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Residential Interior

Use this permit type to apply for the following projects. Please review the Residential Exterior web to help categorize your project.

Interior Remodels (Includes Kitchen and baths) Garage Conversions
Structural modifications or repair Basement Finishes
Foundation Repair  


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 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 Interior Remodels:

  • 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 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.


  eTRAKIT Application



Timeline for Review:

Once a completed application and plan sets have been submitted, building staff will review your application and send it to the plan reviewers. 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.

Required Documents:

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 do not need to be engineered unless there are structural changes or egress windows installed. A complete plan set shall have the following items, depending on the scope of the project you may need to include more information.

  • A floor plan shall be drawn on white background using blue or black ink or text. This shall include room dimensions.

    • The floor plans should label the room uses and specify if egress windows are being added or if they are existing.  If adding new egress windows, an engineers letter will be required.

    • Show electrical outlets, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, lighting fixtures, fans, plumbing modifications, cleanouts, furnace/heating appliances and water heater.

    • List window sizes and types, identify emergency escape and rescue windows and egress window wells with ladder and clear dimensions of window well.

    • Identify modifications to the existing structure such as posts, beams and floor joists. Engineering will be required.

    • Indicate height of dropped ceiling areas less than 7 feet.

    • A shower or tub equipped with a showerhead shall have a minimum ceiling height of 6’ 8” above a minimum area 30” by 30” at the shower head. See the attached Basement Finish handout for additional information.

  • Engineered Documents - If there are structural changes or egress windows installed, the plans will need to be stamped by a licensed Engineer. 

  • 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 gas line being, 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.

Sub contractor 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 Interior Remodel, 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.

Standard Fee

Only assessed if completed on Project:

Building Permits (Table 18-1)

Electrical Fee

Plan Review

Mechanical Fee

Use Tax

Plumbing Fee


Permit Issuance

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 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 Interior Remodel projects. Please consult with the inspector for additional inspections that may be needed. If you are not completing any electrical, mechanical or plumbing then inspections will not be required.


  1. Underground Plumbing

  2. Rough Plumbing

  3. Shower Pan

  4. Gas Line

  5. Rough Mechanical

  6. Rough Electrical

  7. Rough Frame

  8. Insulation

  9. Final Plumbing

  10. Final Electrical

  11. Final Mechanical

  12. Final Structural

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 at any time and obtain a copy of your inspection record for your files.