Framing Stage of Building Construction 

Building Safety & Inspection Services

Visit for information regarding road closures, applying for FEMA disaster assistance, and debris management.

Boulder County Damage Assessment Teams, including building inspectors, Assessor's and debris management staff, are determining the conditions of homes and other structures damaged by the flood. The County damage assessments are more involved than the field work being conducted by FEMA, Local Fire Districts and the Red Cross. These assessments include preliminary structural inspections to help property owners identify potential hazards and determine if homes can be occupied or are unsafe and should not be entered.

Residents are encouraged to report damage to your property as this will aid the Assessment Teams in their work.

Thank you for your patience and understanding of our office and inspection closures directly following the devastating flood event. Because of the impact the flood has had on our communities, we are sure you have many questions as to what permitting and inspections are going to look like for current projects, prospective projects, and permits for properties affected by the flood.

The Flood Rebuilding & Permit Information Center is a resource for those facing rebuilding, and is staffed by functional experts in onsite wastewater (septic) systems, floodplain regulations, transportation (driveways, roads & bridges), planning and building codes.

Flood Permits:
  • At this time, we are not requiring permits for simple drywall repairs (water levels less than 15 inches in the basement), insulation replacement and carpet, or other finish floor replacement.
  • We are issuing restoration and repair permits over the counter and will not be charging any fees, although we are required to charge county use taxes. These permits are for flood repairs such as basement finishing, interior remodel, window replacement due to flood damage. To apply, please use our Building Permit application and also fill out the 2013 Flood Recovery, Restoration and Repair Permit form before applying in-person at our office. For EZBP applications (furnace/boilers, water heaters, electrical repairs, reroof, siding, gas line repair, and plumbing), please be sure to indicate in the project description when a project is flood-related so that it will be 1st priority and so that we don’t charge fees other than county use taxes.
  • Any structural repairs of existing structures will need to be evaluated by a Colorado licensed engineer, and require signed and sealed plans and a plan review. This cannot be done over the counter, but we will work to get those permits reviewed and issued as quickly as possible.
  • Issues regarding the rebuilding or repair of destroyed or severely damage structures that are located in the floodplain, or especially in the floodway, will take more time. If a building is eventually permitted to be repaired or rebuilt, it will need to meet current FEMA floodplain development standards. As more information becomes available, we will update you.
Review 2013 Flood Restoration and Repair for information on minor flood restoration and repair to residential structures.

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.

Full-service Tuesday office hours will be restored as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please contact the Building Safety & Inspection Services Team at 303-441-3926 if you have questions or need additional information about this change.

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.

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 require a planning process, please feel free to submit to this new format as well.

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.

We believe in providing the best in public service, so thank you for making this change with us. Please contact the Building Safety and Inspection Services Team at 303-441-3926 if you have questions or need additional information about this change.

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 public information regarding the Boulder County Building Code Amendments processes and applications, and administer and enforce building codes in unincorporated Boulder County.

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 get an answer back to you within the business day.


Land Use Building Safety and Inspection Services

Main: 303-441-3925
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.
Building permits can be applied for and issued until 4 p.m.
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Mailing Address

PO Box 471
Boulder, CO 80306