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Project Type Forms and Submittal Requirements 

Accessory building with habitable space (New or Converted)

  • Living space in a separate building on the same property/lot
  • Separate building for a home office or bedroom 
  • Guesthouse (bedroom and/or bathroom, or living space without a kitchen)

Submit:

  • Proposed plans including structural design (the foundation at a min. must be engineered)
  • Site Plan
  • Newly built structures must pass an air tightness test for project completion

Energy Compliance Form

Grading Plan Requirements

Mechanical Design Form+ Manual JDS (load calcs) required when both a new furnace + all new ductwork are installed

Homeowner Affidavit

Building Permit Application

Air Conditioner

  • One permit per appliance
  • New Install or replacement

Heating Cooling Permit Application

Addition:

  • Enclosing a covered patio.
  • Adding a second level ("pop-the-top"),
  • Adding an attached shed ("lean-to"),
  • Enlarging, expanding, or adding enclosed area to the existing house. 
  • Sunroom addition

Addition Information and checklist

Grading Plan Requirements

Mechanical Design Form + Manual JDS (load calcs) required when both a new furnace + all new ductwork are installed, or when adding a second furnace.

Energy Compliance Form When addition is heated

Construction Waste Management Plan

Homeowner Affidavit

Building Permit Application

Backflow Preventer for Lawn Sprinkler   Lawn Sprinkler Permit Application
Basement Finish

Basement Finish Guide/Info

All existing and new plumbing fixtures in basements (including floor drains) must be protected with a backwater valve to prevent sewer backups resulting in property damage. 

Homeowner Affidavit

Building Permit Application

Deck 

Deck Guide/Form (fill out)

Homeowner Affidavit

Building Permit Application

Demolition

Residential Demo Guide

Asbestos Awareness Disclosure

Construction Waste Management Plan

Demo Permit Application

Duplex Conversion

Convert a Single Family House into a  Two-Family Dwelling

Duplex Conversion Guide/Info

Submittal Guide

Building Permit Application

Duplex / Two-family dwellings (New Build)

 

Two attached dwelling units both located on a single lot / parcel

Submittal Guide and Checklist

Residential Energy Compliance Form

Mechanical Design Form  + manual JDS (Load calcs required)

Construction Waste Management Plan

Demolition Permit is required when demolishing an existing structure.

Building Permit Application

Electric 

If scope of work involves more than electric, submit for a remodel permit

Homeowner Affidavit

Electric Permit Application

Furnace 
  • One permit per appliance
  • New Install or replacement

Heating/Cooling Permit Application

Fireplace 

Gas Fire Pit 

Wood burning stove

Wood Burning Stove Guide 

EPA Product List

  • For gas fire pits, submit a site plan and manufacturer's specs with the permit application

Gas / Wood Burning Appliance Permit Application

Garage (Detached)

Detached Garage Guide 

Insulation Required for Heated Garages 

Pre-Built Structures or Kits may require a letter/details stamped by a Colorado Licensed Structural Engineer to evaluate structure for local high wind and snow loads.

Homeowner Affidavit

Grading Plan Requirements

Building Permit Application

House (New Build)

  • Carriage House
  • Modular / Manufactured
  • A Single Dwelling Unit: Shall mean one or more rooms and a single kitchen and at least 1 bathroom, designed, occupied or intended for occupancy as separate quarters for the exclusive use of a single family for living, cooking and sanitary purposes.

New House Guide/Checklist

Residential Energy Compliance Form

Mechanical Design Form and mechanical load calcs (manual JDS)

Grading Plan Requirements

Construction Waste Management Plan

Manufactured Homes (HUD)

Demolition Permit is required when demolishing an existing structure.

Homeowner Affidavit

Building Permit Application

Patio Cover

Porch Cover

Carport

Patio Cover Guide/Info

Pre-Built Structures or Kits may require a letter/details stamped by a Colorado Licensed Structural Engineer to evaluate structure for local high wind and snow loads.

Homeowner Affidavit

Grading Plan Requirements

Building Permit Application

Pergola 

Pergola Guide/Info

Pre-Built Structures or Kits may require a letter/details stamped by a Colorado Licensed Structural Engineer to evaluate structure for local high wind and snow loads.

Homeowner Affidavit

Building Permit Application

Plumbing 

If scope of work involves more than plumbing, submit for a remodel permit.

Homeowner Affidavit

Plumbing Permit Application

Pole Barn

Submit plans designed and stamped by a Colorado Licensed Structural Engineer. 

Homeowner Affidavit

Grading Plan Requirements

Building Permit Application

Remodel / Alteration 

  • Cut-ins for new windows or doors
  • Interior layout changes such as:
    • Bath remodel
    • Kitchen remodel
    • Bedroom remodel
    • Laundry
    • Storage
    • Office
    • Living space
    • Garage conversion
    • Attic conversion

Submit existing and proposed plans.

