Skip navigation

Quick Permits

Most building projects in the city of Denver -- including new construction, remodeling and repairs -- require general construction (#1R or #1C) permits to allow construction, and then trade-specific permits for each part of the project. 

Some trade-specific permits can be issued without the need for a plan review.  These permits are referred to as "quick permits."

Minor Permits in Historic Districts or Landmarks

Any project that involves changes to the exterior of historic landmark structures or properties in historic landmark districts must be reviewed by Landmark Preservation staff before you can receive a quick permit.  Minor work requiring quick permits, but introducing little to no visible change to a historic structure or property, may be subject to the Landmark Quick Review and Approval Process. Applicants may submit the quick review application form (PDF) to Landmark Preservation staff via email ( These applications are typically processed within 1 business day of receipt.

Quick review approvals may be issued by Landmark Preservation staff for like-for-like replacement of the following exterior features, providing that the applicable design guidelines and standards are met:

  • rear yard decks and porches (must demonstrate no change in size, height, materials and ornament)
  • rear yard fences (no change in height, openness and materials)
  • 1-2 flat skylights
  • sheds not on foundations (less than 100 square feet)
  • exterior HVAC work (no change in geometry, demand or materials)
  • simple exterior mechanical work
  • reroofing (no change in materials)

For more information about the Landmark Quick Review process, visit the Design Review page, select ‘Other Alterations’ and read the ‘Quick Review’ section.

Examples of Quick Permits

  • Permit #2 - Roofing, siding
  • Permit #3 - Electrical:
    • Minor work only -- ten or fewer new 20 amp/120 volt circuits, relocating lights, or relocating outlets
    • Electrical work with services rated 200 amps or less (applies only to single-family and duplex homes)
  • Permit #4 - Plumbing: Like-for-like* replacement of plumbing elements that are not exempt
  • Permit #11 - Mechanical: Like-for-like* replacement of mechanical elements that are not exempt

 *Like-for-like must include no change in geometry, demand, or materials.

 Please note: No structural modifications can be permitted as a quick permit.

Projects Exempt from Building Permits

Some projects can be completed with no building permit or trade-specific permits at all. See more detailed information on project exemption in our Easy Projects Guide or in the Denver Building Code, Section 130.3 Exempted Work.

Other Permits May be Required

Please note: A permit from Wastewater, Zoning, or the Fire Department may be required even if a building permit is not required. If you think your planned work is exempt, please contact Development Services to be sure.

Quick Permits via Email or Fax

Permit applications numbered 2-11 may be obtained via email or fax. All other permits must be applied for in person.

  • Please send your completed permit application(s) and a credit card payment authorization form (PDF) to the quick permit counter via email at or via fax at 720-865-3020. 
  • In the “contractor remarks” section on the permit application form, please write “over the phone credit card” along with your name and phone number. 
  • Please allow two to three business days for application review and processing. 
  • Once the application is approved, a cashier will call you between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. the next business day to obtain your credit card information and complete the transaction.
  • Your permit(s) will be sent to you after 10:30 a.m. via the same method by which you applied. If you do not receive your permit by 2:30 p.m. the day your payment is processed, please call the cashier at 720-865-2780. 
  • With application and permit fee questions, please call 720-865-2705.
  • NOTE: Homeowners planning to perform their own work must come to the Development Services permit counter to apply for quick permits. Please bring photo I.D. so that we can verify you are the property owner and resident.
Check in for Permit Counter Services

Slots at the Permit Counter are first come, first served, and fill up very quickly. Check in remotely using the online or phone options below (recommended) or, once you arrive, check in at the blue kiosk across from the Customer Service desk (2nd floor by the Permit Counter).

Lines close when all service times have been taken for the day. If a line is full, you will not see it as an option for check in.

  • Or, call 720-880-3670 or text “denver dev” to 626-414-3210.