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Visiting the Permit Counter

Located on the second floor of the Webb Municipal Building, 201 W. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80202. View map.

Open Mon.-Fri., 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Individual service hours vary - see below for service hours, descriptions, and instructions.


Click on the service to view descriptions and instructions:

Receive a permit the same day you come in, provided your plans are approved and permit fees are paid. Walk-through reviews are limited to 30 minutes per customer. If the reviewer determines the project is too complex or lacks sufficient information, it must be logged in for review instead.

If the structure is in a historic district or is a landmark structure, prior approval is required from Landmark Preservation before coming to apply for a permit at the walk-through counter.

Projects Reviewed

Commercial or multifamily projects that

  • do not involve structural work, 
  • have a total construction valuation of under $500,000,
  • do not need a change of occupancy or change of use, and
  • do not need reviews by other agencies.

There are four counters open during the commercial/multifamily walk-through hours: (1) Architectural/Structural, (2) Electrical, (3) Mechanical/Plumbing, and (4) Fire. 

These counters only accept walk-ins. Click here to check current wait times. 

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Examples of Walk-through Permits:

  • Tenant finish in retail and business properties
  • Temporary offices
  • Non-structural repair due to water or fire damage
  • Minor structural work related to emergency like-for-like repair of existing buildings, that is not the result of a collapse or notice/order from the City of Denver
  • Sign installation
  • Non-structural remodel of a residential unit in a multifamily building (condo, townhome, apartment)
  • Preparatory demolition ("Prep Demo" and "Expanded Prep Demo" permits)
  • Access control
  • Residential service over 200 amps 
  • Solar/PV systems under 10kW

At the Fire (DFD) counter:

  • Additions and modifications to an existing fire alarm or sprinkler system
  • Transferring existing monitoring companies
  • New fire sprinkler monitoring systems installed in accordance with IFC 903.4.1
  • Emergency fire alarm panel replacement for an existing system
  • Residential fire alarm systems

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Not Eligible for a Same-day Walk-through Review: Educational or institutional occupancies (e.g., daycare, assisted living), food service establishments, warehouse or manufacturing facilities, and marijuana plant husbandry or extraction operations are not eligible for a same-day review.

Bring with you...

Use the Commercial Building Permit Guide (PDF) to compile your plans and forms before you arrive.

To be issued a permit, you will need your original contractor's license (no copies or faxes accepted) or a company check or credit card that matches the exact licensed company name and spelling. Visit Contractor Licensing if you need to make changes or obtain a new license card before picking up permits.

To obtain a sprinkler permit at the Fire counter, bring the information listed in Section N103.2.2 of the Denver Building and Fire Code (PDF), or for a fire alarm permit, use Section N103.4.1.

Visit the new Commercial Zoning webpage to download applications and project guides.

Commercial zoning reviews zoning use and zoning construction permit applications, sign permits, site improvements and answers questions about zoning on commercial or multifamily projects.

This counter only accepts walk-ins. Click here to check current wait times. 

Or save a trip and do it all online!

Find applications and instructions on the Commercial Zoning webpage. (You can also submit these applications in person.)

Then, email completed applications and plans to zoning.review@denvergov.org with "New Zoning Application" in the subject line.

  • Zoning construction permits
  • Use permits
  • Home occupations
  • Residential care facilities
  • Fences/walls for commercial or multifamily buildings
  • Zone lot amendments
  • Commercial signs
  • Telecommunications facilities

Applications for a simultaneous zoning/building review cannot be emailed - they must be submitted to the Log In counter (not the Commercial Zoning counter) in person, with the building submittal. 

Log In serves both residential and commercial projects. Depending on your project scope, plan review may include multiple disciplines, such as building, zoning, fire, transportation, and environmental health. Plans typically receive an initial review, followed by resubmittals of new or corrected plan elements before permits can be issued. Check estimated review times.

