FAQs

  1. Building codes are adopted and enforced all over the world to ensure that structures in which we live, work, and play meet recognized minimum standards for protection against structural collapse, fire, explosion, health hazards and other potential dangers. Current Building Codes for Larimer County

  2. Miscellaneous permits can be applied for online via the Online Customer Portal. Other building permit types that require plans to be submitted have submittal requirements. Please click this link to view specific permit applications and more detailed information. More ⇨
     

  3. Many homeowners are not aware when a permit is required. As a general rule, the answer is YES - any construction work that is regulated by adopted building codes and fire and public safety regulations requires a permit before work can begin. For information on what kinds of projects do and do not require a permit, please refer to 

  4. Provided that the vacant parcel is zoned for residential, a manufactured home can be placed outside of a manufactured home park.

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  5. It is much more difficult to determine whether or not a building meets minimum building standards if the structure does not have the benefit of in-progress inspections required under a permit. It is often difficult or impossible to evaluate the safety of a structure if important elements have been covered up by insulation, drywall, siding, concrete, or brick. The rule of thumb for construction is "Don't cover anything until it has been inspected and approved."

  6. Reputable contractors know the requirements and abide by them. In most cases, the contractor will obtain the building permit for the property owner. Unfortunately, not all contractors comply with applicable code requirements. Remember, regardless if your contractor or the homeowner obtains the permit, the property owner is ultimately responsible for ensuring that all work on his/her property is preceded by acquisition of the appropriate permits and that the contractor requests the required inspections at the appropriate time.

  7. Larimer County has a contractor licensing program. The Colorado State statutes changed allowing NON-home rule jurisdictions to administer their own contractor licensing program and Larimer County started a licensing program on September 1, 2009. The City of Fort Collins and City of Loveland each have their own contractor licensing program. We suggest you verify that your contractor is licensed and has adequate workers' compensation and general liability insurance coverage. Larimer County Contractor Licensing Search

  8. Examples of when a Letter of Completion (not a certificate of occupancy) is issued:

    • Cabins.
    • Accessory structures, such as barns, sheds, & detached garages
    • Minor residential alterations & additions, such as, garages, porches, decks, sunrooms and small additions
    • Minor additions or alterations of a commercial building
    • Shell buildings

     For details see Certificate of Occupancy.

    Once final inspection and approval from all agencies has been approved and all conditions of approval have been met, the inspector will sign off on the final building inspection. The next business day, a Letter of Completion/Certificate of Occupancy can be obtained from the Online Customer Portal under Attachments.