This online handbook will help you with the common process for applying and obtaining permits for new commercial buildings and additions.
If your project is currently in the Development Process with the City of Arvada your permit will not be approved until the Final Development Process is completed.
Review the list of required documents and steps below before beginning the application process. Once you are ready to apply, you will login to our permitting system, www.arvadapermits.org, enter the required information and upload .pdf plans and related documents to your application.
Who Can Do the Work?
Commercial permits are issued to Licensed Contractors. To ensure your permit is issued in a timely manner please make sure to submit all of your subcontractors, permits without sub-contractors listed will be placed into a hold. Please review contractor qualifications and download applications before applying for permits.
The City of Arvada is committed to providing plan reviews within our timelines, however, workload of the current development environment in the City of Arvada can affect these timelines. Complete submittals help will assist with keeping within this timeframe. If your application package is incomplete your project may not be accepted.
Fees are charged based on the over job contract value or on the square footage. You can get an estimate on your fees at www.arvadapermits.org. Please be aware that additional fees may apply and will be identified through the permitting process.
|Building Permit Fee (Table 18-1)||Variable|
|Plan Review Fee||65% of Permit Fee|
|If being completed on the project:|
Required Submittal Documents
Permit applications must be submitted with the correct documentation. Applications that are submitted without the proper documentation will not be accepted. If you have questions about items that are required please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please provide each plan set individually in a single PDF. All plans must be stamped by a professional licensed in the State of Colorado (engineer or architect)
Plans must include a building code summary including assumptions made with regard to proposed occupancy classification(s), proposed square footage, building area limitations, construction type, exiting, occupant load, wind speed design, snow load, frost depth, and any other pertinent design information.
Plans included in package:
1. Civil, Landscaping and Grading Plans
2. Architectural Plans
3. Structural Plans
4. Mechanical Plans
5. Plumbing Plans
6. Electrical Plans
7. COMCheck reports
- Building Envelope
- Mechanical System
- Electrical Lighting
Permit Issuance and Inspections
People or firms performing construction work in the City are required to hold the appropriate licensing as required in Chapter 18 of the City of Arvada Code of Ordinances. More information about licensing requirements and categories can be found here.
All projects are required to have the following City of Arvada approved documents on site. All approved plan sets can be downloaded on arvadapermits.org and can be made available either in a physical paper copy or as an electronic copy, unless noted otherwise.
- Plan Set Approved (Electronic or physical)
- Inspection Sign Off Sheet (Physical copy)
- Permit (Physical copy)
Certificate of Occupancy
No space or structure shall be occupied until a Certificate of Occupancy has been obtained from the City Building Department. All final inspections must be performed and approved by City building inspectors. In addition approval by all development related departments within the City including Planning, Engineering, Traffic, and Utilities and related Special Districts including the Fire Department and Public Health Department (for restaurants) must be obtained with proof provided to the Building Department.
An Improvement Location Certificate and Final Grading Plan, including impervious surface, special inspection reports, foundation inspection reports, backflow test reports, mechanical balance reports and any other project specific certifications or documentation must be provided before the Certificate of Occupancy can be issued.
All commercial projects in the City of Arvada require a Certificate of Occupancy to be issued before occupancy can occur.
All final inspections are completed. Final Building, Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing. CO-Public Improvement.
Test and proof of compliance for Emergency Responder Radio Coverage.
Tap fees have been paid in full. If you pay with non-certified funds you will have a two week wait before the sign off can be complete.
Request C.O. through www.arvadapermits.org, five days before desired issue date.
Review permit reviews on arvadapermits.org to make sure all of the reviews are completed and approved by the following departments: