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Building Services

New Buildings and Additions#

Step 1: Is a permit required?highlight_off

Yes, most work requires a building permit, but some work is exempt.

Work Exempt from Permit

Step 2: Who can build?highlight_off
  • Can I do the work myself? 
    • Homeowners may perform work on their primary primary residence only, if it is a single family detached home. 
    • Commercial building owners may perform work on their buildings if the total amount of work is less than $2,000 and does not include any structural. 
  • Can I hire someone? 
    • All contractors and subcontractors hired to perform work must be licensed with the City of Fort Collins for the type work being done. This is verified prior to permit issuance. To confirm that your contractor/subcontractor are licensed and up to date contact: contractor_licensing@fcgov.com

Contractor Licensing

Step 3: Additional Requirements Prior to Submittalhighlight_off
  Description Contact
Development Review

A development review process may be required prior to submitting for a building permit for:

  • New buildings
  • Additions
  • Change of use to land
  • Change of use to buildings

Website:

www.fcgov.com/developmentreview 

Email:

drcoord@fcgov.com 

Phone: 970-221-6689

 

 

Poudre Fire Authority (PFA)

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.

Website:

www.poudre-fire.org/online-services/contractors-plan-reviews-and-permits

Phone: 970-416-2892

Larimer County Health Department

Larimer County Health Department is a multi-jurisdictional Health Department.  Separate and additional submittals are required for:

  1. Food or drink service, preparation, handling, or processing (Bars, Breweries, Distilleries, Restaurants, Commercial Commissary Kitchens, Food Manufacturing/Packaging, Grocery Stores) 
  2. Daycare
  3. Schools
  4. Healthcare Facilities
  5. Public recreational facilities (Pools)
  6. Institutions (Nursing home, Assisted Living, Rehab Centers, Hospitals)
  7. Individual sewage disposal systems (septic and potable water wells). 

When required, City of Fort Collins Building permits will not be issued without LCHD approval.

Website:

www.larimer.org/health

Email:

EH@larimer.org

Phone: 970-498-6775

Zoning  Change of use or exterior modifications (including: facade, parking, landscaping, signage, or other changes visible to the public) may require a permit

Website:

www.fcgov.com/zoning

Email:

zoning@fcgov.com 

Phone: 970-416-2745

Floodplain

Is your building located in a flood plain?

Buildings and alterations to buildings located in with a floodplain have specific requirements and limitations. 

Website:

www.fcgov.com/utilities/what-we-do/stormwater/flooding/floodplain-maps-documents

Email:

floodplainadministration@fcgov.com

Phone: 970-416-2632
Historic Preservation 

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.

Website:

www.fcgov.com/historicpreservation

Email:

preservation@fcgov.com

Phone: 970-224-6078

     
Step 4: What is required to submit for a permit?highlight_off

Get info guides and checklists, permit applications, and resources specific to your project type:

Project Info:

  • Exterior and Miscellaneous Permits
  • Residential and Commercial Alterations
  • Fast Track Permits

Resources:

Plans should be submitted in PDF format only. Each PDF needs to be named correctly

Step 5: What can I expect during the review process?highlight_off

I've successfully submitted my permit, what happens next?

  • The design, plans and documents you submitted will be checked before the permit is issued and construction begins. 

*****No work can begin until the applicant has received a copy of the building permit and approved plans. (Reviewers add red-lines and conditional comments to the plans that you will need for construction).******** 

Why Review? Reviews address code at the design phase which reduces costly re-construction and failed inspections 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, zoning, historic, flood plain, and other project specific requirements.

I received an e-mail that a "Resubmittal is Requested," does that mean I have to submit for a new permit or start from the beginning? 

No, your permit has not been denied. This just means that:

  1. A reviewer may need additional information, clarification, or has questions about your project. 
  2. Or a specific drawing, critical detail, page or form may be missing from the submittal.
  3. Or plans do not comply with codes/requirements and need to be revised to show compliance. 

How do I resubmit my plans/documents?

Follow the resubmittal instructions in the email you received. New documents should be named v2 (v=version   #=round of review).

How long will it take to process a resubmittal?

Resubmittals have priority and are typically assigned a two week max turn around after submitted for building code items. You may contact the reviewer directly for questions about their timeline.

Permit Status

  1. Use the Citizen Portal
  2. Under the Building category, select 'Search permits' (see photo above)
  3. Enter the address, permit number or stock plan number (i.e. B180xxxx or SP0xxxx), scroll down to click on 'Search'
  4. Select the permit/project from the list.
  5. Click 'Record Info' for drop down list of options (top left corner)
  6. Select 'Workflow Tasks'
    • No icon = task has not been activated/routed yet (not complete)
    • Hourglass = not completed, in process, or additional items are needed from the applicant.
    • Green check mark = completed task
  7. Click the grey triangle/arrow next to each task to view holds/comments from each reviewer.

