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​88th Avenue Corridor Study

The City of Thornton is conducting a study to identify safety and multimodal capital improvements on 88th Avenue between Pecos Street and Dahlia Street.

104th Station Plan

The "Thornton Crossroads at 104th" Station Area Master Plan was adopted by City Council on January 13, 2015.

124th Ave. Multimodal Corridor Project

124th Ave. Multimodal Corridor Project

2022 BeWell Benefits Guide

2022 Employee BeWell Benefits Guide

4th of July in Thornton

Join us for our traditional fourth of July event.

88th Station Plan

The "Original Thornton at 88th" Station Area Master Plan was adopted by City Council on January 13, 2015.

AAC Personal Training Request

AAC Personal Training Request

Active Adult at Trail Winds Recreation Center

Thornton Active Adult at Trail Winds Recreation Center

Active Adult Center

If you are age 62 or older, you are invited to spend time at the Active Adult Center. We offer educational and recreational programs, fitness classes, special events, trips, outdoor programs, health screenings and a fabulous daily meal program!

Active Development Projects

Thornton Active Development Projects

Activity Registration

Register online for activities in Thornton.

Adaptive & Inclusive Recreation (AIR)

The program is coordinated by a CTRS. Becoming a CTRS requires a 4-year degree (or equivalent experience), passing a national certification exam, and 50 hours of continuing education every five years to stay certified.

Adult Sports Programs

The city of Thornton coordinates and supports a variety of youth and adult athletic programs.

Advanced Metering Infrastructure Technology

​Thornton Advanced Metering Infrastructure Technology

Area Plans

In addition to Policy Planning, the Office of Economic Development produces area plans with specific economic content such as urban renewal plans.

Art Academy

Art classes are held at the Thornton Art Studio (TACC) at 9211 Dorothy Blvd.

Art Exhibits

Arts Thornton schedules exhibitions on a quarterly basis and welcomes artists interested in showing their work at the OZ Gallery.

Artificial Turf Code Amendments

Artificial Turf Code Amendments

Arts & Culture

Thornton Arts & Culture Vision: A community that welcomes all forms of cultural expression.

Arts & Culture Center (TACC) Facility Rental Information

Any adult 18 years or older who is a Thornton resident or a nonprofit group whose official address is within the city's boundaries can rent the TACC.

Arts & Culture Events

Thornton Arts & Culture Events.

Assistance Application

Thornton Assistance Application

Barrel and Beer Festival

Thornton Barrel and Beer Festival

BeWell Benefits

Annual BeWell Benefits Guide

Bike Thornton

Thornton has over 57.9 miles of on-street bike lanes. You can find suggested cycling routes in and around Thornton on this web page.

Block Party Trailer

​The Block Party Trailer is new to Thornton and is filled with many necessary and useful items to help you and your neighbors throw a successful block party.

Boards and Commissions

Information about Thornton Boards and Commissions

Building Guides

Use the building guides and division reports to assist you in creating your building plan and applying for your permit in Thornton.

Building Inspections

The Building Inspection Division is responsible for the Plan Review, Permit Issuance and Inspection of new construction projects and remodel of existing structures in the City of Thornton.

Building Plans 144th and Washington

Building Plans 144th and Washington

Business - Economic Development

Thornton has over 1,400 acres of greenfield sites ready for development. With over $375 million in quality development opened in 2018 along the I-25 corridor, the city is experiencing unprecedented growth.

Capital Improvement Projects

The Open Space and Project Management Division is responsible for the planning, design, rehabilitation and inspection of Thornton parks and open space capital projects.

Capital Improvement Projects and Planning

The Projects and Planning Division is responsible for the planning, design, rehabilitation and inspection of Thornton parks and open space capital projects.

Carpenter Park

Carpenter Park, located at 3498 E. 112th Ave., directly behind the Carpenter Recreation Center, is open to the public daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Carpenter Recreation Center

The 78,780 square foot Margaret W. Carpenter Recreation Center is located on 136 acres of property the City owns at 112th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard.

CERT Basic Training - 2020

2020 Thornton CERT Basic Training

CIP Maps

The Capital Improvement Program (CIP) provides for cost-effective design and construction of capital projects.

Citizen Police Academy Application

Use this application to apply for Thornton's Citizen Police Academy.

