Building Permits

When Do You Need A Permit?
A building permit is required for new construction, additions, or alterations. Examples of projects that require building permits are:
  • New buildings
  • Room additions
  • Roofing
  • Decks
  • Hot tubs and swimming pools (in-ground & above ground, over 24" deep)
  • Retaining walls (over 4' high or supporting a surcharge)
  • Storage sheds (over 120 SF of floor area)
  • Signs
  • Exterior irrigation systems
  • Interior remodels
  • Basement and tenant finishes
  • Electrical service changes
  • Air conditioners and swamp coolers
  • Carports and awnings
  • Furnace, boiler, and water heater replacement
  • Window change or alterations
Exemptions from Building Permit
Permits are not normally required for painting or minor repairs. Effective August 1, 2010, certain work is exempt from building permit; however, zoning code requirements still apply. For zoning code requirements, contact the Planner of the Day. If you are uncertain as to whether a permit is needed, contact Building and Inspection Services at (303) 235-2855.

If you do work, or have work done, without a required permit, you will be in violation of the City of Wheat Ridge Municipal Code, Chapter 5, Article II, Division 2. Delays and additional fees or costs may be incurred.