Permit Status

Building and Zoning Review Times 

This chart provides target review dates for Zoning (Land Use Code Compliance review) and Building Code review. For most permit types Zoning (Land Use Code Compliance) will activate and open up the workflow of the permit and start the review time for building and all departments.

  • Target dates are subject to change due to workload.
  • Times are given in calendar days.

 

Project Type

Zoning Review Time 

Building Code Review Time

  • Egress Windows

0

5

  • Awning
  • Carport 
  • Deck
  • Fence 
  • Patio Cover
  • Pergola
  • Pole Barn (commercial and residential)
  • New Residential Secondary Building
  • Wireless Telecommunication Facility 
  • New Residential Building with Habitable Space
  • New Commercial Secondary Building
  • Retaining Wall
  • Shade Sail
  • Shed 
  • Sales Trailer 
  • Swimming Pool Residential

5

9

  • Residential Remodel
  • Residential Solar

7

14

  • Sales Office (for model homes/ developments)
  • Flagpole Commercial
  • Solar Commercial
  • Swimming Pool (commercial)
  • Residential Addition
  • Single Family Detached
  • New Manufactured Home Commercial
  • Remodel (Tenant Finish)
  • Wireless Telecommunication Antenna 
  • Stock Plans

7

21

  • Single Family Attached (Townhome)
  • Two Family Duplex

7

28

  • New Commercial, Industrial or Mixed
  • Use Building New Multi-Family 

7

35

Step 6: When and how do I pay?highlight_off

After the submittal is accepted, an email will be sent to the applicant per the building permit application for payment of the plan check fee and permit activation.

All remaining fees will be paid at time of permit issuance. See below for payment methods and transaction fees.

Payment Method Permit Fee Range Transaction Fee

Debit / Credit Card  (no amount limit)

 

$0.00 $2,500 

2.00% + $0.25 flat fee 

$2,500.01 and above 

2.75%  

eCheck ($150,000 limit)

Any amount up to $150,000

$0.50 flat fee 

Check (drop checks in the blue drop box on the Northwest side of the building - 281 N. College Ave. Box is checked several times each business day)

Any amount  

 Free

Step 7: How do I download the approved documents?highlight_off

Work can start when the applicant has received a copy of the building permit and approved plans.  Reviewers add red-lines and conditional comments to the plans that you will need for construction. 

How to create an account on Citizen Access

How to download the approved plans

Citizen Access Portal

Step 8: How do inspections work?highlight_off

The type and quantity of inspections are project specific. 

  • Example: A new patio cover may have electrical, or may not. If a patio cover does have electrical, then a rough electric and final electric inspection would be needed for that project. 

Learn about inspection types and how to schedule them here: 

Inspections

Step 9: My plans changed during construction, what do I do?highlight_off

What to submit#

Minor Changes: If 1-5 pages are being added or altered in a large document set , send just those pages to the e-mail above. 

  • Cloud/bubble or clearly indicated what is changing on each page.

Major Changes: If the entire document set or more than 5 pages of a large document set are being altered, E-mail a full new set of plans/document set for each document impacted as part of the revision to the e-mail above. 

  • Cloud/bubble or clearly indicated what is changing on the pages.
  • Only submit documents that have changed or been altered.
    • Example: Interior layout of an addition is changing, but the site plan has not changed. Only submit "Plans" - don't submit another copy of the site plan. 
  • Name each document being resubmitted correctly
    • Example:  Plans - 1234 Example Street - v3
    • Example: Mech Docs - 1234 Example Street - v3
    • Example: Site Plan - 1234 Example Street - v3

Cloud/Bubble changes on plans#

Cloud/Bubble changes on plans

 

Cost of applicant initiated revisions (post building plan review)

Revision size

Description

Cost

Small

Minor layout revisions (less than 25% of the floor area is affected)Change in window type/size

Minor Structural revisions (changing a beam size, connections etc. where 25% or less of the structural design is changing)

Solar revisions (wiring/connection changes, panel layout, full solar redesign (adding battery backup interface, automatic transfer switch).

$50

Medium

Significant residential layout changes (more than 25% of the floor area is affected)

Change of Energy Path (for new construction or additions)

Significant structural revisions (more than 25% of the structural design is changing)

Changes to the Mechanical Design (for new construction or additions)

$100

Large

Significant commercial layout changes (more than 25% of the floor area is affected)

Commercial Change of occupancy or different tenant

Increased Commercial project square footage

Change in a new building or addition size or orientation (only when initiated by the applicant).

$200

Step 10: Project Closeouthighlight_off

1.  Check the permit status: www.fcgov.com/CitizenAccess

  • Record Info /  workflow tasks / click on the small '+' to expand/view individual hold comments.   

2.  Plan time to send in final documents (some departments have a long lead times).

3. Name Building Documents Properly: Public Records Naming for Final Docs.

4. All inspections must be passed.

5. All departments/tasks must be signed off.

6. Most projects will receive a Letter of Completion or Certificate of Occupancy which can be downloaded from Citizen Access when the project is fully completed.

