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Permit Counter Hours

Open Monday - Friday. View service hours below; click on the service for a description. Click here to check in online, text "denver dev" to 626-414-3210, or call 720-880-3670.

Lines close when all service times have been taken, so early check-in is recommended.

For a plan review of a project with a total construction valuation of less than $500,000 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.

Starting Monday, June 5, 2017, Commercial Zoning's new hours are as follows:

8 a.m. - noon, Monday through Friday.
Check-in opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 11:30 a.m.

Learn why this change was made.

Select this queue to log in plans for review by residential or commercial staff. This includes modified drawings for projects that have already been issued permits.

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. Zoning and/or building permit applications for logged-in residential projects will only be accepted if minimum submittal requirements are met, as outlined in the Residential Permitting Guide (PDF).  

For the pick-up of building plans and a commercial construction or residential construction permit that has been approved and is ready for issuance.  The Quick Permits queue should be used for any subcontractor that has permits associated with a commercial or residential construction permit.

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.

  • The Records desk processes in-person requests for zoning and building permit records. Visit the Public Records webpage for information on fees, requesting records by email, and CORA requests.
  • 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.

For logged-in projects: Get in this queue to submit revised drawings and your response to plan review comments.  Modified drawings for permits that were already issued need to go to the Log In counter.

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.

Two queues serve simple single-family home or duplex projects that may include building and zoning code reviews, such as sheds, porches/patios, interior remodels, and basement finishes. Please select the queue that fits your project type. If the structure is in a historic district or a landmark structure, prior approval is required from Landmark Preservation. 

Single-Family/Duplex Walk Through – Express: For fences, interior renovations and demolition permits

Single-Family/Duplex Walk Through – All Others: For single-family and duplex projects not identified in the "Express" queue that meet the requirements for walk through review per Building Code Policy ADMIN 131.

Projects that do not meet walk-through requirements, must be logged in for review, which can be done by visiting the Log In counter.

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

For 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