Building Permit Process: 6 Steps#
- What do I need to do first?
Do I need a permit?
- Yes in most cases.
- Some work is exempt
How much will a permit cost?
- Some permits have flat fees, others are based on the valuation of the project.
- Permit Fees
Can multiple structures be submitted on one permit?
- Each independent structure requires a separate permit which simplifies the inspection process.
Can multiple units in a building be submitted on a single permit?
- Only one address can be assigned to a permit. Each address should have a separate permit unless units are being combined and assigned a new address.
Development Review Process
A development review process may be required for new buildings, additions, or change of use to land, or buildings, prior to submitting for a building permit. Call to learn more 970-221-6689
Historic Preservation Review Process
Is your building historically designated? Or, need a commercial/multi-family permit for a building over 50 years old?
Exterior alterations (including siding and windows) on historically-designated property and commercial/multi-family permits require review by Historic Preservation Services. Check out the incentives available for projects in Fort Collins. Not sure if replacing materials is cheaper than repairing what you have? Check out the cost calculator tool.
- What format is needed for submittal documents?
- What do I need to submit?
How do I submit for permit?
- E-mail the required submittal documents to: BuildingServices@fcgov.com
I Emailed my submittal. What happens next?
- Projects will be checked for completeness.
- If submittals are incomplete you will be contacted to provide additional information.
- Complete submittals are uploaded into the permit system and routed for review (see next step).
- Projects will be checked for completeness.
Can I start my project as soon as my permit is submitted?
- No. Once your permit is issued and approved, work can start (see step 4). The permit applicant will receive an e-mail when the permit is ready.
Where are you located?
- 281 N. College
- Fort Collins, CO 80524
Poudre Fire Authority Submittal
PFA is a multi -jurisdictional Fire Department. Separate and additional online submittals are required for most commercial and multi-family projects.
1. A submittal will be required for fire code review for all new construction and most commercial tenant finish projects.
2. A separate and additional submittal will be required for any fire systems installations or alterations i.e. sprinkler, fire alarm, hood and duct, etc.
3. When required, City of Fort Collins Building permits will not be issued without PFA issued permits and/or approvals and sign-off.
Larimer County Health Department Submittal
Larimer County Health Department is a multi-jurisdictional Health Department. Separate and additional submittals are required for:
- Food or drink service, preparation, handling, or processing (Bars, Breweries, Distilleries, Restaurants, Commercial Commissary Kitchens, Food Manufacturing/Packaging, Grocery Stores)
- Healthcare Facilities
- Public recreational facilities (Pools)
- Institutions (Nursing home, Assisted Living, Rehab Centers, Hospitals)
- Individual sewage disposal systems (septic and potable water wells).
When required, City of Fort Collins Building permits will not be issued without LCHD approval.
Why Review? Most projects require a review, which reduces costly re-construction by reviewing for compliance prior to construction.
Who Reviews? The project is reviewed by many City Departments for compliance with building codes, land use code, and project specific requirements.
How will I know when the review is complete? The permit applicant will receive an email indicating either: corrections needed (Resubmittal Requested) or that the review is complete (see step 4)
How do I check a permit status?#
- Use the Citizen Portal
- Under “Building”, click on Search permits (see photo above)
- Enter the address, permit number, or stock plan number (i.e. B180xxxx or SP0xxxx), scroll down, click on Search.
- Scroll down, click on the triangle on the left side of Workflow Status to expand the drop down to view completed and uncompleted reviews/tasks.
- Click on the left plus symbol for each individual department/task to view comments and status.
After all departments/tasks have been signed off, all fees have been paid, and all contractors have been verified to be locally licensed and insured, the permit will be issued. To confirm that a contractor is locally licensed contact: 970-416-2740
An e-mail will be sent to the permit applicant when the permit is ready to be issued.
When can I start building?
- After the permit is issued, work can begin:
- Build to the approved set of plans. Approved plans must be on site for inspection.
- Schedule Inspections as needed and required for your project.
What if I want or need to change my design during construction?
- If you need to revise your plans due to significant changes (new layout, altered scope, etc.), submit a revised set of plans as an addendum for review.
- When can I start building?
Step 6: Project Closeout#
How do I complete and close out a project, receive a Letter of Completion, or Certificated of occupancy?
1. All inspections must be completed, and passed.
2. Check the permit status to see if any final documents need to be submitted.
3. When submitting final documents, use: Public Records Naming for Final Docs.
3. Use the Project Closeout Guide contact list to send required documents to the correct location.
4. Most projects will receive a Letter of Completion or Certificate of Occupancy indicating a completed project.
5. Uncompleted permits will expire. Expired permits become an open violation on the property.
Footing and Foundation Permits#
Footing and Foundation permits can be requested at the time of building permit submittal, and can only be issued for:
- New Houses Only (Not for: additions, remodels, detached garages, detached habitable space)
- New Commercial Buildings
- New Multi-Family Buildings
In response to National, State, and Local Declarations of Emergency, we are temporarily changing how we provide our services. For more information on the City's coronavirus response, visit fcgov.com/coronavirus.
Development Review Center is open in a limited capacity committed to providing customer service:
Hours: Monday - Thursday: 9am-12 noon; 1-4 p.m. (closed 12-1pm).
- Virtual services are available, and we encourage you to use them if possible.
- NEW: please schedule an appointment for all in-person services (due to rising Coronavirus cases and limited on-site staff). Appointments can be scheduled by contacting a department from the contact list below. For Appointments:
- Enter the building using doors on College Avenue.
- Visitors are asked to follow directional signs posted inside.
- Visitors must wear a mask over the nose and mouth.
- Building Permits | BuildingServices@fcgov.com or 970-221-6760
- Submit permits by e-mail
- 30 min in-person permit application appointments can be scheduled (see hours and instructions above).
- Building Code Plan Review | firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-416-2757
- Zoning | email@example.com or 970-416-2745
- Development Review Coordinators | firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-221-6689
- Historic Preservation | email@example.com
- Planning | firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-416-4311
- Contractor Licensing | please submit electronically to email@example.com; payment will be collected over the phone at the time of processing