Permits are required for any structure (attached or detached) being constructed on a property. Below are some examples of projects that require a permit, this is not an all inclusive list.
Please use Residential Exterior application for the following projects:
|Decks||Attached Shade Over 200 SF|
|Attached Garage||Attached Shade 200 SF of Less|
|Outdoor Kitchen/living (Gas Fire Places)||Awning|
|Carport||Detached Accessory Structure (Sheds, Garages, etc.) over 200 SF|
|Hot Tubs/Above Ground Pools||In-ground Pool|
Before you Apply
Review online guides and the adopted building codes to help you understand the requirements for your projects, utilize this online code resource for the current adopted codes.
Is a Contractor’s License Required?
If you are the owner and occupant of the residence and you are completing the work by yourself, a license is not required. If you are hiring a contractor for any part of the project, the City of Arvada requires a licensed contractor to be listed on the permit. If you are the owner of the residence and it is not your primary residence, you will need to hire a contractor or obtain a contractor’s license to be able to be issued the permit.
Type of License required for Residential Exterior:
Class I-B builder's unlimited license
Class II-B builder's license
Class III-B builder's miscellaneous license
How to Apply
Our application process and plan review is completely electronic. If you have your plans in an electronic format, you will be able to upload them during the application process. Plans can be drawn by hand and dropped off at City Hall, staff will scan them and convert to PDF. There are numerous online resources available for drawing scaled plans that can help you create electronic plans.
When the project scope and all documents are ready, create a login on www.arvadapermits.org if you are a homeowner or login using your AEC number if you are a contractor and start your application. All items will be attached to the application, failure to attach documents will result in your application not being accepted. If you are having any issues during the application process please contact us for assistance.
Timeline for Review:
Once a completed application and plan sets have been submitted, planning staff will review the site plan and determine if the structure and location is approved. Once they have approved the application, building staff will review your application and plan sets. Plan reviews are 1-2 days depending on the detail of the plans and the business demands. The applicant will be notified via email if plans are approved or if the plans need to be updated.
Documents will be uploaded during the electronic application process, please upload PDFs to your application. If you wish to bring paper copies, please drop them off at City Hall Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. COVID restrictions may apply.
Plan Set - Plans need to be drawn to scale, engineered plans are not needed unless there are structural changes. The building guides located under “Guides to help you plan your project” can be used to to guide your plans or can be used in lieu of plan sets for most situations. For more complicated projects, additional plans may be requested.
Any added electrical or plumbing clearly identified on the plans. If there is a gas line being ran, they should include a gas line sizing calculation that includes the size of the gas line, the material of the gas line, the location where the gas line is being added to the existing line/ meter, the length of the new gas line, the inlet pressure/ water column pressure at the meter and the total BTU's of any appliances ran on that line.
The address is clearly labeled on the plans.
Plot Plan - This document will clearly show the dimensions of your project and its relationship to the existing buildings and property lines. The primary structure and any other structures must be on the plot plan. Plot plans can sometimes be found attached to the history record on the address at www.arvadapermits.org.
Subcontractor forms - Contractor that will be completing mechanical, plumbing or electrical work will need to be licensed with the City of Arvada and will complete and submit this form. They will then be linked to the permit, only a single permit will be issued for your project.
Fees are assessed based on the total value of the project. Below are the common fees for a Residential Exterior projects, however, each project is unique and may add additional fees. Please use the fee calculator to get an estimate on your project. The job valuation that you provide will be reviewed against the adopted fee schedule, if the fee schedule valuation results in a higher job value we will use the highest value.
*Hot tubs and above ground pools are set at a flat permit fee of $50. Plan review fee and use tax will also be included.
When the permit is approved, the applicant will receive an email notifying them to pay fees and print the permit. The applicant is also responsible for printing an approved plan set and having both the approved plans and the permit on site at all times
Plan changes during construction
If your plan changes during construction, please submit updated plans to your permit at www.arvadapermits.org and send us an email notifying us that something has changed. We will review the changes, please note that additional fees may apply depending on the requests.
Inspections can be unique depending on the scope of your project, below is a list of common inspections for exterior structures projects. Please consult with the inspector for additional inspections that may be needed. If you are not completing any Electrical, Mechanical or plumbing then those related inspections will not be required.
Foundation wall/ Reinforcing
Mid- Roof (Only if this is a special roof material such as a 1:12 or heavy tiles.)
Closing the permit
After the final inspection has been completed, the permit will be updated with the status of FINALED. You do not need to send in additional information or obtain a Certificate of Occupancy or any other documentation. You can go to arvadapermits.org at any time and obtain a copy of your inspection record for your files.