Inspection Request Hotline (303) 515-4355
General Building Questions (303) 582-5831 x4
Current Building Codes in effect at this time are:
See link to Building Code Amendments 1-6
Building Permits are Required to:
Construct, enlarge, alter,
repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure.
enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas,
mechanical or plumbing system.
fill or cut existing ground.
Building permits are Not Required for any the following:
- One-story detached accessory structures, provided that the floor area does not exceed 120 Square feet 18.5m2).
- Fences not over 7 feet (2134 mm) high.
- Retaining walls that are not over 4 feet (1219mm) in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a sur-charge.
- Water tanks supported directly upon grade if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons (18.927L) and the ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed 2 to 1.
- Sidewalks and driveways.
- Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work.
- Prefabricated swimming pools that are less than 24 inches (610 mm) deep.
- Swings and other playground equipment.
- Window awnings supported by an exterior wall that do not project more than 54 inches (1372mm) from the exterior wall and do not require additional support.
- Decks not exceeding 200 square feet (18.58m2) in area, that are not more than 30 inches (762mm) above grade at any point, are not attached to a dwelling do not serve the exit door required by Section R311.4.
Gilpin County requires all plans to be include an original stamp
of a Colorado licensed engineer or architect except as exempted below: *
Single story detached garages or sheds up to 250 square feet
where wall height does not exceed 10’ and garage door opening does not exceed 8’
in width. Such space shall not include living space and shall not be heated or
Decks not more than 3 feet above grade with floor joist span <
* If, in the estimation of the plans reviewer, code compliance
cannot be confidently established from the plans submitted, engineered drawing
shall be required.
Snow and Wind Loads
Snow loads vary throughout the county from 60 – 125 pounds per
square foot. See link to Snow and Wind Load Map below.
Wind loads vary between 130 -180 mph 3-second gust Exposure C.
However, the majority of the County lies within the 130 mph zone. See link to
Snow and Wind Load Map below.
where any of the following is true shall provide a land survey plat before
permit is issued:
parcel legally described as a mining claim, lode, mill, placer, or identified by
a M. S. number by deed or title; or, a previously divided portion of any of the
commercial development on commercially zoned land.
sites abutting, adjoining or crossed by the Gilpin County line.
sites traversed by an existing non-platted access road serving additional
offsite lots or parcels shall require a land survey and centerline description
of said non-platted road.
Where building improvements are proposed to be within 10’ of the
applicable setback line, or where a setback variance was granted by the Board of
Adjustment, a Setback Verification Form signed and stamped by a Colorado
licensed PLS shall be required.
30 inches or bedrock, whichever is less.
Application and Submittal Requirements
Complete application must
be submitted to the Building Department. All submittals must include at least 2
full sized sets plus one reduced copy not greater than 11”x17”.
Call (303) 515-4355 to request an inspection.
Required inspections are listed on the permit display card.
The permit card must be on display at all times and accompanied
by a set of approved building plans.
Inspections are performed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between
10:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Completion of Work
Once a building permit is obtained the following work shall be
complete before a Certificate of Occupancy, Certificate of Completion or a
Temporary Certificate of Occupancy can be issued:
Final Access (Road and Bridge Department)
Final Sanitation (Public Health Department)
Final Electric (State of Colorado)
Working Heat Source
Working Water Supply
Usable Kitchen Area
At Least One Working Bathroom
Basic Safety (railings, door bolts, etc.)
such as cabinetry, carpeting, tiling, trim and paint is not required for a
Certificate of Occupancy, Certificate of Completion or a Temporary Certificate
Gilpin County requires an
access permit when creating, adjusting or adding to a driveway and when
accessing a County maintained road. Applications are available through the
Gilpin County Road and Bridge Department (303) 582-5004.
For all septic information or water testing contact the Gilpin
County Public and Environmental Health Department (303) 582-5831.
For well permits and well
information contact the Colorado Division of Water Resources at (303) 866-3581
For electrical permits
contact the Colorado Department of Regulatory Affairs at (303) 894-2985 for
application and details.