Apply For A Colorado Building Permit

When do I need a building permit in Colorado?

Major construction work, including remodeling and expanding existing building, will normally require a building permit in Colorado. Smaller projects such as building fences, decks, and sheds can require a building permit depending on what city the construction will occur in. Usually only minor cosmetic work and routine repairs such as painting and fixture replacement will not require a permit.

Where in Colorado do I get a building permit for my project?

Building permits are normally issued by the city in Colorado where the property is located, but building permits for unincorporated areas are issued at the county level. Some smaller towns in Colorado also allow the county to issue permits for them. The name of the office in charge of building permits varies, for example it is the Planning and Development Services Office in Boulder and the Building Inspection Department in Summit County. Your local city and county website will have more information about which office you should file your application in.

Do I need to get a contractor for my project?

Not all projects will require a contractor, but many larger projects require a contractor by law. This is based on local law and so can vary by location. For example, in Boulder almost all projects that require a building permit will also require a licensed contractor. You will need to make sure that your contractor is in good standing and has all the appropriate city and state licenses before filing your building permit application.

What happens after I file my building permit application?

Once you obtain all the necessary approvals and file your Colorado building permit application it will be reviewed for engineering and building issues. Depending of the city’s method of review, it may also be reviewed for zoning and utility issues after you submit the application. If your application is approved, you can pick up the permit which you will normally need to display at the worksite. If the application is denied, you will be given the opportunity to fix the identified problems and resubmit the application.

How long does it take for a building permit to be issued in Colorado?

The length of the review process depends on the size and scope of the work being proposed. Some cities like Boulder and Denver have over-the-counter services for smaller projects such as fences, roofs, and small electrical projects. For applications that need to be reviewed by city engineers, you will normally be given an estimated timeframe for when the review will be completed when you submit your application.  


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