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Building Permits

A City of Boulder permit is an official document that authorizes the alteration, demolition, construction, enlargement, movement, repair, removal, or replacement of any building or structure, or of any accessory attached to a building or structure.

The city requires permits to ensure safe building, coordinated development, effective land use, and high-quality site planning.

How Long Does a Permit Review Take? Learn more about the building permit review process.

2013 Flood Recovery, Restoration and Repair Permit

A City of Boulder permit and inspection is required for repairs to electrical, mechanical or plumbing systems. A permit is not required for drywall repairs or carpet replacements.

If your property was damaged by the September 2013 flooding, download, print and fill out the 2013 Flood Recovery, Restoration and Repair Permit pdf application form before applying in-person at the Planning and Development Services (P&DS) Center.

This permit allows you to submit your application and receive an over-the-counter permit during the same visit. There will be no fee charged for this permit or the subsequent inspection to ensure that flood damage has been properly addressed, though you will be required to pay the associated taxes.

Specific Floodplain Developmentrequirements may be applicable for properties located in a floodplain.

Some flood-related permits will be charged a fee and some projects cannot go through the expedited permit process. Fees for permits that are unrelated to flood damages will not be waived.

Online Permit Applications (E-Permits and SKIP-A-TRIP)

  1. Select the appropriate link below to download the application form, or call 303-441-1880 to have one faxed to you.
  2. Complete the application form.
  3. Fax the application to 303-441-4241 or drop off your application at 1739 Broadway, third floor.

Faxed applications will be processed within two business days, excluding holidays and weekends. If the application is insufficient, the areas where information is missing will be circled and the application will be faxed back to the applicant.

E-Permits (Mechanical)
Apply online for stand-alone Mechanical Permits for residential dwellings of two units or less.

Construction Use Tax

Building permits that have a final cost/contract price of $20,000 or more must be reconciled for construction use taxes with the City of Boulder Finance Department. These projects may be audited.

Select the "Construction Use Tax" link for instructions or call the Finance Department at 303-441-3050.


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