When do I need a permit?

A building permit is required for new construction, additions, or alterations. The need for a permit is reviewed on an individual basis, based on municipal and building code requirements. To find out if your project requires a permit review the Building Permits webpage and/or contact Building & Inspection Services at (303) 235-2855.

Trash enclosures, painted signs, wall signs, and certain permanent outdoor recreational equipment are all exempt from building permit but require a zoning permit.

Driveways do not require a building permit but usually require a right-of-way permit. Contact the Public Works Department to learn more.

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1. How do I obtain a building permit?
2. How do I request an inspection?
3. How long is my permit valid?
4. What is a Certificate of Occupancy / Completion?
5. What codes does the City of Wheat Ridge enforce?
6. When do I need a permit?
7. What type of building permit is needed to cover different types of work?
8. How do I apply for a building permit?
9. How long will it take to get a permit?
10. What is the best way to submit over-the-counter building permits?
11. Can homeowners submit their own drawings?
12. How much will a building permit cost?
13. How do I determine my valuation of work?
14. What type of payment do you accept?
15. How do I check the status of my permit?
16. What time are the inspectors in the office?
17. Does the city license contractors?
18. Who is required to obtain a contractors license?
19. What are the city’s testing requirements for licensing?
20. Does the city accept other cities’ licensing/testing?
21. What are the City’s roofing requirements?
22. How can I find out what specific policies and procedures have been adopted by the City's Building Division?
23. How can I obtain building records for a property address?
24. Do I need a permit to install, widen, or modify a driveway?