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Quick Permits

Quick permits are trade-specific permits that can be issued without the need for a plan review.

These permits are usually issued after the applicant has obtained a general commercial or residential construction permit. Most building projects in the city of Denver -- including new construction, remodeling and repairs -- require general construction permits to allow construction, and then trade-specific permits for each part of the project. 

Homeowners obtaining their own permits cannot apply via email, but must bring their photo I.D. and apply in person at the permit counter. Check in for the "quick permits" line. View counter hours and location here.

Please note: No structural modifications can be permitted as a quick permit.

Find applications and quick permit criteria below.

All exterior work on landmarks/historic buildings or structures located in landmark/historic districts requires approval from Landmark Preservation staff before applying for a quick permit.

How to apply

For minor work requiring quick permits but introducing little to no visible change to a historic structure or property:

Quick review approvals may be issued by Landmark Preservation staff for like-for-like replacement of the following existing exterior features providing that the applicable design guidelines and standards are met:

  • rear yard decks and porches (must demonstrate no change in size, height, materials and ornament)
  • rear yard fences (no change in height, openness and materials)
  • 1-2 flat profile skylights
  • sheds not on foundations (less than 100 square feet)
  • exterior HVAC work (no change in geometry, demand or materials)
  • simple exterior mechanical work
  • reroofing (no change in materials)

For more significant alterations, visit the Landmark Design Review webpage for guidelines and instructions on how to apply. 

Permit application

What’s allowed under a boiler and commercial A/C quick permit

Single-family and duplex structures and garages

  • Heat exchangers
  • Potable hot water (over 200,000 BTU)
  • Radiant heating
  • Baseboard heating
  • Boilers, hot water or steam (cast iron, steel, low-pressure)
  • Piping (gas, steam, or hot water)

Multifamily or commercial structures

Like-for-like replacements of the following — no new installs — and the replacement does not have a change in geometry, demand, or material:

  • Piping (fuel oil, process, gas, hot water, steam)
  • Heat exchangers
  • Pressure vessels
  • Boilers, hot water or steam (cast iron, steel, high-pressure, low-pressure)
  • Potable hot water heaters
  • Commercial pool heater
  • Radiant heating
  • Baseboard heating
  • Refrigeration with condenser water piping, refrigerant piping, split system
  • Roof-top units

The boiler and refrigeration items listed below CANNOT be permitted under a quick permit. Apply in person at the walk-through counter for the following:

  • Walk-in coolers/freezers
  • Chillers
  • Cooling towers
  • Incinerators
  • Crematories
  • Oil burner systems

Permit application

What’s allowed under an electrical quick permit

Single-family and duplex structures only

  • New service rated 200 amps or less
  • Service change rated 200 amps or less
  • Panels, subpanels etc., as long as the service is rated 200 amps or less. Only single-phase services are allowed - three-phase services will require a review of engineered plans.
  • Appliances
  • Interior/exterior wiring or rewiring of the home and/or garage as long as the service is rated 200 amps or less
  • Disconnect switches
  • Temporary service with utility meter for construction power, as long as the service is rated 200 amps or less
  • New or replacement mechanical equipment, as long as the service is rated 200 amps or less

Multifamily or commercial structures

Minor Work Only:

  • Fewer than 10 new circuits that do not exceed 20 amps/120 volts or 277 volts each
    • All new circuits must be single pole
  • Relocating lights, no new lights added
  • Relocating outlets

The electrical items listed below CANNOT be permitted under a quick permit. All of the work below, except for special events, will require stamped and signed, engineered plans brought in person to the electrical walk-through counter for review. 

  • Solar 
  • Feeders
  • Transformers
  • Other electrical distribution (UPS, transfer switches, etc.)
  • New, replacement, or upgraded services over 200 amps for single-family/duplex
  • New, replacement, or upgraded services (of any rating) for multifamily/commercial 
  • Panels, subpanels, etc. for multifamily/commercial
  • All electrical work for single-family/duplex, including new/replacement panels, subpanels, etc., if the service is rated over 200 amps
  • Temporary services for multifamily/commercial structures, including temporary construction services
  • Special events lasting no longer than 72 hours without prior permission

Permit application

What’s allowed under a mechanical quick permit

Single-family and duplex structures and garages

  • Compressor units
  • Ductwork
  • Evaporative cooling units
  • Exhaust systems
  • Fireplaces (prefab metal, gas log, gas piping, gas vent)
  • Forced air heating systems
  • Gas piping
  • Make-up air units
  • Range hoods
  • Residential A/C*
  • Roof-top units (10 tons or less)
  • Through-wall heaters
  • Unit heaters
  • Ventilating systems
  • Water heaters

*The building permit for a residential A/C can be issued as a quick permit. Zoning reviews are done at the single-family/duplex walk-through counter.

