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Subject:

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
CLASIFICATION OF CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATION

Approved:

Scott Prisco, AIA, Building Official

Number:

ADMIN 120A

Reference:

Issued Date:

March 21, 2016

Page:

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ADMIN Section 120

LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS


General. There shall be various classes of licenses and an electrical registration, with
quallifications as set forth by the Building Official, and the holder thereof shall be authorized to
perform the following:
1. Building Contractor Class A (General Contractor ICC Classification). To erect, add to,
alter,, demolish or repair any building or structure. All work shall be performed under the
supervision of the holder of a Class A Construction Supervisor Certificate.
2. Building Contractor Class B (Building Contractor ICC Classification). To erect, add
to, alter or repair any building or structure of the following construction types:
A. Types I or II limited in height to less than a high rise and in area to that allowed for a
Type III building.
B. Type III, IV or V buildings.
The demolition of any one and two-dwelling unit buildings or one-story building or
structure is permitted. The contractor may install nonbearing partitions, do interior finish
work, or replace windows from the interior side in any type of building or structure. All
work shall be performed under the supervision of the holder of Class A or B Construction
Supervisor Certificate.
3. Building Contractor Class C (Residential Contractor ICC Classification). To erect, add
to, alter or repair one and two family dwellings, U Occupancy buildings and attached
single unit dwellings (townhouses). The demolition of any one and two-dwelling unit
building or U Occupancy building or structure is permitted. All work shall be performed
under the supervision of the holder of Class A, B or C Construction Supervisor
Certificate.
4. Building Specialty Contractor Class D. To perform building construction work which
is covered by the Code, but is not assigned to any other license listed in this section. All
work shall be performed under the supervision of the holder of the particular Class D
Supervisors Certificate. Those building construction activities shall be approved
separately and shall include but not be limited to the following:
Antennas. Antennas attached to buildings or freestanding. This includes antenna
towers. Not allowed to alter any structural members of a building.
Building insulation.
Concrete and foundations. Combined excavating, shoring, piles, caissons and
drilled shafts and cast-in-place concrete.
Concrete reinforcing steel placers. Placement of reinforcing bars, pre- or posttensioning steel, bar supports and welded wire fabric for reinforced concrete
construction.
Curtain walls. Installation of curtain walls and storefronts.

Subject:

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
CLASIFICATION OF CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATION

Approved:

Scott Prisco, AIA, Building Official

Number:

ADMIN 120A

Issued Date:

March 21, 2016

Page:

2 of 10

Custom size replacement windows. Work limited to townhouses, one and two
family dwelling unit buildings not requiring any structural alterations.
Drainlayer.
Drywall.
Fence structures.
Fire doors.
Fireproofing. Application of fireproofing materials.
Handicap accessible ramp.
High piled storage racks.
Inside tap and backflow preventer.
Lath and plaster.
Lathing, plastering and dry wall. Installation of all lathing, plastering and dry wall
including the installation of nonbearing partitions, stucco or exterior texturing of
buildings or structures and suspended ceiling systems.
Masonry. Laying and forming all types of masonry.
Material handling equipment.
Metal roof.
Non-Structural Residential Remodel. The specifications for this type are two years
of field experience in framing, drywall, and finish work. This is for single-family,
duplex or town home properties for residential basement finish, and kitchen and bath
remodels only. This is for Non-Bearing and Non-Structural work only.
Open deck. Including supporting foundation and attachment to buildings. Does not
allow construction of shade devices or roof structures. Work to be done only on one
and two family dwellings.
Outdoor stage erection: Erection of outdoor stages, mobile stages, platforms or
reviewing stands.
Overhead doors.
Pneumatic tubes.
Power-operated door installers.
Pre-cast concrete building units. The erection of precast concrete structural units.
Prefabricated patios, carports, canopies and awnings.
Raised access floor.
Retaining walls.

Subject:

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
CLASIFICATION OF CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATION

Approved:

Scott Prisco, AIA, Building Official

Number:

ADMIN 120A

Issued Date:

March 21, 2016

Page:

3 of 10

Roof covering and waterproofing. Installation of commercial and residential roof


coverings, including valleys, gutters, downspouts and waterproofing.
Roofing-Shingles only. Installation of residential shingle roof systems.
Scaffold erection.
Security bars, grills and grates.
Siding.
Sign Erection (Non-Electrical). The specifications for this type are Two years of field
experience in installing wall and ground signs not exceeding 200 square feet or
exceeding 10 feet in height.
Structural metals. The fabrication and erection of structural metal members for all
buildings or structures.
Suspended accoustical ceilings.
Swimming pools. Installation of swimming pools required by this Code.
Temporary prefabricated mobile buildings. Setting up temporary buildings.
Tenant finish (Commercial). Interior nonbearing and nonstructural work only.
Four (4) years of field experience as a supervisor or general contractor in commercial
tenant finish work.
Tile, marble, sandstone, granite, terrazzo, chemical broadcast and troweled
floor finish systems. Install and remove from existing construction.
Waterproofing/Dampproofing.
Water service. To install or repair service lines and appurtenances from the
corporation cock on the main up to and including:
A. The first valve downstream of the meter, for an inside meter setting; or
B. The first valve inside the structure, for an outside meter setting.
This license shall not permit the installation of the water meter. All work shall be
performed by or under the supervision of the holder of a Water Service Supervisor
Certificate or a State of Colorado Master Plumbers License.
Wood Framing. The fabrication and erection of wood framing for all types of
buildings.
5. Access Control System Contractor. Access Control System Contractor to install, add
to, alter or repair control units, electric door hardware, wiring and raceways electrically
interconnected to control and regulate ingress and egress. Voltages shall not exceed 48
volts or the system shall be power limited as defined by the National Electric Code.
Complete conduit or raceway systems shall not be installed by the holder of this license.
All work shall be performed under the supervision of the holder of an Access Control
Supervisors Certificate. A certified supervisor shall be present at all work sites at all
times that work is being performed.

Subject:

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
CLASIFICATION OF CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATION

Approved:

Scott Prisco, AIA, Building Official

Number:

ADMIN 120A

Issued Date:

March 21, 2016

Page:

4 of 10

6. Boilermaker Contractor. To install, assemble or repair steam and hot water boilers, all
pressure and nonpressure vessels, precipitators, breeching, metal stacks, plates and
casings. All work shall be performed under the supervision of the holder of a
Boilermaker Supervisor Certificate.
7. Demolition Contractor Class A. To demolish any building, structure, utility or portion
thereof. All work shall be performed under the supervision of the holder of a Class A
Demolition Supervisor Certificate.
8. Demolition Contractor Class B. To demolish any building not more than 30 feet in
height. All work shall be performed under the supervision of the holder of a Class A or B
Demolition Supervisor Certificate.
9. Electrical Registration. Performs all work authorized by the Registration issued by the
State of Colorado.
10. Electrical Signal Contractor. To install, add to, alter or repair electrical wiring and
equipment for fire alarm, fire detection, emergency voice communication systems,
electrical signaling and control wiring. Voltages shall not exceed 48 volts or the system
shall be power limited as defined by the National Electrical Code. The holder of this
license shall not install complete conduit or raceway systems. All work shall be performed
under the supervision of the holder of an Electrical Signal Supervisor Certificate.
11. [F]Fire Protection Contractor Class A. To install, add to, alter or repair fireextinguishing systems of all types. All work shall be performed under the supervision of
the holder of a Class A Fire Protection Supervisor Certificate.
12. [F]Fire Protection Contractor Class B. To install, add to, alter or repair automatic fire
sprinkler and standpipe systems of all types. All work shall be performed under the
supervision of the holder of a Class A or Fire Protection Supervisor Certificate.
13. [F]Fire Protection Contractor Class C. To install, add to, alter or repair approved
nonwater, factory engineered extinguishing systems. All work shall be performed under
the supervision of the holder of a Class A or C Fire Protection Supervisor Certificate.
14. Gas Service Contractor. To install, add to, alter or repair the following equipment, which
utilizes gas or liquid fuel:
A. Gas and liquid fuel piping.
B. Gas and liquid fuel controls.
C. Commercial cooking equipment.
D. After burners.
E. Ranges.
F. Dryers.
G. Conversion burners.
H. Venting of domestic water heaters, dryers and incinerators.

Subject:

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
CLASIFICATION OF CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATION

Approved:

Scott Prisco, AIA, Building Official


ADMIN 120A

Number:

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Issued Date:

March 21, 2016

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Water heaters not exceeding 100 MBtu input.

J. Low voltage wiring which does not exceed 48 volts and is not enclosed in a conduit
or raceway.
All work shall be performed under the supervision of the holder of a Gas Service
Supervisor Certificate or a Heating and Ventilating Class A Supervisor Certificate.
15. Heating and Ventilating Contractor Class A. To install, add to, alter or repair warm
air heating, venting, ventilation, evaporative cooling, exhaust systems and their
appurtenances, ductwork, dust collection systems, domestic and commercial range hoods,
water heaters not exceeding 100 Mbtu input, gas piping; burners, controls and venting,
trash and laundry chutes; exterior sheet metal, duct insulation, low voltage wiring which
does not exceed 48 volts and is not enclosed in a conduit or raceway and maximum of 10
tons of refrigeration when it is utilized for comfort cooling and the refrigerating system is
self-contained. This refrigeration shall not include systems with precharged lines or
separate air-cooled condenser or chilled water systems. All work shall be performed
under the supervision of the holder of a Class A Heating and Ventilating Supervisor
Certificate.
16. Heating Ventilating Air Conditioning Contractor (Residential Only) To install, add
to, alter or repair, in one or two-family dwellings, townhomes or U Occupancies only, 1)
Heating and Ventilating - warm air heating systems and their appurtenances, ductwork,
ventilation, evaporative cooling, duct insulation, exterior sheet metal, gas piping, burners,
venting and controls, water heaters not exceeding 100 Mbtu input, and low voltage
wiring which does not exceed 48 volts and is not enclosed in a conduit or raceway; or 2)
Air Conditioning refrigeration systems consisting of self-contained refrigeration
systems of 5 tons or less, and the installation of precharged systems utlizing Group 1
Refrigerants and gas-fired absorption chillers. All work shall be performed under the
supervision of the holder of a Heating and Ventilating Contractor Class A or Heating
Ventilating Air Conditioning Supervisor Certificate.
17. Hot Water Contractor. To install, add to, alter or repair, in one or two-family
dwellings, townhomes or Group U Occupancy only, hot water heating systems and their
appurtenances, solar water heating, water heaters, gas piping and controls, pipe insulation
and low voltage wiring which does not exceed 48 volts and is not enclosed in a conduit or
raceway. All work shall be performed under the supervision of the holder of a Steam and
Hot Water or Hot Water Supervisor Certificate.
18. Moving Contractor. Moving of all types of buildings or structures. All work shall be
performed under the supervision of the holder of a Moving Supervisor Certificate.
19. Plumbing Contractor Class A. To install, add to, alter or repair sanitary plumbing,
potable water supply piping and appliances connected thereto, storm sewer, gas piping,
water heaters, gas ranges, domestic gas incinerators, swimming pool and spa piping, solar
plumbing utilized for potable water, and all medical gas and vacuum systems in health
care facilities. All work shall be performed under the supervision of the holder of a State
of Colorado Master Plumbers License.

Subject:

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
CLASIFICATION OF CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATION

Approved:

Scott Prisco, AIA, Building Official

Number:

ADMIN 120A

Issued Date:

March 21, 2016

Page:

6 of 10

20. Refrigeration Contractor Class A. To install, add to, alter or repair refrigeration
systems and appurtenant cooling towers, pipe insulation and low voltage wiring which
does not exceed 48 volts and is not enclosed in a conduit or raceway. A permit or license
is not required for the installation of self-contained window type air conditioners. All
work shall be performed under the supervision of a Class A Refrigeration Supervisor
Certificate.
21. Sign Contractor. To, install, erect or maintain all types of signs unless exempt by
Section 130.4. All work shall be performed under the supervision of the holder of a Sign
Supervisor Certificate.
22. Steam and Hot Water Contractor. To install, add to, alter or repair steam and hot
water heating systems, solar water heating; process piping and related appurtenances;
piping used for the transmission of chemicals, gases, air and other products; all items
regulated by the Mechanical and Plumbing Code for boilers, pressure vessels, steam and
water heating systems and process piping; low-static gas-fired unit heaters; industrial
ovens; burners; controls; piping and controls utilizing gas, liquid or solid fuel; water
heaters; pipe insulation and low-voltage wiring which does not exceed 48 volts and is not
enclosed in a conduit or raceway. All work shall be performed under the supervision of
the holder of a Steam and Hot Water Supervisor Certificate.

Subject:

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
CLASIFICATION OF CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATION

Approved:

Scott Prisco, AIA, Building Official

Number:

ADMIN 120A

Issued Date:

March 21, 2016

Page:

7 of 10

SUPERVISOR CERTIFICATE OF QUALIFICATION


A Supervisor Certificate for the particular work to be performed shall permit the holder to be a
Supervisor under the licenses listed in the below table.
CLASSIFICATION OF SUPERVISOR
Contractor License
Building Class A

Supervisor Certificate Required


Construction Class A

Building Class B
Building Class C
Building Class D
Access Control System
Boilermaker
Demolition Class A
Demolition Class B
Electrical Registration

Construction Class A or B
Construction Class A, B or C
Construction Class D
Access Control System
Boilermaker
Demolition Class A
Demolition Class B
NOT REQUIRED

Electrical Signal
Fire Protection Class A

Electrical Signal
Fire Protection Class A

Fire Protection Class B


Fire Protection Class C

Fire Protection Class A or B


Fire Protection Class A or C

Gas Service
Gas Service or Heating and Ventilating Class A or B
Heating & Ventilating Class A
Heating & Ventilating Class A
Heating
Ventilating
Air Heating & Ventilating Class A or Heating Ventilating Air
Conditioning
Conditioning
Hot Water
Hot Water or Steam and Hot Water
Moving
Moving
Plumbing Class A
State of Colorado Master Plumbers License
Refrigeration Class A
Refrigeration Class A
Sign
Sign
Steam and Hot Water
Steam and Hot Water
Water Service
Water Service or State of Colorado Master Plumbers License

Subject:

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
CLASIFICATION OF CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATION

Approved:

Scott Prisco, AIA, Building Official


ADMIN 120A

Number:

Issued Date:

March 21, 2016

Page:

8 of 10

JOURNEYMAN AND OPERATOR CERTIFICATE OF QUALIFICATION


General. Unless otherwise provided for in this Section or in this Code, all journeymen and
operators required to be certified shall perform that work permitted under the provisions of
licenses for a particular type of work. The work permitted by the certification shall be performed
in the employ of the licensee as hereinafter set forth.
Journeyman Certificate of Qualification. A Journeyman Certificate of Qualification shall be
required in the following trades and shall entitle the individual to work only in the trade for which
he is certified under a Certified Supervisor:
1. Journeyman Boilermaker Certificate. Permits the installation and erection of steam
and hot water boilers, pressure vessels, precipitators, incinerators, breeching, chimneys,
plate and casings. The holder of this Certificate may perform this work only in the
employ of a Boilermaker Contractor.
2. Journeyman Electrical Signal Certificate. Permits the installation of electrical wiring
and equipment for fire alarm, fire detection, emergency voice communication system,
and electrical signaling and control wiring. Voltages shall not exceed 48 volts or the
system shall be power limited as defined in the National Electrical Code. Complete
conduit or raceway systems shall not be installed by the holder of this Certificate. The
holder of this Certificate shall perform this work only in the employ of an Electrical
Signal Contractor.
3. Journeyman Gas Service Certificate.
equipment utilizing gas or liquid fuel:

Permits the installation of the following

A. Gas and liquid fuel piping. The low-voltage wiring permitted by this Certificate shall
apply to gas or liquid fuel-fired appliances only. The holder of this Certificate may
perform this work only when in the employ of a Gas Service Contractor or a Heating
and Ventilating Contractor Class A or B.
B. Gas and liquid fuel controls.
C. Commercial cooking equipment.
D. Afterburners.
E. Ranges.
F. Dryers.
G. Conversion burners.
H. Venting of domestic water heaters, dryers and incinerators.
I.

Water heaters not exceeding 100 Btu input.

J. Low-voltage wiring which does not exceed 48 volts and is not enclosed in a conduit
or raceway.
4. Journeyman Heating Ventilating Air Conditioning Certificate.
Permits the
installation of 1) Heating and Ventilating - warm air heating, ductwork, ventilation and

Subject:

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
CLASIFICATION OF CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATION

Approved:

Scott Prisco, AIA, Building Official

Number:

ADMIN 120A

Issued Date:

March 21, 2016

Page:

9 of 10

evaporative cooling, exterior sheet metal, water heaters not exceeding 100 Mbtu input,
gas piping, burners, venting and controls, exhaust systems and appurtenances thereof, and
low-voltage wiring which does not exceed 48 volts and is not enclosed in a conduit or
raceway; or 2) Air Conditioning refrigeration systems and appurtenant cooling towers,
pipe insulation, and low voltage wiring which does not exceed 48 volts and is not
enclosed in a conduit or raceway. The holder of this Certificate may perform this work
only in the employ of a Heating and Ventilating Contractor Class A or Heating
Ventilating Air Conditioning Contractor.
5. Journeyman Steam Fitter Certificate. Permits the installation of steam and hot water
heating systems; solar water heating; process and industrial piping and related
appurtenances; piping used for the transmission of chemicals, gases, air, milk and other
products transmitted through piping; and all items regulated by the Mechanical and
Plumbing Code for boilers, pressure vessels, steam and water heating systems and
process piping; low-static gas-fired unit heaters; industrial ovens; burners, piping and
controls utilizing gas; low-voltage wiring which does not exceed 48 volts and is not
enclosed in a conduit or raceway; commercial cooking equipment; commercial
incinerators; and afterburners. The holder of this Certificate may perform this work only
in the employ of a Steam and Hot Water Contractor or a Hot Water Contractor.
Stationary Engineer and Operator Certificates. It shall be unlawful to operate any of the
following equipment without the personal attendance of a properly Certified Stationary Engineer
or a properly Certified Operator:
1. Any steam boiler and appurtenances thereto, steam pumps, steam turbines, and steam
engines where the steam pressure is in excess of 15 psi working pressure and where the
equipment produces a total of 10 boiler horsepower or more at Denver altitude.
2. Water heating systems when the water temperature exceeds 250 degrees F. in the system.
3. Refrigeration systems having manual or semiautomatic control with charges of 1500 lbs.
or more of Safety Group A1 or B1 refrigerants as outlined in the Mechanical Code.
4. Built-up grouping of multiple refrigeration units where the refrigeration system charge is
1500 lbs. or more of Safety Group A1 or B1 refrigerants as outlined in the Mechanical
Code.
5. Refrigeration systems utilizing refrigerant other than Safety Group A1 or B1 as defined in
the Mechanical Code and which contains a charge of 200 lbs. or more. NOTE: As used in
this Section, "semiautomatic" shall mean plants or systems which are provided with
automatic safety controls by manual load proportioning controls requiring other than
seasonal adjustments.
Exception:
Personal attendance shall not be required for refrigeration units, which are categorized in
items 3 and 4 that:
1. Have fully automatic safety controls which will shut down the unit when any one of
the following conditions are detected:

Subject:

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
CLASIFICATION OF CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATION

Approved:

Scott Prisco, AIA, Building Official

Number:

ADMIN 120A

Issued Date:

March 21, 2016

Page:

10 of 10

A. Excessive pressure in condenser.


B. Excessive amperage draw.
C. Improper voltage balance.
D. Minimum temperature protection in evaporator.
2. Are located in a mechanical room that is in compliance with IMC Chapter 11.
3. Have immediate auto-dial notification to an approved constantly attended location.
4. Have annual testing and calibration of all operating and safety controls as required by
the manufacturers' specifications. Records shall be maintained and available for
inspection by this Agency and the Fire Department.
5. Have refrigerant vapor detectors that have local audible or visible alarm located
inside and outside of the refrigeration equipment room.
6. Have all safety controls that have individual manual reset to be reset only by a
Certified Stationary Engineer, Refrigeration Operator or Refrigeration
Journeyman/Supervisor. The control limits shall be as required by the manufacturers
specifications for the specific refrigeration unit.
Stationary Engineer Certificate. Permits the holder to take charge of and operate all steam
boilers and appurtenances hereto, steam pumps, steam turbines, steam engines and mechanical
refrigeration systems.
Boiler Operator Certificate, Class A. Permits the holder to take charge of and operate all steam
boilers and appurtenances, steam pumps, steam turbines and steam engines.
Boiler Operator Certificate, Class B. Permits the holder to take charge of and operate all steam
boilers and appurtenances, steam pumps, steam turbines and steam engines containing a steam
pressure between 15 and 100 psi and where the equipment produces a total of between 10 and
100 horsepower at Denver altitude.
Refrigeration Operator Certificate.
mechanical refrigeration systems.

Permits the holder to take charge of and operate

END OF DOCUMENT

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

SMALL COOLER AND FREEZER ROOM CONTRACTORS AND PERMITS

Approved:

Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official

Number:

ADMIN 120B

Reference:

Effective Date:
Revised:

November 01, 2004


October 17, 2011

Page:

1 of 1

ADMIN Section 120

Scope: This policy makes provision for the issuance of permits to contractors not licensed as
Class A or Class B Construction Contractors for the erection of small cooler and freezer rooms.
Definition:
COOLER AND FREEZER ROOMS, SMALL: Cooler and freezer rooms, rectangular in plan, no
more than 12 feet in height with a width not to exceed 12 feet.
Policy:
Class A Refrigeration Contractors may be issued a #7 Boiler and Commercial A/C permit to
construct small cooler and freezer rooms of pre-manufactured foam plastic insulated panels
having aluminum or corrosion-resistant steel covering.
END OF DOCUMENT

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
BUILDING & ZONING PERMIT POLICY
Subject: COMPLETE SUBMITTALS REQUIRED UNDER THE RESIDENTIAL

(SINGLE-FAMILY & DUPLEX) PERMITTING GUIDE

Scott Prisco, CPD Building Official


Michael OFlaherty, CPD Zoning Administrator
DBC Policy Number: DBC ADMIN 130
Effective Date: March 1, 2016
DZC Policy Number: DZC Admin Policy 2016-1 Revised Date: None
Approved:

Page: 1 of 1

References: Denver Building Code, Chapter 1 (Administration), Section 130, Permits and
Inspections; Denver Zoning Code, Sections 12.3.3.3 (Application Contents),
12.3.3.7 (Complete Applications Required for Processing), and 12.4.1
(Zoning Permit Review); Former Chapter 59, Article II (Administration and
Enforcement)
Scope. This policy establishes the minimum submittal requirements for complete
applications for building and/or zoning permits required for all new residential projects
required to be logged in for review (see related Building Permit Policy Admin 131).
Policy. The Community Planning and Development Department will accept zoning
and/or building permit applications for logged-in single-unit and duplex Residential
Projects only if the minimum submittal requirements stated in the Residential
Permitting Guide have been met.
Purpose. This policy furthers Denvers goals to provide predictable, efficient, and
coordinated review of all new residential development projects. This policy enables
more efficient residential project reviews by avoiding unnecessary delays due to
incomplete applications or missing information, while supporting the publics interest in
full compliance with Denvers zoning and building codes. Permitting customers are
benefitted because complete submittals reduce time spent ensuring application
packages are ready for review and reduce the number of review rounds, resulting in
faster issuance of required permits.
Link to Denver Residential (Single-Family & Duplex) Permitting Guide:
https://www.denvergov.org/content/dam/denvergov/Portals/696/documents/Guides/
PermittingGuide_ResidentialSFDuplex.pdf
End of Document

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

EXCAVATION AND SHORING for IRC Structures

Approved:

Ed Kocman, P.E., Interim Building Official

Number:

ADMIN 130.2A

Effective Date:
Revised:

September 26, 2008


October 17, 2011; June 1, 2015

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1 of 1

Reference: ADMIN Section 130.2, IBC and IBCA Section 3307


Scope: This policy establishes the conditions, procedures and specific submittal requirements for the
review and inspection of shoring for any structure designed and permitted under the International
Residential Code, including additions and accessory structures.
Policy: When excavations for construction would result in slopes to the walls of the excavation exceeding 1.5 feet
horizontal to 1 foot vertical, o r as indicated in the geotechnical investigation report, shoring is necessary which
must be designed by a licensed engineer and permitted. Permitting for shoring may be included in the submittal for
a construction permit, but shall be issued separately as a shoring only permit for the excavation and shoring.
Shoring specific submittals. Shoring submittal shall include:
1. One copy of geotechnical investigation report with banking/shoring evaluation bearing the Colorado
registered seal and signature of the soils engineer of record.
2. One set of the shoring design calculations and two sets of the shoring construction documents
prepared and sealed by a Colorado registered professional engineer.

