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
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)
Commercial telecommunications equipment including antennae and satellite dishes
Temporary uses - permits required for tents, portable generators, temporary signs, etc.
Water heaters, furnaces, air conditioners
Changes to HVAC systems

A permit is not required for:
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

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1. How Do I Contact Community Development
2. Do I need a building permit?
3. Why do I need a building permit?
4. How long does the permit process take?
5. How much does a permit cost?
6. When do I pay for my permit?
7. When does my permit expire?
8. How do I know if a permit has been issued for construction projects in our neighborhood?
9. Do I need an inspection?
10. How do I schedule an inspection?
11. What are the construction hours?
12. How can I obtain building plan copies?
13. Do I need an asbestos report?
14. How do I find out my property’s zoning?
15. How do I find my property lines?
16. What is a subdivision plat?
17. What is an easement?
18. Who owns the property next to me?
19. Where do I get information about the Comprehensive Plan?