"Colorado's Only IAS Accredited Building Division"
Our staff is dedicated to providing you with exceptional project services in the areas of building and fire/life safety plan reviews, permits and inspections. Our goal is to ensure safe buildings and properties for our citizens through a collaborative working relationship with our construction partners.
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Board of Appeals
The city of Aurora has created a Building Codes, Contractor Appeals and Standards Board. Applicants have the right to have the board hear appeals of orders, decisions or determinations made by the building official relative to the application and interpretation of the building code. Any application for appeal to the board shall be based on a claim that the true intent of the code or the rules legally adopted there under have been incorrectly interpreted, the provisions of the building code do not fully apply or an equally good or better form of construction is proposed.
Building Permit Fees
Our staff will calculate the Fee Determination Assessment for your project. The purpose for making this assessment is to establish the appropriate permit and plan review fees. The assessment amount will vary depending upon the complexity of the plan review and inspections for the construction of your building.
Visit the Permit Fee Calculator to obtain the information needed to determine the cost of a building permit for the work you intend to do.
Building Permit Statistics & Activity Summary
This page provides county tax assessors with Building Permit Statistics on the number of new housing units authorized by building permits that resulted in the issuance of a certificate of occupancy or temporary certificate of occupancy. Data items include number of buildings, units, and construction cost from new privately owned residential building permits issued. These data are updated monthly.
Also included at this web link is an activity summary of our division's workload for each month. This information reflects the total number of permits issued, inspections conducted, permit valuations and fees collected.
Certificate of Occupancy/Temporary Certificate of Occupancy
All buildings have a Certificate of Occupancy that describes the approved uses for the building. If you are doing new work in a building and your planned construction will result in a change of use or square footage, a new Certificate of Occupancy will be issued upon completion.
The Certificate of Occupancy Checklist must be completed, submitted and accepted prior to issuance of a CO/TCO. In addition, a 24-hour notice is required to obtain (Temporary CO) or Certificate of Occupancy.
The Certificate of Occupancy (CO), either temporary or final, must be issued prior to occupancy of any structure. No CO may be issued until the requirements of all inspection agencies involved are satisfied.
Temporary CO's are authorized only when occupancy will not be detrimental to the safety, health or welfare of the occupants.
If a Construction Supervisor allows occupancy for any reason without a CO, the Certificate of Qualification of the Construction Supervisor and the Contractor’s License of his employer may be suspended or revoked.
Please remember there is processing time involved with assembling and completing a CO or TCO. Call 303.739.7420 for questions concerning issuance of a CO or TCO.
Commercial Building Permit Types
Depending on the scope of work our division offers the following permit types:
Commercial Permit: This type of permit is required if you're planning to build an entirely new structure from the ground up or if you are expanding an existing building.
Counter Permit: These permits are easily obtained over the counter by homeowners and contractors. Counter permits do not require any plan review but will require inspections.
Custom Single Family Permit: This type of permit is for a one-time build structure that will not be repeated within a site.
Limited Permit: A limited permit is defined by a limited a scope of work requiring plan review and inspections. These types of permits must be routed to other internal city departments for review and approval prior to permit issuance.
Master Multi-Family Permit: This type of plan review is used when the same structure will be built repeatedly on the same site. By having an approved "Master Plan" on file within the Building Division, the general contractor can pull an address specific permit when needed.
Master Plan Single Family Permit: This type of plan review is used when the same structure will be built repetitiously on the same site. By having an approved "Master Plan" on file within the Building Division the general contractor can pull an address specific permit when needed.
Tenant Finish Permit: This type of permit can also include a limited scope of work and and are not typically required to be internally routed to other city departments prior to permit issuance. Circumstances that may prevent a tenant finish review can include changes of the buildings current use, exterior changes, increases in water fixtures, the work within the space involves special wastes, etc. Under these, and other conditions, the plans cannot be accepted as a tenant finish and must be routed as a limited permit.
Visit the Getting Started link to obtain the information needed to secure a building permit for the work you intend to do.
Contractor & Supervisors Licenses
To work in the city of Aurora as a contractor, you will need to obtain the appropriate license to build, construct, alter, repair, add to, demolish or move any building or structure. Our division also issues licenses in the areas of fire protection systems such as fire alarm, fire sprinkler, etc. It is in every contractor’s best interest to understand the city's ordinance related to the licensing, registration and the certification of a supervisor for a contractor. To obtain a full description of a licensee’s responsibilities go to Aurora Building & Zoning Codes , Chapter 22, Section 22-61 through 22-102.
- A building permit can only be issued to a licensed city of Aurora contractor, with the exception for homeowners doing the work on a maximum of three single family detached residences that they own.
What type of contractor and supervisor license do you need to work in the city of Aurora? To help you through this process, here are some of the important steps to take:
- Application for contractor or supervisor license filled out prior to testing or renewal.
- License Fees and Required Competency Information will help you know what types of licenses we offer and the required fees for the type of license you want.
- Contractor License Classification is a description of licenses which helps to provide a better explanation of the type of license you are seeking.
- A Notarized Affidavit must be completed and is required by law. Before the city may provide certain public benefits, it must verify that the applicant is lawfully present in the United States as required by House Bill 06-1023. The verification process has three stages: (1) the applicant shows a form of identification; (2) the applicant executes an affidavit; and (3) for non-citizens, the city verifies that the applicant is lawfully present through the SAVE program. The Construction Supervisor handout details the expectations of a construction supervisor.
- Reciprocity: Our division also recognizes and accepts many outside contractor testing from other jurisdictions.
Once your license has been issued to you, or your company, it will be added to our Online Contractor Look-up Tool, which reflects an active list of qualified licensed contractors within Aurora.
ALL Contractor and Supervisor license renewals notices are sent by email. To receive renewal notices, make sure the email address we have on file is current and your email account is set to accept emails from AmandaSystem@auroragov.org. Please note that emails from this address are for mass email correspondence and are automated, not an email address to correspond to. Renewing a contractor license or supervisor license can be done by mail, coming into the Permit Center or on our website, click on “Renew Prof. License".
Demolition of an entire structure or just an interior portion of a residential or commercial structure that is 120 square feet or greater requires a building permit. Demolition of a residential structure less than 120 square feet does not require a permit with the city.
Tips for doing it right:
- Determine if you will be doing this project yourself or hiring a licensed contractor. Visit the "Contractor vs. Do-It-Yourself" section to assist in making this decision.
- If you decide to do it yourself, submit a completed Permit Application and Statement of Understanding for Homeowner’s Permit to the Building Division.
- If you choose to hire a contractor, use the Online Contractor Look-up Tool to verify that their contractor’s license is current.
- Submit a plan to the Building Division for review and approval.
- Once the permit is issued, check the work to make sure it matches the approved permit documents and the adopted codes.
Forms and applications you will need:
Design Professional, Developer & Contractor Resources
The city of Aurora is committed to assisting our construction partners through our permitting, plan review and inspections processes. This page is designed to assist contractors, design professionals, developers and homeowners to obtain information needed to complete their project. If you don't find the information you are looking for, call 303.739.7420 or e-mail email@example.com.
Topics of Interest:
Elevators & Escalators
Senate Bill 07-123, Colorado Revised Statue 9-5.5-101, also known as the "Elevator and Escalator Certification Act" was enacted in 2007. This bill requires registration of all elevators within the State of Colorado.
The city of Aurora Building Division will be transferring the registration and ongoing periodic elevator inspections to the State of Colorado Division of Oil and Public Safety with Department of Labor and Employment.
The Elevator and Escalator Certification Act, Title 9 Article 5.5 Sections 111 through 114, requires that all conveyances subject to the provisions of the act be registered with the Colorado Division of Oil and Public Safety (OPS) by Aug. 1, 2008. It is required to register a conveyance through the Department of Labor and Employment - Division of Oil and Public Safety. Once at the state website, click on the Conveyance Program link.
Fire/ Life Safety Plan Reviews
The Building Division's Fire/Life Safety Group conducts all site development and construction plan reviews and inspections on behalf of the Aurora Fire Department. These types of plan reviews and inspections include but are not limited to fire alarm, fire sprinkler, hazardous materials, and etc. Visit the Getting Started link to obtain the information needed to secure a building permit for the work you intend to do.
Forms & Applications
The Building Division's Field Inspection Group inspects permitted projects constructed within city of Aurora. Projects are required to be inspected during specific key stages of construction to ensure compliance to the approved plans and minimum code standards as set forth in the adopted building codes and city ordinances. Inspectors may be required to visit the project several times depending upon its size and scope. Visit Building Inspection Information for details.
Our online services provide our customers with building permit information 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Use this service to apply for miscellaneous permits, pay building permit fees, schedule inspections, retrieve inspection results, look up plan review comments, view permit application status and renew contractor/supervisor licenses.
Contractors who are first time users of Online Services will need to register for an account to pull permits and schedule inspections by clicking on the Forgot Password which will send an email to change the account password. If the email address is not recognized by our online system then please call the Permit Center at 303.739.7420 to verify the email address that is used for the contractors license.