Construction documents must show adjacent property lines, distance of shoring installation
from the property lines, and any structures that are within 10 feet of the proposed shoring.
The adjacent structures shall include those on adjacent properties if within the 10 feet.

Shoring design shall reference the soils report and provide recommendations on the type of
shoring based on that soils report.

3. Submit evidence of notification to adjacent property owners per IBCA Section 3307.1.1.
4. Provide name and phone number of designated special inspector/engineer inspecting
installation of shoring.
5. Copy of the Excavation Bond approval from the Department of Public Works, Right- of-Way Permitting
for those excavations that extend within one foot of the angle of repose, or a slope of one to one, to
any public sidewalk, street, alley or other public property, per the provisions of IBCA Section 3307.3.
6. Other information required for completion of permit application.
Prior to excavation or shoring a pre-inspection is required. Before starting any excavation or shoring work, the
contractor shall meet the Building Inspection Division Construction Inspector on site to review
construction/excavation procedures, including but not limited to, fencing and signage, as well as compliance with
and appropriateness of the shoring plan. Use the automated Inspection Request System to schedule this inspection.
Special inspection is required. The owner must hire the special inspector.
Finaling the shoring. Once the required shoring has been inspected by the Special Inspector and the concrete and
reinforcement is in place, the shoring piers have been given the required time to cure (usually 7 days) and the
excavation is completed, contact the Building Inspection Division to schedule a final inspection. The special
inspector shall provide a report of their inspection of the shoring installation with an original wet stamp of an engineer
which shall be provided to the Construction Inspector at the time of final inspection.
Once the shoring has obtained its final sign off from the Building Inspection Division Construction Inspector, then
the permit for the construction of the structure may be issued.

END OF DOCUMENT

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

INDEPENDENT THIRD PARTY ROOFING INSPECTION

Approved:

Scott V. Prisco, AIA, Building Official

Number:

ADMIN 130.2B

Reference:

Effective Date:
Revised Date:

August 19, 2008


March 21, 2016

Page:

1 of 2

Admin 130.2

Scope. This policy establishes the requirements for utilizing independent third-party roofing
inspections to verify code compliant installation of new roofing. Independent third-party roofing
inspections may also be used for the inspection of re-roofing of existing one and two-family
dwellings and their accessory structures between November 6, 2015 and June 30, 2016.
Policy. An owner has the option to utilize the traditional inspection process, where a Building
Inspection section, Construction Inspector performs the roofing inspections, or, upon written
request, the Building Official may allow the owner to use an independent third-party inspector
consistent with this policy. The independent third-party inspections cannot be performed by an
employee of the building owner or contractor that completed the roofing construction work being
inspected.

Inspector qualifications. To be an independent third-party inspector the individual must meet


one of the following requirements:
1. Be a Colorado registered design professional that has experience and expertise in the
installation and inspection of roofing systems of the type being installed,
2. Hold a current Registered Roof Consultant (RRC) certification and have five years
experience in the type of roofing being inspected,
3. Hold a current Building or Combination Inspector certification issued by the International
Code Council or other inspector certification subject to the approval of the Building
Official,
4. Been previously employed by a building department or other recognized inspection
services company to perform roofing inspections on the type of roofing system being
installed, or
5. Be an authorized representative of the roofing system manufacturer that inspects the
installation and is responsible for issuance of the manufacturers warranty certificate.
Inspection company. An independent third-party inspection company shall provide to the owner
documentation of its experience and expertise to perform inspections on roofing systems of the
type being installed. The inspection company shall demonstrate that it has provided adequate
training for its inspector(s) and has a supervisory and quality control process in place to oversee
the work being performed by their inspection personnel. Inspections performed by persons not
individually qualifying as inspectors shall be supervised by a qualified inspector as noted in the
above inspector qualifications.

Owner responsibilities. The owner electing to use the independent third-party inspection
alternative shall secure a Roofing permit, obtained by a contractor licensed in the City & County
of Denver and submit a signed letter of request to the Building Official. This shall be completed at

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

INDEPENDENT THIRD PARTY ROOFING INSPECTION

Approved:

Scott V. Prisco, AIA, Building Official

Number:

ADMIN 130.2B

Effective Date:
Revised Date:

August 19, 2008


March 21, 2016

Page:

2 of 2

the same time as the permit submission. The independent third-party inspector or company shall
be employed by the owner.
The letter of request shall provide:
a. the addresses of all of the buildings to be inspected under the independent thirdparty inspection alternative.
b. the name(s) of the inspector or inspection company that will be performing the
inspections.
c. The documentation of qualifications provided by the independent third-party
inspector/inspection company.
Inspection reports. The independent third-party inspector / inspection company shall submit a
written inspection report to the Building Inspection section, Construction Inspector after the
inspections are completed, noted deficiencies have been rectified, installation has been
completed, and approved by the inspecting company. A separate inspection report shall be
submitted for each roofing permit, containing the following information:
1. Address of the building,
2. Permit number and date of issue of the roofing permit,
3. Date that the inspections were completed and approved,
4. Name and contact information for the inspectors and the independent third-party
inspector / inspection company performing the inspections,
5. Printed / typed name and signature of the owner or authorized representative,
6. Name(s) and signature(s) of the independent third-party inspector and the inspection
supervisor, and
7. Copy of the signed manufacturers warranty shall be attached to the report.
8. Verification that the roof has been installed in accordance with all code requirements.
Refer to attached sample check list (format may vary, but all items must be verified at a
minimum) and roof guidelines which shall be incorporated into the report.
Note: This report must be submitted to the Chief Trades Inspector-Construction Section
within seven days of the final inspection. These documents must be hand delivered.
END OF DOCUMENT

Encl.

#1 Sample Third-Party Roof Inspection Checklist


#2 Residential Roofing Guidelines

Third-Party Roof Inspection Checklist


Check list to be completed by third-party inspector and delivered to:

Chief Construction Inspector


201 West Colfax, Dept. 205
Denver, CO 80202
Building Address_________________________________________________________
Permit #________________________________________________________________
Date of issuance__________________________________________________________
Date of inspection completion/approval________________________________________
Name of person/company performing inspection: ABCO CONSTRUCTION SERVICES CORPORATION
Statement: The roofing system for the referenced building has been inspected and found to be in general
compliance with the minimum requirements of the City of Denver Building Code and in general conformity of the
manufacturers recommendations and specifications.
7. Builder/Owner:

SA

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.

Name____________________________________________________________
Signature_________________________________________________________

8. Name and signature of third-party inspector:

Name____________________________________________________________
Signature _________________________________________________________

X = Observed N/A = Not Applicable

E
PL

9. Type of inspector
ICC certified inspector
Third-Party Inspection Company

Eve, drip metal, parapet cap flashing correctly installed.


Kick-out flashing installed as required.
Flashing at sidewall and headwall correctly sized and installed.
Roof ventilation installed as required.
Crickets installed as required.
Curbs for mechanical equipment flashed and sealed.
Exposed fasteners sealed with approved sealant.
B-vent caps are installed and terminate minimum of 12 inches above the roof.
Plumbing vents terminate minimum of 6 inches above the roof and installed with a standard roof jack or
manufacturer-recommended detail.
Shingles are free of breaks and cracks.
Sidewall flashing is installed with step flashing.
Equipment placed over roofing support by 8 inch legs or pads, which does not inhibit the flow of water
from the roof.
All vertical projections through the roof surface are flashed and sealed as required.
Valleys are constructed and installed as required. Metal valley liners not permitted in closed valleys.

Development Services
Inspection Services
201 West Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80202
p: 720-865-2505
f: 720-865-2675
denvergov.org/developmentservices

Revision Date 8-28-15


Subject: Residential Roofing Guidelines
2009 IRC
2011 DBCA
**Note: If repairs are more than 10% of the roof square footage then the roof repair needs a
building permit. Denver allows only 2 layers of roofing. If there is 2 or more layers, including
the new roof then all layers need to be removed down to the decking.
Below are the some of the requirements for Residential Asphalt shingle roofs. For all the
requirements see the 2009 IRC and 2011 Denver Amendments.
Denver Building Code for New roofs and re-roofs for Residential 1 and 2 family Asphalt
shingle roofs are:
From the 2009 IRC and the 2011 DBCA (Denver Building Code Amendments)

(Note: The Denver Building Code started using the 2009 IRC (International Residential Code) and the 2009 IBC
(International Building Code) effective 10-17-2011.)

Residential Asphalt Shingle codes:


1) Low slope flat roofing: (R905.5.2 / 2011 DBCA)
Modified rolled roofing or other appropriate systems such as EPDM is required for areas under
2/12 on 1 & 2 Family Dwellings. Exception: The code allows 90# rolled roofing on accessory
structures and porches and patios open on 3 sides down to 1/12 (Warning: The manufacturers
typically dont warranty 90# rolled roofing below 2/12).
2) Wind speed requirements:

For one and two family dwellings.


Per the 2009 IRC, Section R905.2.4.1 Wind resistance of Asphalt Shingles:
All shingles shall be tested and labeled to comply with the
requirements of ASTM D 7158, or if the brand of shingles are not
included in the scope of ASTM D 7158, then they must be tested and
labeled to comply with ASTM D 3161 for the - 90 / 100 / 110 mph Wind
Speeds for Denver. (per TableR301.2(1) in the 2011 DBCA)
Wind Speed Centerlines are (per the 2011 DBCA section 1609.3)
Federal 90mph
Sheridan 100mph
Kipling 110mph.

3) Underlayment : (R907.2.7 / 2009 IRC)

Underlayment application:

For roof slopes from two units vertical in 12 units horizontal (17-percent slope), up to four
units vertical in 12 units horizontal (33-percent slope), underlayment shall be two layers
applied in the following manner. Apply a 19-inch (483 mm) strip of underlayment felt
parallel to and starting at the eaves, fastened sufficiently to hold in place. Starting at
the eave, apply 36-inch-wide (914mm) sheets of underlayment, overlapping successive
sheets 19 inches (483 mm), and fastened sufficiently to hold in place. Distortions in the
underlayment shall not interfere with the ability of the shingles to seal. For roof slopes of
four units vertical in 12 units horizontal (33-percent slope) or greater, underlayment shall
be one layer applied in the following manner. Underlayment shall be applied shingle
fashion, parallel to and starting from the eave and lapped 2 inches (51 mm), fastened
sufficiently to hold in place. Distortions in the underlayment shall not interfere with the
ability of the shingles to seal. End laps shall be offset by 6 feet (1829 mm).

Optional Low slope underlayment ( R905.2.7: From 2011 DBCA)


An accepted self-adhering polymer modified bitumen sheet {i.e. / Ice and Water shield (1
layer).} can substitute for a double underlayment installation.
4) Roof Sheathing:
SECTION R905 REQUIREMENTS FOR ROOF COVERINGS:
R905.1 Roof covering application: Roof coverings shall be applied in accordance
with the applicable provisions of this section and the manufacturers installation
instructions.
R905.2.1 Sheathing requirements: Asphalt shingles shall be fastened to solidly
sheathed decks.
Note: For maximum gap definition on 1X decking sheathed roofs consult the
Manufacturers Installation Instructions for the product you are installing. Which
are included as part of the Code per section R905.1.
5) Drip Edge:
Drip edge is required at gutters and exposed roof sheathing.
6) Ice and Water Shield around the eaves: Table R301.2(1)

Ice and Water Shield around the eaves is not required in Denver.

7) Valley Underlayment: R905.2.8.2


a) 3 wide 90 lb. rolled roofing

-2-

b) Ice and Water shield


c) Metal Flashing (only allowed in open valleys)

-3-

02/03/16
Approved Third-Party Roof Inspectors

Name

Company

Chuck White

SAFEbuilt

Jim Pepper

James R. Pepper, LLC

Richard A. Boon, PE

Construction Support Services, Inc.

Alan Wittren

Burgess Construction Consultants,


Inc.

Sean Clouse

Tile Roofs Only


Gary Manlove

ABCO Construction Services

JBA Consulting

Contact Information

303.220.8220
6901 S. Yosemite St
Suite 205
Centennial, CO 80112
303.917.8095
3755 Precision Drive, Suite 140
Loveland, CO 80538
cwhite@safebuilt.com
719.494.7768
15790 Candle Creek Dr.
Monument, CO 80132
Jim.pepper2013@gmail.com
303.221.1559
7901 S. Adams Way
Centennial, CO 80122
consupser@mac.com
303.300.4527
9033 East Easter Place
Suite 200
Centennial, CO 80112
awittren@burgess-inc.com
720.443.8260
PO Box 283
Larkspur, CO 80116
Gary.manlove@gmail.com

Subject:

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
PERMIT APPLICATION AND ISSUANCE

Approved:

Scott Prisco, AIA, Building Official

Number:

ADMIN 131

Effective Date:
Revised:

April 01, 2010


March 21, 2016

Page 1 of 4

Reference: ADMIN Section 131


GENERAL: Application for permits on commercial/multi-family and residential projects may be made in
one of three ways: Submission of plans for review in the Major Project Log, submission of plans for
review in the Intermediate Project Log, or same day review of plans at either the Commercial/MultiFamily Walk Through counter or Single-Family/Duplex Walk Through counter.
SCOPE: While the default method of application review is the Major Project Log review, this policy
establishes the criteria for determining what types of projects may be reviewed through the Intermediate
Project Log or as a same day review at the Walk Through counters.
DEFINITIONS:
Projects, Commercial. Activities requiring permits that involve the construction, alteration,
movement, enlargement, replacement, repair, equipment, use and occupancy, location,
maintenance, removal and demolition of a building or structure or any appurtenances connected
or attached to such buildings or structures occupied by commercial enterprises or as multi-unit
residential buildings governed by the International Building Code.
Projects, Residential. Activities requiring permits that involve the construction, alteration,
movement, enlargement, replacement, repair, equipment, use and occupancy, location,
maintenance, removal and demolition of a building or structure or any appurtenances connected
or attached to such buildings that are stand-alone structures housing a single dwelling unit
including duplexes (including side-by-side paired, attached single dwelling units), and townhomes
(attached one family dwelling units) governed by the International Residential Code.
POLICY:
Major Project Log Review: This is the default method of review. It is always appropriate, and preferred
that project applications are submitted for review on the Major Project Log, known as the Main Log for
commercial projects and the Residential Log for residential projects.
Commercial projects appropriate for the Major Project Log review include:
1. Large developments involving Project Coordinators
2. Construction of a large new building
3. Large additions to existing buildings
4. Large Accessory Structures
5. Major structural modifications to existing buildings
6. Large projects involving Change of Occupancy
7. Projects involving work in multiple buildings or multiple floors
8. Projects involving complicated fire/life safety issues (e.g. large occupant loads,
hazardous materials)

Subject:

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
PERMIT APPLICATION AND ISSUANCE

Approved:

Scott Prisco, AIA, Building Official

Number:

ADMIN 131

Effective Date:
Revised:

April 01, 2010


March 21, 2016

Page 2 of 4

Residential projects appropriate for the Major Project Log review include:
1. New house, tandem house, townhouse or duplex
2. New Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)
3. Additions greater than 400 square feet (additions less than 400 square feet shall be classified
as Intermediate Project Log review projects)
4. Projects requiring Landmark review
5. Projects requiring detailed structural review
Application for review of a Major Project will be accepted by appointment (required for any project that
involves a Project Coordinator) or during normal business hours at the Project Log-In counter. Log in
appointments available Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and are made by emailing
login@denvergov.org.
The initial department review of Major Project Log applications will be completed in 20 business days,
with any necessary re-review resulting from the correction of noted Code deficiencies completed in 10
business days. Upon review and acceptance of the permit application, in accordance with Sections 131
through 133 of the Denver Building Code (DBC), and collection of applicable fees per Policy Admin
138, a permit may be issued.
When other agency review is required, the Department shall communicate to the applicant each
applicable agency requiring additional permit submissions for simultaneous review. Each agency will
review the application for compliance with the agency standards within their own established
timeframe.

Subject:

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
PERMIT APPLICATION AND ISSUANCE

Approved:

Scott Prisco, AIA, Building Official

Number:

ADMIN 131

Effective Date:
Revised:

April 01, 2010


March 21, 2016

Page 3 of 4

Intermediate Project Log Review: Project applications of lesser complexity and/or scope, but requiring
multi-agency distribution may be reviewed as an Intermediate Project review, known as the Intermediate
Commercial Log for commercial, multi-family, and townhouse projects and the Intermediate Residential
Log for one- and two-family dwelling unit residential projects.
For commercial projects, this method of review is only allowable on projects with valuation between
$500,000.00 and $1,000,000.00, or with prior arrangement and approval from the Building Official,
such as:
1. Construction of a new, small building
2. Small additions to existing buildings
3. Small accessory structures
4. Minor structural modifications to existing buildings
5. Telecom towers
6. Small projects involving Change of Occupancy
For residential projects, this method of review is only allowable on one- and two-family dwelling unit
projects with prior arrangement and approval from the Building Official, or projects of intermediate
complexity, including:
1. New production home, Type Approved review of previously approved Master Plan
2. Zoning-Only review of one- and two-family dwelling unit projects
3. Additions 400 square feet or less
4. Attic Conversions
Application for review of an Intermediate Project will be accepted during normal business hours at the
Project Log-In counter. However, production home builders must schedule appointments to log in any
Master or Type approved projects (appointments Monday, Wednesday and Friday made by emailing
login@denvergov.org).
The initial review of Intermediate Project Log applications will be completed in 10 business days, with
any necessary re- review resulting from the correction of noted Code deficiencies completed in 5
business days. Upon review and acceptance of the permit application, in accordance with Sections 131
through 133 of the DBC, and collection of applicable fees per Policy Admin 138, a permit may be
issued.
When other agency review is required, the Department shall communicate to the applicant each
applicable agency requiring additional permit submissions for simultaneous review. Each agency will
review the application for compliance with the agency standards within their own established
timeframe.

Subject:

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
PERMIT APPLICATION AND ISSUANCE

Approved:

Scott Prisco, AIA, Building Official

Number:

ADMIN 131

Effective Date:
Revised:

April 01, 2010


March 21, 2016

Page 4 of 4

Same Day Walk Through Review: Project applications of the lowest complexity and/or scope, or with
the approval of the Building Official, may be reviewed with a same day Walk Through Review. Because
of the rapid review times required, only very simple projects will be reviewed in this way. If, at any point in
the review the reviewing engineer/technician finds the project to be too complex, or lacking information
required to allow approval, the project must be logged in for review on the Intermediate Residential or
Main Project Log.
Commercial projects with a total construction valuation of less than $500,000.00, and that do not
require approval from any other agency, may be approved through a Walk Through Review. Approval
from each reviewing discipline (Architectural, Structural, Mechanical, Plumbing, Electrical, and where
applicable Fire and Waste Water) is required for issuance of a permit. Such projects include:
1. Tenant finish in retail and business occupancies
2. Temporary offices
3. Non-structural repair due to water or fire damage
4. Minor structural work related to emergency like-for-like repair of existing buildings, that is not
the result of collapse or a Notice/Order from the City
5. Limited non-structural remodel within a single IBC Occupancy Group R-1, R-2 or R-3 dwelling unit
6. Installation of signs
Residential projects for one- and two-family dwellings of the lowest complexity that do not require
approval from any other agency, may be approved through a same day Walk Through Review. Such
projects include:
1. Fence and/or retaining wall
2. Minor residential interior remodel (such as kitchen, bath, etc.)
3. Basement finish
4. Patio covers
5. Decks
6. Patio enclosure
7. Car port
8. Windows, Exterior Door (new or altered openings, non-Landmark)
9. Non-structural repair due to water or fire damage
10. Detached garages
The following types of commercial or residential projects, unless specifically allowed under the Same
Day Review heading above, CANNOT be Same Day Reviews:
1. New construction of additions to existing buildings or residences
2. Projects involving any change of occupancy or use
3. Projects involving structural modifications to an existing building or residence
4. Projects involving education or institutional occupancies (day-care, assisted living, etc.)
5. Projects in a food service establishment
6. Projects in warehouses or manufacturing facilities
7. Marijuana plant husbandry and extraction operations
Upon review and acceptance of the permit application, in accordance with Sections 131 through 133 of
the DBC, and collection of applicable fees per Policy Admin 138, a permit may be issued.
END OF DOCUMENT

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject: PREPARATORY DEMOLITION, NON-STRUCTURAL FRAMING, ELECTRICAL, MECHANICAL,
PLUMBING, FIRE SUPPRESSION, AND FIRE ALARM PERMIT(S) - for Tenant Finish Projects Only
Approved: Scott V. Prisco, AIA - Building Official
Number: ADMIN 131.2

Effective Date: 11/10/2015


Revised Date: 3/21/16

Page 1 of 5

Reference: ADMIN Section 131


GENERAL: Provide an alternative permitting process that allows an expedited construction start for
limited project types. This process will allow construction to begin, for a limited amount of work, prior
to issuance of the full commercial construction building permit. This early start will enable a project to
begin some construction while drawings are still under permit review. This will assist developers,
owners, and construction teams to better deal with the potential delays and enormous volume of
commercial projects awaiting review and approval.
SCOPE: While the standard method of issuing building permits is to do so only after full permit review
and acceptance by CPDs Development Services and other applicable city agencies, this method would
allow an interior demolition, non-structural rough framing, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, fire alarm
and fire suppression permit(s) to be issued in certain circumstances for certain project types in
compliance with the policy below. These permits are only applicable to commercial tenant finish
projects (International Building Code Group B or M occupancies only, plus some aspects of S1 and S2
occupancies as outlined specifically below). However, this provision would not be applicable if any one
(or more) of the following conditions apply:
The project is in a Landmark structure or district,
This project contains any type of marijuana use,
Any type of other space within the project that is an occupancy different from Group B or M, or
limited S1 and S2 as listed below and change of occupancy is required, or
A change of occupancy from the previous tenant is required.
S1 and S2 Occupancies specific criteria:
Includes existing building and newly approved core and shell buildings that are submitting for
TI office space only and tenant separation wall only.
Facilities must have ESFR fire suppression system and functioning fire alarm system.
Note #1: First time building occupancies may be considered, but must request approval from the
Building Official prior to making a submittal for a permit under this policy.
Note #2: Refer to Commercial Permitting Handbook 2016 Denver Building and Fire Code for asbestos
regulations.
DEFINITIONS:
Preparatory demolition and non-structural framing permit and other trades permits are permits that
allow contractors to remove previously installed interior finishes and non-structural walls and removal

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject: PREPARATORY DEMOLITION, NON-STRUCTURAL FRAMING, ELECTRICAL, MECHANICAL,
PLUMBING, FIRE SUPPRESSION, AND FIRE ALARM PERMIT(S) - for Tenant Finish Projects Only
Approved: Scott V. Prisco, AIA - Building Official
Number: ADMIN 131.2

Effective Date: 11/10/2015


Revised Date: 3/21/16

Page 2 of 5

of any necessary mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire alarm and fire suppression; and install new nonstructural framing, one side of gypsum board, and the ceiling grid (but no ceiling tiles). Installation of all
rough electrical branch circuitry work (excluding switchgear, new service, new or replacement panels,
transformers, or UPS) will be allowed under a separate electrical permit pulled by a Denver licensed
electrical contractor once the preparatory demolition and non-structural framing permit has been
issued. This work may include rough electrical for power, lighting, fire alarm, or other minor work that
would normally be completed prior to a rough framing inspection. The mechanical and plumbing prep
permits allows the installation of ductwork, miscellaneous small above ceiling equipment, gas lines,
plumbing supply / waste lines, and vent lines. Please note this would not include any new mechanical or
electrical equipment requiring structural modification as this work requires completed plan review and
construction permits prior to the start of construction.
S1 & S2 projects shall only include non-structural framing of tenant demising walls in a warehouse which
includes framing and gypsum board on one side only. This includes under slab plumbing and backfill with
soil or sand, but not concrete until full permit is released and inspections have been completed and
approved. Includes warehouse restrooms, service only conduit through warehouse to tenant space,
installation of conduit and junction boxes for warehouse lighting. All other warehouse construction work
is excluded from this permit.
When requesting a preparatory construction permit for fire suppression and fire alarm systems; shop
drawings shall be included with the 100% construction documents as indicated below:

Fire Suppression and Fire Alarm System Shop Drawings are required for review by the Fire
Prevention Division for any modification(s) or change(s) to existing fire protection systems and
any new installations. The Fire Suppression or Fire Alarm System Shop Drawing(s) must include
all of the information listed within 2011 International Fire Code Amendments (IFCA)
Appendix K or 2015 IFCA Appendix N. If any portion does not apply, a note must be
provided on the plan stating that it is not applicable. If any portion of the requested
information is not provided or clarified, the plan will be returned for that provision or
clarification to be made and a re-examination fee may apply.