Citizen Police Academy Brochure

The Thornton's Citizen Police Academy brochure.

City Clerk

The City Clerk’s office handles the coordination of City Council meeting documentation, Board and Commission Applications, City Elections, Liquor Licensing, and Passport Applications. The City Clerk is also responsible for maintaining City Records.

City Council Information

The city council consists of the Mayor, elected at large, and eight council members, two elected from each of the city's four wards.

City Council Meetings

Thornton city council meeting information.

City Development

Promote quality development that creates a safe, balanced community for living, working and playing. Maintain and improve the living environment for the citizens of Thornton.

City Development Compliments & Concerns

Thornton City Development Compliments & Concerns

City Manager Office

​The City Manager is appointed by, and serves at the pleasure of, the City Council.

City of Thornton Contact Information

Contact information for the City of Thornton services.

City of Thornton Historical Archive and Art Collection

City of Thornton Historical Archive and Art Collection

City Pool

Thornton City Pool - 2141 E. 95th Ave., Thornton 80229

City Voice Newspaper

Thornton's City Voice Newspaper is delivered to residents throughout the year to bring city news in a timely fashion.

Click and Haul

Thornton trash and recycle customers can use this service to get rid of clutter in the garage or basement, plan a do-it-yourself room remodel.

Code Compliance

Code Compliance informs and enforces the city codes for development and nuisances.

Code of Ordinances - City of Thornton


Code Red

Be notified by your local emergency response team in the event of emergency situations or critical community alerts. Examples include: evacuation notices, bio-terrorism alerts, boil water notices, and missing child reports.

CodeRED Emergency Notification Sign-up

Sign-up for CodeRED Emergency Notifications.

CodeRED Emergency Notifications

The City of Thornton uses the CodeRED Emergency Notification System to warn residents of potential life safety dangers and other emergencies like wildfires, floods, criminal activity, evacuations, and water utility outages.

Commercial Water Rebate PDF

Print the PDF commercial water efficiency rebate form, and mail or walk it into the city of Thornton.

Community Center

Thornton Community Center - 2211 Eppinger Blvd., Thornton 80229

Community Connections

Find information on how to get involved in your community, resources, learning opportunities, charitable events, supportive programming and more.

Community Connections - Espanol

Community connections information translated in Spanish.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

Community Meetings

A community meeting is the perfect setting to exchange ideas and information.

Community Outreach

Community Outreach is now Community Connections.

Community Survey

Thornton Community Survey

Complete Hazard Mitigation Plan

Complete Thornton, Federal Heights, and Northglenn Hazard Mitigation Plan

Cone Zone

Information regarding lane closures and detours impacting the City of Thornton.

Contact Information

Contact information for city services in Thornton, Colorado.

Development Code

The City of Thornton is updating its Development Code and we need your help.

Easter Egg Scramble

Thornton Easter Egg Scramble

Eastlake Streetscape Conceptual Plan

Eastlake Streetscape Conceptual Plan

Election Information

The City Clerk’s office is responsible for conducting the Municipal Elections, as well as assisting Adams County with registering citizens to vote.

Emergency Business Grants

Thornton Emergency Business Grants, administered by the Thornton Economic Development Office.

Enrichment Program

The city of Thornton offers a variety of youth and adult enrichment programs.

Festival Vendor Application

Thornton Vendor Application

Festivals & Special Events

Thornton Festivals & Special Events

Finance & Accounting in Thornton

The accounting division handles the accounting and finance services for the city of Thornton.

Fire Department

Thornton Fire Department.

Firefighter Recruitment

Persons interested in becoming a city of Thornton firefighter must submit an online job application during the posting period to be considered.


Details about illegal fireworks in Thornton.

Fomulario de Reembolso Residencial de Eficiencia de Agua PDF

Envíe los formularios completes a ciudad de Thornton.


Thornton Forestry is dedicated to the stewardship of trees and other plants throughout the City. We provide advice to Thornton residents concerning their landscapes and the plants associated with them.

Graffiti Reporting and Removal

Find out about reporting graffiti and the Thornton removal program.

Gymnastics Program

Thornton Gymnastics Program

Harvest Fest

Join in the fall fun at Thornton Harvest Fest.

