Project Guide For Roofing

This guide is intended to provide you an overview of the permitting process for installing or repairing roofing on your house. 

See the Project guide for roll offs and dumpsters to learn more about the permit requirements for storing a dumpster/container on your property during construction.

Help Me Get Started . . .

Before you start your project, you need to know what regulations apply to your property and what factors may impact your project. You'll need to consider:


Historic Landmark Status

Any project that involves changes to the exterior of landmark structures or properties in historic landmark districts must be reviewed by Landmark Preservation staff before you begin. The appropriate zoning, building, curb cut, or revocable permits needed for the project will be issued only after design review has been completed and the project has been approved. To determine your property’s landmark status, use the DevelopDENVER tool to the right. Then, visit the Design Review web page for more information.

 

Building Code

Denver Building Code provides minimum standards for building in order to safeguard public safety, health and welfare. The permitting and inspection process ensures that all home projects meet these standards and that all dwellings are safe and habitable at the time of construction.

 

  • Landmark Certificate of Appropriateness - required if you live in a Landmark District or a designated landmark structure
  • #2 Roofing, Insulation & Exterior Wall Covering Permit - required for replacing the existing roof
  • #1R Construction Permit - required for installing a new roof on an existing structure

For Landmark Certificate of Appropriateness:

If your property is historically designated or located in a historic district, you will need a design review of your project to obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness.  Visit the Design Review web page for more information.


 

For Building Permits:

#2 Roofing, Insulation & Exterior Wall Covering Permit (PDF)

#1R Construction Permit (if required) - completed by staff of Development Services 

 

For a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Project:

  • Homeowners Exam for specific trade if completing the work yourself  (See DIY Projects for requirements and more information.)
  • Identification (i.e. Driver's License)

Estimate Fees

Building permit fees are based on valuation of the work to be completed including the labor and materials.  View the permit fee schedules to estimate the fees required for your project.

 

There are no fees for Landmark review.


Pay Fees

Fees can be paid in person at our office on the 2nd floor of the Wellington Webb Building or by mail:
Development Services
Wellington Webb Municipal Building
201 W. Colfax Ave., 2nd Floor
Denver, Colorado 80202
We accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover Card, cash and personal checks at our counter.

For Landmark Approval:

Like-for-like replacement of roof covering materials is reviewed and approved by the Development Services staff.

Any change in materials will require approval from Landmark Preservation.  Submit a design review application to Landmark Preservation.  The approval typically takes one to three weeks.   More complex projects or projects requiring Landmark Preservation Commission or Lower Downtown Design Review Board approval will take longer.

NOTE:  Obtain Landmark approval first before proceeding with other permits.

 

Quick Permit for #2 Roofing Permit

All approved construction set of documents, permits and inspector signature card are to be available on site upon request.

Typical inspections for installing or repairing a roof include the following:

  • Roofing

 

NOTE:  The inspections listed above may vary depending on the complexity of your project. 

Who Will Be Doing the Work?

Decide whether you plan to complete the project yourself or hire a licensed contractor to complete the job for you.

Do It Yourself

Do-It-YourselfYou may need to pass a Home owners exam  to demonstrate proficiency in specific trades in order to get a permit to do the work yourself. 

You will also need to meet a set of requirements established by the Denver Building Code and the Building Department Policy ADMIN 131.3 governing homeowner completed work.  This policy can be found on our Building Codes, Forms and Policies page. 

Contractor

Contractors Use the Contractor license search to see if your contractor has obtained a contractor's license from the City and County of Denver. 

 

To view other considerations, see our Doing the Work Yourself page.

Home Projects

Every project is different.  Depending upon the complexity of your project, the permit requirements and inspection process may vary from the information presented in this guide.  If you have any questions, please contact us.

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