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Building Permits

A City of Boulder building 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 building 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.

Want to know about your permit status and tax reconciliation?  Permit Status and Tax Reconciliation

Online Permit Applications

You can submit an application online for the following permit types by using the Customer Self-Service Portal:

  • Electrical/Photovoltaic Solar 
  • Electrical Temporary Construction Power 
  • Fence and Wall 
  • Fire
  • Floodplain Information Request 
  • Mechanical HVAC (Residential Only)/Solar Water Heater/Wood Burning
  • Mobile Home Installation 
  • Plumbing
  • Roofing Replacement 
  • Sign 


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.

Visit the Construction Use Tax page for instructions or call the Finance Department at 303-441-3050.

New Staff and Building Inspection Process Announcement

As a part of implementing the city’s Design Excellence Initiative, a Landscape Plans Reviewer / Development Review Inspector position was created to help ensure high quality outcomes in the built environment. Jessica Andersen has accepted the Landscape Plans Reviewer / Development Review Inspector position. Jessica is a registered Landscape Architect as well as LEED BD&C, with a Bachelor’s in Landscape Architecture from Colorado State University and Master’s Degrees in Urban and Regional Planning and Public Administration from University of Colorado at Denver. Most recently, Jessica was a landscape architecture consultant in Denver. Her combination of skills, experience and education make her an excellent fit for this position.

While our existing landscape review and inspection scheduling processes will not change, a new architectural inspection process has been created for buildings with discretionary approvals (such as Site and Use Review). Inspections will typically take place at “rough and final siding” to ensure that building architecture, materials and window details are consistent with approvals. These new inspections will be known as “rough and final architecture.” Required inspections will appear on final inspection cards to remind contractors to schedule architectural inspections when necessary. Anyone needing to schedule an inspection may dial 303-441-4428. Walk in or in-person scheduling is also available at the Development Services Center at 1739 Broadway, 3rd Floor.

The required architectural inspections went into effect on Monday, June 6, 2016.

Please feel free to contact 303-441-1880 with any questions.