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New Single Family

Before you Apply

Thinking about building a new home in Arvada? If the lot is over 10,000 square feet a site development permit must be obtained. 

Required Documents

Below are the required documents that must be filled out completely and submitted with permit application or the permit will not be accepted. Custom Home Plans will require that the Plan Review Fee is paid when the permit is dropped off for review. Permits require 2- 4 weeks for repeat plans and 4- 6 weeks for custom or master plans/approximately. Any delay in your reply to our questions will affect the time to get any permit approved.

Please provide electronically in individual PDF

  • Plot Plans/8-1/2" x 14" Maximum size.
  • Building Plans/Complete structural, elevations & braced wall lines must be specified on plans.
  • Basement structural floors with ventilation and moisture mitigation plan.
  • Foundation Plans stamped by a Colorado Professional Engineer.
  • Truss packs stamped -136 vult Exp-C 30lb snow roof.
  • Rescheck if doing total UA design for energy code compliance.
  • Hers rating performance design for energy code compliance.
  • Drainage Plan with contours separate from site plan.
  • Heat Calculations/Manual J and D.
  • Application filled out completely.
  • Soil Report.
  • Unless otherwise noted by building department that the building could be Exposure C.

Required Approvals

Approvals for permit issuance is required from Planning, Engineering and Building Inspections


Inspections can be scheduled until 6:00 a.m. of the desired inspection date. Inspections are completed Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. All inspection can be scheduled using or by calling 720-898-7630 and using the automated line. A 3-digit inspection code is required.

Certificate of Occupancy (C.O.)

To obtain a Certificate of Occupancy the project must be in good standing with Engineering, Planning and Stormwater. All fees must be paid prior to issuance of the C.O.

1. All final inspections are completed:

  • Final Building,
  • Final Electrical,
  • Final Mechanical (HVAC) 
  • Final Plumbing
  • CO- Public Improvement 

2. Schedule a CO/TCO Inspection. This will notify the other departments a CO or TCO is being requested.

3. 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. Please contact Utility Billing, 720-898-7070.

Documents Required

All documents should be uploaded to the permit through three days in advance of your request. All documents must be uploaded individually in PDF format.

Provide the following:

  1. Air Leakage Report
  2. Energy certification, if using performance based method
  3. Provide documentation of compliance with section R302.13 of the 2015 IRC for fire protection of floor assemblies. 
  4. Provide the Foundation Inspection Form with each of the required inspections signed off and stamped by the engineer that approved the inspection. See Foundation Inspection Form for details.
  5. Final ILC w/ impervious surface calculation
  6. Final Grading Certificate. 

Once all required documents are added to the permit, monitor to make sure all of the reviews are completed by the following departments:

  • Engineering
  • Planning
  • Utility Billing
  • Building

After all items have been submitted and are approved a Certificate of Occupancy may be issued.