Healthy Farmers Market

Link to the Thornton area Healthy Farmers Market

Healthy Farmers Markets

link to community connections farmers markets webpage

Historic Preservation Plan

Thornton Historic Preservation Plan

Historical Archive and Art Collection

The City of Thornton Historical Archive and Art Collection


Take a trip down memory lane and check out Thornton's history.

Holiday Resources

Thornton Holiday Resources

Home & Business Security Cam Registry

A voluntary community security camera sharing program.

Home & Business Security Cam Registry Form

Register online with the voluntary community security camera sharing program.

Home Repair, Maintenance and Improvement

Thornton Home Repair, Maintenance and Improvement

Homeless Outreach Team

If you would like to report an encampment, get resources to individuals you suspect are without homes, or get more information about the Homeless Outreach Team, please contact our hotline at 720-977-5900 or email us at

Housing in Thornton

Thornton is focused on providing quality housing and healthy, vibrant neighborhoods for those who desire to live in our community.

Infrastructure Engineering

​​The City of Thornton, through its Engineering Services Division, is responsible for overseeing capital improvements, the City's GIS system, surveying and for maintaining the City's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES).

iWatch Speed Awareness

Speeding is the most common complaint the city of Thornton receives from neighborhoods, and to answer these concerns, the city has created the “iwatch Speed Awareness Program.”


Employment opportunities at the city of Thornton.

Ken Freiberg Fire Museum at the Carl Nelson Fire Station

Ken Freiberg Fire Museum at the Carl Nelson Fire Station

Kid Camp

The city of Thornton Kid Camp is a state licensed program that provides a variety of learning experiences incorporating social, emotional, imaginative, cognitive, and physical development.

Kids and Youth Dance Program

Summer dance students will focus on learning and advancing their dancing technique.

Maps and GIS Open Data

Thornton Maps and GIS Open Data

Mobile Food Trucks

City of Thornton Mobile Food Truck Guide provides general guidance and information on how to lawfully operate a mobile food truck in Thornton.

Movies in the Park

The city of Thornton is happy to bring you Movies in the Park! For more information please call the Carpenter Recreation Center at 303-255-7800.

Municipal Court

Thornton Municipal Court is a limited jurisdiction court serving the citizens of Thornton, Colorado.

My Thornton

My Thornton is your mobile connection to the city of Thornton, CO services.

Naturally Thornton

Thornton is proactively responding to the impacts of the global pandemic and will manage a citywide reduction in resources by expediting the implementation of our Sustainable Parks & Open Space Plan in order to save money and water.

Neighborhood Clean Up Events

Neighborhood Clean Up Events

Oil & Gas Development in Thornton

Oil & Gas Development in Thornton

Online Crime Reporting

Thornton Online Crime Reporting

Park & Recreation Finder

Thornton Park & Recreation Finder

Park Pavilion Reservations

Thornton Park Pavilion Reservations.

Park Village Pool

Thornton Park Village Pool - 4051 Summit Grove Pkwy., Thornton 80241


There are twenty-five major parks and sports facilities, plus innumerable smaller parks, water detention and open space areas in the city of Thornton, providing plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation and relaxation for residents and visitors.

Parks and Recreation Month

July is National Parks and Recreation month! NRPA is challenging everyone to get their play on with their local parks and recreation.

Parks Capital Improvement Projects

The Open Space and Project Management Division is responsible for the planning, design, rehabilitation and inspection of Thornton parks and open space capital projects.

Parks Open Space Trails User Map

Parks Open Space Trails User Map

Performing Arts Center Feasibility Study

Thornton Performing Arts Center Feasibility Study


Thornton issues a variety of building, development, and infrastructure permits.

Personal Training

Thornton Personal Training

PFAS Chemicals and Thornton Drinking Water

As a public Water Utility, the city of Thornton’s highest priority is protecting public health; and ensuring our drinking water is always safe, high-quality, and meets all regulatory standards set by the state and federal governments.

Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment Application

Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment Application

Planning Division

Thornton's Policy Planning Division, in concert with the City Council and citizens of Thornton, oversees long range planning.

Planning Sessions and Council Updates Media

Planning Sessions and Council Updates Media

Police and Community Team

Thornton Police and Community Team

Police Department

The Thornton Police Department is led by Chief of Police Randy Nelson and operates under the three divisions: Patrol, Administration, and Detectives, each of which is led by a Deputy Chief.

