Building Permits

Starting August 1, 2023, The City of Wheat Ridge will be enforcing the 2023 National Electric Code, as adopted by the State of Colorado. All plans and permits submitted on and after this date will be subject to this code. All plans and permits before this date will be subject to the 2020 National Electric Code. 

For Permitting Information, check here: Online Permit Submittal

For quickest assistance, please email [email protected].

For Inspection Information, check here: Inspections

When Do You Need A Permit?

A building permit is required for new construction, additions, or alterations. Examples of projects that require building permits are: 

  • New buildings
  • Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU)
  • Room Additions
  • Demolition and Asbestos Abatement
  • Roofing 
  • Decks
  • Porch Covers
  • Hot tubs and swimming pools (in-ground & above ground, over 24" deep)
  • Retaining walls (over 4' high or supporting a surcharge)
  • Storage Sheds (over 120 SF of floor area)
  • Signs
  • Exterior irrigation systems
  • Interior remodels
  • Basment 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

To obtain a permit as a homeowner doing your own work please contact [email protected] and ask for the information.

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 

Zoning Permits & Exemptions from Building Permit

Permits are not normally required for painting or minor repairs. Certain work is exempt from building permit; however, zoning code requirements still apply.

Trash enclosures, painted signs, wall signs, and certain permanent outdoor recreational equipment are all exempt from building permit but require a Zoning Permit. This allows Zoning Division staff to review the project for compliance with applicable regulations. Learn more about these kinds of projects or apply online for a zoning permit.

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, Option 1.


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.