Fire suppression or fire alarm shop drawings shall be submitted concurrently when requesting a
preparatory construction permit.

Conditional fire suppression permit can be issued to the fire suppression contractor once the
preparatory construction permit has been issued.

Fire alarm conduit only permit can be issued to the fire alarm/electrical contractor for locations
where metallic conduct is required according to NFPA 70 or NFPA 72. This permit will be issued
once the preparatory construction permit has been issued.

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject: PREPARATORY DEMOLITION, NON-STRUCTURAL FRAMING, ELECTRICAL, MECHANICAL,
PLUMBING, FIRE SUPPRESSION, AND FIRE ALARM PERMIT(S) - for Tenant Finish Projects Only
Approved: Scott V. Prisco, AIA - Building Official
Number: ADMIN 131.2

Effective Date: 11/10/2015


Revised Date: 3/21/16

Page 3 of 5

Contractor(s) and owner shall be responsible for any and all field changes based on the Denver
Fire plan review correction comments.

POLICY:
Preparatory demolition, non-structural framing, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, fire alarm and fire
suppression permit(s) may be issued to a commercial tenant finish project (International Building Code
Group B or M occupancy (and limited S1 and S2 as noted above) meeting the scope defined above so
long as 100% construction documents have been logged in to Development Services for full building
permit review.
The first point of contact for this permit is at the Sewer Use and Drainage Permit (SUDP) counter to
determine whether a SUDP will be necessary based on the full scope of work. If a SUDP is not
necessary, a letter will be provided to the customer that must then be provided with the permit
application to the Commercial Architectural/Structural Walk Through counter. If a SUDP is required for
the full build-out, then only a preparatory demolition permit can be obtained, and the project will not
be eligible for an expanded preparatory demolition and non-structural framing permit under this
policy, unless the SUDP has already been received.
This permit(s) may be obtained at the Commercial Walk Through counter. In order for the permit to be
issued, the general contractor, electrical contractor, plumbing contractor, mechanical contractor, fire
alarm contractor and fire suppression contractor must provide the following information:
Names and license numbers of City and County of Denver licensed contractors that will be
working on the project,
Preparatory demolition and non-structural framing application,
Log number to prove the entire project has been logged in for review,
Acceptance (via issuance of the permits) that the permit(s) are being issued prior to full
review of the building permit submittal and is done at the contractors own risk as building
permit review may cause changes to some items that are installed under the preparatory
demolition and non-structural framing permit, and
The architect and engineers of record must submit formal affidavits, refer to attached
document(s), thus acknowledging that they have completed a self-certification of the
drawings and that to the best of their knowledge they comply with all current applicable
Federal, State and Local codes. Affidavits must be original documents (no photocopies or
scanned and printed completed forms will be accepted).
The Building Construction Inspector will conduct a preparatory demolition inspection as is typical of
preparatory demolition permits, but the inspection will not be considered final until the commercial
construction permit has been approved / released. This inspection will also ensure that no additional

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject: PREPARATORY DEMOLITION, NON-STRUCTURAL FRAMING, ELECTRICAL, MECHANICAL,
PLUMBING, FIRE SUPPRESSION, AND FIRE ALARM PERMIT(S) - for Tenant Finish Projects Only
Approved: Scott V. Prisco, AIA - Building Official
Number: ADMIN 131.2

Effective Date: 11/10/2015


Revised Date: 3/21/16

Page 4 of 5

work has been done beyond the scope allowed for in the preparatory demolition, non-structural
framing, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, fire alarm, and fire suppression permit(s).
All remaining inspections will occur once the complete commercial construction building permit and
any associated sub permits for electrical, mechanical, plumbing, fire alarm, and fire suppression have
been issued. Rough and final inspections will be completed only after the plans submitted for the
commercial construction permits are approved and all full permits are released and issued; to ensure
all work (even that done under the preparatory demolition, non-structural framing, electrical,
mechanical, plumbing, fire alarm, and fire suppression permits) meets what has been reviewed and
approved.
FEES:
As the framing and demolition will be included in the original plan set and thus fees already assessed,
there shall be a one-time separate walk through and permit fee for this expedited process in the amount
of $100. If electrical, mechanical, plumbing, fire alarm or fire suppression permits are required, there
will be an additional $100 fee for each permit.
If demolition costs were not included in the original project valuation, then that valuation shall be
submitted and walk through and permit fees assessed accordingly; but in no case shall the total walk
through and permit fees be less than $250.
STANDARD DEMO PERMIT COMMENT:
This permit is issued to allow the general contractor to do preparatory demolition and non-structural
framing work in accordance with ADMIN Policy 131.2, provided that permit drawings have been logged
in for review under XXXXXX (insert log number). The preparatory demolition and non-structural framing
permit will not be finaled until the full commercial construction permit has been issued to the general
contractor (this will occur after full plan review has been completed) and all subsequent required trade
permits have been issued. Issuance of this expedited partial permit is an acknowledgement by the
general contractor and owner that work being completed under this permit is at the general
contractors, sub-contractors, developers, and owners risk since building code review is not yet
complete and changes may be required to items installed under this partial permit subject to the
approved commercial construction plan set. Therefore, if work is required to be removed and/or
corrected and/or replaced, it is the sole responsibility of the contractor, their sub-contractors and the
developer and/or owner. The permitting office and the City and County of Denver will assume no
liability for work completed that requires corrective measures and/or remediation.

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject: PREPARATORY DEMOLITION, NON-STRUCTURAL FRAMING, ELECTRICAL, MECHANICAL,
PLUMBING, FIRE SUPPRESSION, AND FIRE ALARM PERMIT(S) - for Tenant Finish Projects Only
Approved: Scott V. Prisco, AIA - Building Official
Number: ADMIN 131.2

Effective Date: 11/10/2015


Revised Date: 3/21/16

Page 5 of 5

STANDARD ELECTRICAL PERMIT COMMENT:


This permit is issued to allow the electrical contractor to do preparatory electrical work in accordance
with ADMIN Policy 131.2, provided that permit drawings have been logged in for review under XXXXXX
(insert log number). The preparatory electrical permit will not be finaled until the full commercial
construction permit has been issued to the general contractor (this will occur after full plan review has
been completed) and all subsequent required trade permits have been issued. Issuance of this
expedited partial permit is an acknowledgement by the electrical contractor and owner that work being
completed under this permit is at the electrical contractors, developers, and owners risk since building
and electrical code review is not yet complete and changes may be required to items installed under this
partial permit subject to the approved commercial construction plan set. Therefore, if work is required
to be removed and/or corrected and/or replaced, it is the sole responsibility of the electrical contractor,
the developer, and/or owner. The permitting office and the City and County of Denver will assume no
liability for work completed that requires corrective measures and/or remediation.
STANDARD MECHANICAL AND PLUMBING PERMITS COMMENT:
This permit is issued to allow the mechanical and/or plumbing contractors to do preparatory mechanical
and plumbing work in accordance with ADMIN Policy 131.2, provided that permit drawings have been
logged in for review under XXXXXX (insert log number). The preparatory mechanical and/or plumbing
permits will not be finaled until the full commercial construction permit has been issued to the general
contractor (this will occur after full plan review has been completed) and all subsequent required trade
permits have been issued. Issuance of this expedited partial permit is an acknowledgement by the
mechanical and/or plumbing contractors and owner that work being completed under this permit(s) is
at the mechanical and/or plumbing contractors, developers, and owners risk since building and
mechanical and/or plumbing code review is not yet complete and changes may be required to items
installed under this partial permit subject to the approved commercial construction plan set. Therefore,
if work is required to be removed and/or corrected and/or replaced, it is the sole responsibility of the
mechanical and plumbing contractor, the developer, and/or owner. The permitting office and the City
and County of Denver will assume no liability for work completed that requires corrective measures
and/or remediation.
END OF DOCUMENT

Encl.

#1 Architectural Design - Affidavit


#2 Plumbing Design-Affidavit
#3 Electrical Design-Affidavit
#4 Structural Design-Affidavit
#5 Mechanical Design-Affidavit
#6 Permit application

Community Planning and Development


Development Services
201 W. Colfax Ave., Dept. 205
Denver, CO 80202
p: 720.865.2705
www.denvergov.org/DS

AFFIDAVIT
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN
Log Number: ________________________
To the Building Official, Community Planning and Development Department,
Regarding a project located at _____________________________________________.
I certify that to the best of my knowledge, information and belief, the plans and any calculations or computations
accompanying the application for the above log number, are in accordance with the requirements of the Denver Building
Code and all other pertinent laws and ordinances.

______________________________________
Architect print name

______________________________________

__________________

Architect sign name

Date
_______________________________________
License Number

______________________________________
Address

___________________________________
Phone and Email

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
State of Colorado
County of ________________
This instrument was acknowledge before me on (date) _________________ by (name or names of person or persons
acknowledging) ___________________-.
____________________________________
Notary Publics Signature

Community Planning and Development


Development Services
201 W. Colfax Ave., Dept. 205
Denver, CO 80202
p: 720.865.2705
www.denvergov.org/DS

AFFIDAVIT
ELECTRICAL DESIGN
Log Number: ________________________
To the Building Official, Community Planning and Development Department,
Regarding a project located at _____________________________________________.
I certify that to the best of my knowledge, information and belief, the plans and any calculations or computations
accompanying the application for the above log number, are in accordance with the requirements of the Denver Building
Code and all other pertinent laws and ordinances.

______________________________________
Engineer print name

______________________________________

__________________

Engineer sign name

Date
_______________________________________
License Number

______________________________________
Address

___________________________________
Phone and Email

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
State of Colorado
County of ________________
This instrument was acknowledge before me on (date) _________________ by (name or names of person or persons
acknowledging) ___________________-.
____________________________________
Notary Publics Signature

Community Planning and Development


Development Services
201 W. Colfax Ave., Dept. 205
Denver, CO 80202
p: 720.865.2705
www.denvergov.org/DS

AFFIDAVIT
MECHANICAL DESIGN
Log Number: ________________________
To the Building Official, Community Planning and Development Department,
Regarding a project located at _____________________________________________.
I certify that to the best of my knowledge, information and belief, the plans and any calculations or computations
accompanying the application for the above log number, are in accordance with the requirements of the Denver Building
Code and all other pertinent laws and ordinances.

______________________________________
Engineer print name

______________________________________

__________________

Engineer sign name

Date
_______________________________________
License Number

______________________________________
Address

___________________________________
Phone and Email

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
State of Colorado
County of ________________
This instrument was acknowledge before me on (date) _________________ by (name or names of person or persons
acknowledging) ___________________-.
____________________________________
Notary Publics Signature

Community Planning and Development


Development Services
201 W. Colfax Ave., Dept. 205
Denver, CO 80202
p: 720.865.2705
www.denvergov.org/DS

AFFIDAVIT
PLUMBING DESIGN
Log Number: ________________________
To the Building Official, Community Planning and Development Department,
Regarding a project located at _____________________________________________.
I certify that to the best of my knowledge, information and belief, the plans and any calculations or computations
accompanying the application for the above log number, are in accordance with the requirements of the Denver Building
Code and all other pertinent laws and ordinances.

______________________________________
Engineer print name

______________________________________

__________________

Engineer sign name

Date
_______________________________________
License Number

______________________________________
Address

___________________________________
Phone and Email

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
State of Colorado
County of ________________
This instrument was acknowledge before me on (date) _________________ by (name or names of person or persons
acknowledging) ___________________-.
____________________________________
Notary Publics Signature

Community Planning and Development


Development Services
201 W. Colfax Ave., Dept. 205
Denver, CO 80202
p: 720.865.2705
www.denvergov.org/DS

AFFIDAVIT
STRUCTURAL DESIGN
Log Number: ________________________
To the Building Official, Community Planning and Development Department,
Regarding a project located at _____________________________________________.
I certify that to the best of my knowledge, information and belief, the plans and any calculations or computations
accompanying the application for the above log number, are in accordance with the requirements of the Denver Building
Code and all other pertinent laws and ordinances.

______________________________________
Engineer print name

______________________________________

__________________

Engineer sign name

Date
_______________________________________
License Number

______________________________________
Address

___________________________________
Phone and Email

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
State of Colorado
County of ________________
This instrument was acknowledge before me on (date) _________________ by (name or names of person or persons
acknowledging) ___________________-.
____________________________________
Notary Publics Signature

Community Planning and Development


Development Services
201 W. Colfax Ave., Dept. 205
www.denvergov.org/DS

Denver, CO 80202
p: 720.865.2705

Preparatory Demolition and Non-Structural Framing Permit Application


To be provided to the Commercial Architectural Walk Through Permit Counter
1. Project address:
2. General Contractors license class, number, and company name:
3. Site contact provide name, phone number, and email address:
4. Log number for the complete drawing set:
5. Provide proof of a zoning use permit has been received for the space (via Zoning Use permit number):
6. Provide a brief description of how the space will be used and code analysis per DBCA to include the
following (it is not acceptable to say see log in plans or per code analysis on submitted set):
Construction Type of Building
Occupancy Classification
Height of Building & Number of Stories / Number of Basements
Gross Area in square feet for each occupant
Presence of Fire Alarm & Detection
Presence of Automatic Sprinkler system

7. Provide a brief description of the preparatory demolition that will be done under this permit

8. Provide a brief description of the non-structural framing (work as defined under ADMIN Policy 131.2)
that will be done under the permit

(continued)

10/22/15

Community Planning and Development


Development Services
201 W. Colfax Ave., Dept. 205
Denver, CO 80202

www.denvergov.org/DS

p: 720.865.2705

9. Provide the names and license numbers of any demolition subcontractors that will be completing
work under this permit (such as MEP to cut and cap utilities).
10. Provide a valuation for the prep demo and non-structural framing aspects of the work:
11. Provide a Company credit card or company check (for license verification if the original license is not
presented)
12. Sign to indicate your acknowledgement that this permit for preparatory demolition and nonstructural framing is being issued without any plan review. Plan review will be completed under
the above referenced log number, and changes may be necessary to any of the non-structural
framing work allowed per this permit to ensure compliance with the approved plans.
Signature must be from the contractors licensed supervisor certificate holder or verifiable as the
contractor companys owner, president, CEO or chief construction manager.

____________________________________
Print name

____________________________________________
Signature

____________________________________
Title

_______________________
Date

10/22/15

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

ISSUANCE OF OWNER-OCCUPIER (HOMEOWNER) PERMITS

Approved:

Scott V. Prisco, AIA, Building Official

Number:

ADMIN 131.3

Effective Date:
Revised Date:

August 20, 2009


April 13, 2016

Page: 1

of 2

Reference: ADMIN Section 131.3


Scope:
This policy is to establish the procedure for issuance of permits to an owner-occupier. This
policy also establishes who may assist the owner-occupier in obtaining owner-occupier
permits and performing work authorized under owner-occupier permits.
Definitions:
DESIGNATED WORKER. The individual who will be assisting the owner-occupier with the
owner-occupier permitted work and may assist the owner-occupier with the owner-occupier
exams. This individual cannot accept payment from the owner-occupier for services
rendered without written request and approval from the Building Official. The individual who
will be assisting the owner-occupier must be identified on the owner-occupier permit.
OWNER-OCCUPIER. The natural person listed in the Assessors records who owns and
occupies a single-unit dwelling, or who owns and occupies such single-unit dwelling they
wish to construct. This natural person must own and occupy as their domicile the single unit
dwelling for 12 months.
SINGLE-UNIT DWELLING. The primary (stand-alone) structure, housing a single dwelling
unit which is the domicile for the owner-occupier. Duplexes, townhomes (attached singleunit dwellings), condominiums, apartments, and commercial buildings are not single-unit
dwellings. Note: for the purposes of this policy, accessory dwelling units are not considered
singleunit dwellings.
Policy:
Owner-occupier permits may be obtained for a single-unit dwelling in the following circumstances:
1. The owner-occupier must be the individual seeking the permit and submitting to take the
exam. An individual who has been granted Power of Attorney by the natural person who owns
and occupies the single-unit dwelling may apply for a permit in the owner-occupiers name, by
providing the original, City Clerk recorded Power of Attorney to the permitting staff. However,
this individual who has been granted Power of Attorney may not assist with the exam or
perform the work unless they are the designated worker.
2. The owner-occupier of an existing single-unit dwelling may be issued permits and conduct
work on their own single-unit dwelling and accessory structures after agreeing to occupy the
dwelling for 12 months and passing discipline specific exams.
3. The owner-occupier of an existing single-unit dwelling may be issued permits and conduct all
work in the construction of new accessory structures (including detached garages) after
agreeing to remain in the dwelling for 12 months, and passing all applicable discipline specific
exams. Such permits shall only be issued to the owner-occupier once in any five (5) year
period.
4. The owner-occupier, who intends to construct a new single-unit dwelling and to occupy it for at
least 12 months, may be issued permits and conduct work on their new dwelling after passing
all applicable discipline specific exams. Such permits shall only be issued to the owneroccupier once in any five (5) year period.

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

ISSUANCE OF OWNER-OCCUPIER (HOMEOWNER) PERMITS

Approved:

Scott V. Prisco, AIA, Building Official

Number:

ADMIN 131.3

Effective Date:
Revised Date:

August 20, 2009


April 13, 2016

Page: 2

of 2

5. The owner-occupier must perform the work for which he/she has obtained the permit. In
performing the work authorized by the owner-occupier permit the owner-occupier may utilize
the assistance of the designated worker.
5a. When the owner-occupier wants to act in the capacity of General Contractor he/she must
request written approval from the Building Official. Such request must include the
name(s) of the property owners, the property address, statement that the owner intents to
live in the property for a minimum of 12 months after construction is complete and that
they will hire licensed (in the City and County of Denver) contractors to perform any work
that they are not doing themselves. All contractors, license numbers, names and
addresses must be submitted at the time of permit issuance.
6. To sit for the owner-occupier exam for the work to be performed the owner-occupier must
supply a current Colorado Photo ID or Drivers License. To assist with the test, the designated
worker must supply a current Colorado Photo ID or Drivers License. A Colorado temporary
Drivers License, other State-Issued Photo ID or Drivers License, Passport, or Federal Issued
Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) may also be accepted with the Building Officials
approval.
7. The owner-occupier must sign the attached AFFIDAVIT OF REQUIREMENTS FOR OWNEROCCUPIER PERMITS.
8. The owner-occupier must agree to all testing rules set forth by the Building Official, and
delineated in the attached sheet, Owner-occupier (Homeowner) Exam Information.
END OF DOCUMENT
Encl.

#1 Affidavit of requirements for owner-occupier permits


#2 Owner-occupier (homeowner) exam information

City and County of Denver


Community Planning and Development
201 W. Colfax, Dept. 205
Denver, Colorado, 80202
www.denvergov.org/ds
AFFIDAVIT OF REQUIREMENTS FOR OWNER-OCCUPIER PERMITS
In compliance with Denver Building Code Section 131.3 item 1, for the scope of (circle all that apply)
ELECTRICAL

MECHANICAL/HVAC

PLUMBING

CONSTRUCTION

work under consideration for a permit, I hereby declare all of the following statements to be true.

I am the legal owner of this existing or new dwelling.


I am currently living in this existing dwelling or I intend to occupy this new dwelling located at
____________________________, Denver, CO, upon completion.
I agree to occupy the dwelling at this address for a minimum of twelve (12) months after this
permitted work is completed.
If these owner-occupier permits are for a new single-unit dwelling or accessory structure, I
understand I will not quality for any additional owner-occupier permits for the construction of new
dwellings or accessory structures for a period of five (5) years.
I will be obtaining all permits, performing all work authorized in the owner-occupier permits
myself, or with the assistance of a Designated Worker, after passing all applicable discipline
specific exams.
I acknowledge that I am responsible for all work performed under the owner-occupier permit, that
all work is done by the Designated Worker or me in a workmanlike manner and compliant with
the code identified on the permit.
I acknowledge that if I utilize the assistance of a Designated Worker, I am not allowed to pay this
person for their assistance in any way, unless approved by the Building Official.
The dwelling on which I will be working is not a duplex, townhome, condominium, apartment or
commercial building/property.
I agree to abide by the testing rules set forth by the Building Official.

I, __________________________________ (print name) verify that the above statements are true. I
agree to abide by these statements. I acknowledge that any violation of these statements may result in
the immediate cancellation of any issued permits, revocation of my testing rights, and revocation of the
single-unit dwellings Certificate of Occupancy.

Signed: __________________________________________
(Signature of owner-occupier)

Date: _____________________

Owner-occupier (Homeowner) Exam Information


The types of owner-occupier exams offered are:
Electrical,
Mechanical,
Plumbing,
Refrigeration,
Hot water / Boiler, and
Evaporative Cooling.
Owner-occupier Exam Requirements:
1. The owner-occupier listed in the Assessors records must be the individual taking the exam.
2. The owner-occupier of an existing single-unit dwelling may be issued permits and conduct work
on their own single-unit dwelling and accessory structures after agreeing to occupy the dwelling
for 12 months and passing discipline specific exams.
3. The owner-occupier of an existing single-unit dwelling may be issued permits and conduct all
work in the construction of new accessory structures (including detached garages) after agreeing
to remain in the dwelling for 12 months and passing all applicable discipline specific exams. Such
permits shall only be issued to the owner-occupier once in any five (5) year period.
4. The owner-occupier, who intends to construct a new single-unit dwelling and to occupy it for at
least 12 months, may be issued permits and conduct work on their new dwelling after passing all
applicable discipline specific exams. Such permits shall only be issued to the owner-occupier
once in any five (5) year period.
5. The owner-occupier or the designated worker must be performing the work.
6. The dwelling must not be a duplex, tandem house, townhome, condominium, apartment, or
commercial building.
7. The owner-occupier may have the assistance of the designated worker in taking the test. The
designated worker is the individual, designated on the permit, which will be assisting the owneroccupier with the work as well as the test, and cannot accept payment from the owner-occupier,
unless otherwise approved.
8. To sit for the owner-occupier exam for the work to be performed the owner-occupier must supply
a current Colorado Photo ID or Drivers License. To assist with the test, the designated worker
must supply a current Colorado Photo ID or Drivers License. A Colorado temporary Drivers
License, other State-Issued Photo ID or Drivers License, Passport, or Federal Issued Permanent
Resident Card (Green Card) may also be accepted with the Building Officials approval.
9. The owner-occupier must agree to the following testing rules set forth by the Building Official:
Taking or using notes is prohibited during the exam. Relevant code books are provided for
your use on a first-come, first-served basis. You may bring your own code books or
instructional books; however, they may be reviewed and rejected for notations, or other
inappropriate material.
Mobile phones, 2-way radios and pagers are prohibited during the exam.
Contact with individuals outside the testing area is prohibited during the exam.
If either the owner-occupier or designated worker needs to leave the testing area for any
reason, they must return all test materials immediately.
In the event that the owner-occupier fails an exam, they must wait a minimum of thirty
minutes before re-taking the exam.
Exams are available Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 3:00pm at Contractor Licensing, 201
W. Colfax, 2nd Floor, Denver, CO 80202. There are no exam fees.
If owner-occupier wishes to obtain the permit on the same day of testing, plan to be finished
testing before 4:00pm.

