Building Safety Division - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The following information is to help answer the most frequently asked questions regarding the permit process in Greenwood Village. If, you still have questions after reading this general information, please contact the Community Development Department at 303-486-5783, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Do I need a building permit?
Commercial and residential remodeling and construction including all additions, structural changes and garage conversions to houses require a building permit. A building permit is also required for fences, retaining walls, and landscaping. Most plumbing, mechanical and electrical work require permits.
The best way to find out if you need a permit is to call us at 303-486-5783. The Building and Planning staff will assist you with your project and help determine if a permit is required. If a permit is required, it must be obtained prior to starting work on the project. Below is a sample list of projects requiring a permit.
A permit is required for:
- New residential and commercial construction
- Attached or detached garages
- Additions to any structure
- Interior remodeling which involves any change or modification/addition to framing or the mechanical, plumbing or electric system (including service upgrades)
- Lawn sprinkler / irrigation systems
- Replacing cabinets with framing modifications
- Porches and decks
- Concrete or flatwork (Including steps, porches, patios) - call for verification of proposed work
- Swimming pools, hot tubs and spas
- Accessory structures including sheds and fire pits
- Fences, dog runs, gates and entry monuments
- Changing existing plumbing fixtures
- Roofing or repairs to an existing roof (in excess of 100 square feet)
- Commercial telecommunications equipment including antennae and satellite dishes
- Temporary uses - permits required for tents, portable generators, temporary signs, etc.
- Water heaters, furnaces, air conditioners
- Changes to HVAC systems
A permit is not required for:
- Painting, carpeting, tile or hardwood floors
- Changing cabinet faces
- Replacing cabinets with no framing modifications
- Changing existing light fixtures (If not being relocated)
- Changing ceiling tiles
- Normal installation of household appliances
- Gutters and downspouts
Why do I need a building permit?
Permits are required by state law to protect owners and the general public. The permit process ensures that the contractor is adequately licensed and the improvements are completed as indicated on the plans and in compliance with code.
How long does the permit process take?
If all of the required elements are submitted with a completed building permit application and the appropriate fee, it normally takes three to five business days. Projects requiring a written plan review could take approximately two weeks.
How much does a permit cost?
The building permit fee is based upon the total value of the project.
When do I pay for my permit?
Plan check fees for projects valued at $1,000,000 and greater are required to be paid upon submittal of the permit. All other permit fees are due when the permit is issued.
What are the building permit submittal requirements?
Click on the following links to access the required documents:
When does my permit expire?
Projects must commence within six months from the date the permit was issued. Work on the project may not be abandoned for more than six months at a time. Extensions may be requested by submitting a written request to the chief building official.
How do I know if a permit has been issued for construction projects in our neighborhood?
If a building permit has been obtained, it should be posted so that it is clearly visible from the front of the house or commercial project. If no permit is posted, you may call Community Development at 303-486-5783 with the address of where the work is taking place to verify that a permit has been issued.
Do I need an inspection?
Inspections are required as part of the permit process.
How do I schedule an inspection?
You must call the inspection line at 303-694-5023 by 4:15 the day before you are requesting an inspection. You will be asked to provide the address and the permit number of the job. Effective January 1, 2016 Electrical inspections are scheduled through the City and must be called in on the inspection line at 303-694-5023.
Which building codes is the Village currently enforcing?
Currently adopted codes include:
- The 2012 International Building Code
- The 2012 International Residential Code
- The 2012 International Mechanical Code
- The 2012 International Energy Conservation Code
- The 2012 International Plumbing Code
- The 2012 International Fuel Gas Code
- The 2012 International Fire Code
- The 2014 National Electrical Code
- ICC/ANSI A117.1-2009 American National Standard – Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities
What are the construction hours?
- Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Saturday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Sunday / Holidays: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
How can I obtain building plan copies?
Structural plans for commercial buildings are retained in Community Development. A request for information form can be completed in person, faxed to 303-773-1238 or mailed to 6060 South Quebec, Greenwood Village, Colorado 80111. Plans for commercial tenant finishes and residential buildings are only retained for six months.
Do I need an asbestos report?
Buildings or those portions of a building constructed prior to October 12, 1988, require an asbestos report.