Building Safety Division - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The following information is to help answer the most frequently asked questions regarding the permit process in Greenwood Village. If, you still have questions after reading this general information, please contact the Community Development Department at 303-486-5783, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Do I need a building permit?
Commercial and residential remodeling and construction including all additions, structural changes and garage conversions to houses require a building permit. A building permit is also required for fences, retaining walls, and landscaping. Most plumbing, mechanical and electrical work require permits.

The best way to find out if you need a permit is to call us at 303-486-5783. The Building and Planning staff will assist you with your project and help determine if a permit is required. If a permit is required, it must be obtained prior to starting work on the project. Below is a sample list of projects requiring a permit.

A permit is required for:
  • New residential and commercial construction
  • Attached or detached garages
  • Additions to any structure
  • Interior remodeling which involves any change or modification/addition to framing or the mechanical, plumbing or electric system (including service upgrades)
  • Lawn sprinkler / irrigation systems
  • Replacing cabinets with framing modifications
  • Porches and decks
  • Concrete or flatwork (Including steps, porches, patios) - call for verification of proposed work
  • Swimming pools, hot tubs and spas
  • Windows (new and replacement)
  • Accessory structures including sheds and fire pits
  • Fences, dog runs, gates and entry monuments
  • Changing existing plumbing fixtures
  • Roofing or repairs to an existing roof (in excess of 100 square feet)
  • Siding
  • Signs
  • Commercial telecommunications equipment including antennae and satellite dishes
  • Temporary uses - permits required for tents, portable generators, temporary signs, etc.
  • Driveway
  • Water heaters, furnaces, air conditioners
  • Changes to HVAC systems
A permit is generally not required for each of the below when done independently:
  • Painting, carpeting, tile or hardwood floors
  • Changing cabinet faces
  • Replacing cabinets with no framing modifications
  • Changing existing light fixtures (If not being relocated)
  • Changing ceiling tiles
  • Normal installation of household appliances
  • Gutters and downspouts
Please contact us directly at (303) 486-5783 if you need assistance determining whether or not a permit is required. 

Why do I need a building permit?
Permits are required by state law to protect owners and the general public. The permit process ensures that the contractor is adequately licensed and the improvements are completed as indicated on the plans and in compliance with code.

How long does the permit process take?
If all of the required elements are submitted with a completed building permit application, the standard plan review timeline is 10 Business Days.  Over the Counter permits take 24 Business Hours to issue. Permit applications with Extended review timelines are as follows:
  • Residential Single Family Homes & Additions: 15 Business Days
  • Elevator New Installations and Modifications - 30 Business Days
  • Commercial Core & Shell - TBD (Depends on Complexity)
  • Mid/High-Rise Buildings - TBD (Depends on Complexity)
Timelines refer to receipt of comment letter or approval notification.

How much does a permit cost?
The building permit fee is based upon the total value of the project.

When do I pay for my permit?
Plan check fees for projects valued at $1,000,000 and greater are required to be paid upon submittal of the permit. All other permit fees are due when the permit is issued.

What are the building permit submittal requirements?

Click on the following links to access the required documents:
When does my permit expire?
Projects must commence within six months from the date the permit was issued. Work on the project may not be abandoned for more than six months at a time. Extensions may be requested by submitting a written request to the chief building official.

How do I know if a permit has been issued for construction projects in our neighborhood?

If a building permit has been obtained, it should be posted so that it is clearly visible from the front of the house or commercial project. If no permit is posted, you may call Community Development at 303-486-5783 with the address of where the work is taking place to verify that a permit has been issued.

Do I need an inspection?

Inspections are required as part of the permit process.

How do I schedule an inspection?

Inspections can be requested online by clicking Inspection Request. Please refer to your inspection card and use the exact wording of the inspection you are requesting. Please make your inspection request prior to 4:00 PM for next business day inspection. You may request an AM or PM inspection; however, there is no guarantee.  Check your inspection window the morning of by clicking Inspection Schedule.

How do I submit a balance report?
E-Mail the report to Community Development / or use the Online Services Resubmittal/Revision form on our website Online Services. Please be sure to include the permit number, balance report, and outlet map with the submission. The report needs to be done by a certified balancing company. The electronic report will be reviewed in our office and the approved copy sent to you for printing and made available on site for further inspections.

What is a "Planning Inspection"?
A Planning Inspection is not required for every permit. Should your inspection card have a Planning Inspection noted, a Planner will perform the inspection to ensure the permitted work matches the approved plans with respect to set-backs, height requirements, materials used, etc. Access to the improved area must be available and the permit must be posted and visible; however, this type of inspection can be performed without the Homeowner or Contractor being present.

What is a "Ground Cover" inspection?
A ground cover inspection is performed to ensure the work area is stabilized.

Which building codes is the Village currently enforcing?

The City of Greenwood Village is operating under the construction codes listed below. 
Note: The 2018 International Residential Code (IRC) and 2018 International Fire Code (IFC) will go into effect July 1, 2021. The 2012 version of these two codes remain in place until that time.

  • 2018 International Building Code (IBC)
  • 2018 International Residential Code (IRC)
  • 2018 International Fire Code (IFC)
  • 2018 International Plumbing Code (IPC)
  • 2018 International Mechanical Code (IMC)
  • 2018 International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC)
  • 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)
  • 2018 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC)
  • 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC)
  • 2018 International Existing Building Code (IEBC)
  • ICC/ANSI A117.1-2017 American National Standard - Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities (ANSI)
What are the construction hours?
  • Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday / Holidays: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
How can I obtain building plan copies?
Structural plans for commercial buildings are retained in Community Development. To request information, please submit a Public Records Request. Plans for commercial tenant finishes are retained for one year and residential buildings are retained for six months.

Do I need an asbestos report?
Buildings or those portions of a building constructed prior to October 12, 1988, require an asbestos report.