Project Guide for Water Heaters

This guide is intended to provide you an overview of the permitting process of installing, repairing or replacing a water heater.

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:

 

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.

Listed in the order they must be obtained. All permits must be in hand and at site before work may begin.

  1. Current City of Denver Contractor’s License/Homeowner’s Exam

The above must be in hand before you apply for the following:

  1. #3 Electrical Permit (PDF) (Quick Permit) – required for electric water heaters when the installed electrical must be altered (for example, a new or relocated outlet) to accommodate the new electric water heater or any accessory equipment.
  2. #4 Plumbing Permit (PDF) (Quick permit) – required for the installation or replacement of all water heaters
  3. #11 Forced-Air Furnaces, Ventilation and Air Conditioning and Gas Piping Permit (PDF) (Quick permit) - required for installation or replacement of all gas water heaters

#3 and #4/#11 permits may be downloaded and filled out before they are submitted at the Quick Permit counter.
#3 and #4/#11 permits may be applied for at the Quick Permit counter on the same day.
Sign in online or at the kiosk only once for all Quick Permits.

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.

Pay Fees
Fees can be paid in person at our cashier on the 2nd floor of the Wellington Webb Building. We accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover Card, cash and personal checks at our counter.

To pay by mail, send check to:
Development Services
Wellington Webb Municipal Building
201 W. Colfax Ave., 2nd Floor
Denver, Colorado 80202

Permits and inspector signature card are to be available on site upon request.

Typical inspections for installing a water heater include the following:

  • Final Mechanical 


NOTE:  The inspections listed above may vary depending on the complexity of your project. You will be advised as to which inspections your project requires through the permitting process and by your inspector.

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.

Feedback