Municipality Location and General Contact Information


Address
201 W Colfax Ave
Denver CO 80202
Website
https://www.denvergov.org
Phone
720-865-2705
Building Department information for City of Denver, CO

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City of Denver, CO - Building Department Information


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Building and Related Codes and Amendments

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Building projects in Denver are required to comply with the latest version of the National Electrical Code (NEC) adopted by the State of Colorado, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Code 72, international codes for building and fire safety developed by the International Code Council (2015 ICC Codes), and the 2016 Denver Building and Fire Code (DBC). The DBC contains Denver's amendments to the adopted ICC codes. These amendments address needs and issues specific to the City and County of Denver. For this reason, the DBC is also often referred to as "Denver Building Code Amendments" or "DBCA."

For extra clarity on code requirements, Denver's building code policies (located below) provide detailed descriptions of how to handle certain situations that are not clearly addressed within current codes.

Denver Building and Fire Code

The current Denver Building and Fire Code (DBC) was adopted March 7, 2016, became effective September 12, 2016, and was amended on December 19, 2016, and May 7, 2018. The DBC contains all the Denver amendments to the adopted ICC codes. For this reason, it is often also called the "Denver Building Code Amendments" or "DBCA." The amendments address needs and issues specific to the City and County of Denver.

Download the 2016 Denver Building and Fire Code »

NOTE ON NEW CODE TRANSITION

Prior to the 9/12/16 effective date of the 2016 DBC, customers seeking building permits could specify whether they wanted to submit their applications under the 2011 code or the 2016 code. As the effective date has now passed, all submittals must adhere to the 2016 code unless special permission has been granted by the Denver building official (see side panel for instructions).

2015 ICC Codes

Denver has adopted the 2015 ICC codes listed below. You are responsible for ensuring that your project complies with ICC codes as well as Denver's amendments to the ICC codes (which are found in the 2016 Denver Building and Fire Code).

The links below will take you to an external site hosted by the International Code Council (ICC).

Commercial Building Guides

The following guides are available for download in PDF format:

Commercial Building Permit Guide UPDATED FEBRUARY 2018. Guideline of requirements for commercial projects, information on related permits, and collection of required forms. February 2018 update includes instructions for submitting by email.
Electronic Signatures Guide A how-to guide with screenshots for creating a valid electronic signature using Adobe Acrobat or BlueBeam Revu. (All building plans submitted to CPD electronically must include a valid electronic signature.)
Slide Deck: Navigating Commercial Permitting Presentation from July 26, 2017. Navigating the permitting process for commercial projects.
Expanded Prep Demo Overview Permit path enabling an expedited construction start for certain commercial tenant-finish projects
Administrative Modification Request "Admin mod" application form and instructions

Master/TA guide for production homebuilders

Submittal instructions and checklists for Master plan and Type-Approved (TA) single-family homes, duplexes, and townhomes built under the International Residential Code (IRC).
DEH Plan Review Application UPDATED APRIL 2017. This application is used to conduct an Environmental Health review of proposed new and extensively remodeled retail food establishments/commercial kitchens, marijuana-infused product (MIP) kitchens, and marijuana dispensaries. It should be used in conjunction with the 2016 Commercial Building Permit Guide (above).
Restaurant Guide Old resource. Use the Commercial Building Permit Guide and DEH Plan Review Application (above) instead.
Concept Phase Overview A brief overview of the Concept Phase of Plan Review
Concept Phase Submittal Checklist Submittal checklist for the Concept Phase
Formal Phase Overview A brief overview of the Formal Phase of Plan Review
Formal Phase Submittal Checklist for Site Plans Submittal checklist for the Formal Phase
Final Recordation Phase Overview A brief overview of the Final Recordation Phase of Plan Review
Plan Amendments Guide How to apply for an amendment to an approved plan
Pool Permitting Guide Permitting guide for residential and commercial pools, spas and water features
PUD/PBG Site Plan Rules and Regulations The process and requirements for site plan review of Planned Unit Developments/Planned Building Groups
Total Demolition Guide Step-by step procedures for demolition of residential and commercial structures.

Adopting the 2016 DBC

As part of Denver’s adoption of the 2015 ICC codes for building and fire safety, city officials led a public process to identify any potential Denver-specific amendments to the codes. Adoption of the codes ensures Denver's regulations are in line with the latest building safety standards worldwide.

Adoption process: The 2016 DBC was officially adopted by Denver's City Council on Monday, March 7, 2016, and signed by Mayor Hancock on Thursday, March 10, 2016.

Code Amendment Proposals

To view final edited versions of all proposed amendments to the Building Code, click on the PDF links below:

About the amendments: The proposed Denver amendment package was based on review of all amendment proposals by the Building Code Review Committee and the Fire Code Review Committee. The second step of the code process involved the Building and Fire Code Amendment Task Force.

Public comment: Members of the public and anyone who submitted proposals reviewed at the committee level (those approved and denied), were invited to request that specific code sections be called out for modification or further discussion by the task force. Click drop-down link below for a listing of all public comment requests received.