Police Department Awareness Program

TPD Awareness Program

Police Department Dog Walker Watch

The Thornton PD DogWalker Watch is an extension of Thornton CommUNITY Watch and provides resources for neighbors to be more aware and how to effectively observe and report suspicious activity.

Police Department Recruitment

It is our mission is to protect and serve our community. This is more than just a slogan for us, it is our primary objective and reason for existing. We are here to help our citizens and work together to improve our community

Policy Planning 112th Station Plan

Policy Planning 112th Station Plan

Policy Planning Eastlake Subarea Plan

Policy Planning Eastlake Subarea Plan

Preschool Program

Children can enter Thornton's Preschool Program at any of the age-levels as each age-level is developmentally appropriate for the designated age group. The curriculum is aligned with the Colorado Early Learning and Development Guidelines (ELDG).

Public Art

The Thornton Public Art Collection contains approximately 247 pieces exhibited in public facilities, parks, intersections, and transit stations through the city.

Recreation Facilities

​​Recreation Facilities

Recreation Programs

Thornton recreation programs

Recreation Rentals

Thornton Recreation Rentals

Register for the Ugly Sweater Family Fun Run

First-ever Ugly Sweater Family Fun Run to be held Saturday, December 11, 2021, at Carpenter Park 108th and Colorado Boulevard

Register to the Annual Icy Blast Racquetball Tournament

Annual Icy Blast Racquetball Tournament to be held at the Carpenter Recreation Center

Reporte de Calidad de Agua

Reporte de Calidad de Agua

Request for Discovery

Request for Discovery form for the City Attorney's office

Request for Paper Utility Bill

Request for Paper Utility Bill - if you would like to receive a paper copy of your bill in the mail.

Residential Water Rebate PDF

Print the PDF residential water efficiency rebate form, and mail it to the city of Thornton.


Thornton Colorado Restaurants

Riverwalk Ball Fields

Riverwalk Ball Fields and Batting Cages


There are a total of 32 roundabouts in the city of Thornton. Roundabouts are used as an alternative to traffic signals and they provide several benefits.

RV Permits

Learn how to apply for an RV Permit.

Sales Tax

The City’s Revenue Division is responsible for collection of the following taxes and fees: sales, use, lodging and telephone taxes, and E911 surcharges.

Santa's Calling Form

Would your child enjoy a personal phone call from Santa before he comes to town on Christmas Eve?

Sex Offender Information

City of Thornton sex offender information.

Short-term Rentals

Short-term rentals are currently prohibited in Thornton, but the City Council will soon consider potential changes to the City Code.

Snow Storm and Plow Information

Snow storm and plow information.

Sortin' thru Thornton

​Sortin' thru Thornton is a fun, self-paced scavenger hunt that celebrates our city and Thornton Parks, Recreation & Community Programs.

South Thornton Revitalization Subarea Plan (STaR)​​

The Thornton Revitalization Advisory Board (TRAB) and the City Development Department completed a revitalization planning process focused on invigorating the southern portion of Thornton.

Station Area Plans

FasTrack Station Area Plans

Stormwater Program

The stormwater utility was established in 2019 in order to promote the health, safety, and welfare of residents.

Stormwater Quality

In compliance with provisions of the Colorado Water Quality Control Act and the Colorado Discharge Permit Regulations; the City of Thornton is required to obtain a permit, which authorizes the City to discharge stormwater.

Streets Division

The Streets Division is responsible for maintaining Thornton's streets and drainage systems, as well as providing snow removal and street sweeping services. Our primary goal is to minimize road hazards and ensure safe public transit.

Summer Concert Series

Thornton Twist & Shout Summer Concert Series

Sustainable Energy in Thornton

Sustainable Energy in Thornton

Swimming Lesson Information

The City of Thornton is excited to bring you its Learn to Swim Program.

T-Alerts Email Newsletters

Login and manage your subscriptions to the email newsletters with T-Alerts.

Tax Preparation Resources

Check out some of these resources for getting help with your taxes.


Get city information and report issues with Thornton's TextMyGov.

The Spot

​During the construction of the new center, we welcome Thornton youth age 17 and under to join us at the Thornton Community Building (2141 E. 95th Avenue).

Thornton Active Adult Center

Active Adult Center news and information.