Multifamily or commercial structures

Like-for-like replacements of the following — no new installs — and the replacement does not have a change in geometry, demand, or material:

  • Compressor units
  • Ductwork
  • Evaporative cooling units
  • Exhaust systems
  • Fireplaces (prefab metal, gas log, gas piping, gas vent)
  • Forced air heating systems
  • Gas piping
  • Make-up air units
  • Medical gas
  • Roof-top units
  • Through-wall heaters
  • Unit heaters
  • Ventilating systems
  • Water heaters

Ensure that replacement equipment meets current IECC efficiency standards, which will need to be verified upon inspection.


The mechanical items listed below CANNOT be permitted under a quick permit. Apply in person at the walk-through counter for the following:

  • Duct, stock, and vapor removal systems
  • Repair/replace of equipment for which the system was not originally designed (e.g., replacing equipment under a kitchen hood for which the hood was not originally designed)
  • Repairs/replacements that are not like-for-like or that require other associated upgrades (e.g., replacing toilet fixtures in a commercial restroom that may require ADA improvements, or replacing gas-fired equipment with higher efficiency equipment that might also require a new chimney liner or separate flue)

Permit application

What’s allowed under a plumbing quick permit

Single-family and duplex structures and garages

  • Back flow preventers
  • Dishwasher
  • Drinking fountain
  • Floor drain
  • Garbage disposals
  • Gas piping outlets
  • Showers, tubs, and sinks
  • Swimming pool heater* and piping
  • Washer
  • Water closets and urinals
  • Water heaters
  • Water service
  • Water softeners

*The building permit for a pool heater can be issued as a quick permit. Zoning reviews are done at the single-family/duplex walk-through counter.

Multifamily or commercial structures

  • Water service (new install or repair/replace)

Like-for-like replacements of the following — no new installs — and the replacement does not have a change in geometry, demand, or material:

  • Back flow preventers
  • Dishwasher
  • Drinking fountain
  • Floor drain
  • Garbage disposals
  • Gas piping outlets
  • Showers, tubs, and sinks
  • Swimming pool piping
  • Washer
  • Water closets and urinals
  • Water heaters
  • Water softeners

The plumbing items listed below CANNOT be permitted under a quick permit. Apply in person at the walk-through counter for the following:

  • Fire lines
  • Grease interceptors

Permit application

A roof permit is always applied for separately from the general construction permit, even for new construction. All roofing/siding work on landmarks or in historic districts must be first approved by Landmark Preservation (PDF).

What’s allowed under a roofing/siding quick permit

  • New roofs
  • Roof repair/replacement
  • New roof penetrations
  • Exterior wall coverings
  • Blown-in insulation
  • Soffit/fascia work

The roofing/siding items listed below CANNOT be permitted under a quick permit. Apply in person at the Log In counter for the following:

  • Green roofs
  • Changing the structural framing of the roof (e.g., going from a flat to a pitched roof) or structural repair

Some projects do not require building permits. See more detailed information on project exemption in our Easy Projects Guide or in the Denver Building Code, Section 130.3 Exempted Work.

Other Permits May be Required

Please note: A permit from Wastewater, Zoning, or the Fire Department may be required even if a building permit is not required. You may also need to consult Public Works if you need a permit for a street closure. If you think your planned work is exempt, please contact Development Services to be sure.

 
Apply via email

(1) Review the criteria for your quick permit and download the application using the drop-down menus on this page. Applications are also available here.

  • In the “contractor remarks” section on the application, write “over the phone credit card” with your name and phone number.

(2) Fill out the credit card authorization form (PDF).

(3) Email both your completed permit application and credit card form to quickpermits@denvergov.org.

(4) Allow 2-3 business days for processing. A cashier will call you between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. for your credit card to complete the transaction. 

Fax. For a limited time, you may still fax your application and credit card authorization form to 720-865-3020.

If you do not receive your permit by 2:30 p.m. the day payment is processed, call the cashier at 720-865-2780.

Questions?

For questions on emailed applications or permit fees: (720) 865-2705