Homeowner's Exam

Once you demonstrate proficiency in a specific area by passing a homeowner's exam and  fulfill a set of requirements, you will be able to complete several types of projects yourself — without hiring a contractor.

Read below for more information about exam requirements, testing rules, and the types of exams offered.

 

 

Dates, Times and Location

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Contractor Licensing
201 W Colfax, 2nd Floor
Fees:  None

 

Homeowner Verification Requirement

  • You must be listed on the Denver Assessor’s website in real property section as the property owner, or
  • You must have the 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 Denver Clerk and Recorder for a small fee.

  1. The owner-occupier must be the individual seeking the permit and submitting to take the exam. An individual who has been granted Power of Attorney by the natural person who owns and occupies the single-unit dwelling may apply for a permit in the owner-occupiers’ name, by providing the original, City Clerk recorded Power of Attorney to the permitting staff.
  2. The owner-occupier of an existing single-unit dwelling may be issued permits and conduct work on their own single-unit dwelling and accessory structures after agreeing to occupy the dwelling for 12 months and passing discipline specific exams.
  3. The owner-occupier of an existing single-unit dwelling may be issued permits and conduct all work in the construction of new accessory structures (including detached garages) after agreeing to remain in the dwelling for 12 months, and passing all applicable discipline specific exams. Such permits shall only be issued to the owner-occupier once in any five (5) year period.
  4. The owner-occupier, who intends to construct a new single-unit dwelling and to occupy it for at least 12 months, may be issued permits and conduct work on their new dwelling after passing all applicable discipline specific exams. Such permits shall only be issued to the owner-occupier once in any five (5) year period.
  5. The owner-occupier must perform the work for which he/she has obtained the permit. In performing the work authorized by the owner-occupier permit the owner-occupier may utilize the assistance of the designated worker.
  6. To sit for the owner-occupier exam for the work to be performed the owner-occupier must supply a current Colorado Photo ID or Driver’s License. To assist with the test, the designated worker must supply a current Colorado Photo ID or Driver’s License. A Colorado temporary Driver’s License, other State-Issued Photo ID or Driver’s License, Passport, or Federal Issued Permanent Resident Card (“Green Card”) may also be accepted with the Building Official’s approval.
  7. The owner-occupier must sign the attached AFFIDAVIT OF REQUIREMENTS FOR OWNER-OCCUPIER PERMITS.
  8. The owner-occupier must agree to all testing rules set forth by the Building Official, and delineated in the attached sheet, “Owner-occupier (Homeowner) Exam Information”.
  • Taking or using notes is prohibited during the exam.  Relevant code books are provided for your use on a "first-come, first-served" basis.  You may bring your own code books or instructional books; however, they may be reviewed by the Department and rejected for notations, or other inappropriate material.
  • Cell and mobile phones, 2-way radios and pagers are prohibited during the exam.
  • Contact with individuals outside the testing area is prohibited during the exam.  
  • If either the Homeowner or Designated Worker needs to leave the testing area for any reason they must return all test materials immediately.
  • In the event that the Homeowner fails an exam, they must wait a minimum of thirty minutes before re-taking the exam.
  • Keep in mind that the Permitting Counter closes at 4:00 p.m. If you want to get your permit on the same day you take your exam, you must complete the exam by 3:30 p.m. 
  • Electrical (for Permit #3)
  • Mechanical (for Permit #11)
  • Plumbing (for Permit #4)
  • Refrigeration (for Permit #7)
  • Hot Water/Boiler
    (for Permit #4, #7, or #11)
  • Evaporative Cooling (for Permit #11)
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