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

GROUND WATER REMEDIATION EQUIPMENT SHELTERS

Approved:

Scott V. Prisco, AIA, Building Official

Number:

ADMIN 132A

Reference:

Effective Date: AUG 29, 2008


Revised Date: OCT 17, 2011
Revised Date: March 21, 2016

Page:

1 of 1

ADMIN Section 132 and Section 133

Scope: The provisions of this policy outline the specific submittal requirements for permitting
temporary shelters used to house process equipment for ground water remediation of previous or
present motor fuel-dispensing station sites. The policy is applicable to ground water remediation
using soil vapor or groundwater extraction methods
Policy:
Limitations. The shelter enclosing ground water remediation equipment may be considered a
Group U occupancy if it meets all of the following limitations:
1. The maximum allowable floor area of the equipment shelter is less than or equal to 200
square feet.
2. The maximum enclosure height and number of stories is less than or equal to nine and
one-half (9.5) feet and one story.
3. The ground water remediation equipment has a maximum of 60-gallons of flammable
liquid in a closed system within the shelter.
4. Under-floor spaces, if present, are open and freely vented.
5. For "skid mounted" shelter, it is anchored to resist uplift and sliding forces resulting from
Chapter 16 applied wind loads.
Shelters that do not conform to all of these limitations may be designated by the Building Official as
Group H occupancies and conform to the applicable requirements of the Denver Building Code.
Submittal requirements. The following specific submittal requirements apply to all shelters
enclosing ground water remediation equipment.
1. Secondary containment must be provided
2. The ground water remediation shelter application shall include a Hazardous Material
Management Plan (HMMP) and a Hazardous Material Inventory Statement (HMIS) in
accordance with IFC Section 2701.5.1 and Section 2701.5.2 respectively
3. Two copies of a floor plan for the shelter, showing the ground water remediation process
equipment, shall be provided.
4. Provide a dimensioned Site Plan locating the shelter relative to surrounding property lines
and adjacent buildings.
5. Any incineration process shall be submitted for review and approval.
Group U shelters enclosing ground water remediation equipment may not be considered under
IBC Section 503.1.2 as one building with other buildings on the same lot. The shelter shall have
one-hour fire resistance rated exterior walls with protect openings, unless separated from
adjacent structures and interior lot lines by at least ten (10) feet.
Additionally the applicant must obtain approval from:
Zoning
Wastewater Management Division
Environmental Health
Fire Department Hazardous Materials
END OF DOCUMENT

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

TEMPORARY STAGE, PLATFORM, BLEACHER & EVENT STRUCTURES

Approved:

Scott V. Prisco, AIA, Building Official

Number:

ADMIN 132B

Reference:

Effective Date:
Revised Date:

October 13, 2008


March 21. 2016

Page:

1 of 1

ADMIN Section 130.3 and Section 134

Scope: This establishes the requirements for permitting all temporary stage, platform, bleacher
and event structures for use in conjunction with performances, presentations or events. Stages
and platforms governed by this policy are outside of permanent buildings and are stand alone
non-building structures that consist of a raised area used for worship, the presentation of music,
plays or other entertainment, the head table for special guests, lecturers, speakers, sport
demonstrations, boxing rings, wrestling rings, theater-in-the-round; reviewing stands for
dignitaries; and similar purposes as determined by and for a period of installation approved by the
Building Official.
Note: Canvas canopies larger than 400 square feet require a permit from the Fire Department, as
well as temporary membrane structures with sides (tents) over 200 square feet require a permit.
Policy:
Temporary stage, platform, bleacher, and event structures exempt from permit. Stages or
platforms that have no overhead structure, side or back towers (for lights, equipment, sound
system or promotional material), are open to the sky, intended for use by performers and
presenters only, have a raised area five feet or less above adjacent grade plane, and have a
raised area of 1,000 square feet or less, do not require a building permit.
Temporary stage, platform, bleacher, and event structures requiring permit. Application for
permits, for all other stages, shall include:
1. A letter of request shall be provided to the Building Official, signed by the representative
of the organization that will utilize the temporary outdoor stage. The letter of request shall
specify the intended schedule for the:
a. erection period,
b. installation period, and
c. strike period
2. Two sets of erection plans, and
3. A structural analysis (including lateral stability) that meets the requirements of IBC
Chapter 16) signed and sealed by Colorado Licensed Professional Engineer.
The erection plan and structural analysis may be peer reviewed and inspected by a independent
3rd party Colorado Licensed Professional Engineer.
The temporary outdoor stage or platform must be completely removed from the property at the
end of the strike period.
A permit may not be issued until plans have been reviewed and approved.
END OF DOCUMENT

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

ELECTRICAL PLAN REVIEW REQUIRED

Scott V. Prisco, AIA, Building Official


Effective Date: October 17, 2011
Number: ADMIN 133
Issued Date:
April 11, 2016
Approved:

Page:

1 of 1

Reference: DBC 130.5.2 & 133 Drawings, Specifications and Surveys


This policy is intended to clarify the intent of the Denver Building Code Amendments (DBC) Sections
130.5.2 and 133, which allows for issuance of quick permits for the minor alteration and repair of existing
buildings and utilities without the submission of drawings or specifications for review, by identifying when
the review of stamped engineered electrical plans is required for the issuance of a permit.
Applications for electrical permits covering the following installations must be accompanied by engineered
drawings and specifications as described in DBC 133.2.10. Computer-generated, non-constructible
diagrams created by short circuit, selective coordination, or other calculating programs will not be accepted.
The following installations will require a review of stamped engineered electrical plans:
1. Commercial electrical installations of new services or modifications to existing services for all
ampacity ratings.
2. Commercial installations with any of the following:
a. Ten or more new 15 or 20 amp, single pole circuits.
b. Any new circuit rated above 20 amps.
c.

Any multi-pole or multi-phase electrical loads.

d. Changes to the existing electrical distribution, including panelboards, transformers,


generators, or other electrical distribution equipment.
3. Electrical service upgrade or new installations for residential one and two family dwelling units
where the service ampacity is, or will be, rated for over 200 amps.
4. Separate electrical service installations to detached accessory structures, including detached
garages, to a residential one and two family dwelling unit regardless of service ampacity rating
(meaning the detached accessory structure has its own electrical service, independent from the
service for the residential one and two family dwelling unit).
5. Temporary services to trailers, tents, or other temporary structures.
6. Temporary services for construction where used for the construction of all buildings and structures
other than residential one and two family dwellings.
7. Temporary generators for special events lasting longer (4) four days unless approved by the Building
Official.
8. All commercial photovoltaic systems regardless of kW rating, and photovoltaic systems for
residential one and two family dwelling units where rated 10kW and above.
9. All other new work, modifications, revisions, or additions to the electrical design not included in the
above list.

END OF DOCUMENT

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

SETBACK/SEPARATION VERIFICATION FOR NEW ONE- & TWO-FAMILY


DWELLINGS, ADDTIONS AND ACCESSORY STRUCTURES

Approved:

Scott V. Prisco, AIA, Building Official


Michael OFlaherty, Zoning Administrator

Number:

ADMIN 133.3

Reference:

Effective Date: January 01, 2009


Revised Date: October 17, 2011
Revised Date: March 21, 2016

1 of 1
w/ Ecl. Individual Lot
Setback / Separation
Certification
Page:

ADMIN Section 133.3 AND SECTION 141.2

Scope: This policy establishes the requirements for verification that one-and two-family
dwellings, additions and accessory structures are constructed in accordance with the approved
Site Plan, having the correct setbacks or building separations.

Construction Document Submittal Requirements:


Details enabling setback verification must be provided with the submitted construction
documents.
1. Site plan must provide dimensions locating the outside face of the foundation wall and
the furthest projection of the exterior wall, eaves and any other element in the setback
space relative to the surrounding property lines.
2. Wall section drawings must provide dimensions enabling evaluation of the furthest
projection of the exterior wall, eaves, and any other elements from the outside face of the
foundation wall to the surrounding property lines.

Procedure:
At the time of construction document submittal, a building separation verification is required.
Such verification is necessary when the designed placement of the structure is within one-foot of
the propertys required zone-district setback, or the Planned Building Group required building
separation. A statement informing the applicant of the setback or separation verification
requirement will be noted on the Residential Construction Permit and the statement Setback
Verification Required will be stamped on the plans.
Verification is required after the formwork for the foundation walls has been set and before any
concrete is placed within the forms. Verification is required to be conducted by a Colorado
licensed Land Surveyor. The Building Department setback/separation certification form (page 2
of this Policy) is to be used by the Surveyor to document verification. The form must bear the
seal and signature of the licensed Land Surveyor.
An original certification must be on the jobsite for review and collection by the Building
Departments Building Inspector at the time of rebar/concrete inspection, prior to placing
concrete. In those instances where the foundation inspection is performed by a third-party
inspector in lieu of a City Inspector, review and collection of the verification form will occur at the
time of sheathing inspection. The Building Departments Building Inspector is authorized to stop
the job if the verification form is not available at the above-stated request for inspection or if an
encroachment is noted contrary to the Denver Zoning Code. In circumstances whereby the
required verification certificate indicates foundation wall(s) as-built placement differs from plan
approved location of foundation wall(s), the applicant must submit modified plans for review.
END OF DOCUMENT

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201 W Colfax Ave, Dept 205
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INDIVIDUAL LOT SETBACK/SEPARATION CERTIFICATION


Property Owner
Site Address
Lot

Block

Subdivision

Survey Date
Building Permit Number

The survey conforms to the approved individual lot site plan.

Firm Name
Firm Address
City

State

Zip

Surveyor Name
Surveyor Signature and Seal
Registration Number
Date

SEAL

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

TEMPORARY BUILDING - PERMIT APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Approved:

Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official

Number:

ADMIN 134

Reference:

Effective Date:
Revised:

November 12, 2008


October 17, 2011

Page:

1 of 2

ADMIN Section 134

Scope: This policy establishes the submittal requirements for an application to erect or install a
temporary building.
Definitions:
BUILDING, TEMPORARY. A commercial building of Group B or M occupancy erected or
installed for a period of up to 36 months that will be removed at the end of the approved time of
installation.
Policy:
The application for permit shall contain the following items in addition to the items required for
submittal by DBC 133.
Substantiating letter: The applicant shall provide a letter signed by the owner/tenant
substantiating the need for a temporary building.
The letter shall specify the period of installation, not to exceed 36 months, for which the
temporary building will be needed. The temporary building must be completely removed from the
property on or before the end date of the period indicated in the substantiating letter.
The letter shall specify how toilet facilities will be provided for the occupants of the temporary
building. The number of fixtures provided shall meet the minimum required by the DBC for the
type of occupancy. If toilet facilities are to be in an adjacent building, the path of travel from the
temporary building to the toilet facilities shall not exceed a distance of 500 feet. If portable toilets
are to be provided to meet toilet fixture requirement they must be specifically approved by the
Building Official, and may only be approved for use from June through August.
Plot plan: The application shall include a plot plan of the site showing the location of the
temporary building with dimensions to adjacent buildings/structures and property lines. If toilet
facilities are to be provided in an adjacent building, the path of travel from the temporary building
to the toilet facilities shall be shown on the plot plan.
The plot plan shall show the locations of utilities.
Electrical service. A one-line diagram shall be included to show sizes and ratings of service
equipment. If the temporary building is being fed from an existing buildings electrical system, or
is fed from a new service exceeding 200 amps, electrical engineering design shall be submitted
for review, including a one-line diagram, panel schedules, load calculations and any additional
information deemed necessary by the Building Official. Design shall be signed and sealed by the
electrical engineer of record.
Water and sanitary sewer. If flush toilets are provided, within the temporary building, it is
necessary to obtain Denver Water and Waste Water Management permits.
Other agencies. Approval from other city agencies including but not limited to, Zoning, Public
Works, City Engineers, Traffic Engineers, Wastewater and Fire Department is required.

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

TEMPORARY BUILDING - PERMIT APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Approved:

Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official

Number:

ADMIN 134

Effective Date:
Revised:

November 12, 2008


October 17, 2011

Page:

2 of 2

Manufactured or factory-built buildings. Manufactured non-residential buildings used for


temporary buildings must be compliant with the requirements of IBCA Section 3111.
Construction documents for the manufactured building shall be provided in accordance with IBCA
3111.3.
Code compliance. Temporary buildings shall comply with the Denver Building Code.
Foundations. Temporary buildings shall be provided with foundations for stability. Details of the
foundations are to be submitted as part of the required plans. Mud sills are acceptable as
foundations for temporary buildings. Tie-downs are required and shall be inspected. Provide
foundations drawings showing the number, type, size and capacity of tie downs and mud sills.
Skirting. Skirts around the bottom of temporary buildings shall be installed to the ground.
Valuation. The valuation of work shall be based on the cost of the building purchase or lease for
the approved period of installation.
Temporary Building Certificate of Occupancy. No new temporary buildings permitted under
this policy shall be used or occupied until a Temporary Building Certificate of Occupancy (TBCO)
is issued by the Building Official, indicating the specific location, use, occupancy, and approved
period of installation for which the certificate is issued. A change to any of those details voids the
TBCO.
Extension of approved period of installation Prior to expiration of the TBCO a written request
to extend the approved period of installation may be submitted for consideration by the Building
Official. Such requests shall contain an updated substantiating letter. The written request shall
demonstrate that there have been no complaints or hazards as a result of this temporary building.
Fees. The fee for any extension of the approved period of installation shall be established on
the same basis as the original approved period of installation.
END OF DOCUMENT

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

Building Code Associated Fees

Approved:

Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official

Number:

ADMIN 138

Effective Date:
Revised:

July 06, 2011


October 17, 2011

Page:

1 of 4

Reference: Admin Section 138


Scope: All fees associated and referenced in the 2011 DBC are as set forth in this
policy.
Policy:
The fee for each permit shall be as set forth in Table No. 1. The determination of value
or valuation under any of the provisions of the Denver Building Code (DBC) shall be
made by the Building Official. The valuation to be used in computing the building permit
fees shall be the total value of all labor and materials that constitute the work for which
the permit is issued, as well as all finish work, roofing, electrical, plumbing, heating, air
conditioning, elevators, fire-extinguishing systems and any other permanent equipment.
Permit fees provide for the customary inspections only.
In order to encourage energy conservation, water conservation and reduction of air
pollution, the Building Official may reduce the permit fees for the installation of
equipment or appliances which meet the standards for achieving conservation of energy
or water or which reduce air pollution. Such waivers shall be in writing and shall be for a
specific period of time.
When the valuation used in computing the building permit fees is in question, the
Building Official may use all resources available, including, but not limited to, the latest
Building Valuation Data table as published in the ICC Building Safety publication to
establish valuation. Building Official determination of fees and valuation are not subject
to appeal.
Special permit fee conditions:
Special permit fee conditions exist when permits are issued for:
(1) Foundation Only
(2) Phased Construction
(3) Design-Build Construction
These permit fees shall be as set forth in Table No. 1.
Plan review fees: When submittal documents are required by the Denver Building
Code, a plan review fee shall be paid at the time of submitting the submittal documents
for plan review. Said plan review fee shall be the percentage of the building permit fee
as shown in Table No. 1. The plan review fees are separate and in addition to permit
fees.
Additional plan review fees for rejected, incomplete, deferred or modified
Drawings: When the Building Official determines submittal documents are rejected,
incomplete or changed so as to require additional plan review or when the project

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

Building Code Associated Fees

Approved:

Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official

Number:

ADMIN 138

Effective Date:
Revised:

July 06, 2011


October 17, 2011

Page:

2 of 4

involves deferred submittal items as defined in the DBC, an additional fee shall be
charged at the rate of $125.00 per hour of plan review, with a 2 hour minimum
charge.
Type approved plan review fees: Plan review for non-master, type approved
permits shall be charged at a rate of 10% of the Permit Fee.
Commercial and Residential Same-Day Review fees: Where plan review fees are
required in Table No.1, plan review of Commercial and Residential Same-Day
Review shall be charged at a rate of 20% of the Permit Fee, with a minimum charge
of $100.
Additional inspection fees: Permit fees provide for the customary inspections only.
Reinspection, inspections conducted outside of normal business hours, and
miscellaneous, non-customary inspections required by the Agency shall be charged at
the rate of $100.00 per hour of inspection. Inspections conducted outside of normal
business hours shall be pre-paid and incur a two hour minimum charge.
Contractor license and Certificate of Qualification fees: Contractor license and
Certificate of Qualification fees shall be as set forth in Table No. 2. These fees shall be
paid every three years. License and Certificate fees are not refundable.
Apeals, applications and other administrative fees: Fees for appeals, applications
and other administrative actions shall be as set forth in Table No. 3.

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

Building Code Associated Fees

Approved:

Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official

Number:

ADMIN 138

Effective Date:
Revised:

July 06, 2011


October 17, 2011

Page:

3 of 4

Table 1 - Building Permit and Plan Review Fee Schedule

VALUATION OF WORK
$1.00 to $500.00
$501.00 to $2,000.00

PERMIT FEE
$20.00

$35.00
$35.00 for the first $2,000.00 plus $8.00 for
$2,001.00 to $25,000.00 each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof, to
and including $25,000.00
$220.00 for the first $25,000.00 plus $8.00 for
$25,001.00 to
each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof, to
$50,000.00
and including $50,000.00
$50,001.00 to
$420.00 for the first $50,000.00 plus $7.00 for
$100,000.00
each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof, to
and including $100,000.00
$770.00 for the first $100,000 plus $5.60 for
$100,001.00 to
each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof, to
$500,000.00
and including $500,000.00
$500,001.00 to
$3,010.00 for the first $500,000.00 plus $4.75
$1,000,000.00
for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof
to and including $1,000,000.00
$5,385.00 for the first $1,000,000.00 plus $3.65
$1,000,001.00 and over
for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction
thereof.
SPECIAL PERMIT FEE CONDITIONS
Foundation Only Permits
Permit Fee plus 25%
Phased Construction Permits
Permit Fee plus 50%
Design-Build Construction Permits
Permit Fee plus 50%

PLAN
REVIEW FEE
0
0
50%
50%
50%
50%
50%
50%

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

Building Code Associated Fees

Approved:

Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official

Number:

ADMIN 138

Effective Date:
Revised:

July 06, 2011


October 17, 2011

Page:

4 of 4

Table 2 - Contractor License and Certificate of Qualification Fee Schedule

LICENSE / CERTIFICATE TYPE


Contractor License (A, B, C, D)
Supervisor Certificate
Journeyman Certificate
Engineer Certificate
Operator Certificate

FEE
$250.00 every 3 years
$60.00 every 3 years
$40.00 every 3 years
$40.00 every 3 years
$40.00 every 3 years

Table 3 - Appeals, Applications and Other Administrative Fee Schedule

ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION
Application for consideration of
Alternate Materials, Methods, or
Equipment
Renewal of Alternate Materials,
Methods, Equipment (every 3 years)
Application for consideration of
Administrative Modification
Application for Board of Appeals
Hearing
Permit Change of Contractor

FEE
$125.00 per hour of review, 2 hour minimum

Replacement of Contractors Drawing


Set
Change of Name License or
Certificate
Duplicate License / Certificate

$5.00 per page

Permit Correction (Address)

$25.00

Temporary Certificate of Occupancy

$200.00

Certificate of Compliance

$25.00

Duplicate Certificate of Occupancy /


Compliance

$25.00

$125.00 per hour of review, 2 hour minimum


$125.00 per hour of review, 2 hour minimum
$250.00
$100.00

$25.00
$25.00

END OF DOCUMENT

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

HOME OCCUPATIONS ACCESSORY TO PRIMARY RESIDENTIAL USES

Approved:

Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official

Number:

ADMIN 142.2

Reference:

Effective Date:
Revised:

September 8, 2008
October 17, 2011

Page:

1 of 1

ADMIN Section 142.2; Denver Zoning Code Division 11.9

Scope: This policy establishes the treatment of home occupations, compliant with the provisions
of the Denver Zoning Code Division 11.9 and accessory to primary residential occupancy, under
the Denver Building Code.
Policy: Home occupations located in residential group R-2 or R-3 units, single units of duplexes
and townhouses or single unit dwellings, that have been approved by Zoning and have been
issued a Zoning Use permit do not require a new Certificate of Occupancy.
When required by the Denver Building Code, permits shall be obtained for remodel work to the
dwelling unit to accommodate the home occupation.
END OF DOCUMENT

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

TEMPORARY OCCUPANCIES WITHIN EXISTING BUILDINGS

Approved:

Scott V. Prisco, AIA, Building Official

Number:

ADMIN 142A

Reference:

Effective Date:
Revised Date:

October 14, 2008


March 21, 2016

Page:

1 of 2

ADMIN Section 142

Scope: This establishes the Denver Building Department policy for the temporary occupancy of
existing buildings, or portions thereof, for purposes different from that specific use, listed on the
Certificate of Occupancy.
Policy:
Temporary occupancies may be issued 1D Special Construction Permits for associated
construction and temporary occupancy, indicating the period of the temporary occupancy
approved by the Building Official. The temporary occupancy of buildings, or portions thereof, will
require a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy.
Application requirements. Application for permit shall include:
1. The Fire Department Special Events Permit
2. A letter of request provided to the Building Official, signed by the representative of the
organization that is requesting the temporary occupancy. The letter of request shall:
a.
b.
c.
d.
e.

describe the activities associated with the special event


describe how toilet facilities will be provided
specify the set up period
specify the period of installation/occupancy (not to exceed 180 days)
specify the strike period

3. Two drawing sets containing:


a. Site plan showing outdoor areas associated with the special event
b. Complete code analysis and plans showing the:
i. complete Code Analysis for the entire building with the temporary
occupancy
ii. total floor plans for floors where the temporary occupancy occurs
iii. areas for which the temporary occupancy is requested
iv. areas impacted by the temporary occupancy
v. occupant load for each space of the temporary occupancy
vi. total occupant load
vii. toilet facilities
viii. exit scheme - exit routes, exit width, exit doors and door hardware
ix. special equipment, processes and coverings
x. portable fire extinguishers
xi. emergency egress lighting equipment
xii. lighted exit signage
4. A complete list of special equipment, processes, wall coverings, and floor coverings to be
used, including material and equipment cut sheets.

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

TEMPORARY OCCUPANCIES WITHIN EXISTING BUILDINGS

Approved:

Scott V. Prisco, AIA, Building Official

Number:

ADMIN 142A

Effective Date:
Revised Date:

October 14, 2008


March 21, 2016

Page:

2 of 2

5. Verification that the building floor system meets minimum live load requirements specified
in Table 1607.1 of the 2015 International Building Code for the temporary occupancy,
signed and sealed by a Colorado Registered Design Professional.
6. A certificate of insurance as evidence of minimum $1 million limits in comprehensive
general liability and comprehensive auto liability insurance and as evidence of workers
compensation insurance. The City and County of Denver shall be included as an
additional insured on the liability insurance, and a copy of the endorsement included with
the completed City and County of Denver certificate of insurance. This certificate is to be
forwarded to the Citys Risk Management Division for that offices review.
Temporary Certificate of Occupancy. No temporary occupancies permitted under this policy
shall be used or occupied until a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) is issued by the
Building Official, indicating the specific location, use, occupancy, and approved period of
occupancy for which the certificate is issued. A change to any of those details voids the TCO.
Extension of approved period of occupancy. Prior to expiration of the TCO a written request to
extend the approved period of occupancy may be submitted for consideration by the Building
Official. Such requests shall contain an updated Letter of Request. The written request shall
demonstrate that there have been no complaints or hazards as a result of this temporary
occupancy.

