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March 5-9: Development Services staff attending the 33rd Annual Colorado Educational Institute

If you notice fewer staff at the permit counter or fewer inspectors available during the day March 5 through March 9, here's why

The 33rd Annual Colorado Educational Institute, sponsored by the Colorado Chapter of the International Code Council, takes place the week of March 5, 2018, at the Denver Tech Center. The International Code Council (ICC) forms the backbone of the Denver Building and Fire Code. Altogether, Denver's building code includes eight ICC codes, from the International Building Code and International Energy Conservation Code to the International Fuel Gas Code. 

Picture of staff at the permit counterVirtually all of our plan reviewers and construction inspectors will be attending one or more ICC classes at the Tech Center during the institute. The classes dive into the minutiae of building, fire, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and energy codes, and specifically look at how to review, permit, and inspect according to these international standards. Denver's staff--who are tasked to be experts in code-compliant construction--will have the opportunity to learn from some of the best instructors in the country.

"Attending ICC code classes every year helps us understand how new codes are developed and gives us insight on the latest and upcoming code changes," says Eric Browning, P.E., Architectural/Structural Plan Review Supervisor. "We can get clarity on items that may be ambiguous in current codes, and we have the opportunity for a gut-check to make sure we are applying codes the way they were intended."

The classes will also shed light on how national and international standards can work on our local level.

As much as we can, we've staggered schedules in order to minimize the impact on customers, but it's possible some inspections may be delayed during the week of March 5 - March 9. Customers may also see a reduced availability of appointments for the permit counter this week and longer waits in person. If you haven't tried it yet, we highly suggest submitting electronically if you were planning to visit the counter for any of the following:

  • Log In,
  • Sewer Use and Drainage Permits (SUDP),
  • Commercial Zoning,
  • Fire Permits, or
  • Quick Permits.

Click here for instructions on how to submit by email or online for each of these services.