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CONSTRUCTION INSPECTIONS

All construction in Denver is inspected according to the Denver Zoning Code and Denver Building and Fire Code. All building inspections and the following zoning inspections can be scheduled online: setback, bulk plane, zoning certificate of occupancy, zoning temporary certificate of occupancy. 

  • The cut-off time to schedule an inspection for the next business day using the online system is 11:59 p.m. Inspections cannot be scheduled for permits that are still under review. Permit status must be "issued." 
  • For logged-in projects that were issued permits electronically, inspectors will carry inspection cards. You do not need to obtain these yourself.
  • Make sure to provide a good site contact phone number for the inspector to use.

Note: If you don't already have an e-permits account, you'll need to set one up
using the "schedule an inspection" link above before using the mobile site.


First time scheduling online? Account set-up instructions below.

You'll need an e-permits account and either the permit number or site address to schedule inspections for an issued permit. 

Download a PowerPoint tutorial (contains screenshots for creating an account, adding a license to your account, scheduling building/zoning inspections) OR

Watch short videos: How to schedule | How to find inspection results

From the Denver Fire Department - How to schedule DFD inspections online (PDF)


screenshot of online inspection schedulingYou do not need an e-permits account to check the status of permits or inspections. You will need an account to schedule inspections.

(1) Enter e-permits, and then click the Development Services tab. From this tab, you can search by address or by record number (permit number or log number).

Search by Address or Permit Number

(2) If you search by address, you will see a list of all records associated with that site. Select your permit from the list.

(3) If you search by permit number, it will take you directly to the record detail page, shown to the right. From this page, you can tell if the permit is in progress, issued, or finaled. A permit must be "issued" in order to schedule inspections. To schedule an inspection or to view inspection results, go to Record Info > Inspections.

Search by Log Number

Another way to find permit records -- without knowing the permit number -- is to search the Building Log number and then go to Record Info > Related Records, as shown below. This will display a list of all permits associated with that project. Click "View" to view a specific permit.

screenshot of related records

You can also request a building inspection for the next business day via an automated phone system or in person. Zoning inspections cannot be requested via the automated phone system. 

Note: A meter release inspection can't be scheduled by phone, but it can be scheduled online.

Schedule in person

Visit the inspection services desk on the 3rd floor of the Wellington Webb building. 

201 W. Colfax Ave., 3rd Floor
Denver, CO 80202
7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

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Schedule by phone - 720-865-2501

Have the following information ready when calling to request an inspection:

  1. The eight-digit Automated Inspection Request Number located at the top right of your permit (Example: 09123456)
     
  2. The total number of floors to be inspected, and
     
  3. The three-digit inspection code that matches your permit type. (See below for a list of inspection codes.)

You may request an estimated time window for the inspection. On the morning of the inspection, call 720-865-2505 and press 6 to speak to a representative. 

Inspection Codes

Construction

Footing 100 
Foundation Wall 101 
Foundation Perimeter Drain 102 
Waterproofing 103 
Frost Wall Insulation 104 
Exterior Sheathing 105 
Batt Insulation 106 
Drywall 107 
Final 108 
Other 109 
Exterior Lath 111 
Frame 112 
2nd Story Attachment, Basement Structural Floor 112 
Pre Construction Meeting 113 
Bulk Plane 114 
Set Backs 115 
Building Slab 116 
Temporary Certificate of Occupancy 120 
Certificate of Occupancy 121 
Blown Insulation 200

Demolition

Final 110

General Construction

Blown Insulation 200
Roof 201
Siding 203
Pre-inspection Commercial Flat Roof 205
Other 206

Electrical

Slab 300 
Underground 301 
Partial Rough 302 
Full Rough 303 
Partial Final 304 
Full Final 305 
Fire Alarm 306 
Service Equipment 307 
Ceiling 308 
Walls 309

Plumbing

Groundwork 400 
Rough 401 
Final 402 
Pressure Test 403 
Water Service 404

Fire Protection

Underground 410
Rough 411
Final 412

Signs

Rough 500 
Final 501

Boiler, Commercial A/C

Groundwork 700 
Pressure Test 701 
Partial Rough 702 
Rough 703 
Final 704

Mechanical

Groundwork 900 
Pressure Test 901 
Partial Rough 902 
Rough 903 
Final 904

If you need to cancel a permit or have the address changed on a permit, please fill out the below form and email it to building.inspectionservice@denvergov.org.

If you need to check the status of a form you have already submitted, call us at 720-865-2505 – option 6 to speak with inspections staff.

Certificate of Occupancy

In order to issue a certificate of occupancy (CO), inspectors will require:

  • That all facets of the job are complete, including work from modified plans.
  • A complete building inspection card, or cards for multiple permits, from the City and County of Denver, with all required rough and final inspection signatures including all required agency signatures in the red box on the back of the card.
  • Final approval letters from any third-party engineers and inspectors.
  • A final approval letter from the engineer of record.

