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Do you need a residential permit in Arvada for a new fence? Or a transient merchant permit? Find out what types of work and activities require permits and get your application started today.

When Are Permits Required?

Types of Work

This is not an inclusive list. Even if your planned project or commercial activity is not listed below, you may still need a permit. If you have questions about permitting requirements for a project or activity, please call 720-898-7620 or e-mail

Commercial Activities

If you are looking for information about obtaining or updating a business license in Arvada, please visit Business Licenses

Residential Permits 

Residential structures are defined as 1-2 Single Family homes that are not a part of a larger living complex like apartments or condos. Permits are required for both interior and exterior residential building projects within the City of Arvada. Depending on the type of working being completed can require different City department approvals before the permit can be issued or closed. Permits are required to be issued before a project is started. Each permit could potentially have series of inspections required before the permit can be closed.


New Home Construction

New home construction permit applications are submitted to the Building Inspection Division and then routed to Engineering and Planning Divisions for approval. The plan review process usually takes four weeks to be completed; this time frame is subject to the workload of plan review staff as well as depends on the completeness of the application and documents. Permits can be monitored using

Existing Residential Construction

Depending on your project, construction drawings (plans) will most likely be required before the permit can be issued. Permits for smaller construction projects (i.e. detached garages, remodels, additions, decks, hot tubs, retaining walls and sheds) are usually issued the same day of application if staff is available for the review. Any work that is completed on the exterior of the structure will also be subject to a zoning review which is completed by Neighborhood Services. Individuals should review the requirements within each permit web page located within this topic for more information about the required documents.


Inspections are usually completed the next business day from the date that it was scheduled with the exception of roofing inspections. Roofing inspections are subject to weather and volume of requested inspections.

All inspections can be scheduled by using or by calling 720-898-7630 and using the automated telephone system. A 3-digit code is required when using the automated phone system to schedule.

Contact Information

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    8101 Ralston Road, Arvada, CO 80002