Fire Restrictions are in effect for western Boulder County. No fireworks, open fires in areas shown on map. View the flyer for details.

Many County services are being offered online. Additionally, a variety of resources are available for those impacted by COVID-19.

Building Safety & Inspection Services

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Building Safety & Inspection Services

In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Boulder County Community Planning & Permitting Department physical office is CURRENTLY CLOSED to the public. Most staff members will continue to work from home until further notice. View the Notice of Emergency Actions, March 23, 2020

Online applications for both Planning Reviews and Building Permits are now available at:

www.boco.org/CPP-application-submittal

Applications will be reviewed remotely, and we are convening Pre-application Conferences via telephone or video. We look forward to providing these online services and further developing systems that will serve applicants now and beyond this event.

Please email the appropriate area in our department with questions or for more information:

Building Code & Building Plan Review
Building Permits & Contractor License Applications
Building Inspections
Code Compliance / Zoning Enforcement
Front Desk
Floodplain Permits
Liquor Licensing
Marijuana Licensing
Planning / Zoning
Special Events
Transportation Development Review
Transportation Multimodal Planning

General inquires may be submitted via the Ask A Planner form, or call 303-441-3930 to leave a message for staff.

When the office does reopen, measures will be implemented to protect visitors and staff. Some of those measures may include limiting public access to the building, adjusting hours, and continuing to provide many services remotely.

We thank you for your adaptability in this time.

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 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.

Contact Us

Building Safety & Inspection Services

Email: Ask a Building Official
Main: 303-441-3926
Fax: 303-441-4856

Courthouse Annex Building

2045 13th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
Hours:
CLOSED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS PRECAUTIONS
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Mailing Address

PO Box 471
Boulder, CO 80306
www.BoulderCounty.org