Contractors who are registered and licensed with the City of Aurora can use the Account Management System page to:
Citizens can use online services to:
The Building Division continues to upgrade our online services and we would appreciate any feedback. If you experience any problems or would like to make a recommendation to improve our services, please contact the Permit Center at 303.739.7420 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Permit Center welcomes and thanks you for doing business in the city of Aurora. Stephanie Stephens and Darcy Dodd both supervise the Permit Center, and are interested in knowing that you have been served in a professional and courteous manner. For suggestions or concerns regarding the permit center, call 303.739.7420 or email email@example.com.
Staff is here to help in areas ranging from permit acceptance to final issuance of a certificate of occupancy, and may assist you by:
- Accepting construction plans, plan documents for permit processing, and calculate fees for building permits.
- Answering questions related to building contractor testing and licensing.
- Assisting in completing applications and other necessary forms.
- Calculating and collecting permit fees; processing refund requests; and logging and processing complaints.
- Checking the permit status of your plans.
- Directing the public to various city departments for information necessary to apply for permits.
- Issuing permits for less-complicated, non-structural plan checks over the counter.
- Responding to routine questions regarding building ordinances and codes, building permit application processes and procedures.
- Scheduling inspections.
Plan Review Services
NOTICE: Due to increased workloads, we are currently unable to adhere to our published completion times for inspections, plans reviews, permits and certificates of occupancy. We will do our best to reduce the impact to your project. Please contact our office if you have a critical deadline. Thank you.
The Building Plans Examination group reviews plans, specifications, calculations and other related construction documents for all new or remodeled commercial, industrial and residential buildings or structures. Plan reviewer teams, specializing in each of the applicable trades and ordinances, work together to ensure that all aspects of plan drawings are in compliance with approved codes and ordinances. Our primary goal is to safeguard the life, health, property and public welfare of the building occupants.
Contacting our Plan Review Staff:
A Building Plans Examiner or Fire/Life Safety Plans Examiner can be contacted by phone at 303.739.7420 or in person at the Permit Center between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Ask to speak to a plans examiner based on the scope of work you are involved with.
Should your code interpretation differ from the interpretation rendered by our plan review staff, ask a Plans Examiner Supervisor for a second opinion. You may also ask a Plans Examiner Supervisor for clarification on a particular review correction request. Building regulations and construction plans are becoming more complex; therefore:
- We guarantee a second opinion upon request.
- We are committed to open communication to ensure the highest quality plans examination, inspection and code interpretation.
Request for Modification or Alternative Materials:
All Requests for Modification or Requests for Alternative Materials/Methods must be clear and complete in order to be accepted for review. It is important that the applicant submitting a Request for Modification or Request for Alternative Materials/Method understands that our division cannot waive the requirements of a particular code section; we can only review alternate ways to comply with the code. It is not a valid reason to submit a Request for Modification based on the cost of complying with the code. The conditions under which the Chief Building Official of the ity of Aurora may approve an RFM or RFAM are limited to the provisions within chapter one of the International Codes.
Signs & Monuments
Sign Permits are required whenever a person constructs, enlarges, alters, moves, modifies the lighting or converts any sign. This includes the change of the message content. Our city has sign ordinances that you can use outside your business. To avoid costly mistakes, check regulations and secure the written approval of your property manager before you go to the expense of having a sign designed and installed.
Single Family Home Projects (Do-it-Yourself & Commercial Home Builder)
If you are looking to remodel your house, add an attached or detached garage, a shed or build a completely new house, you will most likely need a building permit. Visit the Single Family Home Projects to obtain the information needed to secure a building permit for the work you intend to do.
Small Business Services
Whether you are just beginning a small business or trying to bring your existing business to a new level of growth the city of Aurora, we would like to support you in your endeavors. Proper planning is the key to turning your business dreams into reality, and our goal is help you obtain the necessary approvals, permits and license to get you business under way.
The Building Division's primary concern is assisting you through the building permit processes. Permits are required before any work, including demolition, can begin. After approval of all plans required by the appropriate city departments, a permit can be issued. Proper planning is the key to turning your business dreams into reality. Our goal is help you obtain the necessary approvals, permits and licenses to get your business underway. Other departments you will need to be aware of may include:
- Business Licensing: Contact the city's business license division to find out about getting a business license, which allows a business owner to operate a business in the City of Aurora. When you file your license application, the Planning & Development Services Department and Building Division will check to make sure your area is zoned for the purpose you want and the current certificate of occupancy for the space matches your intended use.