END OF DOCUMENT

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
, BUILDING PERMIT POLICY

RESIDENTIAL CARE/ASSISTED LIVING AND PERSONAL CARE FACILITIES

Subject:

Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official

Approved:
Number:

IBC 310.3

Effective Date:
Revised:

Reference:

September 30, 2008

Page: 1 of 9

October 14, 2011

IBC 308.2, 310 and IBC Section 310.3 Amended

Scope: This policy is intended to discuss provisions related to locating a Residential Care/Assisted Living or
Personal Care Facility, a Group I-1, Group R-3, or Group R-4 Occupancy, within a building.
The 2009 International Building Code (IBC) defines a Residential Care/Assisted Living or Personal Care Facility
as a building or part thereof housing persons on a 24-hour basis, who because of age, mental disability or other
reason, live in a supervised residential environment that provides personal care services. The occupants are
capable of responding to an emergency situation without physical assistance from staff. Residential
Care/Assisted Living or Personal Care Facilities shall include, but are not limited to, the following:
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Rehabilitation

Developmentally Disabled

Residential Board and Care

Assisted Living

Group Homes

Social Rehabilitation

Congregate Care

Halfway House

Convalescent Care

Residence for Elderly

Provisions:
1. Group R Division 3 and Group R Division 4 Occupancies located within new or existing detached one- and
two-family dwellings and multiple single-family dwellings (townhouses), conforming to the provisions of the
2009 International Residential Code (IRC), are allowed to limit compliance to that required by the IRC
provided the building is protected by an automatic sprinkler system (IBC Section 903.2.8).
2. Group R Division 3 and Group R Division 4 Occupancies located within structures excluded from those
defined in item No. 1 and Group I-1 Occupancies shall be regulated by the IBC.
(a) An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout all such buildings. (IBC Sections 903.2.6
and 903.2.8)
(b) Every floor shall be provided with a minimum of two independent exits in accordance with IBC Section
1021. Only one exit shall be required in Group R occupancies when allowed by IBC Section 1021.2.
3. Applicants desiring to operate a Residential Care/Assisted Living Facility for less than three residents within
a building classified as a Group R Occupancy, a detached one- and two-family dwelling, or within an
individual unit of a townhouse, need not apply for a new Certificate of Occupancy to operate as long as they
comply with all of the following conditions:
(a) Zoning approval is obtained for the Residential Care/Assisted Living Facility.
(b) Permits are obtained from CPD Permit & Inspection Services for all remodel work to be done to
accommodate the facility.
4. For Residential Care/Assisted Living and Personal Care Facilities, the facility operator must:

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
, BUILDING PERMIT POLICY

RESIDENTIAL CARE/ASSISTED LIVING AND PERSONAL CARE FACILITIES

Subject:
Approved:
Number:

Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official

IBC 310.3

Effective Date:
Revised:

September 30, 2008

Page: 2 of 9

October 14, 2011

(a) Develop a Facility Personal Care Plan which specifically establishes the services to be provided to the
residents. Forms for the Facility Personal Care Plan are provided by the Zoning Administration and
reproduced here as Exhibit 1.
(b) Establish an Evacuation Capability by using the Table. Facility and Resident Characteristics for
Establishing Evacuation Capability (Exhibit 2). The actual evacuation capability may be verified by the
Fire Department after the building is occupied.
Additional Information:
Assisted living residences are licensed by the State of Colorado. The Colorado State Board of Health Standards
for Hospitals and Health Facilities, Chapter VII General Licensure Standards states Assisted living residence
means any of the following:
102(6)(a) A residential facility that makes available to three or more adults not related to the owner of
such facility, either directly or indirectly through a resident agreement with the resident, room and board
and at least the following services: personal services; protective oversight; social care due to impaired
capacity to live independently; and regular supervision that shall be available on a twenty-four-hour
basis, but not to the extent that regular twenty-four hour medical or nursing care is required.
102(6)(b) A residential treatment facility for the mentally ill which is an assisted living residence
similar to the definition under Section 1.102 (6)(a), except that the facility is operated and
maintained for no more than sixteen (16) mentally ill individuals who are not related to the
licensee and are provided treatment commensurate to the individuals' psychiatric needs which
has received program approval from the Department of Human Services..
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment currently requires compliance with the following
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Life Safety Code Requirements:
(a) New Residential Board and Care Occupancies, Chapter 32, NFPA 101 (2003)
(b) Existing Residential Board and Care Occupancies, Chapter 33, NFPA 101, (2003), or
(c) NFPA 101A - Guide on Alternative Approaches to Life Safety (2004)
In general NFPA 101 requires all residential board and care occupancies to be protected throughout by an
automatic sprinkler system. Existing buildings or portions thereof converted to a residential board and care
occupancy must comply with the provisions for new residential board and care occupancies (Section 32.1.1.1).
A conversion of an existing residential or health care occupancy to a residential board and care occupancy is
given some relief from the general requirements of Chapter 32 (Section 32.1.1.4). Two examples are:
(1) Fire sprinkler protection is not required in conversions serving eight (8) or fewer occupants, when the
occupants as a group have the ability to move reliably to a point of safety within three (3) minutes
(Section 32.2.3.5.2).
(2) 28-inch doors are allowed, rather than 32-inch, in the path of egress travel (Section 32.2.2.5.1.2).
The NFPA defines small residential board and care occupancies as those providing sleeping accommodations
for sixteen (16) or fewer residents; large, more than sixteen (16) residents.

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
, BUILDING PERMIT POLICY

RESIDENTIAL CARE/ASSISTED LIVING AND PERSONAL CARE FACILITIES

Subject:
Approved:
Number:

Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official

IBC 310.3

Effective Date:
Revised:

September 30, 2008

Page: 3 of 9

October 14, 2011

Exhibit 1
FACILITY PERSONAL CARE PLAN

ANY FACILITY THAT PROVIDES PERSONAL CARE SHALL PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION.
PERSONAL CARE. "Personal care" means protective care of residents who do not require chronic or
convalescent medical or nursing care. Personal care involves responsibility for the safety of the resident while
inside the building. Personal care may include daily awareness by the management of the resident's
functioning and whereabouts, making and reminding a resident of appointments, the ability and readiness for
intervention in the event of a resident experiencing a crisis, supervision in the areas of nutrition and
medication, and actual provision of transient medical care.
1. ADDRESS OF FACILITY: ________________________________________________________
2. NAME OF FACILITY: ___________________________________________________________
3. TYPE OF FACILITY: ____________________________________________________________
4. OWNER OF FACILITY: __________________________________________________________
ADDRESS: ___________________________________________________________________
PHONE#: _____________________________________________________________________
5. RESIDENTS Physical and mental condition:
a. MAXIMUM NUMBER PROVIDED FOR: __________________________________________
b. AGE RANGE OF RESIDENTS: ________________________________________________
c.

NUMBER USING WALKERS: _________________________________________________

d. NUMBER LIMITED TO WHEELCHAIRS: _________________________________________


e. NUMBER CONFINED TO BED: ________________________________________________
f.

TYPE AND DEGREE OF ANY PHYSICAL IMPAIRMENT WHICH RESIDENTS MAY HAVE (include any
that are deaf or blind and how many): ___________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________

g. TYPE AND DEGREE OF ANY MENTAL IMPAIRMENT WHICH RESIDENTS MAY HAVE: ___________
____________________________________________________________________________________

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
, BUILDING PERMIT POLICY

RESIDENTIAL CARE/ASSISTED LIVING AND PERSONAL CARE FACILITIES

Subject:
Approved:
Number:

Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official

IBC 310.3

Effective Date:
Revised:

September 30, 2008

Page: 4 of 9

October 14, 2011

____________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________
6. SERVICES:
a. LIST BASIC SERVICES PROVIDED FOR RESIDENTS:
____________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________
b. LIST ASSISTANCE AND/OR CARE PROVIDED FOR RESIDENTS: _____________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________
c.

LIST SPECIFIC TRAINING, COUNSELING OR REHABILITATION SERVICES PROVIDED FOR


RESIDENTS:
____________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________

7. SOURCE OF RESIDENT REFERRALS:


a. LIST AGENCIES:
___________________________________________________________________________________
b. PRIVATE REFERRALS: _______________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________
c.

SERVICES EXPECTED FROM REFERRAL AGENCIES:


___________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________

8. EVACUATION CAPABILITY (see page 6 of 9):


_______________________________________________________________________________
9. PLEASE INCLUDE A PRELIMINARY COPY OF YOUR EMERGENCY AND FIRE EVACUATION PLANS.
10. STAFF Training and number of:
a. NUMBER OF STAFF ON DUTY EACH SHIFT AND HOURS OF EACH SHIFT:_____________________
____________________________________________________________________________________
b. SKILLS AND/OR PROFESSIONAL TRAINING REQUIRED OF STAFF: ____________________
____________________________________________________________________________________

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
, BUILDING PERMIT POLICY

RESIDENTIAL CARE/ASSISTED LIVING AND PERSONAL CARE FACILITIES

Subject:
Approved:
Number:

Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official

IBC 310.3

Effective Date:
Revised:

September 30, 2008

Page: 5 of 9

October 14, 2011

11. BUILDING:
a. YEAR CONSTRUCTED: ________________________________________________________________
b. PRESENT BUILDING CODE OCCUPANCY CLASSIFICATION:_________________________________
c.

IS THE PROPOSED USE A CHANGE OF OCCUPANCY?_____________________________________

d. NUMBER OF FLOORS: ________________________________________________________________


e. NUMBER OF BEDROOMS ON EACH FLOOR:______________________________________________
f.

NUMBER OF RESIDENTS ON EACH FLOOR:______________________________________________

g. NUMBER OF EXITS FROM EACH FLOOR: ________________________________________________


h. ARE EXITS LOCKED TO CONFINE RESIDENTS?: __________________________________________
i.

FIRE PROTECTION (smoke detectors, sprinklers, fire alarm systems, etc.): ______________________
____________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________ ____________________________

_________________________

Name of Applicant

Phone Number

Address

_________________________________ ____________________________
Signature of Applicant
Title

_________________________
Date

RETURN TO: ZONING ADMINISTRATION


201 W. Colfax Ave. Dept 205
DENVER CO 80202
Zoning Classification of Facility _________________________________________________________________
Zoning Approval Yes"

No"

Date: __________________________ By: ____________________________

AFTER APPROVAL BY ZONING, Submit two (2) copies with the construction plans to:
BUILDING INSPECTION
201 W. COLFAX AVE. DEPT. 205
DENVER, CO 80202
PHONE NO. (720) 865-2705

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
, BUILDING PERMIT POLICY

RESIDENTIAL CARE/ASSISTED LIVING AND PERSONAL CARE FACILITIES

Subject:
Approved:
Number:

Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official

IBC 310.3

Effective Date:
Revised:

September 30, 2008

Page: 6 of 9

October 14, 2011

Exhibit 2
EVACUATION CAPABILITY
The evacuation capability of the residents and staff is a function of both the ability of the residents to evacuate
and the assistance provided by the staff. When a facility is occupied, the evacuation capability is determined by
having the Denver Fire Department conduct a fire drill, observing the reactions of the staff and residents and,
when practical, timing the duration of total evacuation. (Total evacuation is not practical when residents are
bedridden or otherwise confined).
When a facility is in the planning stage, obviously the building is not built or occupied and a fire drill cannot be
conducted. In this case, it is the responsibility of the facility owner or his representative to determine
approximately how long it would take the residents and staff to evacuate the building. In doing this, any
physically and/or mentally impaired condition the prospective residents may have should be taken into account.
Evacuation capability in all cases is based on the time of day or night when evacuation of the facility would be
most difficult (i.e., sleeping residents or fewer staff present).
Translation of fire drill times to evacuation capability is determined as follows: (a) 3 minutes or less, PROMPT;
(b) over 3 minutes but not in excess of 13 minutes, SLOW; and (c) more than 13 minutes, IMPRACTICAL.
(The above has been condensed from the National Fire Protection Association Life Safety Code 101).
Please write in your evacuation capability at item #8 of Facility Personal Care. Plan (Exhibit 1).

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
, BUILDING PERMIT POLICY

RESIDENTIAL CARE/ASSISTED LIVING AND PERSONAL CARE FACILITIES

Subject:
Approved:
Number:

Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official

IBC 310.3

Effective Date:
Revised:

September 30, 2008

Page: 7 of 9

October 14, 2011

Exhibit 2 (contd)
Facility Address _____________________________________________________________________
FACILITY AND RESIDENT CHARACTERISTICS FOR ESTABLISHING EVACUATION CAPABILITY
EACH CATEGORY THAT APPLIES TO THIS FACILITY MUST BE INITIALED IN THE INITIAL BOX.
THE EVACUATION CAPABILITY CLASSIFICATION WILL BE DETERMINED BY THE MOST RESTRICTIVE
CONDITION IN ANY ONE CATEGORY.
E.C.
PROMPT
SLOW
IMPRACTICAL
FACILITY
3 mins. or Less
More than 3 mins. not in excess of 13
More than 13 min.
min
DESCRIPTION Covers a broad range of
Provides a living arrangement which
Provides living
housing options for
integrates shelter and services for those arrangement which
persons who are
person who are frail, chronically
integrates shelter with
functionally and socially
mentally or physically ill, socially
psychosocial and rehab
independent most of the
maladjusted and require 24-hour
services for persons who
time.
supervision. Applies to adults and
require 24 hour
children.
supervision.
PRIMARY
-A-B-CSERVICES
A Plus:
A and B plus:
Segregated building
Assistance with
Meals
24-hour supervision
Environmental security
activities or daily
Transportation
Administrator may
living
Housekeeping
coordinate services for
Medication
Assistance
residents (i.e.,
monitoring
transportation,
24-hour
housekeeping, etc.)
protective
Creating opportunities
oversight
for socialization
MOBILITY
I. Capable of moving
I. Capable of ;moving about
I May require assistance
about independently.
independently. Able to seek and
with transfers from bed,
chair, toilet. OR
Able to seek and follow
follows directions. Able to evacuate
independently in an emergency; OR
directions. Able to
II Requires transfer and
evacuate independently
II. Ambulatory with cane/walker.
transport assistance.
in an emergency.
Independent with wheelchair but
Requires turning and
needs help in an emergency; OR
positioning in bed and
wheelchair.
III. Mobile but may require
escort/assistance due to confusion,
poor vision, weakness or moor
motivation; OR

NUTRITION

I. Able to prepare own


meals. Eats meals
without assistance.

IV.Requires occasional assistance to


move about but usually independent.
I. May require assistance getting to
dining room and/or requires minimal
assistance such as opening cartons
or other packages, cutting food or
preparing trays.

I. May be unable or
unwilling to go to dining
room. May be
dependent on staff for
eating/feeding needs;
OR
II. Totally dependent on
staff for nourishment

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
, BUILDING PERMIT POLICY

RESIDENTIAL CARE/ASSISTED LIVING AND PERSONAL CARE FACILITIES

Subject:
Approved:
Number:

Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official

IBC 310.3

Effective Date:
Revised:

HYGIENE

HOUSE
KEEPING

DRESSING

TOILETING

MEDICATIONS

I. Independent in all care


including bathing and
personal laundry

I. Independent in
performing
housekeeping functions
(includes making bed,
vacuuming, cleaning
and laundry)
I. Independent, and
dressed appropriately.

I. Independent and
completely continent;
OR
II. May have incontinence,
colostomy or catheter,
but independent in
caring for self through
proper use of
materials/supplies
I. Responsible for self
administration of all
medications.

September 30, 2008

Page: 8 of 9

October 14, 2011

I. May require assistance with bathing


or hygiene; OR
II. May require assistance, initiation,
structure or reminders. Resident
completes the task.
I. Housekeeping and laundry services
provided; OR
II. May need assistance with heavy
housekeeping, vacuuming, laundry
and changing linens.
I. May require occasional assistance
with shoe laces, slippers, etc., and/or
medical appliances or garments; OR
II. May require reminders, initiation or
motivations. Resident completes the
task.
I. Same as Independent Living; OR
II. May have occasional problem with
incontinence, colostomy or catheter,
and may require assistance in caring
for self through proper use of
materials/supplies.

I. Able to self-administer medications.


Facility staff may remind and monitor
the actual process; OR

(includes reminders to
eat and/or feeding.
I. May be dependent on
staff for all personal
hygiene.

I. Housekeeping and
laundry services
provided.

I. May be dependent on
staff for dressing.

I. May have problem with


incontinence,
colostomy/catheter; OR
II. May be dependent and
unable to communicate
needs

I. Medications
administered by
licensed personnel.

II. May arrange for family or home


health agency to establish a
medication administration system.
Staff may remind and monitor; OR

MENTAL
STATUS

I. Oriented to person,
place and time; AND
II. Memory is intact, but
has occasional
forgetfulness without
consistent pattern of
memory loss; AND
III. Orientation to time and
place or person may be

III. Facilities staffed by RNs and LPNs


who can administer medications to
residents.
I. May require occasional direction or
guidance in getting from place to
place; OR
II. May have difficulty with occasional
confusion which may result in
anxieties, social withdrawal or
depression; OR
III. Orientation to time or place or person
may be minimally impaired.

I. Judgment is likely to be
poor and the resident
may not attempt tasks
which are not within
capabilities; OR
II. May require strong
orientation and
reminder program.
May need guidance in
getting from place to

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
, BUILDING PERMIT POLICY

RESIDENTIAL CARE/ASSISTED LIVING AND PERSONAL CARE FACILITIES

Subject:
Approved:
Number:

Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official

IBC 310.3

Effective Date:
Revised:

September 30, 2008

Page: 9 of 9

October 14, 2011


place; OR

minimally impaired.

III. Disoriented to time,


place and person; OR

BEHAVIORAL
STATUS

I. Deals appropriately
with emotions and uses
available resources to
cope with inner stress;
AND
II. Deals appropriately
with other residents and
staff.

I. Deals appropriately with emotion and


uses available resources to cope with
inner stress; AND
II. Deals appropriately with other
residents and staff; OR
III. May require periodic intervention
from staff to facilitate expression of
feelings in order to cope with inner
stress; OR
IV.May require periodic intervention
from staff to resolve conflict with
others in order to cope with situation
stereo.

END OF DOCUMENT

IV.Memory is severely
impaired. Usually
unable to follow
directions.
I. May require regular
intervention from staff
to facilitate expression
of feelings and to deal
with periodic outbursts
of anxiety or agitation;
OR
II. Maximum staff
intervention is required
to manage behavior.
Resident may be a
physical danger to self
or others; OR
III. Expectations are
unrealistic and
approach to staff is
uncooperative.

Subject:

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
GAS-FIRED HEATING SYSTEMS IN SMALL EXISTING R-1 &R-2 OCCUPANCIES

Approved:

Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official

Number:

IBC 709.9

Reference:

Effective Date:
Revised:

November 1, 2004
October 14, 2011

Page:

1 of 1

IBC Section 709.1, 709.9, 716.5.4, IMC Section 403.2.1, item No. 1 and IFGC
Section 618.7

The policy of CPD Building Permitting will be not to apply the above requirements in R-1
and R-2 occupancies constructed prior to 1992, when replacing existing central forced air
systems that re-circulate air to multiple units.
The Division will follow this policy in an effort to recognize the long-standing existence of these
systems in the older and smaller multifamily buildings and the fact that Denver's old building
codes did not prohibit central forced air systems. In structures with any central plant over
400,000 BTU per hour for the largest piece of equipment will be identified as unsafe if it lacks the
fire-partitions required by IBC Table 302.1.1. Boilers over 15 psi and 10 horsepower shall also
comply with Table 302.1.1.
This policy applies to existing R-1and R-2 occupancies. Buildings undergoing a change of
occupancy to an R-1 or R-2 use shall comply with the present code requirements and this policy
will not apply.
END OF DOCUMENT

Subject:

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
EGRESS DOORS LOCKING AND SECURING

Approved:

Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official

Number:

IBC 1008.1.9
IRC R311.2

Reference:

Effective Date:
Revised:

November 3, 2008
October 14, 2011

Page:

1 of 3

IBC 1008.1.9, IRC R311.2

International Building Code (IBC) Section 1008.1.9.5 requires that unlatching of any door or leaf
shall not require more than one operation. This does not allow the use of manually operated
sliding bolts on any door with other latching mechanisms.
Key-operated locking devices are permitted in buildings in occupancy Group A having an
occupant load of 300 or less, Groups B, F M and S, and in places of religious worship, in
accordance with IBC Section 1008.1.9.3 Exception 2. The following are clarifications of the
locking configurations and devices that may be used under this code section:

If a pair of doors secured with a key-operated locking device from the egress side, the locking
arrangement must be such that one unlocking operation must free both doors.

If the main exit is made up of multiple doors or multiple pairs of doors, none of these doors can
be key-locked from the inside. The reason this is not acceptable is that inside locking of the
main exit is allowed because there is assurance that the single door or the single pair of doors
will in fact be unlocked when the facility is opened for business. This assurance is lost when we
get into multiple doors because only one door could be unlocked in order for the business to
operate and the other exit doors which might remain locked would not be available for
emergency exiting.

Thumbturn door locking devices are not allowed.

Special doors, Revolving, Power-operated and Horizontal sliding doors, shall not be fitted
with a lock or latch that would prevent their operation.

The IBC Section 1008.1 contains the provision that doors provided for egress purposes in
numbers greater than required by this code, shall conform to the requirements of that section.
This provision is interpreted as follows:
An exterior door that is not a required exit but provides access to the outside for employees
(deliveries, shipments, trash, etc.) will not be considered as a door "provided for egress
purposes" and therefore will be allowed to be secured or locked in any manner desired by the
business owner.
An exterior door that is not a required exit but is in an area normally occupied by the public
must comply with all of the provisions for exit doors unless the following conditions are met, in
which case, locking is permitted.

Door must be completely nontransparent and located in a nontransparent wall so that it


does not visually suggest egress to the outside.

Door must be equipped with a sign that reads "THIS DOOR IS NOT AN EXIT."

All required exit doors must be equipped with code-complying exit signs.

Subject:

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
EGRESS DOORS LOCKING AND SECURING

Approved:

Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official

Number:

IBC 1008.1.9
IRC R311.2

Effective Date:
Revised:

November 3, 2008
October 14, 2011

Page:

2 of 3

New Group R Occupancies


IBC Section 1008.1.9.3 Exception 4 prohibits the use of key-operated locking devices on the
egress side of doors from individual dwelling units or sleeping units of Group R occupancies
Existing Commercial Buildings
Existing buildings with exit door hardware that was installed prior to October 1990 and that
complied with the old Denver Building Code (Section 3303), prior to the incorporation of the
Uniform Building Code, and with the joint City policy dated February 1983 will be allowed to
remain in place. This criterion was as follows:
1. Any exit door in an office, retail or industrial occupancy could be equipped with one sliding
surface bolt mounted above the primary door latch but no more than 6" above the latch. Any
door equipped with a sliding surface bolt was required to have a sign that read "THIS DOOR
TO BE UNLOCKED DURING BUSINESS HOURS. IF THIS DOOR IS LOCKED DURING
BUSINESS HOURS, NOTIFY THE FIRE DEPARTMENT."
2. If an existing exterior door only provides access to the outside for employees (deliveries,
shipments, trash, etc.) and is not identified with exit signage, it may be secured or locked in
any manner desired by the business owner. If such a door is identified with exit signage, the
building owner may apply in writing to the Building Department to review the exiting
requirements of the building. If it is determined that the door is not a required exit and the
owner's application is approved by both the Building Department and the Fire Department,
the exit signage shall be removed and the door may be secured or locked in any manner
desired by the business owner.
3. If an existing exterior door is in an area normally occupied by the public and the owner
wishes to provide more security on the door than what was allowed by previous policy (Item
1), he may apply in writing to the Building Department to review the exiting requirements of
the building. If it is determined that the door is not a required exit, the door must also meet
the following conditions before the Building Department and Fire Department can approve
additional locking:
A. Door must be completely nontransparent and located in a nontransparent wall so that it
does not visually suggest egress to the outside.
B. Door must be equipped with a sign that reads "THIS DOOR IS NOT AN EXIT."
C. All required exits must be equipped with code-complying exit signs.
D. A double-keyed lock was permitted on the main entrance door of any commercial
occupancy. This was permitted on the theory that this main entrance door would always
be unlocked during business hours.
E. Other than the circumstances outlined in Subparagraphs 1, 2, 3 and 4, hardware that
permitted key locking of exit doors from the inside was prohibited.

Subject:

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
EGRESS DOORS LOCKING AND SECURING

Approved:

Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official

Number:

IBC 1008.1.9
IRC R311.2

Effective Date:
Revised:

November 3, 2008
October 14, 2011

Page:

3 of 3

Door hardware that was installed to meet the above criteria will be allowed to remain in place
unless the building or tenant space undergoes a change in occupancy or a change in use, or
unless new doors or hardware are installed, in which case, the present code for new installations
is applicable.
Existing Residential Units
In the past, the City did not apply any restrictions to inside locking of residential exit doors. When
the opportunity presents itself, we should point out the hazards of double-keyed bolts and
recommend that they be changed to single-key bolts (key lock from outside thumb turn release
from inside).

END OF DOCUMENT

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:
Approved:
Number:

TENANT FINISH OF EXISTING OFFICE BUILDINGS


Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official
Effective Date: August 14, 2008
IBC 1014.3
Revised:
October 14, 2011

Page:

1 of 1

IBC Section 1014.3 Common path of egress travel


When a proposed tenant finish project in an existing office building can not comply with the
provisions of 2009 IBC Section 1014.3, Common path of travel, the designer of record may apply,
through Administration Sections 104.9 Modification under Special Circumstances and Section
103.5.1 Additions, Alterations or Repairs, the exiting provisions of the 1999 Denver Building
Code.
Justification: The exiting criteria of the 1999 Denver Building and previous Denver Building Codes
have been applied for many years. Many projects have been approved, through the above
referenced administrative process, using alternate codes or references to alternate codes, such
as BOCA, NFPA and IBC previous to the adoption of the 2009 IBC. It is acceptable to use the
guidance of previous codes to evaluate administrative approval requests.
END OF DOCUMENT

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
ROOFING REQUIREMENTS FOR PORCH ROOFS, OPEN PATIO ROOFS AND
ALL GROUP U STRUCTURES (PRIVATE GARAGES, CARPORTS, SHEDS)
Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official

Subject:
Approved:
Number:

IBC 1507
IRC R905

Reference:

Effective Date:
Revised:

August 29, 2008


October 14, 2011

Page:

1 of 1

IBC 1507.8, IBC 1507.9, IRC R905.7 and IRC R905.8

CPD Building Inspections policy on these structures will be as follows:


1. We will accept wood shakes and wood shingles on roofs that do not have the slope required
by code if we have a letter from the owner acknowledging the code limitations and requesting
the Building Official to allow the shakes or shingles for appearance.
2. In the past, one layer of 90-lb. rolled roofing has been very satisfactory for flat roofs on these
miscellaneous type structures. Based on that past history, the Building Official will continue
to allow the use of one layer of 90-lb. felt on these structures under the following conditions:
A. With a roof incline of one inch per foot or greater, the roofing shall be applied with a
minimum two-inch lap.
B. With a roof incline of less than one inch per foot, the concealed nailing method shall be
used.
C. 30-lb. felt is required as underlayment, as per code.

