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Building Department

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. (Sec. 21-7,Idaho Springs Municipal Code)

The permitting process begins at City Hall. Before applying for a Building Permit, read about the permitting and inspection process HERE.

For Technical Questions about Commercial Permits, or for Questions regarding the Building Code, please contact Safebuilt.

Notice regarding Electrical License Contemporaneous Review Guidelines

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Projects requiring Permits

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

All Residential Construction must have a building permit and a City licensed contractor unless the home owner is personally doing 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 2018 edition of the International Building Codes and the 2020 version of the National Electric Codes (NEC).

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The following projects do NOT require a permit:

Bathroom fixture replacement (no plumbing line replacement)
Concrete Flat Work
Fences not over 6 ft. if they meet zoning and setback requirements
Installation of Alarm Systems not requiring new wiring
Minor electrical repair including replacement of fixtures
Move-able cases, counters and partitions not over 5 Feet
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 Feet  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

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

Safebuilt Contact Information

Contact Safebuilt ONLY for Technical Questions about Commercial Permits, or for Specific Questions regarding the Building Code.All other Permitting Questions should be directed to City Hall.

Safebuilt Main Office
(303)450-8748 (Inspection Line)
Fax: (303)565-9103
11701 Community Center Dr.
Northglenn, CO 80233

Available Resources

Permit and Inspection Process
Accessory or Temporary Structure
Basement Finish Guide
Clear Creek Fire Authority Handout
Deck Guide
Commercial Remodel
Demolition Guides
Electrical License Review Guidelines
Home Additions Guide
Homeowners Acknowledgement Form
Inspection Request Information
Patio Covers and Carports Guide
Photovoltaic Solar System Requirements
Pre Application Plan Review
Re-Roof Guide
Residential Pool Guide
Residential Roofing Requirements
Restaurants and Commercial Kitchens

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