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Project Guide For Roofing

The information below is intended to provide you an overview of the permitting process for repairing your roof or installing a new roof, including altering the roof line of your home. For additional guidance on repairing your roof, see the following:

  • Roofing Guide and Checklist (PDF) prepared by Denver's building inspectors. It contains helpful tips and code references for your roof project, as well as includes a checklist used by inspectors when evaluating a roof project.
  • Download this slide deck (PDF) for a summary of the roof permitting process, from scope of work (when do you need a roof permit?) to commonly overlooked building codes to inspections.

See the Project guide for roll offs and dumpsters to learn more about the permit requirements for storing a dumpster/container on your property during construction.

Help Me Get Started . . .

Before you start your project, you need to know what regulations apply to your property and what factors may impact your project. You'll need to consider:

Historic Landmark Status

Any project that involves changes to the exterior of landmark structures or properties in historic landmark districts must be reviewed by Landmark Preservation staff before you begin. The appropriate zoning, building, curb cut, or revocable permits needed for the project will be issued only after design review has been completed and the project has been approved. To determine your property’s landmark status, use the DevelopDENVER tool to the right. Then, visit the Design Review web page for more information.

Building Code

Denver Building Code provides minimum standards for building in order to safeguard public safety, health and welfare. The permitting and inspection process ensures that all home projects meet these standards and that all dwellings are safe and habitable at the time of construction.

Listed in the order they must be obtained. All permits must be in hand and at site before work may begin.

  1. Current City of Denver Contractor’s License/Homeowner’s Exam
  2. Landmark Certificate of Appropriateness – if applicable. Visit the Design Review web page for more information.

The above must be in hand before you apply for the following:

  1. #2 Roofing, Insulation & Exterior Wall Covering Permit (Quick Permit) - if you are making repairs to or replacing an existing roof
  2. #1R Building Permit (Single-Family & Duplex Walk Through) - if you are installing a new roof and/or altering the roofline of your home

Quick Permits may be applied for by email. See For same day service, sign in online or at the kiosk once for two Quick Permits at a time. 

For #1R permit, sign in online or at the kiosk and select Single-Family & Duplex Walk Through. 

Estimate Fees
Building permit fees are based on valuation of the work to be completed including the labor and materials.  View the permit fee schedules to estimate the fees required for your project. There are no fees for Landmark review.

NOTE: When Same Day Review is required for the #1R permit, a "walk through" fee of $100 may be charged in addition to building permit fees, depending on the valuation of the project.

Pay Fees
Fees can be paid in person at our cashier on the 2nd floor of the Wellington Webb Building. We accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover Card, cash and personal checks at our counter.

To pay by mail, send a check to: 
Development Services
Wellington Webb Municipal Building
201 W. Colfax Ave., 2nd Floor
Denver, Colorado 80202

All approved construction set of documents, permits and inspector signature card are to be available on site upon request.

Typical inspections for installing or repairing a roof include the following:

  • Roofing final inspection
  • A pre-inspection or mid-inspection may be required for certain roof types (low-slope or tile)

The inspections listed above may vary depending on the complexity of your project. Visit our Inspections page for details on scheduling inspections.

Third-party roofing inspections

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

The third-party inspection form and your inspection report or completed checklist must be dropped off in-person or submitted to within 7 days of the final inspection.

Who Will Be Doing the Work?

Decide whether you plan to complete the project yourself or hire a licensed contractor to complete the job for you.

Do It Yourself

Do-It-YourselfYou may need to pass a Home owners exam  to demonstrate proficiency in specific trades in order to get a permit to do the work yourself. 

You will also need to meet a set of requirements established by the Denver Building Code and the Building Department Policy ADMIN 131.3 governing homeowner completed work.  This policy can be found on our Building Codes, Forms and Policies page. 


Contractors Use the Contractor license search to see if your contractor has obtained a contractor's license from the City and County of Denver. 


To view other considerations, see our Doing the Work Yourself page.

Home Projects

Every project is different.  Depending upon the complexity of your project, the permit requirements and inspection process may vary from the information presented in this guide.  If you have any questions, please contact us.


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