Mechanical Design Form and Manual JDS+ Manual JDS (load calcs) required when both a new furnace + all new ductwork are installed, or when adding a second furnace.

Energy Compliance Form If area is to become heated (garage/attic conversion)

A Structural Engineer's letter or details may be required for structural work including new beams, and foundation alterations.

Homeowner Affidavit

Building Permit Application

Roofing 

Due to the extremely high volume of scheduled roof inspections, we are not able to perform next-day inspection for roofs. Roof inspections are currently scheduled several months out, and we are working to address staffing and resource challenges to address the high workload. Thank you for your patience.

Roofing and hail damage FAQ

UPDATED! Roofing Requirements 2018 IRC

Trust Account Handout

Field Verification Form

NEW! Roofing Permit Application

Submit CWMP (Construction Waste Management Plan)

  1. Construction Waste Management 
  2. Electronic Submittal for roofing CWMP

 

Shed

 

Shed Guide/Info

  • Pre-Built Structures or Kits may be required to be designed and stamped by a Colorado Licensed Structural Engineer.
  • Sheds attached to the residence (lean-to) are considered an addition and require engineering.

Homeowner Affidavit

Grading Plan Requirements

Building Permit Application

Shade Sail

Shade Sail Requirements

Homeowner Affidavit

Building Permit Application

Solar 

Solar Guide/Info 

Solar Application

 

Townhouse (New Build)

 

A single-family dwelling unit constructed as part of a group of two or more attached individual dwelling units, each of which is separated from the other from the foundation to the roof and is located entirely on a separately recorded and platted parcel of land (site) bounded by property lines, which parcel is deeded exclusively for such single-family dwelling

Townhouse Guide/Checklist

Grading Plan Requirements

Residential Energy Compliance Form

Mechanical Design Form

Construction Waste Management Plan

Demolition Permit is required when demolishing an existing structure.

Building Permit Application

Pool

Swim Spa

Hot Tubs

Pond

(Residential - Prefabricated or portable which can contain water more than 24" deep)

Submit: 

Building Permit Application

Water Heater 

  • One permit per appliance
  • New Install or replacement

Water Heater Permit Application

 

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Innovative and Unique Homes#

We welcome a variety of home types in Fort Collins, however some types of homes are not addressed in Building Code. Below is a list of innovative home types and considerations.  

Tiny Houses:

  • Must be site built on a permanent foundation
  • We have adopted the Tiny House appendix Q/AQ for homes 400 sf or less under the International Residential Code
  • Tiny homes on wheels are considered vehicles/campers and subject to local camping ordinance

Shipping Containers:

  • Plans must be fully engineered by a Colorado Licensed Structural Engineer (including all openings/penetrations in the shipping container, foundation, must comply with local wind a snow loads).
  • Must comply with IRC energy code requirements (Residential Energy Compliance Form)
  • An air tightness test is required.
  • Must comply with all adopted codes requirements (electric, plumbing, mechanical, etc.)

Earth Ships / Straw Bale:

  • Plans must be fully engineered by a Colorado Licensed Structural Engineer (including all openings, foundation, and  must be designed to comply with local wind a snow loads).
  • Must comply with IRC energy code requirements (Residential Energy Compliance Form)
  • An air tightness test is required.
  • Must comply with all adopted codes requirements (electric, plumbing, mechanical, etc.)

Yurt:

  • Movable canvas type structures are considered tents, and subject to local camping regulations.
  • Permanently built yurt shaped structures will need to be fully engineered by a Colorado Licensed Structural Engineer. 
  • Must comply with IRC energy code requirements (Residential Energy Compliance Form)
  • An air tightness test is required.
  • Must comply with all adopted codes requirements (electric, plumbing, mechanical, etc.)

Log Homes: 

  • Plans must be fully engineered by a Colorado Licensed Structural Engineer (including all openings, foundation, and must be designed to comply with local wind a snow loads).
  • Must comply with IRC energy code requirements (Residential Energy Compliance Form)
  • An air tightness test is required.
  • Must comply with all adopted codes requirements (electric, plumbing, mechanical, etc.)

Accessory Dwelling Unit / Mother-in-law suite / Carriage House: 

A complete and independent residential unit including all of the following may be considered a duplex or second dwelling unit:

  • Kitchen (with cooking appliance)
  • Bathroom
  • Sleeping space/living space

Contact Zoning to see if a second dwelling unit is permitted in your zone district based on the property address. Adding an additional dwelling unit on lot can have significant permit fees and building code upgrades associated as well, (like that of a new house).

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Residential Stock Plans for New Homes#

Please contact us if you plan to submit a stock plan: revcoord@fcgov.com 

When the same home design will be built at least three times with limited variations, a stock plan design or master plan can be submitted for a single review and then built multiple times and connected to a site specific permit. 

For example: Imagine a grab-and-go style restaurant (where you place an order, take a number and find a table). The stock plan is like the menu, and the site specific permit is like you order and table number.

Forms and Applications