END OF DOCUMENT

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

Special Inspector Qualification

Approved:

Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official

Number:

IBC 1704

Effective Date: October 17, 2011

Page:

1 of 5

Reference: IBC Chapter 17, Section 1704


General: Special inspections required by IBC Chapter 17 shall be conducted by qualified persons
working for an approved agency. The Building Official shall maintain a list of approved agencies.
Scope: This policy outlines the qualification requirements for agencies and special inspectors
approved to conduct special inspections.
Qualifications of an approved Special Inspection Agency (SIA):
Special inspections manager: The SIA shall employ at all times a special inspections
manager to supervise the special inspection operations of the agency. The special
inspections manager shall possess appropriate education, certifications, and experience.
The SIA is responsible to notify the Building Official within fourteen days of any changes
in the designated special inspections manager. Failure to do so shall result in the
immediate forfeiture of the agencys approval.
The SIA, through its special inspections manager, is responsible to the Building
Official for:
(1) Hiring and training of qualified inspectors
(2) Supervision of inspectors
(3) The filing of accurate and complete reports based upon actual inspection and
testing results
(4) In-house distribution and application of technical guidelines;
(5) Supervising and documenting the internal audit and in-house training programs.
(6) Issuance of a quality assurance manual
Engineering inspections manager: The approved SIA shall employ a Colorado
registered design professional as an engineering inspections manager, who shall be in
responsible charge and accountable to the Building Official for technical processes used
to verify compliance with approved construction documents, the Denver Building Code
and the applicable materials standards referenced in the Denver Building Code. Failure
to do so shall result in the immediate forfeiture of agencys approval.
The SIA, through its engineering inspections manager, is responsible to the Building
Official for:
(1) Directing the operations of testing and inspections
(2) Certifying the inspection and testing process for all projects which require
inspections and testing are compliant with this policy
(3) Supervision and review of projects to verify that inspections are performed
pursuant to the approved construction documents, the Denver Building Code,
and the applicable referenced materials standards in the Denver Building Code
within the scope of the permit
(4) Directing and reviewing the annual internal audit of SIA qualifications and inhouse training programs for special inspectors.

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

Special Inspector Qualification

Approved:

Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official

Number:

IBC 1704

Effective Date: October 17, 2011

Page:

1 of 5

Alternative Qualifications: An agency, with current accreditation, by the International


Accreditation Service (IAS) as a SIA for the type of construction or operation requiring special
inspection shall qualify as an approved agency.
Qualifications of an approved Special Inspector:
A qualified individual must demonstrate competence as an inspector to the satisfaction of
the Building Official, as defined in the table below.
Qualification Table
Particular Construction or
Operation
Exterior Insulation and Finish
Systems (EIFS)
Driven deep foundations,
Cast-in-place deep
foundations, Helical pile
foundations, Vertical masonry
foundation elements, and
Soils

Qualification Requirement
For person acting as special inspector for the
Particular Construction or Operation
Certified by the EIFS manufacturer

Minimum Education: Graduation from High School or a


High School Equivalency Certificate
Experience: (5 points accumulative minimum required)
1. is a registered design professional (5 points); or
2. has been employed as an on-site supervisor of
construction work in the category for which certification
is requested within the last ten years. - (1.5)
Points/Year; or
3. has been employed as an apprentice and/or
journeyman doing the category of work for which
certification is requested within the last ten years. (1.25) Points/Year, (.75) Points/Year for apprenticeship;
or
5. has been employed as a Laboratory Engineering
/Field Technician by a recognized materials testing
laboratory with a major portion of his/her work related to
the category of work for which certification is requested
within the last 10 years. - (1.25) Points/Year
6. has been a Building Inspector with a recognized
enforcing agency with a substantial portion of his/her
inspection work performed in the category of work for
which certification is requested within the last 10 years.
- (1.25) Points/Year

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

Special Inspector Qualification

Approved:

Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official

Number:

IBC 1704

Effective Date: October 17, 2011

Page:

1 of 5

Qualification Table
Particular Construction or
Operation
Inspection of reinforcing steel
and post-tensioning steel
placement, formwork
inspection
Concrete placement, curing
techniques and supervision of
testing
Masonry construction
techniques, grouting,
reinforcing placement,
supervision of specimen
preparation
Post-tensioning force
application and grouting

Qualification Requirement
For person acting as special inspector for the
Particular Construction or Operation
ICC - Reinforced Concrete Special Inspector; or
ACI Concrete Construction Special Inspector
ACI - Field Grade I; or
ACI Strength Testing; or
ACI Lab I and II

ICC - Masonry Special Inspector; or


NCMA - Lab Tech
ICC Prestressed Concrete Special Inspector; or
PTI - Post-Tensioning Inspector I and II

Sprayed-on fireproofing

ICC - Spray-Applied Fireproofing Special Inspector

Wood construction

ICC Commercial or Residential Building Inspector and


two years of direct experience in engineered wood
products
or
A minimum of five years of direct experience as a
journeyman carpenter

Welding of structural steel or


concrete/masonry reinforcing
steel
High-strength bolts

AWS - Certified Weld Inspector; or


ICC - Structural Welding Special Inspector
ICC - Structural Steel & Bolt Special Inspector

Alternative Qualifications for Special Inspectors: Special inspectors employed by an


approved agency with current accreditation by the International Accreditation Service (IAS) as a
SIA for the type of construction or operation requiring special inspection shall qualify as an
approved Special Inspector.
Duties and responsibilities of a Special Inspector and Special Inspection Agency:
General: Approved special inspectors and approved agencies shall perform all duties
imposed by IBC Chapter 17.

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

Special Inspector Qualification

Approved:

Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official

Number:

IBC 1704

Effective Date: October 17, 2011

Page:

1 of 5

The special inspector shall inspect the types of work identified in the statement of special
inspections for conformance with the approved construction documents, the Denver
Building Code and the applicable referenced materials standards in the Denver Building
Code. The special inspector shall be familiar with the approved construction documents.
The special inspector shall write a non-compliance report when approved construction
documents are not available for the special inspectors use at the time of the inspection.
The special inspector shall immediately notify the contractor, the registered design
professional in responsible charge, and shall immediately submit a copy of the noncompliance report directly to the Building Official.
Provide reports in accordance with the requirements of IBC 1704.1.2.
All reports produced by an IAS accredited agency must bear the IAS accreditation
number.
Only approved special inspectors may perform special inspections.
An approved special inspector shall be employed by an approved SIA or a Colorado
registered Architect or Engineer.
Reports by Special Inspector: The special inspector shall write report(s) and provide,
as directed by the Building Official such other information as may be required within the
scope of the special inspectors duties. The special inspector shall furnish inspection
reports as required by the Denver Building Code and the applicable referenced materials
standards in the Denver Building Code. The special inspector shall immediately notify the
contractor in writing of non-conformance to the approved construction documents, the
Denver Building Code or other violations of the applicable referenced materials standards
in the Denver Building Code within the scope of their special inspection activities.
Notification shall be within twenty-four hours.
All reports prepared by a special inspector shall be made available to the Building Official
upon request.
Final Report by Agency: The special inspection agency shall submit a final report to the
Building Official and the registered design professional in responsible charge stating
whether all work requiring special inspection was inspected, reported, and found to be in
compliance with the approved construction documents, the Denver Building Code and
the applicable referenced materials standards in the Denver Building Code. Final reports
shall not be submitted to the Building Official until all non-compliance circumstances have
been cleared or exceptions taken have been documented as being acceptable to the
registered design professional in responsible charge. Final reports shall catalog all
inspection, testing, and related engineer-signed reports.
Final reports must be reviewed by and have an original signature and be stamped with
the seal of a Colorado registered design professional. The stamp and original signature
shall be on a cover letter that certifies the required special inspections were completed,
or exceptions taken have been documented as being acceptable to the registered design
professional in responsible charge.
Conflict of Interest: The approved agency and its inspection staff shall not be part of or
have a financial or other interest in the construction, manufacture, representation, supply,
installation or maintenance of the structures or components (including any fixtures or
appliances) which they inspect, or in entities that supply similar competitive items or

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

Special Inspector Qualification

Approved:

Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official

Number:

IBC 1704

Effective Date: October 17, 2011

Page:

1 of 5

services. The approved agency and its staff shall not engage in any activities that may
conflict with their independence of judgment and integrity. The approved agency must
operate in a nondiscriminatory, transparent manner to allow full access to its services by
interested parties.

Legend

Organization

ICC

International Code Council

ACI

American Concrete Institute

NCMA
AWS
PTI

National Concrete Masonry Association


American Welding Society
Post Tension Institute

END OF DOCUMENT

Subject:
Approved:
Number:

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
TEMPORARY FABRIC STRUCTURES: TENTS, CANOPIES AND TEMPORARY
AIR-INFLATED STRUCTURES CARNIVALS AND SIMILAR SPECIAL EVENTS
Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official
IBC 3103

Issued Date:
Revised:

June 13, 2007


October 17, 2011

Page:

1 of 1

Reference: IBC 3103 Temporary Structures


Denvers ordinances limit the time that a temporary fabric structure may be in place to 180 days
within a 12-month period on a single premises.
The Building Department will not review tent plans, site placement, exiting or design of erection
and supports. Building Inspection will not inspect erection or configuration. Review and inspection
will be done by the Fire Department.
The Building Department will review plans, and issue permits for electrical service. Building
Inspection will inspect the electrical service. If electrical service is provided from the electric utility
or from power from another building, all electrical work shall be done under a #3 Electrical Permit,
issued to a licensed electrical contractor. An electrical permit is required for the installation and
wiring of all generators or other forms of temporary power. An electrical review is required where
generators or other forms of temporary power are installed to feeders or branch circuits 30 amps
or greater. Denver Fire Department approval will also be required.
Membrane-covered structures which are in place 180 days or more shall comply with IBC Section
3102.
END OF DOCUMENT

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

DEMOLITION OR MOVING PERMIT: PROCEDURE FOR OBTAINING PERMIT

Approved:

Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official

Number:

IBC 3303

Effective Date:
Revised:

August 29, 2008


October 17, 2011

Page:

1 of 2

Reference: IBC Amended Section 3303 and 3307.1


Prior to obtaining a demolition or moving permit, the following procedure shall be
implemented:
1. Submit a completed #1D permit application for each building that includes, but is not limited
to, the following information:
a. The exact address of the building to be demolished.
b. Name, address and telephone number of the building owner.
c.

Name, address, license number, class of license, expiration date of license and telephone
number of the contractor.

d. Exact use of the building (when building is used for any type of dwelling, show the exact
number of dwelling units) or living units.
e. Total number of square feet of floor area of building (to include all levels), the maximum
height above grade, and valuation of work as defined in Chapter 2 of the Denver Building
Code.
f.

When the demolition includes the proposed removal of an existing foundation less than 5
feet from the adjacent property lines, plans and reports detailing the protection of the
adjacent property shall be submitted for approval by the Building Official. This includes a
plot plan locating the foot print of the building and the distances to the property lines,
street and alley in relation to the foot print. Include the location of the adjacent buildings
and the distances to the common property lines.

g. A copy of the demolition approval notice issued by the State shall be provided to the city
prior to issuance of the 1-D permit. Contact the Colorado Department of Public Health &
Environment for information at 4300 Cherry Creek Drive South, in Denver 303-692-3100
Fax: 303-782-0278, e-mail: asbestos@state.co.us.
h. Proof of utility removal. Please call the following companies prior to demolition to insure
that utilities have been properly terminated.
UTILITIES
Gas, electric, steam
Water
Sewer
Telephone
Cable TV

COMPANY
Xcel Energy
Xcel-general questions
Denver Water Board
Wastewater Management
CenturyLinkQwest
Communications
Call your cable service provider

TELEPHONE
303-425-3949
1-800-895-4999
303-893-2444
303-446-3759
1-877-348-9004

UTILITY NOTIFICATION CENTER 1-800-922-1987


FOR THE LOCATION OF UNDERGROUND UTILITIES, CALL TWO FULL WORKING DAYS
BEFORE YOU DIG, GRADE OR EXCAVATE.
2. Authorized signature from:

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

DEMOLITION OR MOVING PERMIT: PROCEDURE FOR OBTAINING PERMIT

Approved:

Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official

Number:

IBC 3303

Effective Date:
Revised:

August 29, 2008


October 17, 2011

a. LANDMARK COMMISSION 720-865-2985


201 West Colfax Avenue, 2nd Floor
Denver, CO 80202

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2 of 2

REQUIRED FOR
ALL STRUCTURES

b. CITY FORESTRY 720-913-0651


201 West Colfax Avenue, 6th Floor
Denver, CO 80202
c.

WASTEWATER MANAGEMENT DIVISION 303-446-3759


2000 West 3rd Avenue
Denver, CO 80223
(Licensed Contractor Must Call for Sewer Cut-off Inspection)

d. DENVER WATER 303-893-2444


1600 West 12th Avenue
Denver, CO 80204-3412
e. CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING 303-446-3469
(Required when occupying the public Right of Way)
2000 West 3RD Avenue, 3rd Floor
Denver, CO 80223
3. An approved demolition affidavit must be on file with the Building Department to ensure the
site is properly protected to prevent the entry of unauthorized persons, to verify the electric
and gas service is properly terminated and to determine any unusual site conditions that must
be addressed by the applicant prior to issuance of the #1-D permit.
4. Provide the Department a copy of insurance certificate for demolition or moving operations.
Insurance must be valid during the demolition of the building. Name of Insured shall be the
same as written on contractors license.
5. Specific requirements for moving permits:
a. An approved moving permit must be on the job site before starting any work to prepare a
building for moving. The disconnecting of all utilities is allowed prior to issuing a permit.
b. An approved Inspection Request for Moving Permit shall be filed with the Building
Department prior to issuing a moving permit. This request is required for all buildings
located within Denver.
c.

Submit a Letter of Structural Integrity by a Colorado licensed professional engineer for


any building that will be moved from outside of the Denver City limits to within the City
limits. The letter shall verify that the building can be moved as is or recommends
required structural work that must be done prior to moving the building.

d. A Foundation/Renovation Permit for the new site shall be issued prior to approving any
moving permit unless the building or structure is being relocated outside the boundaries of
Denver.
END OF DOCUMENT

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

NOTIFICATION PRIOR TO EXCAVATION, DEMOLITION OR RELOCATION

Approved:

Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official

Number:

IBC 3307.1.1

Reference:

Effective Date:

September 09, 2013

Page:

1 of 1

IBC 3307.1.1

Scope: This policy establishes alternative criteria for acceptance of proof of adjacent neighbor
notification prior to excavation, demolition or building relocation, when U.S. Postal Service return
of receipt is delayed.
Procedure:
Prior to permit issuance the owners of adjacent properties shall be notified in accordance with
IBC 3307.1.1. When notification is sent by U.S. Postal Service (USPS), it shall be sent as
Certified Mail with Return Receipt. No other form of USPS delivery is accepted. Acceptable
standard proof of notification by USPS is:
1. The return receipt, showing name and address of property owner notified and signature
of accepting party, or
2. The returned notification, including unsigned receipt, indicating attempted and failed
delivery by the USPS.
When either the signed return receipt or return of the notification is delayed by the USPS,
acceptable alternative proof of notification is:
1. A USPS tracking report indicating notification was sent by Certified Mail with Return
Receipt, showing the USPS assigned tracking number and date of first attempted
delivery not less than 21 days prior, and
2. A letter or form (such as attached), signed by the contractor, which correlates the USPS
assigned tracking number to the name and address of the notified property owner, and
states that personal contact with the property owner has been unsuccessfully attempted
By submitting this alternative proof of notification the contractor is accepting full responsibility for
the attempted notification, and acknowledges his/her responsibility to provide true and accurate
information.
END OF DOCUMENT

Development Services
201 W Colfax Ave, Dept 205
Denver, CO 80202
p: 720-865-2705
f: 720-865-2880
www.denvergov.org/developmentservices

NOTIFICATION PRIOR TO EXCAVATION, DEMOLITION OR


RELOCATION
Date:
From:
Contractor Name
License Number
Re:
Property Owner Name
Address

USPS Tracking Number


I certify:
The attached USPS tracking report, with the above tracking number,
represents notification sent to the above adjacent property owner by
Certified Mail with Return Receipt.
USPS made attempt to deliver this notification not less than 21 days prior.
Personal notification of the property owner has been attempted and failed.
I understand that it is unlawful to provide any false information in any application
for a permit, and that to do so will result in the suspension or revocation of my
license and certificate.

Signature

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
OCCUPANCY CONFORMANCE CHANGE OF USE WITHIN THE SAME
OCCUPANCY GROUP OR CHANGE OF OCCUPANCY WITHIN DIFFERENT
GROUPS
Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official

Subject:

Approved:
Number:

IBC 3408A

Reference:

Effective Date:
Revised:

December 2, 2008
October 14, 2011

Page:

1 of 1

IBC Section 3408 Change of Occupancy

IBC Section 3408 requires upgrading to present code requirements when change and/of use or
occupancy occurs within an existing building. This section also states: Subject to the approval of
the Building Official, the use or occupancy of existing buildings shall be permitted to be changed
and the building is allowed to be occupied for the purposes in other groups without conforming to
all the requirements of this code for those groups, provided the new or proposed use is less
hazardous, based on life and fire risk, than the existing use.
This DBC policy was established in 1990 mainly to be applied to the 1988 UBC B-2 occupancy
which consisted of our present B, M, F and S occupancies. 1988 UBC B Occupancy Division 2
consisted of the following: Drinking and dining establishments having an occupant load of less
than 50, wholesale and retail stores, office buildings, printing plants, municipal police and fire
stations, factories and workshops using material not highly combustible, storage and salesrooms
for combustible goods, paint stores without bulk handling.
This policy will be to only apply those code requirements that are related to the proposed new use
and that are more restrictive than the old use. (Example: occupant density which raises the
question of exiting and toilets, floor loading, etc.). We will not require that the building be
completely upgraded to comply with total present code requirements for the new use. Section
DBC Administration 103.5.1 Alterations, Additions and Repairs allows the use of the 2009
International Existing Building Code by the Building Official as a guide to grant modifications.
Our ordinances include Section 105 which allow the Building Department to identify unsafe
buildings and utilities, but our departments policy must be consistent in this area. We apply this
section in the field on a very selective basis, using it only when we feel it is necessary to correct a
very unsafe condition. We shall use that same restraint when looking at buildings that are
undergoing a change of use within the same occupancy group. We will only apply those sections
of the code that are raised because of the new use. Anything beyond these requirements is an
application of Section 105 and must be done with the Building Officials approval. The application
of the IBC shall also be used in the process.
END OF DOCUMENT

Subject:
Approved:
Number:

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
CHANGE OF OCCUPANCY AND/OR CHANGE IN USE, PROCEDURES FOR
OBTAINING A NEW CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY
Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official
IBC 3408B

Effective Date:
Revised:

January 5, 2009
October 14, 2011

Page:

1 of 2

Reference: ADMIN Section 142, IBC 3408, IBC 3411.4 and International Existing Building
Code (IEBC) Chapter 9.
General. No change in the occupancy classification or use of a building, or portion thereof, shall
be made without the approval of the Building Official. A new Certificate of Occupancy may be
issued when it has been determined by the Building Official that all Code requirements for the
change in use/occupancy have been satisfied. In some instances where no alteration to the
building, or portion thereof, is required to accommodate the proposed change of use/occupancy,
and fulfill the minimum Code requirements, special processing instructions shall apply, resulting
in the issuance of a 1C permit, to begin consideration for the issuance of a Certificate of
Occupancy.
Scope. This policy outlines the process for handling projects involving the change of
use/occupancy of a building or portion thereof, specifically the determination of the extent of
alteration required to the existing building and building systems to ensure compliance with the
minimum requirements of Code for the proposed use/occupancy.
Change of Use/Occupancy Definition. A change of use/occupancy is any change in the use,
purpose, or level of activity within any building, or portion thereof, that merits a change in
application of the requirements of the present building code.
Procedure: Where the procedure for evaluation of projects involving the change of use or
occupancy of a building, or portion thereof, deviate from standard procedure for the
review of construction projects, as a minimum the following will be addressed:
1. The applicant shall obtain approval from Zoning. Zoning approval for the change of
use/occupancy is required before the Building Department will begin any review.
2. The applicant shall contact the Department of Public Works Wastewater Management
Division for their review and approval requirements associated with proposed change of
use/occupancy. The Wastewater Management Division review may occur concurrently with
building department plan review.
3. Additional agency reviews may be required depending on the nature of the new
use/occupancy. Other agency reviews may include, but are not limited to, Public Works
Transportation, Fire Department and the Department of Environmental Health.
4. The applicant shall assemble a submittal package for review by the Building Department.
This submittal/application will be logged in as a project for review and Plan Reviewer(s) will
be assigned to review the submittal. The submittal package shall include:
4.1. The Zoning review documentation
4.2. To provide context to the assigned Reviewer(s), two sets of as-built floor plans for the
building indicating the areas which are affected by the change of occupancy/use and
highlighting elements necessary to satisfy all current Code requirements of the proposed
occupancy. For projects in large, multi-use or multi-tenant building, two sets of as-built
floor plans for the building areas contiguous, and subject to the proposed change of
use/occupancy.

Subject:
Approved:
Number:

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
CHANGE OF OCCUPANCY AND/OR CHANGE IN USE, PROCEDURES FOR
OBTAINING A NEW CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY
Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official
IBC 3408B

Effective Date:
Revised:

January 5, 2009
October 14, 2011

Page:

2 of 2

4.3. In addition the Building Department will require two sets of as-built mechanical plans
documenting building systems, equipment and ventilation (with special attention to those
systems serving the change of use/occupancy).
4.4. A letter from the applicant clarifying the the existing use/occupancy of the entire building,
including areas for which the use/occupancy will not be changing, and the nature of the
new use/occupancy for the building, or portion thereof.
4.5. A Plot Plan locating the building relative to surrounding property lines and adjacent
structures.
5. The Plans Review Engineers shall review the submittal package. After coordination and
communication with the Inspections Administrator, and/or Chief Inspector, necessary
inspectors may be dispatched by the Building Inspections Division to clarify questions arising
from review of as-built drawings.
5.1. If the Reviewer(s) determine the as-built conditions satisfy the Code provisions applicable
to the proposed use/occupancy with no addition or alteration required, a 1C Permit will
be created against which the Certificate of Occupancy will be considered. In this
circumstance the 1C Permit may be issued to the building owner, per ADMIN Section
131.3, item No.4.
5.2. If the as-built conditions require minor alterations to building systems (exclusive of
construction) to meet the minimum Code requirements of the proposed use/occupancy,
a 1C Permit may be issued to the building owner, per ADMIN Section 131.3, item No. 4
and subsequent system-type permit(s) will be issued for the alteration work per ADMIN
Section 131.3.
5.3. If the as-built conditions are found to be inadequate to meet the Code requirements of the
proposed use without the implementation of substantial modifications, including
construction of any magnitude, the Plans Review Engineer shall notify the applicant and
require submittal of the project in accordance with the full provisions of the Denver
Building Code.
6. Permits issued under Section 5.1 of this Policy shall be processed with fees based on the
hours required for review and inspection at the current hourly rate for each, established in
Policy 2011 ADMIN 138 of the DBC for the review of modified drawings and inspections
required by the agency for which no fee is indicated. A minimum charge of two hours per
plans reviewer and 2 hours per required inspection shall apply.
7. The Plans Review Engineer shall not issue a 1C Permit through the procedures established
in this Policy, until all required agencies and departments have approved the change of
use/occupancy. When issued, the 1C Permit shall indicate that a Certificate of Occupancy is
required and an inspection record card shall be issued with the 1C Permit.
8. The applicant shall notify the Agency as outlined in ADMIN Section 140 when the change of
use/occupancy area covered by the 1C Permit is ready for inspection.

9. After the Agency has inspected the change of use/occupancy area and finding no violations

of the provisions of the Code The new Certificate of Occupancy shall be issued in

accordance with the procedure outlined in ADMIN Section 142.4.


