Building / Expanding a Home

There are several steps in the permitting process for building a new home or expanding your existing home. See categories below to learn more about the permits and approvals required for each type of project. If you don't see what you are looking for, additional home projects are listed in the "Inside the Home" and "Outside the Home" pages. Depending upon the location and complexity of your project, requirements may vary from the information presented below.  

If you have any questions, please contact us.

 

Thinking of a Do-it-Yourself 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 do-it-yourself project?  Here are some things to consider:

Don't See Your Project Listed?

  • See more information on projects that are exempted from building permit requirements in our "Easy Projects" guide.
  • See the Denver Building Code, Section 130.5 Exempted Work for work activities do not require building permitting.

Time Frames

QuickReviewQuick permit - Sign in online or at the kiosk on the second floor of the Webb Building between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.

 

Same day review - Sign in online or at the kiosk between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. for building, zoning & wastewater permits.

 

Plan review - or "Log-in" review. Sign in online or at the kiosk between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Staff will provide an estimated review completion date.

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.

Create an account using the e-plan account application form.  Then use e-Plan to submit your plans electronically.

To check your building permit review status, you will need the log number you received when you submitted your application and building plans.  If you don't know you log number or if you need additional help, please call 720-865-2720.

Create an account using the e-plan account application form.  Then use e-Plan to submit your plans electronically.

You can use the automated phone system to schedule a building inspection or request an inspection in person.

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