There are several steps in the permitting process for building a new home or expanding your existing home. Use the project guides below to learn more about the permits and approvals required for each type of project. When you are ready to apply for building and zoning permits, download the Residential Permitting Guide (PDF).
Depending upon the location and complexity of your project, requirements may vary from the information presented below.
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Section 130.3 Exempted Work of the Denver Building and Fire Code lists activities that do not require a building permit.
Colorado requires an asbestos inspection before remodeling if there might be asbestos-containing materials, and before any demolition work. This inspection determines whether abatement is required. Unsafe removal of asbestos releases microscopic fibers that can cause severe lung disease and cancer when inhaled.
To prevent breaks, low-pressure issues, and health risks, replace water service lines that are older than 50 years or that are made of non-copper materials, particularly lead and galvanized pipe. Contact Denver Water Sales Administration to find out if the water lines on your property need to be replaced.
The EPA requires firms performing renovation, repair, and painting in homes, childcare facilities and preschools built before 1978 to use an EPA-certified renovator trained to follow specific work practices to prevent contamination from lead-based paint.
All files are PDF downloads.
Zoning tip sheets:
Search a list of companies that currently have obtained a contractor's license from the City and County of Denver. Be sure to check the expiration date and status to make sure the contractor's license is still active.
Log in your next single-family or duplex project online through e-permits. Select the "Building Log" application to submit electronically.
Create an account in e-permits. Then select the appropriate "Site Planning" application to submit site development, transportation, or wastewater plans electronically.
Apply by email for fire permits that need to be logged in for plan review (e.g., fire suppression, low voltage & fire alarm, CO2 system install, etc.). Download instructions here (PDF).
To check your permit status using the property address, click below and then go to the "Development Svcs" tab where you can search by address to pull up the permit record. You will find processing status under "Record Info."
Alternatively, you can check permit status using the log number you received when you submitted your application and building plans.
You can schedule building and zoning construction inspections online, in person, or by using the automated phone system. To schedule a zoning inspection for a sign-off on a business license, or to report a property maintenance concern, call Denver 3-1-1 at 720-913-1311.
Use the DevelopDENVER mapping tool to view property details including zoning, landmark status, inspector districts and more.
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