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Building Permits

building permitMost building projects in the City and County of Denver including new construction, remodeling and repairs require general construction permits (#1R or #1C) to allow construction, and then trade-specific permits for each part of the project. 

Before the permits are issued, a building permit plan review is required to evaluate the projects. 

See below for a list of building permits and applications.

Form Name Description
Permit #1C General commercial building permit for new buildings, additions & change of occupancy. Development Services staff will provide and verify this form in person.
Permit #1R  General residential construction permit. Development Services staff will complete or verify this form upon verification of application contents.
Permit #2 Quick Permit - Application for a general permit for roofing, siding, fascia/soffit, and blown-in insulation
Permit #3  Quick Permit - Application for an electrical permit
Permit #3A - Alarm Permit Application for installation of a commercial fire alarm system
Permit #3B Application for an access control permit
Permit #4 Quick Permit - application for a plumbing & gas piping permit
Signs Zoning permit  Application for a commercial sign permit 
Permit #7 Application for a permit for: steam/hot water boilers, radiation for heating systems and commercial A/C
Permit #10 - Installation of a Sprinkler System Application for a commercial fire suppression (sprinkler) installation permit
Permit #11 Quick Permit - Application for a mechanical permit to install forced-air furnaces, ventilation and air conditioning and gas piping
Total Demolition Guide   Contains the demolition application form and other forms required for total demolition of a residential or commercial structure 
Address Assignment Card Application to request assignment of an address
Hazardous Materials Hazardous materials reporting and permits in Denver

Permits Required for New Construction
All fire permits related to any commercial construction project in new or existing structures in the City and County of Denver are handled by the Fire Prevention Division.

For more information, see the Fire Prevention page or contact the Denver Fire Department to learn about what permits you need and when you need to call for inspections and testing.  

Permits Required for Existing Structures
All existing business occupancies in the City and County of Denver are required to have an annual inspection for the purpose of maintaining a Life Safety Operating Permit. These occupancies include, but are not limited to: 

  • hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other medical centers
  • schools, daycare facilities and other recreational or educational centers
  • apartment and condominium buildings
  • industrial and manufacturing facilities
  • retail stores, business offices, dining and entertainment establishments

For more information, see the Fire Prevention page or contact the Denver Fire Department to learn about what permits you need and when you need to call for inspections and testing.  

Fire Permit Fees
For information about fire permit fees, see the Fees page.

How to Apply for a Permit

Apply in Person
You may apply for any permit in person at the Development Services permit counter, 2nd floor, Wellington Webb Municipal Building, 201 W. Colfax Ave., Denver. See our Contact Us page for counter hours.

Apply via Email or Fax
Applications for permits numbered 2-11 (above) may be submitted via email or fax. Learn more about quick permits>>

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  • Prior to final inspection:
    Contact Building Inspections at 720-865-2505.  
    Have your address and permit number available.  
  • Final or canceled permit status:
    Call 720-865-2790 or email  

Building Permit Records

Completed construction permits and certificates of occupancy for properties located within the City and County of Denver are available from the Records counter, located on the 2nd floor of the Wellington Webb Municipal Building at 201 W. Colfax. 

Monday - Friday 
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Office: 720-865-2790  
Fax: 720-865-2887


Official building permit records for the City and County of Denver on site at the Wellington Webb Municipal Building date back to 1970.

Archived Records

  • Permit records for 2000 – present can be found on our imaging system or hard copy
  • Permit records for 1970 – 1999 exist on microfiche
  • Permit records for 1955 – 1969 do not exist.
  • Records dating from 1915 through 1955 can be found at the Denver Public Library in the Western History section