There are several advantages to doing home improvement projects with a building permit. When you apply for a permit, you can be assured that your construction drawings will be thoroughly reviewed and that each phase of the project will be inspected to ensure the work is completed in compliance with locally adopted building codes. Additionally, the plans examiner and field inspector can be a resource to provide technical guidance on your project. Furthermore, there are legal and financial liabilities that you may face when you don’t get a building permit. Work without a permit is illegal and can pose serious complications for you when you try to sell your house. Any fire and homeowners insurance you have may be invalidated if you do work without a permit. If there is a fire in your home, the insurance company can use the illegal work as an excuse not to pay your claim.
Below is a list of projects that typically require a building permit:
New buildings (including agricultural buildings)
Patio Covers and Carports
Storage sheds and Pole Barns
Fences over 6 feet in height
Pools over 5000 gallons,
hot tubs and spas
Patio enclosures and screened porches
Attached and detached garages
Air Conditioners /Furnace installations or replacement
Gas piping over 10 feet in length
Boiler installation or replacement
Gas log installations or replacement
Water heater installation or replacement
Any type of renovation: Basement finish; Kitchen remodeling; Electrical modifications; Plumbing modifications; Structural modifications; Doors and windows (if change dimensions or type); Walls (new, replacement or removal)
Inspections are made at various stages of the building project to assure compliance with adopted building and fire codes. If discrepancies are found by the inspector(s), they are noted on an inspection correction form and left on the job site. Upon making the necessary corrections, a follow up inspection will be required to document compliance has been accomplished. An Inspection Card is issued with the Building Permit that details the inspections required for your project.
Inspections are scheduled by contacting SAFEbuilt inc at 970-674-1036 or 1-866-671-1036. Inspections must be called in before 7:30 a.m. to receive a same day inspection. Requests received after 7:30 a.m. will be schedule for the next working day. To schedule an inspection, please provide the following information: Permit Number, Job Site Address, Type of Inspection Needed, Phone Number, Desired Date of Inspection.
It is strongly recommended that you speak to the building permit technician at Town Hall prior to completing your application and submitting plans to determine if your project is subject to any additional requirements, particularly if you're property is in the flood way or flood zone.