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Permits and Applications


Online permitting through is available for most permits; permit applications and supplemental plans and documents can also be emailed to the Engineering and Building Departments. We will process license and permit applications as quickly as possible. Special Event Permits may be limited due to State and local public health restrictions. If your special event falls beyond current restricted gathering dates, we will review your application; however, the City has the right to NOT approve or to revoke an approved permit based on extensions to state and local orders. Regardless of the date of your event, we ask that you take the time to review the COVID-19 resources and follow the requirements and recommendations outlined.

Commercial and Developers

For more information on permits related to commercial or development endeavors, visit our Commercial and Developers page.


The City of Arvada utilizes eTRAKIT for online permitting capabilities. Contractors and homeowners are able to apply and pay for permits and projects, view and respond to plan review comments, schedule and see inspection results 24/7. Permit records for Building and Right of Way projects and project files for Community Development are all available through


Permits are required for both interior and exterior residential building projects within the City of Arvada. Our Residential page provides a list of the types of work that require a permit, from new home construction to small construction projects.

Right of Way

General public improvements constructed on public right of way, easements and other public property, and utility services on private property between the property line and the building, require a permit. Learn about permit issuance, licensing requirements and inspections.

Short Term Rentals

If you are proposing to operate a short term rental in your home, in a room or rooms in your home, or in an accessory dwelling unit, you will need to apply for a short term rental license.

Special Event Permits

If you are planning an event that includes any one of the following: a) held on public property; b) open to the general public (free or ticketed); c) anticipates more than 100 people attending/participating, you will need to apply for a special event permit.