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Permit Counter Hours

Open Monday - Friday.
View service hours below; click on the service for a description.

For a plan review of a project with a total construction valuation of less than $300,000 and includes reviews by Architectural, Electrical, Mechanical/Plumbing and Fire.  Examples include:

  • Tenant finish in retail and business properties
  • Temporary offices
  • Non-structural repair due to water or fire damage
  • Minor structural work related to emergency like-for-like repair of existing buildings, that is not the result of a collapse or notice/order from the City of Denver
  • Sign installation
  • Addition to an existing fire alarm or fire sprinkler system
  • Modifications to a residential unit in a multi-family building (condo, townhome, apartment)
  • Preparatory demolition
  • Access control (Architectural review only)

For a zoning use or construction permit, sign permit, site improvements or questions about your property’s zoning for multi-family and commercial projects. Prior approval from Landmark Preservation may be required.

For landmark review of quick permit application submittals, consultation and questions regarding buildings that are historically designated or part of a historic district.

Select this queue to log in plans for review by residential or commercial staff.  Some examples of commercial projects that must be logged in include projects with a total construction valuation of more than $300,000, projects requiring multi-agency review, or projects that include structural alterations or a change of occupancy. Examples of single-family and duplex projects requiring log-in include new single unit dwellings, new duplexes, any additions, and attic conversions. 

Pick up approved plans. Be sure to have the log number, proof of sewer use and drainage permit (SUDP), contractor license and payment in contractor's name.

For a trade-specific permits that can be issued without plan review, such as those below, and any subcontractor permits needed once the commercial or residential construction permit has been issued:

  • Electrical (minor work only – 10 or fewer new 20 amp/120 volt circuits, relocating lights or receptacles on a 200 amps or less service)
  • Roofing, siding, fascia/soffit and blown-in insulation
  • Plumbing and gas piping (International Residential Code projects only)
  • Forced-air furnace, ventilation and air conditioning (International Residential Code projects only)

Visit for additional information and instructions on how to request Quick Permits by email or fax.

  • Cash, check and credit cards (Visa, Master Card, Discover) are accepted for payment. 
  • To make a records request, you will need to provide the street address for the property.
  • The Records desk processes requests for building permit records. For zoning records, email
  • See Public Records page for addtional information on records requests, fees and CORA requests.

For logged-in projects: get in this queue to submit updated drawings and your response to plan review comments.

Before any building or construction may begin, a sewer use and drainage permit (SUDP) must be obtained for each building and/or individual tenant associated with a project. This includes such things as connections to the city’s sanitary and storm sewers, and erosion control. This review and permit is separate from the building permit, and requires a separate submittal. The SUDP must be issued prior to receiving the commercial or residential construction permits.

For a simple project at a single-family house or duplex that may include building and zoning code reviews. Examples include: shed, porches/patios, interior remodels and basement finishes.  If located in a historic district or a landmark structure, prior approval is required from the Landmark Preservation.

Not sure where your project fits in? Please see the customer service representatives at stations 21 and 22.

NOTE: Starting November 23, 2015, remote check in will start at 8 a.m. for all services that open at 8 a.m. For additional news and updates on counter policies and procedures, visit the Development Services News and Updates page

Contact Development Services

Main office hours and all other services
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


General inquiries: 720-865-2705
Cashier: 720-865-2780
Building permit records: 720-865-2790,
720-865-3020 (fax)

Mailing Address:
Development Services
201 W. Colfax Ave., Dept 205
Denver, CO 80202

Media Inquiries:

Andrea Burns
Communications director 

Alexandra Foster
Communications program manager