Building Permits

Doing Business at City Hall? Starting August 19, Allow a Little More Time

In order to ensure a safe and secure environment for our customers, staff and community, changes are underway at City Hall.

Beginning August 19, visitors to City Hall will be asked to check in at the reception desk and show a government issued photo ID. This will be required of visitors before proceeding to meeting rooms, the building permit counter, the business license desk and City Clerk’s office. There will be no change to visitors arriving for court or to pay fees at the Court window or for those obtaining services at the Police Department’s records window. Please allow a few extra minutes when conducting business at City Hall.

Thank you for your patience as we implement this additional security designed to increase the safety of our staff as well as everyone conducting business with the City of Wheat Ridge.

When Do You Need A Permit?

A building permit is required for new construction, additions, or alterations. You must apply for a permit in person at City Hall between 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Examples of projects that require building permits are: 

  • Exterior irrigation systems
  • Interior remodels
  • Basement and tenant finishes
  • Electrical service changes
  • Air conditioners and swamp coolers
  • Carports
  • Awnings (extending over 54" from exterior wall)
  • Furnace, boiler, and water heater replacement
  • Window change or alterations
  • Siding
Homeowner Notarized Document - Official Certification of Property Owner Permit

Building Record Information
Permit Copies & Inspection Results

To find building record information, Select "Browse Community Development Archive" > Building Division > Address Files > Select Street Name > Select Property Address

Exemptions from Building Permit

Permits are not normally required for painting or minor repairs. Effective August 1, 2010, certain work is exempt from building permit; however, zoning code requirements still apply. For zoning code requirements, contact the Planner of the Day. If you are uncertain as to whether a permit is needed, contact Building and Inspection Services at (303) 235-2855.


If you do work, or have work done, without a required permit, you will be in violation of the City of Wheat Ridge Municipal Code, Chapter 5, Article II, Division 2. Delays and additional fees or costs may be incurred.