Permit Review Process
The City of Boulder uses a phased review process. The review is divided into two phases. The first phase includes reviewing zoning and engineering issues. The second phase includes reviewing building and utilities issues. This process allows for a coordinated review from several staff members to process your application more efficiently.
When you submit your completed application, the project specialist will give you an approximate date when you can expect to hear from the city. The actual time it takes to receive approval is determined by the clarity and completeness of your application materials, as well as the number of other applications awaiting review. If your submitted documents are complete, accurate and meet all the code requirements, the possibility of your application requiring resubmittal is reduced.
For some smaller projects such as fences, roofs, singlefamily electrical systems, and single family heating and air-conditioning systems, a permit may be issued over the counter. A project specialist in the Planning & Development Services Center will determine if your permit may be issued at the time of application or if it will need to follow the review process. The specialist will be able to give you an estimate on how long the process will take if it has to go through review.
Possible over-the-counter permits:
Estimated Review Times
If staff determines that additional information is needed or is missing, you will be contacted by mail or phone. This may increase the review time.
If for any reason a permit is not issued within 180 calendar days from the day of initial payment, your application will expire. You may apply for an extension to your 180-day limit by contacting the Chief Building Official at 303-441-1880, or
. You must receive an extension before your application expires.
You can check the status of your permit online in the Construction Permit Report.
If your permit is issued, go to Permit Issued for more information.
Last Updated on Friday, 15 March 2013 17:20