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Building Safety & Inspection Services

The Flood Rebuilding & Permit Information Center is a resource for those facing rebuilding following the the 2013 Flood, and is staffed by functional experts in onsite wastewater (septic) systems, floodplain regulations, transportation (driveways, roads & bridges), planning and building codes. Review 2013 Flood Restoration and Repair for information on minor flood restoration and repair to residential structures.

Building Safety & Inspection Services Information

The Boulder County Land Use Department issues building permits for unincorporated areas of Boulder County. If you have a question regarding building, code enforcement, planning or zoning within a town or city in Boulder County, please contact the municipality directly. View Municipality Contacts Within Boulder County.

The Boulder County Land Use Building Safety and Inspection Services Team provides information regarding the Boulder County Building Code Amendments, and administers and enforces building codes in unincorporated Boulder County.

Tuesday Plan Review Office Hours in Effect

Plan review services by the Building Safety and Inspection Services Team are currently unavailable on Tuesdays. Building permits that require a plan review and counter questions will not be accepted on Tuesdays. If you need to verify what type of process you need, please contact the Building Safety & Inspection Services Team at 303-441-3926. Building code questions can be answered by calling 720-564-2640.

Over the counter EZBP building permits are available on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. See the EZBP program for more information.

Building Permit Submittal Requirements

In an effort to reduce the amount of time required for building permit approval, the Boulder County Land Use Department has changed the items we require for a building permit application. Any building permit application associated with a project that has completed planning review and approval will require two paper copies of construction plans and one CD of the electronic PDF files. Jamestown residents are asked to submit three paper copies and one CD.

Please submit one CD per requested building permit. For example, a new house with a detached garage would be submitted on two separate CDs, with each permit application containing its own set of plans in a PDF file. Separate PDF files are requested for the construction plans, HERS rating, soils report, and water and sewer documentation. Please place all pages of each document into one PDF, i.e., all construction plans should be in one PDF file, rather than having one PDF per page.

If your project did not go through a planning process and a CD is not being provided as part of your submittal, three paper copies of construction plans are required.

If your project did not require a planning process, please feel free to submit to this new format as well.

Building Code Adoption & Amendments

Boulder County has updated and amended the building code adoptions to the latest 2012 editions of the International Codes. These changes, which went into effect on January 1, 2013, apply to construction on properties located in the unincorporated portions of Boulder County (outside of the cities and towns), although plan reviews and inspections are currently performed in the Town of Jamestown. Please see Resolution 2012-50 - Amendments to the Boulder County Building Code for changes to the Code.

Please contact the Building Safety & Inspection Services Team at 303-441-3926 or if you have questions or need additional information about this change.

If you cannot find an answer to a specific question, submit your question through the Ask the Building Official webform. A Building Official will then research your question and answer within the business day.


Land Use Building Safety and Inspection Services

Main: 303-441-3926
Fax: 303-441-4856

Courthouse Annex Building

2045 13th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. M-F (Closed Tuesdays 8 a.m.-10 a.m.)
Plan review services for building permits are not available on Tuesdays.
Building permits can be applied for and issued until 4 p.m.
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Mailing Address

PO Box 471
Boulder, CO 80306