All projects potentially affecting the exterior of a local landmark or historic district property must start their permit application process with Landmark Preservation, except minor interior remodels that have no exterior modifications.

Additionally--before or during your building code review--make sure to also apply for a sewer use and drainage permit (SUDP). Most projects cannot receive a building permit until an SUDP has been issued.

Submit by Email

Single-family and duplex projects can be submitted by email to PlanReview@denvergov.org. Applications and instructions are located in the Residential Permitting Guide (PDF). 

Appointments

The Log In counter primarily accepts online appointments, with limited space for walk-ins. Click here to make an appointment.

If you already have an assigned project coordinator, ask your coordinator to schedule your Log In appointment - do not schedule these online (e.g., projects in the Site Development Plan (SDP) process, Master and TA projects).

Green checkmark iconProjects Reviewed

  • Any structural work
  • New construction
    • Single-unit dwellings
    • Duplexes
    • Accessory dwelling units (ADUs)
    • Townhomes/condos/apartments
    • Commercial structures
  • Additions
  • Attic conversions
  • Projects requesting a simultaneous zoning/building code review
  • Zoning-only reviews of one- and two-family dwelling units
  • Projects requiring multi-agency review
  • Projects that involve multiple buildings or floors
  • Change of occupancy
  • Telecommunications towers
  • Projects that may pose a fire/life safety concern (e.g., large occupancy loads, hazardous materials)
  • Modified drawings
  • Projects with a total construction valuation of over $500,000

Bring with you...

Compile your plans and forms before you arrive by using the 

Commercial Building Permit Guide (PDF for commercial and multifamily structures) or

Residential Permitting Guide (PDF for single-family and duplex structures).

Use the Logged In Plan Pick-up line when a commercial construction or residential construction permit has been approved and is ready for issuance.

This counter primarily accepts online appointments, with limited space for walk-ins. Click here to make an appointment.

If you are picking up multiple permits at once, make an longer appointment for pick up via login@denvergov.org.

Bring with you...

  • Bring your log number or project address, sewer use and drainage permit (if applicable), and original contractor’s license or a valid ID (for homeowners).
  • If you are picking up commercial construction permits, please also bring the individual subcontractor valuations and license numbers for any trade-specific permits.
  • Homeowners must show a valid Colorado Driver’s License or photo I.D. that matches the property owner name listed in the Denver Assessor’s database in order to pick up permit(s).
  • Contractors must be able to demonstrate the validity of the contractor’s license on the permit application by bringing an original contractor license card (no copies or faxes accepted), company check, or company credit card. If using a check or credit card, the company name on the check or credit card must match the exact company name and spelling as listed on the license card in our records. Visit Contractor Licensing if you need to make changes or obtain a new license card before picking up permits.
  • If needed, email Angela.Abeyta@denvergov.org for fee amount before coming in person. Make checks payable to the “Manager of Finance.”

Get your quick permit online in a matter of minutes: visit the e-permits webpage to get started.

Quick permits are trade-specific permits that can be issued without plan review, such as those below, and any subcontractor permits needed once the commercial or residential construction permit has been issued.

  • Electrical (minor work only – 10 or fewer new 20 amp/120 volt circuits, relocating lights or receptacles on a 200 amps or less service)
  • Roofing, siding, fascia/soffit and blown-in insulation
  • Plumbing and gas piping (International Residential Code projects only)
  • Forced-air furnace, ventilation and air conditioning (International Residential Code projects only)

This counter only accepts walk-ins. Click here to check current wait times. 

Save a trip and apply online! Visit the Quick Permits webpage to download applications, see the full list of what can be permitted on a quick permit, and find instructions for submitting online or by email.

Visit the Public Records webpage to request records by email, make a CORA request, or find information on research/record fees.

The Records desk processes in-person requests for zoning and building permit records. To make a records request, you will need the street address for the property.

The Cashier accepts payment by cash, check and credit cards (Visa, Master Card, Discover). Make checks payable to "Manager of Finance." Review permit fee schedules.

