Building Permits

No structure shall be erected or altered, used or occupied until a building permit for such erection or alteration, use or occupancy has been issued by the City.

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Contact Information
General Information
Projects Not Requiring a Permit
Projects Eligible for One-Stop Permit
Projects Requiring Plan Review
Electrical License Contemporaneous Review Guidelines

Contact Information

Building Inspections and Plan Reviews are provided by:

Main Office
(303) 450-8745
(303) 450-8814
Fax: (303) 565-9103
11701 Community Center Dr.
Northglenn, CO 80233

Building Official:                            
Dan Wester

Inspection Line
(720) 450-8748

General Information

  • All Commercial Construction must have a building permit and a city licensed contractor.

Contractor license application

  • All Residential Construction must have a building permit and a city licensed contractor unless the homeowner is personally performing the work.
  • Work that begins before a permit is issued will be in violation of the building code and will result in a Stop Work Order
  • The City currently enforces the 2006 edition of the International Building Codes.


The following projects do NOT require a permit:

Bathroom fixture replacement (no plumbing line replacement)
Concrete Flat Work
Fences not over 4 ft. if they meet zoning and setback requirements
Installation of Alarm Systems not requiring new wiring
Minor electrical repair including replacement of fixtures
Moveable cases, counters and partitions not over 5’9”
One-story detached accessory structures that do not exceed 120 sq. ft. (setbacks required)
Replacement of cabinets, counter tops, and similar finish work
Replacement of light fixtures not requiring new wiring
Retaining walls not over 4 ft. and not supporting a surcharge
Roof repair under 100 sq. ft.
Sidewalks and driveways not more than 30” above grade
Swimming Pool Under 5,000 Gallons
Tiling or carpeting.

One-Stop Permits

Generally the permit can be issued within 24 hours.

AC/Furnace combination
Air conditioner
Electrical service change
Furnace replacement
Fences over 4 feet (6 feet maximum allowable)
Lawn sprinkler
Miscellaneous mechanical, plumbing or electrical
Replacement Doors
Replacement windows 
Re-Roof (Wind load 100, Snow load 55-ground 38-roof, Exposure C)
Water heater

Building Permit Application

Applications for One Stop Permits can be submitted:

Plan Review Permits


Basement Finish
Commercial remodel/addition
Detached garage
Hot Tub/Pool
New construction
Patios, Porches, and Carports
Residential remodel/addition
Solar energy
Temporary or Accessory Structure over 120 sq. ft.

Pre Application Plan Review
Building Permit Application

Applications and Plans for Plan Review Permits must be submitted:

In person at 1711 Miner St, Idaho Springs

Available Resources

Accessory Structure Guide
Basement Finish Guide
Deck Guide
Demolition Guides
Home Additions Guide
Homeowners Acknowledgement Form
Inspection Request Information
Patio Covers and Carports Guide
Pre Application Plan Review
Re-Roof Guide
Residential Pool Guide
Residential Roofing Requirements

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