Due to COVID-19, the Community Planning & Permitting Department is providing most services virtually. Our physical office in Boulder is currently closed, but staff is available for virtual appointments. Schedule an appointment.
Building Safety & Inspection Services
Building Safety & Inspection Services Information
The Boulder County Community Planning & Permitting 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 Building Safety & Inspection Services Team provides information regarding the Boulder County Building Code Amendments, and administers and enforces building codes in unincorporated Boulder County.
- Building Publications
- Building Inspections
- Building Permit Records Search
- Building Permits
- Building Permit Search and Statistics
- Board of Review
- Boulder County Building Code Amendments
- Boulder County BuildSmart
- Contractor Licensing in Unincorporated Boulder County
- Municipality Contacts Within Boulder County
- EZ BP Program for Residential Building Permits
- Fire Code Review Committee
- Building FAQs
- Community Planning & Permitting Staff Directory
- Licensed Contractors Serving Boulder County
Building Permit Submittal Requirements
In an effort to reduce the amount of time required for building permit approval, the items required for a building permit application have changed. Any building permit application requires two paper copies of construction plans and one digital version of the files submitted on a thumb drive.
Please submit one digital file per requested building permit. For example, a new house with a detached garage would be submitted on two separate files, with each permit application (one new house, one detached garage) 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.
If you cannot find an answer to a specific question, submit your question through the Ask a Building Official webform. A Building Official will then research your question and answer within the business day.
Building Code Adoption & Amendments
Boulder County has updated and amended the building code adoptions to the latest 2015 editions of the International Codes. Boulder County Building Code Amendments, which went into effect on January 1, 2016, 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.
Flood Recovery Information
The Flood Rebuilding & Permit Information Center is a resource for those facing rebuilding following 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 Rebuilding for information on minor flood restoration and repair to residential structures.