Zoning Research Request

We can also provide zoning research for any Denver property.

  • Zone district confirmation (no fee)
  • Zoning compliance information (fees apply)
  • Rebuild information/confirmation (fees apply)

How: Request zoning verification or zoning compliance letters.

During the plan review process, reviewers may make comments to plans or request additional information. The Resubmittals line is where you submit amended drawings or supplemental information.

This counter only accepts walk-ins. Click here to check current wait times. 

Bring with you...

  • Include written responses (in a letter format) in your resubmittal that address each and every comment from the plan review team. 
  • Make sure your revised documents are bound (loose sheets will not be accepted).

Resubmittal or Modified Drawing?

Resubmittals occur during the initial plan review process using your original Log number (assigned when you log in plans), before a permit is issued. They are used to address plan reviewers' comments and to make corrections to your plans.

Modified drawings are for changes made after a permit is issued, and are submitted to the Log In line, not the Resubmittals line. These get a new Log number and, if approved, a new permit.

Before any building or construction may begin, a sewer use and drainage permit (SUDP) must be obtained for each building and/or individual tenant associated with a project. This includes such things as connections to the city’s sanitary and storm sewers, and erosion control. This review and permit is separate from the building permit, and requires a separate submittal. The SUDP must be issued prior to receiving commercial or residential construction permits.

This counter only accepts walk-ins. Click here to check current wait times. 

Save a trip and apply online! Visit the SUDP webpage for applications and instructions.

Receive a permit the same day you come in, provided your plans are approved and permit fees are paid. Walk-through reviews are limited to 30 minutes per customer. If the reviewer determines the project is too complex or lacks sufficient information, it must be logged in for review instead.

If the structure is in a historic district or is a landmark structure, prior approval is required from Landmark Preservation before coming to apply for a permit at the walk-through counter.

This counter primarily accepts online appointments, with limited space for walk-ins. Click here to make an appointment.

Projects Reviewed

This counter reviews residential projects of the lowest complexity, which do not require approval from any other agency. Any project that includes structural work must go to the Log In counter instead.

Green checkmark iconExamples of Walk-through Permits:

  • Fences
  • Interior renovations
  • Issuance of demolition permits
  • Windows and exterior doors (new or altered openings)
  • Egress windows
  • Non-structural repair due to water or fire damage
  • Basement finish
  • Patio covers and enclosures
  • Decks
  • Car ports
  • Detached storage units (sheds etc.)
  • Detached garages - Avoid waiting in line and submit detached garage applications electronically to garages@denvergov.org.

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Not Eligible for a Same-day Walk-through Review: Any projects that involve structural work, new or existing, or that require a change of occupancy or a change of use must go to the Log In counter.

Graphic of sunshine hitting a solar panelSolar over 10kW must go to the Log In counter. Residential solar/PV systems under 10kW and new utility services larger than 200 amps need to be reviewed by the Electrical team at the Commercial/Multifamily Walk-through counter. 

Projects involving education or institutional functions, such as a daycare, or involving marijuana plant husbandry must also go to the Log In counter.

Bring with you...

Consult the project guides located on these webpages, as applicable to you: Inside the HomeOutside the HomeDemolition, or Applying for permits as a homeowner.

Homeowners must show a valid Colorado Driver’s License or photo I.D. that matches the property owner name listed in the Denver Assessor’s database.

Contractors must show an original contractor's license (no copies or faxes accepted) or a company check or credit card that matches the exact licensed company name and spelling. Visit Contractor Licensing if you need to make changes or obtain a new license card before picking up permits.

Not sure where your project fits in? Visit our Customer Service Center to ask questions or to get in line for any of our permit counter services.

Located at the entrance to the permit counter

 
 
 

Appointments are available up to 30 days in advance for Log In, Single-family/Duplex Walk-through, and Logged-in Plan Pick-up.

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