Thornton Activities Guide

Thornton's online activities guide.

Thornton Arts, Sciences and Humanities Council

The Thornton Arts, Sciences and Humanities Council (TASHCO) is a 501(c)(3) organization that promotes cultural, historical and scientific activities in the city of Thornton.

Thornton Assistance Funds (TAF)

Since 1983, the city of Thornton has provided grant funds to assist nonprofit organizations that help Thornton residents meet their basic needs and enhance their ability to be self-sufficient.

Thornton Parks, Recreation & Community Programs News & Events

Thornton includes people of all abilities in our Parks, Recreation and Community Programs. We strive to not only meet the requirements of the ADA but to create a welcoming and supportive community.

Thornton Parks, Recreation & Community Programs news and events

Thornton Parks, Recreation & Community Programs news and events

Thornton Shopping Center Redevelopment

Thornton Shopping Center Redevelopment

Thornton Water

Thornton is proud to provide quality water services, from the protection of source water, delivery of safe drinking water, wastewater collection and stormwater management and protection. - Americans with Disabilities Act

As required by Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and 28 CFR 35.105, the City is developing a formal Transition Plan to improve accessibility throughout the City.


Thorntonfest is a signature event of the city of Thornton.

Thornton's Torosaurus

Thornton Celebrates the Anniversary of its Torosaurus Fossil Discovery.

Tips to Avoid Frozen Pipes in your Home

Tips to Avoid Frozen Pipes in your Home

Traffic & Trasnportation

The city is committed to providing a safe and efficient transportation system for all road users.

Traffic Mobility

Thornton Traffic Mobility

Trail Winds Recreation Center

Trail Winds Recreation Center

Transportation and Mobility Master Plan

Transportation and Mobility Master Plan information.

Trash & Recycling

The Environmental Services Team provides curbside trash and recycling collection services to over 29,000 homes in the City, as well as a number of other collection services for our citizens.

U.S. Passports

In Thornton, the City Clerk’s Office is a U.S. Department of State designated Passport Application Acceptance Facility. U.S. citizens planning international travel may apply for passports at the office, located at City Hall, 9500 Civic Center Drive.

Urban Center Study

This plan covers an area generally between I-25 and Washington Street, and provides guidance to help it develop in a way that is more sustainable, provide a framework for a greater mix of uses, and help integrate alternative forms of transportation.

Utility Billing Division

​​​The City of Thornton provides water, sewer, and trash services to its residents. One or more of these services are reflected in your bill each month.​​

Utility Billing Payment Portal

Thornton's Utility Billing Payment Portal.

Utility Billing Registration Information

Thornton’s utility billing customer payment portal registration information.

Veterans Memorial Paver Brick Program

The Thornton Veterans Memorial began as a community project to honor veterans and show appreciation for the service and sacrifices they and their families have made for this nation.

Vision Zero

The City of Thornton is taking a bold step in eliminating fatal and serious injury traffic crashes within city limits by developing an aggressive and actionable Vision Zero Action Plan.

Volunteer Thornton

Dedicated to creating an open system of volunteer services that provides involvement, satisfaction, and benefit to the city of Thornton.

Ward Map

The city of Thornton council wards map allows you to identify which ward you live in and view information about your elected ward officials.

Wastewater Treatment

The City of Thornton Wastewater Collection System maintenance staff protects the public's health and safety by maintaining the integrity of the new and existing wastewater systems.

Water Assistance Application

Thornton Water customers and residents living in apartment complexes, manufactured home parks, condominiums and townhomes that receive water through the city of Thornton can apply for the program once per calendar year.

Water Assistance Program

The Thornton Water Assistance Program helps low-income individuals and families struggling to pay their water bill.

Water Bill Calculator

Estimate how rate changes may affect your water bill.

Water Quality Report

The city of Thornton Water Quality laboratory is charged with ensuring that the city's drinking water meets all state and federal drinking water regulations.


Join in the holiday fun at Thornton WinterFest in December.

Your Thornton Neighborhood Park Survey

Your Thornton Neighborhood Park Survey

Youth and Teen Program

Thornton Youth and Teen Program

Youth and Teen Volunteer Corps

This summer volunteer program is designed to cultivate responsibility in Thornton youths, ages 11-18. Volunteers have volunteered at nursing homes, park clean-ups, trail building and special events.