7. Uncompleted permits will expire. Expired permits become an open violation on the property. 

Get Started:#

 

Permit Fee Calculation (NEW! Starting 01/01/2021)#

Step 1: Calculate plan check fee and building permit feehighlight_off

Step 1: Identify the Occupancy Type (see description below)

Step 2: Calculated the cost per square foot for each occupancy type.

Step 3: Add the total cost per square foot for each occupancy type. Take 35% of total amount to calculate the plan check fee to be collected at time of permit submittal.

The remaining 65% of the total cost per square foot is the building permit fee and will be collected at the time of permit issuance. 

Step 4: See the sales and use tax calculator below for use tax calculation – total labor and materials.

New Construction Permit Fees
Occupancy Category Fee rate per square foot
A (Assembly)  $0.40
B (Business)  $0.50 
E (education/schools) we do regulate private schools  $0.50 
F (Factory)  $0.35 
I (Institutional)  $0.50 
M (Mercantile)  $0.40 
R-1 (Hotel)  $0.35 
R-2 (Apartment)  $0.35 
R-3 (Single Family Detached/Duplex)  $0.65 
R-4 (Assisted Living)  $0.55 
S (Storage)  $0.40 
U (Utility)  $0.40 
H High hazard  $0.60 

Core and Shell Buildings (no designated occupancies at time of construction)

$0.45

Footing and Foundation Permit Fees.

Footing and Foundation permits are optional and not available for additions, - New Buildings Only

Project Type

Footing and Foundation Permit Fee

Single Family Detached House

$150

Single Family Attached (Townhome)

$150

Duplex (Two Family)

$200

New Manufactured Home

$150

Commercial Addition

$500

New Com-Ind Mixed Use Building (commercial/industrial/mixed use)

$500

Multi-family

$1000

Step 2: Permit fees assessed by other departmentshighlight_off
Fee Type by department Fee Description
City and County Sales/Use Tax 

4.65% on half of the total construction valuation – view Sales Tax website at https://www.fcgov.com/salestax/tax-rates.php

See sales tax calculator below

Capital Expansion Fees and Larimer County Regional Road Fees

Capital Expansion Fees:

  • Community Parkland 
  • Neighborhood Parkland 
  • Fire 
  • General Governmental Services 
  • Police

Based on square footage of a new building and or per dwelling unit for residential. https://www.fcgov.com/finance/capitalexpansion.php

Transportation Capital Expansion Fees and Larimer County Regional Road Fees:

Fees are based on type of development, new traffic being added to the transportation system, and last approved use for the site. Development categories are defined by the Institute of Transportation Engineers Trip Generation Manual, not the International Building and Residential Codes. For a detailed listing of fees, please visit: https://www.fcgov.com/engineering/tcef.php
Water & Sewer Fees:

Plant Investment Fees and Water Rights -- schedules and further information available by contacting a Utility Rate and Fee Specialist:

(970) 416-4252

utilityfees@fcgov.com 

https://www.fcgov.com/utilities/business/builders-and-developers/plant-investment- development-fees

Stormwater Fee:

Plant Investment Fee - For further information contact a Utility Rate and Fee Specialist: 

(970) 416-4252

utilityfees@fcgov.com

https://www.fcgov.com/utilities/business/builders-and-developers/plant-investment- development-fees
Electric Underground Secondary Service Charge:
  • Single Family Residence Elec. Secondary Service (typical) charges may vary depending on service …$2,030.00
  • Temporary Pedestal Service - per Single Family Residence (unattached)…$ 305.57

Other development charges may apply.

Additional information and electric development fee calculator:

https://www.fcgov.com/utilities/business/builders-and-developers/plant-investment-

development-fees/electric-development-fee-estimator

https://www.fcgov.com/utilities/rates-fees.php 

Contact Light & Power Engineering at:

(970) 221-6700 

electricprojectengineering@fcgov.com

Poudre School District Impact Fee (per dwelling unit)
  • Single Family Detached, or 2-4 attached dwelling units...$1,710.00
  • 5 or more attached dwelling units...$855.00
Thompson School District Impact Fee (per dwelling unit)
  • Single Family Detached, or 2-4 attached dwelling units...$1,382.00
  • 5 or more attached dwelling units...$946.00
Step 3: How to Payhighlight_off
Payment Method Permit Fee Range Transaction Fee

Debit / Credit Card  (no amount limit)

 

$0.00 $2,500 

2.00% + $0.25 flat fee 

$2,500.01 and above 

2.75%  

eCheck ($150,000 limit)

Any amount up to $150,000

$0.50 flat fee 

Check (drop checks in the blue drop box on the Northwest side of the building - 281 N. College Ave. Box is checked several times each business day)

Any amount  

 Free

Sales Tax Calculator#

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