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Radio Amplification

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All commercial structures are required to be tested for radio amplification as per City of Arvada adopted International Fire Code chapter 42 Section 510.4.2.1. An approved installer will be required to test your location to verify radio frequency before your Certificate of Occupancy can be issued. If an amplification system (BDA) is required, a permit will be required to install system.


Getting Started

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,, enter the required information and upload PDF plans and related documents to your application.  

  eTRAKIT Application



Who Can Do the Work?

Radio Amplification permits will be issued to a Licensed Radio Amplification professional. Please review contractor qualifications and download applications before applying for permits

Review Timelines

A review will be completed by the Radio Systems Administrator for the City of Arvada. The review could take up to 15 days to be completed. Once the review is completed you will be notified via e-mail to complete the payment and print your permit.


Below are the fess that will be charge for your permit. A fee calculator is available online at

Fee Type Amount
Building Permit Fee $0
Use Tax Variable


Required Submittal Documents

Permit applications must be submitted with the correct documentation. Applications that are submitted without the proper documentation will not be accepted. As BDA systems are installed in the City of Arvada, and are meant to amplify the current LMR system, these sets of minimum parameters must be met to gain approval from the Radio System Administrator for approval.

1. Certification of in-building system training issues by a nationally recognized organization, school or a certificate issued by the manufacture of the equipment being installed.

2. Proposed BDA make/model

     a. Type A (channelized to exact frequencies), if Type A, check Freq list.

     b. Type B (Band) check bandwidth.

3. Proof of Coverage as defined in the IFC and City of Arvada Ordinance

    a. 95% of each floor at -95 dBm

    b. Min. 20 test points per floor

    c. Stairwells, main corridors, entry/exit ways

4. Proper installation

     a. NEMA enclosure of BDA and UPS

     b. UPS with 24 hrs of backup power

     c. Monitoring via Fire Panel or ther

5. Documented installation location (where in building), power levels, test results including oscillation rejection.

6. Proper FCC registration of installation. This must be submitted to the Building Inspections Division at time of Certificate of Occupancy request.

After Installation

All radio amplification installations will be inspected annually as part of a regular fire inspection to verify that annual maintenance has been performed by an approved service provider and system operation has been maintained as designed. Owners of the buildings must have annual inspections on systems completed and available for review during the inspection. These records must be kept on file and available when requested.