Temporary Certificate of Occupancy

In order to issue a temporary certificate of occupancy (TCO), inspectors will require:

  • A letter explaining the reason for a TCO from the primary permit holder or building owner and how long it will be needed.
  • A complete building inspection card from the City and County of Denver, stamped “TCO,” including all Required final signatures and all required agency signatures in the red box.
  • All life safety systems functioning upon TCO inspection.
  • All third-party engineers’ observation letters.
  • A final letter by the engineer of record.
  • Collection of the $200.00 TCO fee.

Marijuana facilities may present unique issues and needs related to electrical inspections. Please view the following document to learn more about preparing for an inspection.

Electrical inspections guidelines for marijuana facilities (PDF)

Due to the high volume of roofing permits issued in recent months, roofing inspection requests cannot be fulfilled by city inspectors the next business day, as is routine for other types of building inspections. See below for the range of dates of inspection requests currently being served. Please note that inspectors only carry one-story ladders. You must provide a ladder set-up capable of reaching any roof point over one-story. Learn more about avoiding reinspection fees here.

Inspections Required

3-Digit Inspection Code and Type of Inspection 205 - Pre-inspection Commercial (New or Re-roof) 206 - Other (Mid-roof, roof insulation, other meeting) 201 - Roof (Final)
One- and Two-Family Asphalt Shingles No If needed* Yes
Townhomes Yes If needed* Yes
Commercial Asphalt Shingles Yes If needed* Yes
Low-slope Roofs Yes If needed* Yes
Tile No Yes Yes

* A mid-roof inspection may be required when the pre-inspection identifies items that need to be completed but will not be visible for inspection at the final.

Third-party roofing inspections

The option of a third-party inspection is available to roofing companies and property owners looking to avoid delays. The third-party firm must file a report after the inspection.

The third-party inspection form and your inspection report must be dropped off in-person or submitted to Building.inspectionservice@denvergov.org within 7 days of the final inspection.

This week’s inspections

As of November 2018, roofing inspections will be conducted within 1 business day of inspection requests, as weather allows.

NEW: Have your meter release request automatically sent to Xcel following your inspection -- just make sure to specifically schedule a "meter release inspection" online. A meter release cannot be scheduled through the automated phone system.

For roof-mounted solar/PV systems, please submit a signed statement to your electrical inspector confirming PV installation in accordance with the NEC.

 


About Wastewater/Sewer Use and Drainage Permit (SUDP) Inspections

All requests for inspections must be called in no later than 3:30 P.M. on the previous business day before the inspection is needed. Please include valid license and permit numbers.

Public Works Permit Operations (PWPO)
303-446-3759

  • A plumbing or sewer contractor licensed by the City and County of Denver must call fo sanitary & storm sewer exterior piping / pre-treatment devices / repairs (piping in same trench) and cut-offs
  • A contractor licensed by the City and County of Denver must call for storm sewer exterior above grade and no piping

  • Temporary Certificates of Occupancy (TCO) require a letter of request stating permit number, address, reason for requesting TCO and when the outstanding items will be completed. Note that not all requests for TCO can be granted.
  • Requests for TCO must be submitted to Public Works Permit Operations (PWPO), 2000 W 3rd Ave, 1st floor counter, a minimum of 48 hours before the inspection is needed.

  • Permanent Certificates of Occupancy inspections must be called in to Public Works Permit Operations (PWPO) 303-446-3759 with valid permit numbers and field contact information no later than 3:30 P.M. on the previous business day before the inspection is needed.

 

Special Inspection Requests

Use the form below to request a construction inspection outside of normal business hours (7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) or to request a same-day inspection. Submitted forms are emailed to us immediately:

Neighborhood Inspections

For information on neighborhood inspections, how to report a property maintenance concern, details on the steps city inspectors take to keep Denver safe and well-maintained, and a list of common code violations, please visit the Neighborhood Inspections webpage.

Contact Us

Dial 3-1-1 to report a property/neighborhood concern or for help using online services.

Outside of Denver, call 720-913-1311.


Inspections staff

Phone: 720-865-2505

Emails: 
Neighborhood.inspectionservice@
denvergov.org

Building.inspectionservice@
denvergov.org


Office hours/location:

7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
201 W. Colfax Ave., Denver - 3rd Floor

  • Inspectors: 7:30 a.m. - 8/8:30 a.m.
    • Please call ahead to visit zoning/neighborhood inspections.
  • Inspection chiefs: Before 9 a.m. and after 2 p.m.
  • No COs/TCOs after 3 p.m.

Inspectors are unavailable during the following weekly meeting times:

Mondays

  • Electrical: 8 a.m. - 9 a.m.

Tuesdays

  • Plumbing and mechanical: 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Thursdays

  • Construction: 8 a.m. - 9 a.m.