Our office issues licenses and certificates, to both individuals and companies who perform work within Denver that requires a building permit or right-of-way permit. Before applying for a contractor license, an applicant must hold a trade-specific supervisor certificate or employ a supervisor certificate holder. License applications will not be accepted until supervisor certificates have been approved. Denver does not accept or reciprocate contractor licenses and/or certificates from other counties or states.
With the adoption of the 2016 Denver Building Code in March, the city is in a transition period until the new code's effective date: September 12, 2016, Before 9/12/16, customers may apply for building permits under the 2011 code or the 2016 code. On 9/12/16 and after, customers must adhere to the 2016 code unless given prior approval. Learn more about the code update and transition period at DenverGov.org/buildingcode.
Once you demonstrate proficiency in a specific area by passing a Home owner's exam you will be able to complete several types of projects yourself—without hiring a contractor.
Homeowner’s Exams are given Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm at Contractor Licensing, 201 W Colfax, 2nd Floor, Denver, CO 80202. There are no fees for the exam. For Homeowner verification you must be listed on the Assessor’s website at http://www.denvergov.org/Property as the property owner or provide us a Deed listing you as an owner of the property. No other forms of ownership will be accepted. Copies of your deed may be available from the Clerk and Recorder for a small fee.
The Owner-Occupier listed on the Assessor's website must be the individual taking the exam.
Contractors are licensed to ensure that they are competent and capable of meeting the relevant technical and safety standards for your project. Each license type has a defined set of competence criteria that contractors must meet to achieve and maintain a license.
Before any demolition or the first nail is hammered, a good home remodeling contractor has already done a lot of work for you. Denver, like most cities and communities has specific building codes that must be followed. In order to have any additions to or remodeling of your home, you need the correct permits.
Not only are reputable home contractors experienced at a wide range of home remodeling techniques, they also have contacts with other home improvement professionals you might need like plumbers and electricians.
Each contractor should have insurance and warranty information available to you. Typically contractors provide a one year warranty on material and labor, check with the contractors to verify the extent of any warranty extended to you.
Be sure to talk to and visit at least three previous clients and utilize the Better Business Bureau at http://www.denverbbb.org. You should also insist on proof that the contractor is insured and bonded. Check with the insurance company that the contractor's policy is current.
After selecting a contractor, get a written contract detailing the work to be performed, the costs associated with each task and a timeframe with estimated start and finish dates. Sign a contract that protects against liens from subcontractors and consider these additional tips for the completion of a good contract:
*Warning: Beware of unscrupulous contractors that suggest you, as the homeowner, secure the permit in your name. The permit holder is legally responsible for the completion of the job to code standards.
Contractor licensing in Denver is a two-step process. An applicant must hold a supervisor certificate or employ a supervisor certificate holder before applying for a contractor license in a specific trade. The type of work you will do determines your certificate and license requirements. Categories listed below include journeyman, operator and stationary engineer certificates.
Denver does not accept or reciprocate contractor licenses and/or certificates from other counties or states. You must apply for a Denver license.
License applications will not be accepted until supervisor certificates have been approved.
If you hold a Denver supervisor certificate, have been approved for a supervisor certificate, or possess a state electrical or plumbing contractor card, you may apply for a contractor license. State electrical and plumbing "A" applicants do not require a Denver supervisor certificate. Please view and download all required forms and list of supporting documents and fees below.
License Application Form and Required Documents (Please print out all documents.)
Right-of-way licenses are required to perform work in the public right-of-way or other public property of the City and County of Denver.
Colorado Secretary of State
For corporate reports, certificate in good standing, articles of incorporation, application for certificate of authority, articles of organization, trade name filings or partnership agreements, please contact the Colorado Secretary of State at www.sos.state.co.us or call 303-894-2200.
Division of Registrations Colorado State Electrical & Plumbing Board
State electrical and plumbing contractors must be licensed by the State of Colorado prior to applying for a City and County of Denver license. Contact the State Board of Registrations at www.colorado.gov/dora/licensing or call 303-894-7800.
Contractor Licensing Staff:
8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday - Friday
Wellington Webb Municipal Office Building
201 W. Colfax, Dept. 205
Denver, CO 80202