- Signs and Monuments : The city has sign ordinances that restrict the size, location and sometimes the lighting and type of sign you can use outside your business. To avoid costly mistakes, check regulations and secure the written approval of your property manager before you go to the expense of having a sign designed and installed.
- Tri-County Health Department: All applicants submitting construction plans for retail food establishments, daycare centers, preschool programs, group homes, fountain water attractions and public swimming pools are also responsible for meeting the separate requirements of the Tri-County Health Department (TCHD). The TCHD will require a plan review application to be submitted for review and approval prior to opening.
- Colorado Department of Human Services: As with many states, certain businesses such as daycare, assisted living and group homes must have a state license to operate. The city works in conjunction with the state and issues all building permits for needed changes in occupancy, structural modifications, handicap accessibility and additions of fire alarm and sprinkler systems where needed. These permits are needed prior to the issuance of a state license. Contact your state government offices to get a complete list of businesses that require licensing.
- Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment: Like the city of Aurora, the state's Department of Public Health and Environment has permitting requirements to control air and water pollution. If you burn any materials, discharge anything into the sewers or waterways, or use products that produce gas (such as paint sprayers), you may have to get a special permit from the state or Aurora Water. Environmental protection regulations may also require you to get approval before doing any construction or beginning operation. Check with your state environmental protection agency regarding federal or state regulations that may apply to your business.
Other useful information related to starting a business in Aurora is available at the web links below:
Solar Photovoltaic or Solar Thermal Installations (Commercial or Residential)
Increasingly, homeowners, businesses and governments are turning to solar energy as a way to power their electricity needs because solar power systems generate clean energy and are a solution to global warming. Like you, Aurora recognizes the many benefits that solar energy systems can provide. Building permit information is listed below, and state and federal incentives are detailed on the Solar Installations web link.
To help you take advantage of many solar opportunities and make certain your solar equipment is installed safely and is structurally sound, a city building permit must be obtained prior to any new construction.
Tips for doing it right:
- Determine if you will be doing this project yourself or hiring a licensed contractor. Visit the "Contractor vs. Do-It-Yourself" above for help.
- If you decide to do it yourself, submit a completed Permit Application and Statement of Understanding for Homeowner’s Permit to the Building Division.
- Review the Residential Solar Photovoltaic Permit Checklist to obtain the minimum elements that need to be shown within your construction plans for submittal to the Building Division.
- If you choose to hire a contractor, use the Online Contractor Look-up Tool to verify that their contractors' license is current.
- Licensed contractors may also use the Online Permit Submittal Process to submit for a building permit. Once at the website, place your mouse on “Building and Development" to activate a drop-down menu, then click on “Online Permits."
- Calculate the estimated permit fee using the Permit Fee Calculator based on the value of materials and labor to complete your new shed.
- Once your permit application is approved, you will need to pay for the building permit before starting construction of your new solar equipment.
- Contact city inspectors at any time after your permit is issued for free project consultations on what they look for during inspections and how to complete the project. Once your installation is complete, schedule a final inspection to ensure the work complies with the adopted building codes.
Forms, applications and information you will need:
- Commercial Solar Photovoltaic Permit Checklist
- Residential Solar Photovoltaic Permit Checklist
- Solar Thermal Permit Checklist
- Solar Installation Inspection Fact Sheet
- Engineering Design Criteria
- Online Contractor Look-up Tool (DIY & Contractors)
- Online Permit Submittal Process (Contractors)
- Permit Fee Calculator
- Permit Application
- Statement of Understanding for Homeowner’s Permit
- Senate Bill 117, signed in May 2008, created a statewide cap for permit fees for active solar energy devices. For systems up to 2 MW-DC, counties and municipalities can charge no more than the lesser of the local government's actual cost to issue a permit, or $500 for a residential application or $1,000 for a nonresidential application. For systems 2 MW-DC or larger, the local government can charge no more than what it actually costs the government to issue the permit. City and county permits combined may be larger than these limits, but cannot separately exceed the limits. Originally scheduled to expire on July 1, 2011, HB 1199 of 2011 extended the expiration date to July 1, 2018.
Zoning Requirements (Building Division)
The Building Division can provide zoning information related to building setbacks from property lines. When building a new residential accessory structure such as a deck, porch, patio, attached or detached garage, you will need to know the setback requirements prior to beginning your design.
Since the Building Division only reviews building-related setbacks, the Planning & Development Services Department can answer all other planning and zoning questions. To contact the Planning Department for planning and zoning related questions, please call 303.739.7217.
To assist you with other questions please click on Frequently Requested Ordinances from the Aurora Municipal Code.