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Building Permit Process

Step 1: Prepare

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. 

Residential Projects

Commercial and Multi-Family Projects


Step 2: Submit for Permit

Step 2: Submit for permit

  • Most project plans will need to be submitted in an electronic PDF format on a USB flash drive/thumb drive. Projects will be checked for completeness and, uploaded into our system and routed for review. 
  • Residential Alterations and Residential Additions can be submitted in paper format (2 coppies).  

281 N. College 

Fort Collins, CO 80524

970-416-2740

Permit Fees


Step 3: Review Process

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.

Check the Status of a Permit


Step 4: Permit Issuance

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. 

  


Step 5: Construction and Inspections

Step 5: Construction and Inspections

After the permit is issued, work can begin.

1. Build to the approved set of plans.

2. Schedule Inspections as needed for your project.

3. 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


Step 6: Project Closeout

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.

F&F Policy