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Construction Inspections

All construction in Denver is inspected according to the Denver Zoning Code and Denver Building and Fire Code.

Building and zoning construction inspections can be requested online. You can also view inspection comments and results, and leave notes and contact phone numbers for the inspector.

  • Zoning inspections that used to be scheduled through 3-1-1 (setback, bulk plane, zoning certificate of occupancy [CO] or zoning temporary certificate of occupancy [TCO]) are now online. You do not need to call 3-1-1 for these.

The cut-off time to schedule an inspection for the next business day using the online system is 11:59 p.m. Inspections cannot be scheduled for permits that are still under review. Permit status must be "issued." 


First time scheduling online? Account set-up instructions below.

You'll need an e-permits account and either the permit number or site address to schedule inspections for an issued permit. 

Download a PowerPoint tutorial (contains screenshots for creating an account, adding a license to your account, scheduling inspections) OR

Watch a video on how to schedule Camera icon

Watch a video on how to find your inspection results Camera icon


You can also request a building inspection via an automated phone system or in person. Zoning inspections cannot be requested via the automated phone system. Find instructions and inspection codes here.

Note: A meter release inspection can't be scheduled by phone, but it can be scheduled online.

If you need an inspection outside of normal hours (7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.), request an after-hours inspection by filling out a special inspection request form (PDF). 

If you need to cancel a permit or have the address changed on a permit, please fill out the below form and email it to building.inspectionservice@denvergov.org.

If you need to check the status of a form you have already submitted, call us at 720-865-2505 – option 6 to speak with inspections staff.

Certificate of Occupancy

In order to issue a certificate of occupancy (CO), inspectors will require:

  • That all facets of the job are complete, including work from modified plans.
  • A complete building inspection card, or cards for multiple permits, from the City and County of Denver, with all required rough and final inspection signatures including all required agency signatures in the red box on the back of the card.
  • Final approval letters from any third-party engineers and inspectors.
  • A final approval letter from the engineer of record.

Temporary Certificate of Occupancy

In order to issue a temporary certificate of occupancy (TCO), inspectors will require:

  • A letter explaining the reason for a TCO from the primary permit holder or building owner and how long it will be needed.
  • A complete building inspection card from the City and County of Denver, stamped “TCO,” including all Required final signatures and all required agency signatures in the red box.
  • All life safety systems functioning upon TCO inspection.
  • All third-party engineers’ observation letters.
  • A final letter by the engineer of record.
  • Collection of the $200.00 TCO fee.

Marijuana facilities may present unique issues and needs related to electrical inspections. Please view the following document to learn more about preparing for an inspection.

Electrical inspections guidelines for marijuana facilities (PDF)

Due to the high volume of roofing permits issued in recent months, roofing inspection requests cannot be fulfilled by city inspectors the next business day, as is routine for other types of building inspections. See below for the range of dates of inspection requests currently being served. Please note that inspectors only carry one-story ladders. You must provide a ladder set-up capable of reaching any roof point over one-story. Learn more about avoiding reinspection fees here.

Inspections Required

3-Digit Inspection Code and Type of Inspection 205 - Pre-inspection Commercial (New or Re-roof) 206 - Other (Mid-roof, roof insulation, other meeting) 201 - Roof (Final)
One- and Two-Family Asphalt Shingles No If needed* Yes
Townhomes Yes If needed* Yes
Commercial Asphalt Shingles Yes If needed* Yes
Low-slope Roofs Yes If needed* Yes
Tile No Yes Yes

* A mid-roof inspection may be required when the pre-inspection identifies items that need to be completed but will not be visible for inspection at the final.

Third-party roofing inspections

The option of a third-party inspection is available to roofing companies and property owners looking to avoid delays. The third-party firm must file a report after the inspection.

The third-party inspection form and your inspection report must be dropped off in-person or submitted to Building.inspectionservice@denvergov.org within 7 days of the final inspection.

This week’s inspections

We appreciate your patience as we work through a large volume of inspection requests due to recent hail storms. During the week of 11/27/17, roofing inspections will be conducted on inspection requests made between 10/20/2017 and 10/27/2017.


Neighborhood Inspections

Dial 3-1-1 for information and city services

In order to protect the safety, prosperity, health and welfare of all city residents, city code regulations require that property owners keep their properties safe and well-maintained. About two dozen neighborhood inspectors handle public education and zoning enforcement throughout Denver’s 155 square miles. Most education and enforcement happens in response to reports that citizens make to 3-1-1, although inspectors also perform proactive inspections. 

Our inspectors enforce property maintenance standards based on the Denver Zoning Code and the Denver Revised Municipal Code.


Wastewater SUDP Inspections

checklist iconPlease see below for phone numbers, times and locations to submit a request for a Wastewater / SUDP (sewer usage and drainage permit) inspection.
 

All requests for inspections must be called in no later than 3:30 P.M. on the previous business day before the inspection is needed. Please include valid license and permit numbers.

Public Works Permit Operations (PWPO)
303-446-3759

  • A plumbing or sewer contractor licensed by the City and County of Denver must call fo sanitary & storm sewer exterior piping / pre-treatment devices / repairs (piping in same trench) and cut-offs
  • A contractor licensed by the City and County of Denver must call for storm sewer exterior above grade and no piping

  • Temporary Certificates of Occupancy (TCO) require a letter of request stating permit number, address, reason for requesting TCO and when the outstanding items will be completed. Note that not all requests for TCO can be granted.
  • Requests for TCO must be submitted to Public Works Permit Operations (PWPO), 2000 W 3rd Ave, 1st floor counter, a minimum of 48 hours before the inspection is needed.

  • Permanent Certificates of Occupancy inspections must be called in to Public Works Permit Operations (PWPO) 303-446-3759 with valid permit numbers and field contact information no later than 3:30 P.M. on the previous business day before the inspection is needed.

 

You do not need an e-permits account to check the status of permits or inspections.

(1) Enter e-permits, and then click the Development Svcs tab.

(2) Type your permit number in the "Record Number" box, or to search by address, fill in the street number and street name boxes.

(3) On the results page, click the record number that corresponds to the permit you seek.

(4) The permit detail page (shown below) will tell you if the permit is in progress, issued, finaled, etc. Permit review details are located under "processing status" and inspection results are located under "inspections."

Screenshot of e-permits webpage showing processing status

NEW: Need a meter release?

Have your meter release request automatically sent to Xcel following your inspection -- just make sure to specifically schedule a "meter release inspection" online.

A meter release cannot be scheduled through the automated phone system.


NEW: Need a meter release? Include a "meter release inspection" when you are scheduling your inspections online and it will trigger an automatic meter release request sent to Xcel following your inspection. 
NEW: Need a meter release? Include a "meter release inspection" when you are scheduling your inspections online and it will trigger an automatic meter release request sent to Xcel following your inspection. 

Other Inspection Resources

Contact Us

For E-permits help or to report a property/neighborhood concern:

  • Within Denver, dial 3-1-1
  • Outside of Denver, dial 720-913-1311

311's hours are 7 a.m.-8 p.m. (M-F) and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat./Sun.).

To speak with inspections staff:

Phone: 720-865-2505

Emails: 
Neighborhood.inspectionservice@
denvergov.org

Building.inspectionservice@
denvergov.org

Inspections Staff Directory

Office hours and location:
7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

3rd floor, 
201 W. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80202
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Please call for an appointment to visit zoning/neighborhood inspections.