Building Inspections

All construction must be inspected for compliance with the Denver building code and national and international codes in the areas of structural, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, conservation, boiler and refrigeration, fuel and gas. These inspections are handled by our Building Inspections staff.

Schedule an Inspection

If your project is complete, and you need an inspection, schedule an inspection using our automated phone system or in person at our office.

If you need an inspection outside of our normal hours (7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.), you may request an after-hours inspection by filling out a special inspection request form (PDF).

View a list of common violations found by inspectors that will help you avoid reinspection fees.

To check on the status of an inspection, contact the Records department 48 hours after the inspection at 720-865-2790 or cpd.permitrecords@denvergov.org. You will need to provide your permit number or your street address.

Certificate of Occupancy
In order to issue a certificate of occupancy (CO), inspectors will require:

  • That all facets of the job are complete, including work from modified plans.
  • A complete building inspection card, or cards for multiple permits, from the City and County of Denver, with all required rough and final inspection signatures including all required agency signatures in the red box on the back of the card.
  • Final approval letters from any third-party engineers and inspectors.
  • A final approval letter from the engineer of record.

Temporary Certificate of Occupancy
In order to issue a temporary certificate of occupancy (TCO), inspectors will require:

  • A letter explaining the reason for a TCO from the primary permit holder or building owner and how long it will be needed.
  • A complete building inspection card from the City and County of Denver, stamped “TCO,” including all Required final signatures and all required agency signatures in the red box.
  • All life safety systems functioning upon TCO inspection.
  • All third-party engineers’ observation letters.
  • A final letter by the engineer of record.
  • Collection of the $200.00 TCO fee.


Zoning Inspections

All development projects where a zoning permit is required must be inspected for compliance with the zoning permit. These inspections are performed by Neighborhood Inspection Services.  

To schedule an inspection, call 311. Please have the property address and zoning permit number available.

Neighborhood Inspections

In order to protect the safety, prosperity, health and welfare of all city residents, city code regulations require that property owners keep their properties safe and well-maintained. About two dozen neighborhood inspectors handle public education and zoning enforcement throughout Denver’s 155 square miles. Most education and enforcement happens in response to reports that citizens make to 3-1-1, although inspectors also perform proactive inspections. 

Our inspectors enforce property maintenance standards based on the Denver Zoning Code and the Denver Revised Municipal Code.

Wastewater SUDP Inspections

Please see below for phone numbers, times and locations to submit a request for a Wastewater / SUDP (sewer usage and drainage permit) inspection.

All requests for inspections must be called in no later than 3:30 P.M. on the previous business day before the inspection is needed. Please include valid license and permit numbers.

Public Works Permit Operations(PWPO)
303-446-3759

  • A plumbing or sewer contractor licensed by the City and County of Denver must call fo sanitary & storm sewer exterior piping / pre-treatment devices / repairs (piping in same trench) and cut-offs
  • A contractor licensed by the City and County of Denver must call for storm sewer exterior above grade and no piping
  • Temporary Certificates of Occupancy (TCO) require a letter of request stating permit number, address, reason for requesting TCO and when the outstanding items will be completed. Note that not all requests for TCO can be granted.
  • Requests for TCO must be submitted to Public Works Permit Operations (PWPO), 2000 W 3rd Ave, 1st floor counter, a minimum of 48 hours before the inspection is needed.
  • Permanent Certificates of Occupancy inspections must be called in to Public Works Permit Operations (PWPO) 303-446-3759 with valid permit numbers and field contact information no later than 3:30 P.M. on the previous business day before the inspection is needed.

Contact Us

Neighborhood and Building Inspection Services

Phone:
Dial 311 for inspections
From outside Denver: 720-913-1311
Administration: 720-865-2505

Email: Neighborhood.inspectionservice@
denvergov.org

Building.inspectionservice@
denvergov.org

Office hours and location:
7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

Wellington Webb Municipal Office Building, Development Services, 201 W. Colfax Ave, Dept 203, Denver, CO 80202

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