END OF DOCUMENT

Subject:

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
ELECTRIC/NEON SIGNS AND LIGHTING PERMITTING PROCEDURE

Approved:

Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official

Number:

IBC App.H106

Reference:

Effective Date:
Revised:

November 1, 2004
October 17, 2011

Page:

1 of 1

NEC Article 600, IBC Appendix H106, IBCA Appendix H

All electric/neon signs and skeletal lighting, both interior and exterior, shall require permits and
inspection. EXCEPTION: U.L. listed portable signs.
If the secondary wiring is done by a licensed Class A sign contractor, a #1C Permit must be taken
out for this work. A licensed electrical contractor will be required to do the primary wiring
connecting the sign or lighting to the building power and a #3 Permit must be drawn for this work.
If a licensed electrical contractor does both the primary and secondary wiring, only a #3 Permit is
necessary.
Building permits for all "window" signs and all exterior signs or lighting must be approved by the
Zoning Division. All interior signs or lighting need only building permits -- no Zoning approval is
necessary. Zoning defines "window" signs as "A sign which is applied to or attached to, or
located within 3 feet of the interior of a window, and the sign can be seen through the window
from the exterior of the building."
All interior and exterior signs that are hard-wired require a permit.
Treat wall signs as a fixture if an electrical contractor does the work.

END OF DOCUMENT

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
APPROVED AGENCY DETERMINATION

Subject:

Scott V. Prisco, AIA, Building Official


IECC Section
Effective Date: April 11, 2016
C202

Approved:
Number:

Page:

1 of 1

Reference: IECC Section C202 Approved Agency definition and Section C408 System
Commissioning
Scope: The provisions of this policy outline who may considered as an approved agency for the
purposes of providing system commissioning per IECC Section C408.
Policy:
For the purposes of providing system commissioning per IECC Section C408, an approved
agency shall mean the individual or agency identified by the owner or owners agent that is
responsible for the execution of the commissioning process. The approved agency shall have
at least one of the following qualifications: (a) a building commissioning certification from an
ISO/IES 17024 accredited agency or another entity that certifies building commissioning
professionals, (b) at least two years experience commissioning projects of a similar scale and
complexity, and is a licensed professional engineer by the State of Colorado, or (c) have staff
credentials as recognized by the Building Commissioning Association such as the Certified
Commissioning Professional (CCP) or equivalent.

When the approved agency is an employee of one of the registered design professionals of
record or an employee or subcontractor of the projects general contractor, an In-House
Commissioning Disclosure and Conflict Management Plan shall be included in the Preliminary
Commissioning Report. This Plan shall disclose the approved agencys contractual relationship
with other team members and provide a conflict management plan demonstrating that the
approved agency is free to identify issues discovered and report directly to the owner or
authorized owners agent.

Prior to the issuance of any permits for a project subject to compliance with Section C408, a letter
must be provided to the Permit Counter staff at COMMCON permit issuance that includes the
following information.
1. Project address
2. General contractor name
3. Name of the individual (if known) and/or company that will provide the system
commissioning and whether they are a registered design professional or an approved
agency. If its identified that the person or company is an approved agency, then the
letter must indicate which of the qualifications per this policy are met to qualify them as
an approved agency. If it is a registered design professional, please provide their
specialty and license number.
4. The letter shall be signed and dated by the project developer, owner or authorized agent.

END OF DOCUMENT

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

IECC LIGHTING REQUIREMENTS & RESIDENTIAL METERING

Approved:

Scott V. Prisco, A.I.A., Building Official

Number:

IECC C405

Reference:

Revised Date:

April 11, 2016

Page:

1 of 1

Section C405 IECC Electrical Power and Lighting Systems,

Lighting in new buildings or changes of occupancy classification:


A lighting power budget shall be submitted for all new buildings and buildings undergoing a
change of occupancy classification. Lighting system controls are mandatory and must meet the
requirements of IECC C405 except where specifically exempted.
Power requirements for new residential buildings:
The IECC requirement for the separate metering of individual dwelling units in residential
buildings will not be enforced where the nature of the tenancy will make this a significant expense
which will not result in significant energy savings, such as dormitories, convents, and subsidized
housing.
The nature of the electrical power metering may be electronic and does necessarily have to be
utility owned to meet the requirements of IECC C405.6

END OF DOCUMENT

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

SUBMITTAL REQUIREMENTS TO DOCUMENT COMPLIANCE WITH THE IECC

Approved:

Scott V. Prisco, AIA, Building Official

Number:

IECC Sections R101.5.1,


R103.2, C101.5.1, C103.2 and
C408.2.4

Reference:
Provisions

Effective Date: April 25, 2016

Page: 1

of 5

IECC Residential Provisions, IRC Chapter 11, and IECC Commercial

Scope: The provisions of this policy outline the specific construction document submittal
requirements needed for residential and commercial projects to document compliance with the
International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).
Policy:
All construction document submittals for either residential or commercial projects must include the
following information on the construction documents that are submitted for plan review in order to
document how the project is complying with the IECC requirements, depending on if the project is
a residential or a commercial project. Where a building has a mixture of residential and
commercial uses, the appropriate section of the IECC shall apply, and submittals are required as
appropriate for the portion of the mixed use building.
The below information should be used as a guide to indicate the minimum amount of information
that must be provided on the construction documents to determine IECC compliance. This does
not take the place of the specific applicable provisions within the IECC that may apply to a
particular project.
Residential Provisions of the IECC
A. Applicability
The residential provisions of the IECC apply to new residential buildings which the code
defines as detached one- and two-family dwellings and multiple single-family dwellings
(townhouses) as well as Group R-2, R-3 and R-4 buildings three stories or less in height
above grade plane.
New work involving alterations, change of occupancy, renovations or repairs must comply
with the requirements of Chapter 5 as noted in Section R501. Unconditioned additions, such
as sunrooms, separated from the existing building by building thermal envelope assemblies
are exempted from complying with the building envelope requirements.
B. Methods of Compliance
The code addresses the design of energy-efficient building envelope (consisting of
roof/ceiling, walls, floors, foundation assemblies that surround the conditioned space) and the
selection and installation of energy efficient mechanical, lighting and service water hearing
systems. The code allows for three methods to document compliance with the IECC.
1. Method 1 (Prescriptive)
The simplest and the most direct, requires compliance with sections R401 through R404.
This includes all the prescriptive and mandatory requirements.
2. Method 2 (Simulated Performance Alternative, Section R405)
This method in Section R405 requires all mandatory requirements in R401 through R404
to be met.
3. Method 3 (Energy Rating Index, Section R406)
This method in Section R406 requires all mandatory requirements in R401.2 through
R403.5.3 to be met.

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

SUBMITTAL REQUIREMENTS TO DOCUMENT COMPLIANCE WITH THE IECC

Approved:

Scott V. Prisco, AIA, Building Official

Number:

IECC Sections R101.5.1,


R103.2, C101.5.1, C103.2 and
C408.2.4

Effective Date: April 25, 2016

Page: 2

of 5

C. Information to be Provided on Construction Documents


Construction documents shall be drawn to scale, and shall be of sufficient clarity to show
pertinent data and features of the building, systems and equipment as governed by the IECC
(as well as the International Residential Code and others that may apply). Details shall
include, but are not limited to, the following as applicable. The plans must clearly indicate
which of the three compliance methods is being used within the required code analysis
section, and then include the appropriate information for the chosen compliance method.
Plans must also show all applicable information per Section R103.2.
1. Method 1 (Prescriptive)
The information in points (a) and (b) can be summarized in tables on the plans, and the
remaining information can be captured on the drawings in schedules, notes, and other
supplementary tables or calculations. Alternately, provide a copy of REScheck
calculations. The submitted REScheck form shall show all of the following specific
information: orientation of each individual wall; insulation types, R-values and whether
they are continuous or cavity; accurate square footage; and accurate window and door
sizes and the specific wall in which they are located, along with the U-factor. The
REScheck must be incorporated directly on to the plans (not stapled).
a. Exact location of the building thermal envelope shall be marked out on the plans,
details, and cross-sections. Thermal envelope shall meet the requirements of
Sections R402.1.1 through R402.1.5.
b. Provide all insulation R-values or U-factors, materials, and locations to be
installed (walls, ceilings, cantilever floors, floors over garage, crawl space,
basement walls, etc.) per tables R402.1.2 or R402.2.6 for steel-framed
construction. This information shall be captured on the Residential Energy
Compliance Certificate.
c.

Provide all fenestration U-factors for all glazing for each window and door per
Table R402.1.4 (schedule supplied by designer).

d. Provide details on how all areas listed in Section R402.4.1.1 (table) will be
protected against air leakage.
e. Indicate if crawlspace(s) are conditioned or vented exposed earth in unvented
crawl spaces shall be covered with a Class I vapor retarder with overlapping
joints taped/sealed.
f.

Indicate duct insulation R-values insulation not required if ductwork is


completely within the building thermal envelope.

g. Indicate duct sealing methods per IRC or IMC.


h. When new HVAC equipment will be provided, the customer must provide the
ACCA Manual J calculation package for the HVAC Equipment Sizing to
accompany the construction documentation.
2. Method 2 (Simulated Performance Alternative, Section R405)

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

SUBMITTAL REQUIREMENTS TO DOCUMENT COMPLIANCE WITH THE IECC

Approved:

Scott V. Prisco, AIA, Building Official

Number:

IECC Sections R101.5.1,


R103.2, C101.5.1, C103.2 and
C408.2.4

Effective Date: April 25, 2016

Page: 3

of 5

If this method is chosen, a compliance report per IECC Section R405.4.2.1 must be
submitted to accompany the construction documents to include all requirements noted in
that section.
Upon completion of the building, a compliance report based on the as-built condition of
the building shall be submitted to the Building Official before a certificate of occupancy is
issued. The compliance report must include all requirements outlined in Section
R405.4.2.2
3. Method 3 (Energy Rating Index, Section R406)
Verification of compliance with Section R406 shall be completed by an approved third
party. Compliance software tools shall generate a report that documents that the Energy
Rating Index (ERI) of the rated design complies with Sections R406.3 and R406.4, and
the compliance report shall meet all requirements outlined in Section R406.6.2. This
compliance report must accompany the construction documentation.
D. Required Certificate to be Posted per Section R401.3 Certificate
As required in Section R401.3, a permanent certificate shall be completed by the builder or
registered design professional and posted on a wall in the space where the furnace is
located, a utility room or an approved location inside the building. The certificate must be
posted by the time of the projects final inspection, and shall use the included Energy
Compliance Certificate for posting.
Commercial Provisions of the IECC
A. Applicability
The commercial provisions of the IECC apply to any new commercial buildings with
conditioned space and to any residential building four stories and above in height above the
grade plane.
For additions to, remodel/alterations to, repairs of, and change of occupancy or change in
use of an existing commercial building, see IECC Chapter 5 CE Existing Buildings which lists
specific requirements and exemptions. A COMcheck (IECC or ASHRAE 90.1) interior
lighting compliance certificate will be required if 10% or more of the existing lighting will be
replaced during a renovation. Be advised that exterior lighting compliance certificate must
also be submitted.
B. Methods of Compliance
The code addresses the design of energy-efficient building envelope (consisting of
roof/ceiling, walls, floors, foundation assemblies that surround the conditioned space) and the
selection and installation of energy efficient mechanical, lighting and service water heating
systems. The code allows for three methods to document compliance with the IECC. The
plans must clearly indicated which of the three compliance methods is being used, and then
include the appropriate information for the chosen compliance method.
1. ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1
2. IECC Prescriptive Path
This method requires compliance with Sections C402 through C405 and C406. Tenant
spaces shall comply with C406.1.1.

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

SUBMITTAL REQUIREMENTS TO DOCUMENT COMPLIANCE WITH THE IECC

Approved:

Scott V. Prisco, AIA, Building Official

Number:

IECC Sections R101.5.1,


R103.2, C101.5.1, C103.2 and
C408.2.4

Effective Date: April 25, 2016

Page: 4

of 5

3. IECC Total Building Performance Path


This method requires compliance with Sections C402.5, C403.2, C404, C405.2, C405.3,
C405.4, C405.6 and C407. The building energy cost shall be equal to or less than 85
percent of the standard reference design building.
C. Information to be Provided on Construction Documents
Construction documents shall be drawn to scale, and shall be of sufficient clarity to indicate
the location, nature and extent of the work proposed, and show in sufficient detail pertinent
data and features of the building, systems and equipment as governed by the IECC. The
plans must clearly indicate which of the three compliance methods is being used within the
required code analysis section, and then include the appropriate information for the chosen
compliance method.
Separate energy code compliance drawing sheets containing compliance
documentation are required, which shall be uniquely identified.
1. Code analysis information for IECC Compliance indicate which compliance method is
being used on the required code analysis sheet
a. 2015 IECC or ASHRAE 90.1-2013
b. If 2015 IECC is chosen, indicate which sub-compliance method will be used
i. Indicate whether the project will comply with the Prescriptive Path (C402
through C406), or Total Building Performance Path (C407)
ii. Indicate if Air Barrier Details are provided (and if so where they can be
found) or if there will be a building pressure test
iii. For the IECC Prescriptive Path, indicate which Additional Efficiency
Package is chosen per C406
c.

If ASHRAE 90.1-2013 is chosen, indicate which sub-method will be used


i. Prescriptive Path (Section 5.2.1) or Energy Cost Budget Method (Section
11)

2. Provide the applicable information per C103.2


3. Depict the building thermal envelope, if applicable, per C402 on the separate energy
code compliance drawing sheet
4. For projects using either of the IECC compliance methods then the plans must indicate
the requirements of C408.3.2 on the separate energy code compliance drawing sheet
5. Provide an energy analysis for the building design (software printout showing energy
compliance which must be included on the separate energy code compliance drawing
sheet, not stapled) based on the chosen compliance method. There are energy
compliance software options, but the construction documents must include separate
energy code compliance drawing sheet(s) that includes this information. The software
used must be a Department of Energy (DOE) approved software from one of the
following options:
a. COMcheck published by the DOE based on the ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2013 for
the prescriptive path,

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

SUBMITTAL REQUIREMENTS TO DOCUMENT COMPLIANCE WITH THE IECC

Approved:

Scott V. Prisco, AIA, Building Official

Number:

IECC Sections R101.5.1,


R103.2, C101.5.1, C103.2 and
C408.2.4

Effective Date: April 25, 2016

Page: 5

of 5

b. COMcheck based on the 2015 IECC for the prescriptive path; inspection
checklists shall be provided with the separate energy code compliance drawings
sheet(s), or
c.

Other DOE approved/sponsored software based on the 2015 IECC or ASHRAE


Standard 90.1-2013.

6. Identify if the project requires commissioning.


a. IECC requires commissioning for mechanical systems and service water-heating
systems identified per Section C408.2, and lighting systems per amended
Section C408.3 (see 2016 Denver Building Code Amendments). ASHRAE 90.1
requires commissioning for all lighting systems, and for HVAC systems in
buildings greater than 50,000 square feet (6.7.2.4). A Preliminary
Commissioning Report will be required for these projects as explained in Item E
below.
D.

Documentation Required Prior to Release of Permits


If System Commissioning is required per C408 or ASHRAE 90.1, prior to the issuance of any
permits for a project subject to compliance with Section C408, a letter must be provided to
the Permit Counter staff at COMMCON permit issuance that includes the following
information to ensure that the system commissioning will be provided by either a registered
design professional or approved agency per Building Code Policy IECC Section 202.
1. Project address
2. General contractor name
3. Name of the individual (if known) and/or company that will provide the system
commissioning and whether they are a registered design professional or an approved
agency. If its identified that the person or company is an approved agency, then the
letter must indicate which of the qualifications per Building Code Policy IECC Section 202
are met to qualify them as an approved agency. If it is a registered design professional,
please provide their specialty and license number.
4. The letter shall be signed and dated by the project developer, owner or authorized agent.

E. Documentation Required Prior to Final Building Inspections


A Preliminary Commissioning Report, per amended Section C408.2.4, must be provided to
the code official by the building owner or owners authorized agent prior to the building, or
portions thereof, being considered acceptable for final inspection pursuant to amended
Section C104.2.6. This Preliminary Commissioning Report must contain the Commissioning
Compliance Checklist per Building Code Policy IECC Section C408.2.4.
END OF DOCUMENT
Encl. #1 Energy Efficiency Certificate of Compliance for projects subject to the Residential
Provisions of the IECC

ENERGY EFFICIENCY CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE


Address:
Permit Number:

City and County of Denver

Residential Compliance Path (only one shall apply)


Prescriptive R
Prescriptive UA
Performance
Component Values
Building Envelope Air Leakage: ____________________ Air Changes
Per Hour (Max 3, unless building meets amended IRC Section
N1102.4.1.2/R402.4.1.2 Exception 2)

ERI
Prescriptive U

Duct System Air Leakage: ____________ cfm per 100sf


Post Construction Testing
Rough-in Testing

Ceiling R or U-value: __________

Heating System Efficiency: ______________

Wood Frame Wall R or U-value: _________

Cooling System Efficiency: ______________

Mass Wall R or U-value: ___________

Water Heating Efficiency: ______________

Floor R or U-value: ___________

Basement Wall R-value: _______________

Slab R-value: ____________

Crawl Space R-value: ________________

Crawl Space R-value: ____________

Gas Fired Unvented Room Heater:

Fenestration U-value: ___________

Electric Furnace:

Skylight U-factor: ___________


Baseboard Electric Heat:
Ducts Outside of Thermal Envelope R-value:
Supply R-8
Other R-6
Signature
I certify the information contained on the certificate is true and complete:
Builder/Designer (print name): _________________________________ Signature of Builder/Designer: _________________________________
Date: ______________________________
The 2015 IECC requires a certificate, listing the energy conservation measures, be posted as outlined at the time of the projects final inspection per Section
R401.3.

Subject:

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
WASTE OIL HEATERS

Approved:

Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official

Number:

IMC 301.4

Reference:

Effective Date:
Revised:

November 1, 2004
October 17, 2011

Page:

1 of 1

IMC Section 301.4

All Waste Oil Heaters shall be listed and approved by the Building Department, prior to sale and
installation. A Permit required for use and installation of Waste Oil Heaters shall be obtained
from the Building Department and the Denver Fire Department, Fire Prevention Bureau. Used oil
fired-space heaters may be used to burn off specification-used oil for energy recovery, provided
that:
1. Waste oil tanks shall be installed in accordance with the 1997 Uniform Fire Code, Article 79,
Division III.
2. The space heater burns only used oil that Owner/Operator generates; only noncontaminated
used oil shall be used.
3. The space heater has a maximum capacity of not more than 500 MBH.
4. The combustion gases from the burner unit are vented to the outside.
5. Portable units are not permitted; only permanent units will be permitted.
6. Placarding shall be attached to the tank to indicate a (Class III-B Combustible).
7. Secondary containment shall be provided.
8. Maximum tank capacity is 250 gallons.
9. Eighteen inches (18) of clearance shall be kept around the heating unit and tank.
10. Storage of combustible materials is not allowed on top of the tank.
11. The tank shall be vented to the outside of the building.
END OF DOCUMENT

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
KITCHEN HOODS AND VENTILATION REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL
OCCUPANCIES EXCEPT R3 AND INDIVIDUAL UNITS OF R1 AND R2
OCCUPANCIES
Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official

Subject:

Approved:
Number:

IMC 507

Reference:

Effective Date:
Revised:

September 22, 2008


October 17, 2011

Page:

1 of 1

IMC Section 507

The policy of the Building Department and Environmental Health regarding hood and ventilation
requirements for cooking equipment shall be as follows:
1. Microwave ovens may be installed without any type of hood or ventilation.
2. Commercial cooking devices other than those listed above and all gas or electric cooktop
surfaces shall be provided with code complying Type I ventilating hoods as defined in the
IMC.
END OF DOCUMENT

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

EXTENDING STORIES IN IRC TOWNHOUSES

Approved:

Ed Kocman , P.E., Interim Building Official

Number: DBCA R302.2

Effective Date:

October 14, 2015

Page 1 of 6

Reference: 2011 DBCA Section R302.2 and 2009 IRC 302.2


Scope:

This policy applies to IRC Townhouses and establishes the provisions for opening protection, fireresistance-rating of walls, fire-resistance-rating of soffits and the length of story/stories extending
beyond the exterior walls of the floor below; based on fire separation distance.
Definitions:

Imaginary property line. A line extending from townhouse unit separation walls treated as an interior
property line between townhouse units for the determination of the opening protection, exterior wall,
and soffit rating.
Extending story. A story that extends beyond the exterior wall of the floor below.
Opening in exterior facing wall. The area beneath the floor framing of an extending story is considered
an opening.
Fire separation distance. The distance measured from the extending story facing wall to the imaginary
(or real) property line. The distance shall be measured at right angles from the face of the wall.
Policy:

The length of an extending story and the opening in exterior facing wall shall satisfy one of the following
conditions defined by Case 1, Case 2, or Case 3, below. The length of the extending story shall be
measured parallel to the imaginary property line from the exterior face of the floor below to the exterior
face of the extending story.
Case 1. If the fire separation distance is less than three (3) feet, a fire-resistive rated one-hour wall assembly
tested in accordance with ASTM E 119 or UL 263 for exposure from both sides, in the plane of and
below the facing walls, shall extend down to a foundation and for the full length of the extending
story. Additionally, the facing wall shall be of one-hour fire-resistive construction.
Case 2. If the fire separation distance is greater than or equal to three (3) feet and less than five (5) feet,
the length of the extending story shall not be greater than one-third of the length of the first story
unit separation wall. The soffit under the extending story shall be fire-resistance rated with not
less than one layer of 5/8 Type X exterior gypsum sheathing, or equivalent. The facing wall shall
be of one-hour fire-resistive construction. The opening in exterior wall beneath the extending story
may be completely open beneath the soffit.

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

EXTENDING STORIES IN IRC TOWNHOUSES

Approved:

Ed Kocman , P.E., Interim Building Official

Number: DBCA R302.2

Effective Date:

October 14, 2015

Page 2 of 6

Case 3. If the fire separation distance is greater than or equal to 5 feet, the extending story facing wall is
not required to be of fire-resistive construction, there is no limit on the length of the extending
story beyond the exterior wall of the story below, and the opening beneath the extending story,
facing the imaginary property line, may be unlimited.
Figures:
The four figures on pages 3 through 6 provide a visual guide to the language described in the Policy
section above for Case 1, Case 2, and Case 3.