Permit Information and Forms

The information below is taken from the City of Denver, CO website


Most building projects in the City and County of Denver including new construction, remodeling and repairs require general construction permits to allow construction, and then trade-specific permits for each part of the project.

Before permits are issued, a building permit plan review is required to evaluate the projects. Visit our Permit Counter webpage for counter hours and service descriptions, and instructions for how best to apply to each service.

Building Permits and Applications

Form Name Description
Permit #1C General commercial building permit for new buildings, additions & change of occupancy. Development Services staff will provide and verify this form in person.
Permit #1R General residential construction permit. Development Services staff will complete or verify this form upon verification of application contents.
Permit #2 Quick Permit - Application for a general permit for roofing, siding, fascia/soffit, and blown-in insulation
Permit #3 Quick Permit - Application for an electrical permit
Permit #3A - Alarm Permit Application for installation of a commercial fire alarm system
Permit #3B Application for an access control permit
Permit #4 Quick Permit - application for a plumbing & gas piping permit
Signs Zoning permit Application for a commercial sign permit
Permit #7 Application for a permit for: steam/hot water boilers, radiation for heating systems and commercial A/C
Installation of a Sprinkler System Application for a commercial fire suppression (sprinkler) installation permit
Permit #11 Quick Permit - Application for a mechanical permit to install forced-air furnaces, ventilation and air conditioning and gas piping
Total Demolition Guide Contains the demolition application form and other forms required for total demolition of a residential or commercial structure
Address Assignment Card Application to request assignment of an address
Hazardous Materials Hazardous materials reporting and permits in Denver

Fire Permits

Permits Required for New Construction
All fire permits related to any commercial construction project in new or existing structures in the City and County of Denver are handled by the Fire Prevention Division.

For more information, see the Fire Prevention page or contact the Denver Fire Department to learn about what permits you need and when you need to call for inspections and testing.

Permits Required for Existing Structures
All existing business occupancies in the City and County of Denver are required to have an annual inspection for the purpose of maintaining a Life Safety Operating Permit. These occupancies include, but are not limited to:

  • hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other medical centers
  • schools, daycare facilities and other recreational or educational centers
  • apartment and condominium buildings
  • industrial and manufacturing facilities
  • retail stores, business offices, dining and entertainment establishments

For more information, see the Fire Prevention page or contact the Denver Fire Department to learn about what permits you need and when you need to call for inspections and testing.

Fire Permit Fees
For information about fire permit fees, see the Fees page.

Commercial Building Guides

The following guides are available for download in PDF format:

Commercial Building Permit Guide UPDATED FEBRUARY 2018. Guideline of requirements for commercial projects, information on related permits, and collection of required forms. February 2018 update includes instructions for submitting by email.
Electronic Signatures Guide A how-to guide with screenshots for creating a valid electronic signature using Adobe Acrobat or BlueBeam Revu. (All building plans submitted to CPD electronically must include a valid electronic signature.)
Slide Deck: Navigating Commercial Permitting Presentation from July 26, 2017. Navigating the permitting process for commercial projects.
Expanded Prep Demo Overview Permit path enabling an expedited construction start for certain commercial tenant-finish projects
Administrative Modification Request Application information and supplemental guidelines

Master/TA guide for production homebuilders

Submittal instructions and checklists for Master plan and Type-Approved (TA) single-family homes, duplexes, and townhomes built under the International Residential Code (IRC).
DEH Plan Review Application UPDATED APRIL 2017. This application is used to conduct an Environmental Health review of proposed new and extensively remodeled retail food establishments/commercial kitchens, marijuana-infused product (MIP) kitchens, and marijuana dispensaries. It should be used in conjunction with the 2016 Commercial Building Permit Guide (above).
Restaurant Guide Old resource. Use the Commercial Building Permit Guide and DEH Plan Review Application (above) instead.
Concept Phase Overview A brief overview of the Concept Phase of Plan Review
Concept Phase Submittal Checklist Submittal checklist for the Concept Phase
Formal Phase Overview A brief overview of the Formal Phase of Plan Review
Formal Phase Submittal Checklist for Site Plans Submittal checklist for the Formal Phase
Final Recordation Phase Overview A brief overview of the Final Recordation Phase of Plan Review
Plan Amendments Guide How to apply for an amendment to an approved plan
Pool Permitting Guide Permitting guide for residential and commercial pools, spas and water features
PUD/PBG Site Plan Rules and Regulations The process and requirements for site plan review of Planned Unit Developments/Planned Building Groups
Total Demolition Guide Step-by step procedures for demolition of residential and commercial structures.

Licensing Information

Welcome to the Denver Business Licensing Center, the official website for the Department of Excise and Licenses. Information regarding Sales Tax ,FDA, Lodger's, Occupational Privilege Tax, Special Event Sales Tax, Telecommunication Business Tax, and or Property Tax; please contact the Treasury. If you do not see your type of business on our index, we cannot issue a license to you.

Not every business requires a license. If your business license and or type of business is not listed below, you may not need a Denver business license from our agency. If you are a contractor and need a license, visit the Community Planning & Development site, or visit the State of Colorado for state business licensing requirements.


 

Additional Information

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