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Building Services

Building Permit Process#

Do I need a Permit?#

Most work requires a building permit, but there are some exceptions. 

Work Exempt from Permit

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Step 1: Prepare#

Use the appropriate submittal guide and checklist your your project type, to determine what information you will need to submit for permit. 

  • Each independent building structure requires a separate permit for the associated work being done (work in two buildings cannot be submitted on the same building permit).

Residential Projects

Commercial and Multi-Family Projects

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Step 2: Submit for permit#

  • E-mail the permit submittal to: .
  • Projects will be checked for completeness and, uploaded into the permit system and routed for review. 
  • Electronic Submittal Instructions

281 N. College 

Fort Collins, CO 80524


Permit Fees

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Step 3: Review Process#

Step 3: Review Process

Permit Status

  1. Most projects require a review, which reduces costly re-construction by reviewing for compliance prior to construction.
  2. The project is reviewed by many City Departments to ensure compliance with building codes, land use code, and project specific requirements.
  3. The applicant will receive an email indicating either:
    • A re-submittal is requested and corrections are required
    • or that the review is complete (see step 4)

Check the Status of a Permit

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Step 4: Permit Issuance#

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. 


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Step 5: Construction and Inspections#

After the permit is issued, work can begin.

1. Build to the approved set of plans. Approved plans must be on site for inspection.

3. Schedule Inspections as needed for your project.

4. If you need to revise your plans due to significant changes (changed design, altered scope, etc.), submit a revised set of plans as an addendum for review. 

Building Inspections

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Step 6: Project Closeout#

To close out a project, receive a Letter of Completion, or Certificated of occupancy:

1. All inspections must be completed, and passed.

2. Some projects require final documents or certificates to be submitted at the end of the project.  Check the permit status to see if any final documents are needed for your project. 

3. If you have holds for final document, use the Project Closeout Guide

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. 

Permit Status

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

F&F Policy