply, reflecting well-maintained hydrants and overall water system.
Updated Jan. 2, 2024
To report speeding traffic, call the Castle Rock non-emergency line at 303-663-6100 or Report a Concern. When prompted to select an issue type, choose Speeding Traffic. Castle Rock Police will be notified of your concern.
Dirt bikes that are registered with the State are legal to drive on streets. As to the open space: if someone has permission from the property owner to use the property in that way, they may. If they do not have permission from an HOA representative, riding in that area could be considered trespassing and/or damaging property.
It shall be unlawful for any person to drive, ride upon or engage in the recreation use of any motorized recreation vehicle within the Town upon any private lands, other than his or her own, unless the use thereon has been specifically authorized by the Town, or unless written permission has been secured from the owner of the land allowing such use and such permission is in the possession of the person so using the land (Castle Rock Municipal Code 9.04.226(b)(1)- Use of Recreational Vehicles).
With the passage of the Colorado Medical Use of Marijuana, Initiative 20 (in 2000), and the Colorado Marijuana Legalization Initiative, Amendment 64 (in 2012), marijuana use (subject to certain restrictions) was legalized in the State. Article XVIII of the Colorado Constitution, Section 16 (3)(d), titled "Personal Use and Regulation of Marijuana" states: Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the following acts are not unlawful and shall not be an offense under Colorado law or the law of any locality within Colorado or be a basis for seizure, or forfeiture of assets under Colorado law for persons twenty-one years of age or older: (d) Consumption of marijuana, provided that nothing in this section shall permit consumption that is conducted openly and publicly or in a manner that endangers others. A number of Colorado statutes also govern various aspects of marijuana use. Generally, property owners are permitted to make their own choices about marijuana use on their property. However, there are a number of considerations that need to be taken into account when making determinations surrounding the "legality" of marijuana use, on private property, which are driven by particularized factual circumstances. Accordingly, we are not in a position to make global statements about any specific situation. The Castle Rock Police Department is sworn to enforce the laws and it is committed to doing so.