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

EXTENDING STORIES IN IRC TOWNHOUSES

Approved:

Ed Kocman , P.E., Interim Building Official

Number: DBCA R302.2

Effective Date:

October 14, 2015

Page 3 of 6

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

EXTENDING STORIES IN IRC TOWNHOUSES

Approved:

Ed Kocman , P.E., Interim Building Official

Number: DBCA R302.2

Effective Date:

October 14, 2015

Page 4 of 6

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

EXTENDING STORIES IN IRC TOWNHOUSES

Approved:

Ed Kocman , P.E., Interim Building Official

Number: DBCA R302.2

Effective Date:

October 14, 2015

Page 5 of 6

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

EXTENDING STORIES IN IRC TOWNHOUSES

Approved:

Ed Kocman , P.E., Interim Building Official

Number: DBCA R302.2

Effective Date:

October 14, 2015

END OF DOCUMENT

Page 6 of 6

Subject:

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
REMODELING OF BASEMENTS IN SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES

Approved:

Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official

Number:

IRC 305

Reference:

Effective Date:
Revised:

August 29, 2008


October 17, 2011

Page:

Page 1 of 1

IRC Section 305, IRC Section 310 and IBC Section 1009.1

Scope:
Recognizing the physical limitations inherent in most of Denver's older residential structures this
policy establishes acceptable standards for natural light, and headroom only, in the remodeling of
basements in single family homes legally constructed prior to October 1990. All other standards
of the current Denver Building Code that relate to remodeling of basements are applicable.
Policy:
Remodeling in basements of homes built prior to October, 1990 shall comply with the following:
A. Natural light in accordance with the requirements as set forth in the Code under which
the home was legally constructed.
B. Artificial light in accordance with the current Denver Building Code.
C. Minimum ceiling height of 6'-8" with a minimum clearance of 6-0" from the finished floor
to any ceiling projection caused by beams, ducts or pipes.
END OF DOCUMENT

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


DEVELOPMENT SERVICES KELLY LEID, DIRECTOR
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

RESIDENTIAL SOIL TESTS AND GEOTECHNICAL INVESTIGATION REPORTS

Approved:

Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official

Number:

IRC R401.4

Reference:

Issued Date:

AUG 17, 2012

Page:

1 of 1

IRC R401.4

Scope: This policy clarifies under what conditions soil tests and accompanying geotechnical
investigation report are required as part of an application for construction permit.
Definition: Unless otherwise expressly stated, the following words and terms shall, for the
purposes of this policy, have the meanings shown in this section.
DEEP FOUNDATION: A deep foundation is a foundation element that does not satisfy the
definition of a shallow foundation.
GEOTECHNICAL INVESTIGATION REPORT: A report prepared by, or under the direct
supervision of a registered professional engineer, with experience in geotechnical engineering.
The report shall, document soil tests conducted and foundation recommendations for the
proposed construction on a specific site.
SHALLOW FOUNDATION: A shallow foundation is an individual or strip footing, a mat
foundation, a slab-on-grade foundation or a similar foundation element.
Policy:
Soil tests shall be conducted and a geotechnical investigation report submitted with construction
documents for residential one- and two-unit dwellings and their accessory structures when a deep
foundation system is used, or as required by the presence of unusual geotechnical conditions at
the site.
END OF DOCUMENT

Subject:

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
SUBSOIL DRAINAGE SYSTEM

Approved:

Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official

Number:

IRC 405.1

Effective Date:
Revised:

October 6, 2008
October 17, 2011

Page:

1 of 1

Reference: IRC Section 405.1, IBC Section 1807.4


Scope:
The Denver Building Department shall verify, when the soils report recommends foundation
drains, that they are specified on the project drawings. After issuance of permits the installation
of the foundation drains shall be verified during the field inspection process.
Policy:
The Building Department policy for the installation of subsurface foundation drains is as follows:
1. Foundation drains may "daylight" by gravity if the point of "daylighting" does not create a
nuisance or hazard, such as draining over a sidewalk.
2. Foundation drains may terminate in a sump if the pump and piping to evacuate the sump
are installed under the Plumbing Permit, by a licensed plumbing contractor and inspected
by Development Services Plumbing Inspectors.
3. Foundation drain piping may be installed by the general contractor, the dampproofing
contractor, or the plumbing contractor as part of the scope of work on the #1R permit for
the foundation.
4. Inspection of the foundation drain system installation will be a part of the foundation wall
dampproofing inspection. The inspection will be to determine:
a. that foundation drains are installed where they are specified; and
b. that the drains are installed with proper gravel bedding.
END OF DOCUMENT

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

PATIO COVERS SINGLE AND TWO-FAMILY DWELLING UNTIS

Approved:

Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official

Number:

IRC AH101

Reference:

Effective Date:
Revised:

August 29, 2008


October 17, 2011

Page:

1 of 3

IBC Appendix I, IRC Appendix H

1. General
All patio cover projects for one and two family dwellings and townhouse dwelling units are to be
reviewed by the Building Department. Submittals shall be reviewed to determine if they are
patio covers (per IRC Appendix H for single family or duplex dwelling units), or if they are patio
enclosures which must be treated as a room addition. Patio covers will not be approved
through Alternate Methods and Materials Section 106. Patio cover walls less than 3'-0 to
interior property line shall be at least a one-hour fire-rated wall assembly without openings.
2. ICC Listed Patio Covers
Systems that have been evaluated by ICC and are documented by an ICC Evaluation Report
will be accepted. All components must correspond to the elements described in the ICC
Evaluation Report for the system selected. Substitution or mixing of components from other
systems or manufacturers is not acceptable, unless the mixed system is submitted as outlined
for specially engineered patio covers. Two copies of the manufacturer's installation drawings
must be submitted with color coding identifying the design path chosen for each specific patio
submittal. Design path selected must reflect load requirements specified in Chapter 16 of the
Denver Building Code. P.E. certification of drawings will not be required. The Building
Department will review to verify proper application of the manufacturer's installation instructions,
code compliance and proximity to property line.
3. Specially Engineered Patio Covers
If a contractor or owner wishes to construct a patio cover that is not covered by an ICC
Evaluation Report, drawings must be submitted to the Building Department showing size,
configuration, design loads, placement site and specs on structural members. Drawings must
be sealed by a Colorado registered design professional accompanied by a written statement
from that design professional stating that the structural design of the patio cover and enclosure
walls comply with Chapter 6 and 8 of the IRC.
4. Wood Framed Patio Covers
Patio covers constructed with a conventional wood framing will not require a P.E., however
plans showing framing details must be submitted to the Department for review.
5. Structural Attachment of Patio Cover to Building
When a patio cover is to be structurally supported by the building, drawings must include details
of structural attachment. Structural attachment directly to brick veneer is prohibited. Structural
attachment to a stud wall behind brick veneer using bolts or other fasteners extending through
the brick veneer is prohibited.
Regardless of whether patio cover is an ICC listed system or a specially engineered project, if
the cover is structurally supported by the rafter ends or fascia member, the following additional
certification will be necessary:
A. Method of structural attachment must be shown on the drawing and the drawing must be
certified by a Colorado registered design professional.
B. The contractor must be advised that before the job is approved by our inspection staff,
the design professional must certify that the existing construction has been examined

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

PATIO COVERS SINGLE AND TWO-FAMILY DWELLING UNTIS

Approved:

Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official

Number:

IRC AH101

Effective Date:
Revised:

August 29, 2008


October 17, 2011

Page:

2 of 3

during erection of the patio cover and verifies that the existing material is structurally
sound and the structural attachment, as actually made in the field, is acceptable.
6. Foundations
See attached details for foundation information.
PATIO COVERS
Foundation and Anchorage Details
A. When the roof area supported by each column is less than 60 square feet, Figures A, B
or C can be used under the following conditions:
1. Total downward load is less than 2,000 pounds.
2. Tributary column area is less than 60 square feet.
3. Column is not located on a full depth concrete joint, nor within 1' of any joint.
4. Uplift anchorage is adequate for 1,000 pounds.
5. Post may be supported on a thickened edge slab. See Figure A for new slabs, and
Figure B for existing slabs.
6. Posts may be supported on a pad that is partially located under the existing slab.
See Figure C.
B. Pads or piers may be used when the roof area supported by each column is 60 square
feet or greater, or when Figure A through C is not used. Pads or piers shall be designed
to meet the following conditions:
1. Maximum allowable soils bearing pressure specified in Table 18-1-A is not exceeded.
2. The pad or piers is of sufficient size to resist uplift.
3. Pier anchors are of sufficient size to resist uplift.
NOTE: The setting of a wood post into concrete is not allowed. Metal post may be set into
concrete when positive anchorage is provided for uplift.

12

Minimum

Existing Soil

18

1 - #4 T & B
Minimum

4 Minimum

12

New Concrete

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

PATIO COVERS SINGLE AND TWO-FAMILY DWELLING UNTIS

Approved:

Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official

Number:

August 29, 2008


October 17, 2011

Effective Date:
Revised:

IRC AH101

Page:

FIGURE A
NEW SLAB WITH THICKENED EDGE

Minimum

Existing Soil

18

12

1 - #4 T & B
Minimum

New Slab

Existing Slab

12

FIGURE B
EXISTING SLAB WITH THICKENED EDGE ADDED

Minimum

2 6

Center Line
of Column

Edge of Slab

FIGURE C
PLAN

Break Out Slab To Accept


New Anchorage
Existing Slab

1 0

Post

New Concrete

Square

1 6

Minimum

FIGURE D
SECTION

END OF DOCUMENT

3 of 3

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEM PERMITS

Approved:

Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official

Number:

IRC M2301

Reference:

Issued Date:
Revised:

November 2, 2004
October 17, 2011

Page:

1 of 3

DBC Section 131 and IRC Section M2301, NEC Article 690

The procedure to obtain a permit for a solar system is as follows:


1. Obtain Zoning approval.
2. Name of system manufacturer, model name or number of system.
3. Details showing mounting of panels. Engineers design required when panels are not
flush mounted on roof. Calculations performed by a Colorado registered professional
engineer shall be submitted to the Division to substantiate that the structure can support
the design loads specified in Chapter 16 of the IBC and DBC. Details and calculations
for the panel connections to the roof shall be included.
4. A ladder must be provided at the time of the inspection for all roof mounted installations.
SOLAR HOT WATER PANEL SYSTEMS POLICY

Piping diagram of system.

Name of testing agency and approval number for the system.

When the homeowner is the applicant for the permit, the permit process shall follow the
procedures outlined in DBC Section 131.3, and Policy 131.3.

SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEMS POLICY

A professional engineers seal and signature will be required for all PV installations which
are not single family dwellings.
A professional engineers seal and signature will not be required for single family dwelling
unit PV installations unless the proposed PV system exceeds a solar maximum output of
10 Kilowatts or includes provisions for generator or battery backup.
For single-family residential installations, a flat valuation of $5000 will be assessed. The
actual valuation for commercial installations will be based upon the actual valuation. Per
State law, a maximum permit fee of $500 for residential and $1000 for commercial PV
Systems will be charged.

The design package to be submitted at the time of permit application must include two complete
sets of the following:
1. Manufacturers cut sheet and listing information for PV equipment, inverters and other
special equipment.
2. One Line Diagram: Indicate all conductor sizes and insulation types, conduit sizes, fuse
and circuit breaker ratings, inverter ratings, GFPD, ac and dc disconnect ratings. Specify
the PV modules nameplate short circuit current and open circuit voltage. If disconnects,
breakers, fuses, GFPD, etc. are part of a larger piece of equipment, show them as such,

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEM PERMITS

Approved:

Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official

Number:

IRC M2301

Issued Date:
Revised:

November 2, 2004
October 17, 2011

Page:

2 of 3

showing how they are connected to the other devices and indicating their ratings. The
inverter must be shown as either connected to a dedicated branch circuit with back-fed
overcurrent protection (NEC 705.12(D)(5)) or connected to the supply side of the service
disconnecting means (NEC 705.12(A)). The AC and DC grounding electrode conductors
must be shown on the one-line diagram (NEC 690.41).
3. Calculations: Submit conductor ampacity calculations based upon 156% multiplied by the
short circuit current (NEC 690.8). Also include the temperature derating correction factor
per NEC Table 690.31(C). For all roof mounted wiring, use a worst case ambient
temperature of 61-70 degrees C (141-158 degrees F). The DC breakers or fuses must
be sized in 1 amp increments up to 15 amps per NEC 690.9(C). Provide calculations
showing that the total rating of overcurrent devices supplying power to the AC load center
is less than 120% of the load-center rating (NEC 705.12(D)(2).
4. Show by calculations that the maximum PV system voltage is less than the maximum
rated DC inverter input voltage and less than the voltage rating of all connected
equipment (NEC 690.7).
5. The maximum PV system voltage is equal to the open circuit voltage multiplied by the
number of modules in series multiplied by the NEC derating correction factor from Table
690.7 for the -21 to -25 degrees C (-5 to -13 degrees F) range.
6. Provide calculations indicating that the equipment grounding conductor is sized correctly
(NEC 690.43 & 690.45).
OTHER POINTS TO INCORPORATE INTO DESIGN:
1. Switches, fuses and breakers on the DC side of the system must be listed and labeled for
the DC voltage rating per NEC 690.9(D). Do not use AC only rated devices on the DC
side of the system.
2. If tied to grid, the inverter must be listed as utility-interactive (NEC 690.60).
3. Overcurrent protection is required where circuits are connected to more than one
electrical source (NEC 690.9).
4. The PV disconnecting means shall be installed at a readily accessible location either on
the outside the building or structure or inside nearest the point of entrance of the system
conductors (NEC 690.14(C)(1)).
5. No more than six PV system disconnecting means or six circuit breakers mounted in a
single enclosure, switchboard, or in a group of separate enclosures are allowed per NEC
690.14(C)(4).
6. The PV system disconnecting means shall be grouped together (NEC 690.14(C)(5)).

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
Subject:

SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEM PERMITS

Approved:

Michael Roach, P.E., Building Official

Number:

IRC M2301

Issued Date:
Revised:

November 2, 2004
October 17, 2011

Page:

3 of 3

7. Disconnecting means shall be provided to disconnect a fuse from all sources of supply if
the fuse is energized from both directions (NEC 690.16). Such fuse shall be capable of
being disconnected independently of fuses in other PV source circuits.
8. PV DC source or output circuits of a utility-interactive listed inverter can be run inside a
building or structure only when contained in metal raceways, type MC metal-clad cable
that complies with NEC 250.118(10), or metal enclosures from the point of penetration of
the surface of the building or structure to the first readily accessible disconnecting means
(NEC 690.31(E)).
9. Where the PV system panels are installed at an angle to the slope of the roof, a third set
of elevation and roof plans will be required by the Zoning department.
END OF DOCUMENT

Subject:

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
ENERGY RATING PROGRAM PROCEDURES

Approved:

Peter Bemelen, P.E., Building Official

Number:

IRC N101.2.1

Effective Date:

November 1, 2004

Page:

1 of 1

Reference: IRC Section N101.2.1; I.E.C.C. Section 402.2.


The results from using a RESNET (Residential Energy Services Network) HERS (Home Energy
Rating System) with a pass rating of 82 or greater can be used to show compliance with the
energy code requirements under the total building energy systems analysis (energy rating)
program.
A pre-construction or plans rating obtained from the Energy Rater is required at time of plans
submittal to Building Permitting.
A post-construction or final rating obtained from the Energy Rater is required at time of final
inspection to the construction inspector .
Insulation permit and insulation inspections will be a function of the Energy Rating and will not be
required by the Building Department when utilizing this program
The city agreement form below must be signed by the applicant committing to the terms of the
rating procedure when plans are submitted. A $75 fee reduction in the building fee for a new
home is avialable to builders who utilize this program.
HOME BUILDER ENERGY RATING PROGRAM CODE COMPLIANCE AGREEMENT
I, (PRINT/TYPE NAME) __________________________________________________, representing
(COMPANY

NAME)

_____________________________________________________,

as

the

builder/contractor of record of the home identified below, hereby agree to utilize the following
approved systems energy analysis (CHECK ONE)
( ) E-Star - contact info: (303) 297-7935 or (800) 877-8540 ; www.e-star.com
( ) OTHER (PROGRAM NAME) ______________________________________
to demonstrate compliance with the energy code as a condition for receiving a building permit fee
reduction of $75 upon issuance of the building permit for the home to be constructed at
(ADDRESS)_____________________________________________________________________
(PERMIT APPLICATION NO.)_____________

I understand that a home completed without the use of this program after signing this agreement
will result in a forfeiture of the $75 and that compliance with the energy code must be
demonstrated before a Certificate of Occupancy is authorized by the City of Denver.
(SIGNATURE)_____________________________________________________________(DATE)__________________

END OF DOCUMENT

Subject:

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
TEMPORARY POWER (GENERATION)

Approved:

Keith Peetz, P.E., Interim Building Official

Number: NEC 590

Issued Date:

July 29, 2014

Page:

1 of 5

Reference: DBCA Section 103.8, NEC 590, and NEC 525


Scope: This policy establishes the electrical permitting process for temporary
power for both special events and other commercial buildings or structures
requiring temporary power, where temporary power will not be used for more
than 120 days without approval by the Building Official. This policy excludes all
temporary generators rated below 5kW.
Definitions: Unless otherwise expressly stated, the following words and terms
shall, for the purposes of this policy, have the meanings shown in this section.
Power, Temporary. Temporary power includes the installation of
premises wiring to utilization equipment as well as the installation of a
temporary portable generator or other source of separately derived power.
For the purpose of this policy, temporary power does not include any new
temporary or permanent public utility services for temporary installations
or the installation of cord-and-plug-connected utilization equipment to
permanently installed receptacles. The permanently installed receptacles
may be either part of the existing premises wiring system or be part of the
portable generator assembly or vehicle-mounted generator assembly.
The cord-and-plug-connected utilization equipment connected to a
temporary power source, to include all cords, connections, and caps, shall
be either listed and labeled by an OSHA-approved nationally recognized
testing lab and identified as suitable for cord and plug installation per NEC
110.3(B) or meets the prescribed 3rd party examination method described
in NEC 110.3(A). The use of cam-lock type single conductor cables to
supply equipment will not be considered as cord-and-plug-connected
utilization equipment.
Policy: This policy describes the permitting process for installation of temporary
power.
Required Permits: An electrical permit shall be required for all temporary
power. Additional permits may be required depending on the specific installation
and should be verified with the appropriate groups listed below.
1. A #3 electrical permit shall be required for temporary power to the
following installations:
a. Special events (including but not limited to temporary carnivals,
concessions, civic events, community and cultural events,
temporary event parking, and promotional events for commercial
retail businesses),
b. Other installations utilizing temporary power not described above
but included in NEC 590 and as required by the Building Official.

Subject:

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
TEMPORARY POWER (GENERATION)

Approved:

Keith Peetz, P.E., Interim Building Official

Number: NEC 590

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

Issued Date:

July 29, 2014

Page:

2 of 5

NOTE: Electrical inspections are required before utilization of


temporary power and after the #3 electrical permit has been issued.
Contact the automated inspections request system at 720-865-2501 to
schedule the electrical inspection.
A #4 plumbing permit may be required for natural gas fueled
generators, where the generator gas piping connects to a buildings
existing gas piping. Contact the Mechanical/Plumbing group at 720865-2720 to determine whether a plumbing permit is required.
A #11 mechanical permit may be required where temporary generators
are installed an existing building. This includes installations within an
open parking garage. Contact the Mechanical/Plumbing group at 720865-2720 to determine whether a mechanical permit is required.
A zoning permit may be required. For more information concerning the
zoning permit requirements, contact the Zoning group at 720-8652982.
A special events permit, issued by the Denver Fire Department for
temporary generators used specifically for a special event. Contact the
Denver Fire Department, Special Detail/Public Assembly Permits
group at 720-913-3448 for more information concerning the special
events permitting requirements.
An operational permit, issued by the Denver Fire Department for
temporary generators that are not specifically utilized for a special
event, such as temporary power for a construction trailer. Contact the
Denver Fire Department, Flammables group at 720-913-3518 for more
information concerning the operational permit requirements.

Procedures for Issuing the #3 Electrical Permit: The #3 electrical permit for
temporary power may be issued at the commercial same day review counter
when all of the following information is provided (also see attached
checklist/application form).
1. Address, starting date, and duration of the event or temporary
installation,
2. Total number of generators, if applicable, to include any back-up
generators on site,
3. The overcurrent device (breakers or fuses) ratings for all temporary
equipment where connected to the premises wiring,
4. Generator voltage, kW ratings and fuel type,
5. List of all equipment to be connected to each generator, along with the
total added equipment kW rating for each generator,
6. Site plan showing location(s) of generator(s) or premises wiring
connections. The site plan may be a hand sketch as long as it clearly

Subject:

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
TEMPORARY POWER (GENERATION)

Approved:

Keith Peetz, P.E., Interim Building Official

Number: NEC 590

Issued Date:

July 29, 2014

Page:

3 of 5

identifies the locations of all generators and/or connections to premises


wiring.
Allow sufficient time before the event to prepare all of the information above for
review. No electrical permit shall be issued if the above minimum information is
not provided at the time of the electrical review.

END OF DOCUMENT

Temporary and Special Events Power Installations


Checklist and Application
Project Event:

Project

Address:

Duration of Event:
Type of Temporary Power Source
D

Generator(s)

Premises building wiring

Other source of temporary power (please list source):

Generators:
Where generators will be used as the temporary power source, the following information is
required to obtain the electrical permit (use additional pages if required):
D
D

Site plan indicating the locations of all generators, to include those used only as backup
generators,
Quantity and kW minimum ratings of all generators, to include backup generators,
_

The overcurrent devices ratings (breakers or fuses) at the generators that will be used to feed
equipment, as well as a list of all distribution panels to be installed and how they are
connected to the generator,

_
D

A list of all equipment to be connected to each generator,


_

Total of all equipment load kW ratings for each generator.


_

Additional plumbing and mechanical permits. Contact the Mechanical/Plumbing group at


720-865-2720 if:
1. The generator(s) or other source of temporary power is to be installed indoors, or
2. The generator(s) is to be connected to a buildings installed gas connection.

Note: A Fire Department permit will be required for the generators. For special events, contact
the Denver Fire Department Special Detail/Public Assembly Permits group at 720-913-3448. For
generators not used specifically for a special event, contact the Denver Fire Department,
Flammables group at 720-913-3518.

Premises Wiring:
If premises wiring is to be used to provide temporary power, the following is required to obtain the
electrical permit (use additional pages if necessary):
D

List any existing panel(s) and associated breaker or fuse ratings for all temporary equipment,
_
_

Locations of existing panels within the building,


_
_

Provide the kW, voltage, and AIC ratings for new temporary panels or equipment containing
breakers or fuses that will be used to connect temporary equipment,
_
_

Provide the total kW load that will be connected to each new temporary panel, and the
calculated short circuit rating at each new panel.
_
_

Demonstrate that each panel will not be overloaded by the addition of the newly installed
temporary loads.
_
_

Subject:

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
CABLE INSTALLATION FOR TEMPORARY SPECIAL EVENTS

Approved:

Ed Kocman, P.E., Interim Building Official

Number: NEC 590.4

Issued Date:

May 6, 2015

Page:

1 of 1

Reference: DBCA Section 103.8, NEC 590 Temporary


Installations

Scope: This policy is intended to identify the conditions for when the
requirements of NEC 590.4(J) shall apply for Temporary Special Events. A
Temporary Special Event is defined as an event lasting no longer than (4) four
days in duration. This policy does not apply to cable installations for temporary
construction sites and holiday lighting.
The National Electrical Code (NEC) Article 590.4(J) requires that cable
assemblies and flexible cords and cables installed as branch circuits or feeders
shall not be installed on the floor or on the ground. Due to the short duration
and low risk hazard associated with Temporary Special Events, this code
article shall not be enforced for cable assemblies and flexible cords and cables
installed within any areas occupied by a Temporary Special Event lasting no
longer than (4) four days in duration.
Temporary Special Events lasting longer than (4) four days in duration shall
meet the requirements of NEC 590.4(J) unless otherwise approved by the
Building Official.
Cable assemblies and flexible cords and cables installed within the Temporary
Special Events area shall be protected from accidental damage per NEC
590.4(H).

Subject:

CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER


COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
BUILDING PERMIT POLICY
DISTRIBUTED RESOURCES (DR) GENERATING SYSTEMS

Approved:

Peter Bemelen, P.E., Building Official

Number:

NEC 705

Reference:

Effective Date:
Revised:

November 1, 2004

Page:

1 of 1

October 17, 2011

National Electrical Code (NEC) Article 705


Section 106, Denver Building Code

This policy is established to provide a means for the evaluation of DR systems and installers
consistent with existing codes and standards and recognizing current development work. Codebased requirements for DR installations consistent with community policy and local safety and
environmental concerns will be maintained.
Building owners or tenants who desire to install DR systems to enhance electric power quality
and reliability to their facility shall adhere to the following:
DR systems shall be any power production equipment meant to operate in parallel with the utility.
These include, but are not limited to: photovoltaic, wind, microturbine, fuel cell and enginegenerators. Battery systems (UPS) are not included.
1.

Proposed DR systems shall be identified when making PBG/PUD/PRV and construction


permit application. DR system design may be a deferred submittal under Section 133.5
of the Denver Building Code. We will review applications for compliance with: land use,
proximity to property lines, impact to adjacent occupancies, noise limits, air quality
standards, economic justice and relevant construction codes.

2.

Users shall submit certification from the local utility that the DR system complies with
utility interconnection requirements and IEEE Standards.

3.

Manufacturer certification of system environmental emissions and HAZMAT statements


for all fuel sources and combustion by-products are required. Design Engineer
certification of system design compliance with equipment listing from a nationally
recognized testing laboratory (UL, ETL, FM, etc.) is required. The statement shall read:
THIS DESIGN HAS BEEN REVIEWED FOR CONFORMANCE WITH THE
APPLICABLE INSTALLATION REQUIREMENTS OF THE EQUIPMENT LISTING.
Certification shall appear on the Title Sheet and be signed and dated by the responsible
design professional.

4.

Designs shall be submitted per Section 133 of the Denver Building Code. Stamp and
signature of the responsible design professional is required.

5.

Installation shall be by properly licensed contractors familiar with the DR technology and
equipment. Written verification of the companys experience may be required by the
Building Official.

6.

Users shall submit a certification of conditions of operation and maintenance for the DR
system. Information to include: type of DR, projected run time & frequency, individual or
company responsible to bring unit on/off line; and party responsible for system
maintenance. Records of system maintenance shall be kept on the premises for
inspection by the Building Department or Fire Department at any time. Failure to properly
maintain and operate DR systems shall be subject to the provisions of Section 107.1.10,
Denver Building Code.

7.

See NEC Article 705 for additional requirements.


END OF DOCUMENT