Building Department

It is important to note the following

  • Approval by the Planning & Zoning Commission is required for any new construction , excavation, importation of dirt, projects that change the exterior appearance or footpring of any existing structure, re-staining where the color is being changed and landscaping.
  • Permits are required for any new constrution in excess of two (200) square feet in area, re-roofing, re-siding, re-staining (same color) or any remodel involving structural modifications.  Building Permits are also required for remodeling, when the project value exceeds $1,000, except when specifically exempted by the Building Code.
  • Any tree removal, other than dead or down trees, must be approved, unless associated with an approved Permit. 
  • Allow 30-45 days to process applications requiring P & Z approval.  Approval of specific Subdivisions Homeowners Associations may be required and is the responsibility of the applicant.
  • Applications are available below and at Town Hall.
  • For owner build projects, ALL Electrical work must be conducted by a license electrical contractor.
  • To schedule an inspection, please email by 4:00 p.m. the day before.  Inspections are conducted Monday-Thursday.  Monday inspection request must be received by 4 p.m. Thursday.  There will be NO same day inspections.
  • For questions, call 970-485-5193 or email


Blue River Building Department FAQ's

  • Does my project require a building permit?
    • Permits Required for: Staining, sheds, new construction, additions, remodeling, garages, electrical, plumbing, tree removal, some landscaping, fences, excavation, roofing,  and siding.  When in doubt, call Town Hall to verify before starting work.
  • How can I request an inspection?
  • Where can I find a Building Permit Application?
    • On the Building Permit tab.
  • Do I need a business license to do work in Blue River?
    • Yes.  Anyone doing business in the Town of Blue River is required to have a business license.  Please check out our Licensing/Taxes page.
  • What Building Code(s) does Blue River abide by?
    • Internation Residential 2012 Code.  Check additional information under our Town Code page, chapter 18.
  • How do I obtain a permit?
    • You may email your application to or stop by Town Hall at 0110 Whispering Pines Circle, Blue River.
  • ​More questions about building in Blue River?  Call 970-485-5193 or