Most building projects in the city of Denver -- including new construction, remodeling and repairs -- require general construction (#1R or #1C) permits to allow construction, and then trade-specific permits for each part of the project.
Some trade-specific permits can be issued without the need for a plan review. These permits are referred to as "quick permits."
Any project that involves changes to the exterior of historic landmark structures or properties in historic landmark districts must be reviewed by Landmark Preservation staff before you can receive a quick permit. Minor work requiring quick permits, but introducing little to no visible change to a historic structure or property, may be subject to the Landmark Quick Review and Approval Process. Applicants may submit the quick review application form (PDF) to Landmark Preservation staff via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). These applications are typically processed within 1 business day of receipt.
Quick review approvals may be issued by Landmark Preservation staff for like-for-like replacement of the following exterior features, providing that the applicable design guidelines and standards are met:
For more information about the Landmark Quick Review process, visit the Design Review page, select ‘Other Alterations’ and read the ‘Quick Review’ section.
*Like-for-like must include no change in geometry, demand, or materials.
Please note: No structural modifications can be permitted as a quick permit.
Some projects can be completed with no building permit or trade-specific permits at all. See more detailed information on project exemption in our Easy Projects Guide or in the Denver Building Code, Section 130.3 Exempted Work.
Please note: A permit from Wastewater, Zoning, or the Fire Department may be required even if a building permit is not required. If you think your planned work is exempt, please contact Development Services to be sure.
Permit applications numbered 2-11 may be obtained via email or fax. All other permits must be applied for in person.
Slots at the Permit Counter are first come, first served, and fill up very quickly. Check in remotely using the online or phone options below (recommended) or, once you arrive, check in at the blue kiosk across from the Customer Service desk (2nd floor by the Permit Counter).
Lines close when all service times have been taken for the day. If a line is full, you will not see it as an option for check in.