Arapahoe County Building division protects the safety of citizens in the built environment by providing quality enforcement of adopted codes. Building issues permits, inspects work and reviews construction plans to ensure that all building projects for new or existing structures are safe and conform to code.
Note that our services are for unincorporated parts of the County. Before proceeding: Check Your Jurisdiction
Required Permit Projects
Building projects, as described in section R105 of the IRC and 105 of the IBC, of the current County adopted ICC codes, including amendments posted on our website require a building permit. See the Helpful Resources section below for specific guidelines.
After obtaining a permit, it is the permit-holder's responsibility to schedule an inspection.
COVID-19 Service Update: Dec. 2020
The following is effective December 2020 or until further notice and is subject to change:
- Lima Street office open by appointment only. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Call 720-874-6600 to make an appointment.
- Inspectors have the authority to postpone an inspection at any time if they believe the conditions at a jobsite may be unsafe or jeopardize the health of any involved parties.
- Inspectors follow strict health and safety protocols including temperature checks, use of PPE and more. We ask that our customers also follow safety guidelines, please view the full protocol.
- Building Inspections are being scheduled based on site-specific conditions. If you have a permitted job, use Citizen Access to manage and schedule appointments.
- Carefully review the COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for new unoccupied buildings, occupied homes/residential units, virtual inspections and other services.
News & Operational Updates
At a Nov. 24 Public Meeting, the Board of County Commissioners approved an increase in fees, effective January 1, 2021.
Citizen Access is the online full-service tool that allows you to submit applications, upload documents, communicate with case reviewers, schedule inspections and make payments.
For your convenience, we offer two forms of online transactions:
Electronic Check (ACH) with a transaction fee of $1.50 or Credit Card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express) with a transaction fee of 3%
Contemporaneous Reviews of Electrical and Plumbing License and Apprenticeship Requirements
Per HB19-1086 (Plumbing) effective 1-1-20 and SB19-156 (Electrical) effective 7-1-19, Arapahoe County Building Division will be performing license reviews during the course of normal inspections. This new procedure is designed to ensure consistent enforcement of licensure requirements at the request of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies.
- Adopted Building Codes and Amendments - Effective October 1, 2016
- Building Guidelines and Handouts
- Building Permit Application and Fees
- Check the jurisdiction you live in
- Electronic Permit Applicant Guide
- COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for new unoccupied buildings, occupied homes/residential units, virtual inspections and other services.