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Depending upon the complexity of your project, the permit requirements and inspection process may vary from the information presented below. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Download the Residential Permitting Guide (PDF) for detailed information on zoning and building permits for projects on single family homes and duplexes. Additionally, the tip sheets below offer helpful information on zoning terms and definitions to help you prepare a better submittal.


  • Zoning Guide #1 (PDF) - Determining a block sensitive primary street setback
  • Zoning Guide #2 (PDF) - Zoning base plans and measuring building height and bulk



Thinking of a Do-it-Yourself Project?

Are you getting ready to complete a home project and trying to figure out whether to hire a licensed contractor or complete the work as a do-it-yourself project?  Here are some things to consider:

Don't See Your Project Listed?

  • See more information on projects that are exempted from building permit requirements in our "Easy Projects" guide.
  • See the Denver Building Code, Section 130.5 Exempted Work for work activities do not require building permitting.
Permit Review Types
QuickReview Quick permit - Trade-specific permits that can be issued without plan review. Examples include minor electrical work, roofing and siding. Learn more about quick permits.


Same day review - A permit counter walk-through for simple single-family house or duplex projects that may involve reviews for zoning and building code compliance. Examples include porches, patios, interior remodels and basement finishes.


Plan review - or "Log-in" review. Drop off single-family and duplex plans for review. Examples include new single-family houses, new duplexes, additions and attic conversions. Staff will provide an estimated review completion date.


See permit counter hours for service times. To sign in online, click the "Permit Counter Check-In" button on the Development Services homepage.

Online Services

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.

Create an account using the e-plan account application form.  Then use e-Plan to submit your plans electronically.

PLEASE NOTE: e-Plan is only available for Site Development and/or SUDP reviews.

To check your building permit review status, you will need the log number you received when you submitted your application and building plans.  If you don't know you log number or if you need additional help, please call 720-865-2720.

Create an account using the e-plan account application form.  Then use e-Plan to submit your plans electronically.

You can use the automated phone system to schedule a building inspection or request an inspection in person.

Use the  DevelopDENVER mapping tool to view property details including zoning, landmark status, inspector districts and more.