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Depending upon the complexity of your project, the permit requirements and inspection process may vary from the information presented below. If you have any questions, please contact us.

For detailed information on zoning and building permits for projects on single-family homes and duplexes, including minimum submittal requirements, download the Residential Permitting Guide (PDF).

Also, review our slide deck for help Navigating Denver's Residential Permitting Process (PDF) and avoid delays by checking for these common mistakes in residential submittals (PDF). 

If your project involves a home or in-home daycare built before 1978 and would disturb painted surfaces, download the EPA's Renovate Right brochure to learn about the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RPP) Rule and requirements to prevent lead contamination. 

Project Guides

Listed below are projects that commonly occur outside the home. For interior work, visit our "Inside the Home" page.

Don't see your project?

  • See the Denver Building Code, Section 130.3 Exempted Work, for activities that do not require a building permit.
 
New Submittal Rules

Please note that zoning and/or building permit applications for logged-in residential projects will now only be accepted if minimum submittal requirements are met. 

Please refer to the Residential Permitting Guide (PDF) for complete information on these requirements. 

 

Partnering for safer building

 

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Colorado requires an asbestos inspection before remodeling if there might be asbestos-containing materials, and before any demolition work. This inspection determines whether abatement is required. Unsafe removal of asbestos releases microscopic fibers that can cause severe lung disease and cancer when inhaled. To prevent breaks, low-pressure issues, and health risks, replace water service lines that are older than 50 years or that are made of non-copper materials, particularly lead and galvanized pipe. Contact Denver Water Sales Administration to find out if the water lines on your property need to be replaced. The EPA requires firms performing renovation, repair, and painting in homes, childcare facilities and preschools built before 1978 to use an EPA-certified renovator trained to follow specific work practices to prevent contamination from lead-based paint.
 
Learn more about state asbestos rules and permits. Learn when and how service lines must be replaced. Find certified RRP contractors.  

 

 

Need help with building repairs or upgrades?

The organizations and agencies listed below serve Denver area residents who are in need of home modifications and repairs, from installing wheelchair ramps, snow removal and landscaping to minor electrical/plumbing work, energy-efficient upgrades, and more. Follow the links below to contact these groups for resources, advice, and assistance.

  • A Little Help: Connects older adults with volunteer help, skilled services and resources 
  • Brothers Redevelopment, Inc.: Repairs for in-home safety and mobility for low-income, disabled, or elderly citizens
  • Colorado Housing Connects: Bilingual housing/tenant/home repair resources for renters, homeowners, and landlords
  • Denver Home Energy Webpage: Residential energy-efficiency information and resources from Denver Environmental Health
  • Denver Urban Renewal Authority (DURA): Low-interest loans and grants for single family home rehabilitation and emergency home repair, and supports redevelopment of blighted property through TIF assistance and more
  • Energy Outreach Colorado: Home energy assistance, emergency home furnace repair and home weatherization for low-income Coloradans, seniors, and individuals with special health needs. Also offers grants for non-profit and affordable housing facilities to increase building energy efficiency
  • Home Builders Foundation (HBF) of Metro Denver: Accessibility solutions and home modifications for individuals with disabilities or financial need
  • Rebuilding Together: Repairs, safety modifications and energy efficiency upgrades for qualified homeowners and community centers
  • Seniors’ Resource Center: Helps older adults with minor home repairs and yard clean-up services
 
 
Permit Review Types
QuickReview Quick permit - Trade-specific permits that can be issued without plan review. Examples include minor electrical work, roofing and siding. 

 

calendarSame-day review - A permit counter walk-through for simple single-family house or duplex projects that may involve reviews for zoning and building code compliance. Examples include porches, patios, interior remodels and basement finishes.

 

calendar monthPlan review - or "Log-in" review. Drop off single-family and duplex plans for review. Examples include new single-family houses, new duplexes, additions and attic conversions. Staff will provide an estimated review completion date.

 

See permit counter hours for service times and instructions. 

Thinking of a do-it-yourself (DIY) project?

Are you getting ready to complete a home project and trying to figure out whether to hire a licensed contractor or complete the work as a DIY project? Here are some things to consider:

Online Services

Search a list of companies that currently have obtained a contractor's license from the City and County of Denver.  Be sure to check the expiration date and status to make sure the contractor's license is still active.

Submit residential projects by email

Log in your next single-family or duplex project by email. Find instructions here.


e-Plan for Site Development and/or SUDP reviews only

Create an account using the e-plan account application form. Then use e-Plan to submit site development or wastewater plans electronically.


Electronic plan review for fire permits

Apply by email for fire permits that need to be logged in for plan review (e.g., fire suppression, low voltage & fire alarm, CO2 system install, etc.). Download instructions here (PDF).

To check your permit status using the property address, click below and then go to the "Development Svcs" tab where you can search by address to pull up the permit record. You will find processing status under "Record Info."

 

Alternatively, you can check permit status using the log number you received when you submitted your application and building plans.

You can schedule building and zoning construction inspections online, in person, or by using the automated phone system. To schedule a zoning inspection for a sign-off on a business license, or to report a property maintenance concern, call Denver 3-1-1 at 720-913-1311.

Use the  DevelopDENVER mapping tool to view property details including zoning, landmark status, inspector districts and more.