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Our office issues licenses and certificates, to both individuals and companies who perform work within Denver that requires a building permit or right-of-way permit. Before applying for a contractor license, an applicant must hold a trade-specific supervisor certificate or employ a supervisor certificate holder. License applications will not be accepted until supervisor certificates have been approved. Denver does not accept or reciprocate contractor licenses and/or certificates from other counties or states.
You will need your license to pick up permits.
Permits will only be issued to a contractor licensed for that work in Denver. The person picking up the permit can demonstrate the validity of the contractor’s license on the permit application by bringing an original contractor license card (no copies or faxes accepted), or a check or credit card from the licensed company. NOTE: The business name on the check or credit card must match the exact company name and spelling as listed on the license card in our records.
Review the prerequisites required for supervisor certificates, contractor licenses, and right-of-way licenses before starting an online application. Remember, contractor licensing in Denver is a two-step process in that an applicant must hold a supervisor certificate or employ a supervisor certificate holder before applying for a contractor license in a specific trade.
Download a brief PowerPoint tutorial to learn how to set up an online account. The tutorial also contains screenshots and steps for completing your license application online.
Once you demonstrate proficiency in a specific area by passing a Homeowner's exam you will be able to complete several types of projects yourself—without hiring a contractor.
These exams are given Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm at Contractor Licensing, 201 W Colfax, 2nd Floor, Denver, CO 80202. There are no fees for the exam. For Homeowner verification you must be listed on the Assessor’s website at https://www.denvergov.org/Property as the property owner or provide us a 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 Clerk and Recorder for a small fee.
The Owner-Occupier listed on the Assessor's website must be the individual taking the exam.
Contractors are licensed to ensure that they are competent and capable of meeting the relevant technical and safety standards for your project. Each license type has a defined set of competence criteria that contractors must meet to achieve and maintain a license.
Before any demolition or the first nail is hammered, a good home remodeling contractor has already done a lot of work for you. Denver, like most cities and communities has specific building codes that must be followed. In order to have any additions to or remodeling of your home, you need the correct permits.
Not only are reputable home contractors experienced at a wide range of home remodeling techniques, they also have contacts with other home improvement professionals you might need like plumbers and electricians.
Each contractor should have insurance and warranty information available to you. Typically contractors provide a one year warranty on material and labor, check with the contractors to verify the extent of any warranty extended to you.
Be sure to talk to and visit at least three previous clients and utilize the Better Business Bureau. You should also insist on proof that the contractor is insured and bonded. Check with the insurance company that the contractor's policy is current.
After selecting a contractor, get a written contract detailing the work to be performed, the costs associated with each task and a timeframe with estimated start and finish dates. Sign a contract that protects against liens from subcontractors and consider these additional tips for the completion of a good contract:
*Warning: Beware of unscrupulous contractors that suggest you, as the homeowner, secure the permit in your name. The permit holder is legally responsible for the completion of the job to code standards.
Please print out all documents to apply in person.
The type of work you will do determines your certificate requirements. Categories include journeyman, operator, and stationary engineer certificates. Application forms and required documents are listed under each certificate type.
Right-of-way licenses are required if you will be performing work in the public right-of-way or other public property of the City and County of Denver.
Listed below are instructions for updating your company information on your license card.
To Change the Business Name
If your business name registered with the state has changed, you can update it on your license card by submitting the following documents in person at the Contractor Licensing counter:
The supervisor certificate holder must submit these documents to Contractor Licensing in person.
To Change Owners/Officers
To add or remove individual owners/officers from your company, submit a notarized letter or meeting minutes on company letterhead, signed by an existing owner/officer, that shows who the new officers will be. If the company ownership has wholly changed to a new individual or entity, submit a copy of the buyout agreement.
These documents can be dropped off in person or can be mailed to:
Community Planning and Development
201 W. Colfax Ave., Dept. 205
Denver, CO 80202
To Change Contact Information
An owner/officer for the licensed company can update company contact information (phone, email, mailing address), by submitting a signed letter of the changes to be made.
The letter can be mailed, dropped off in person, or emailed to Contr.Licensing@denvergov.org. Note that the letter of changes must be signed, so if it is emailed, it must be an attachment with a visible signature. Typed signatures are not acceptable.
Contact information can also always be easily updated when licenses are renewed.
Colorado Secretary of State
For corporate reports, certificate in good standing, articles of incorporation, application for certificate of authority, articles of organization, trade name filings or partnership agreements, please contact the Colorado Secretary of State at www.sos.state.co.us or call 303-894-2200.
Division of Registrations Colorado State Electrical & Plumbing Board
State electrical and plumbing contractors must be licensed by the State of Colorado prior to applying for a City and County of Denver license. Contact the State Board of Registrations at www.colorado.gov/dora/licensing or call 303-894-7800.
Contractor Licensing Staff:
8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday - Friday
Wellington Webb Municipal Office Building
201 W. Colfax, Dept. 205
Denver, CO 80202
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