What is a permit and why do I need one?
The issuance of permits and subsequent inspections of the work performed
ensures that all construction in the city is safe. Permit review also regulates
construction in compliance with the City of Longmont Zoning Codes regarding
land use regulations. The primary purpose of these codes is to ensure a
safe and healthy environment for the citizens of Longmont.
When does a homeowner need a building permit?
A building permit is required anytime there is new construction of; or addition,
alteration, repair or demolition to the main structure or accessory buildings
on a lot or parcel. Included also are accessory buildings such as detached
include: NEW BUILDING: dwellings, garages, detached storagesheds
(over 120 square feet), carports,all commercial buildings etc.
ADDITIONS: buildings,swimming pools, patios, sunrooms, decks.
ALTERATIONS: re-roofing, drywalling, insulating, converting a garage
or sunroom to living space, basement finishing, re-siding , retaining walls
over 48 inches, fences, etc.
ANY REPAIRS INVOLVING STRUCTURAL MEMBERS
APPLIANCES: fireplace or gas log installation, air conditioners and
swamp coolers, hot tubs, water heaters etc.
If you have questions about whether or not a permit
is required, contact the Building Inspection Division, Development Services Center, 385 Kimbark Street,
Longmont, CO, 80501, (303) 651-8332.
I want to remodel my bathroom, installing a new sink and cabinets, installing
GFI protected receptacles and relocating the gas fired water heater. Do I
need a permit?
A permit is needed for relocation of the electrical receptacles, gas line
and sink. Cabinet installation would not require a permit. All of this work
could be covered by one permit and may require only one visit by the inspector.
Do I need a contractor's license to work on my own home?
As a homeowner you can act as your own contractor and do the work without
a contractor's license on your own property where you live. However, if
you subcontract a project, electrical wiring for example, then the subcontractor
must be licensed to work in Longmont.
As a homeowner, you may be issued a permit for subcontracted work. You are
also responsible for inspections and sign-off on the permit card.
CAUTION: If you do work, or have any work done
without obtaining a permit, you could be incurring liability in the event
of a fire or accident related to the work. In some circumstances, your insurance
could be invalidated.
Can you recommend a good contractor? How do I find one?
The City of Longmont cannot endorse contractors. You may refer to the Yellow
Pages. You should also contact the Building Inspection Department (303) 651-8332
to verify that your contractor is licensed to work in Longmont.
How do I apply for a building permit?
Permit Application forms and additional printed information are available
at the Building Inspection front counter located in the Development Services Center, 385 Kimbark Street. You may also
call Building Inspection at (303) 651-8332 to have this information
mailed to you. Most of these forms are available online: Permit
Applications. Detailed information on permit requirements is available
online: see the specific items on the left menu.
Where do I get a permit?
Permits are reviewed and issued at the Building Inspection Division office
located at the Development Services Center, 385 Kimbark St.. The office is open
from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday - Friday. Call (303) 651-8332 for information.
Can I draw my own plans?
Yes, but please note that the plans and specifications need to be clear
enough to show the nature and extent of the work or they may be returned
to the applicant. TWO (2) COMPLETE SETS of these plans
are to be submitted for plan review. Plans are reviewed in the order
in which they are received.
One set of the approved plans will be returned to you with any corrections
noted when the permit is issued. Inspections will not be done without approved
plans on site.
How do you request an inspection that is NOT listed on the permit card?
You should call the office at (303) 651-8332 and have any inspections that
you know you will need added to the permit so the inspection can be requested
After the electrical service has been inspected, how long will it take
for the electrical meter to be set?
The meter is typically set the following day.
Last Updated: 04/20/10