Need to apply for an Electrical Permit?

  1. Register with Master Electrician Registration Form
  2. Become a Registered User on the Online Portal System
  3. Follow  Instructions on How to Apply for Permits Online

Estes Park Electrical Permitting

  • Addresses located outside the town limits of Estes Park, please apply through Larimer County.
  • Addresses located inside the town limits of Estes Park, please apply through the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA).


On June 22, 2020, the Board of Larimer County Commissioners unanimously approved adoption of the 2020 National Electrical Code, without amendment, effective July 1, 2020 in unincorporated Larimer County.

Significant Changes to the 2020 NEC

Click here for a discussion of significant changes by the National Fire Protection Association, which publishes the NEC and sponsors the electrical code hearings.
Click here for the key changes per the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI).
Click here to read an analysis of significant changes per Electrical Construction and Maintenance (EC&M) Magazine.


  1. Over the years, customers have often asked Larimer County Building Division to expand its services to

    include electrical permits and inspections. Each time, the county declined to assume this responsibility

    from the Colorado Electrical Board, because we concluded that providing strong customer service in this

    area would cost more than we could recover in permit fees. But this time, after thoroughly studying how

    to provide the service, we notified the State of Colorado that we are ready to take on this new

    challenge. Starting July 1, 2020, anyone needing an electrical permit in unincorporated Larimer County,

    or doing electrical work as a part of a larger construction project, will go to Larimer County Building

    Division instead of the state of Colorado. We hope this makes electrical permitting simpler and

    smoother for our customers.

  2. Click here for Electrical Permit/Plan Submittal Requirements

    Click here for Single Family Residential Wiring Guidelines

    In accordance with state law, we have hired two electrical inspectors certified as master or journeyman electricians: Jim Johnson and Rod Roberts, both former Colorado Electrical Board inspectors. They are supervised by Lead Building Inspector Mark Tewsley. Any questions about electrical inspections go first to Mark, then to Chief Building Official Eric Fried, and then if needed to the Larimer County Board of Appeals, not the state of Colorado.

    ​For now, until we hire a third inspector, we have divided the county into four electrical inspection territories: Front Range north, Front Range south, southwest mountains and northwest mountains. The territories closely follow current building inspector territories 1, 2&3, 4, and 5&6. Rod Roberts will inspect the north Front Range Monday, Wednesday and Friday and the NW Mountains on Tuesday and Thursday. Jim Johnson will inspect the SW Mountains Monday, Wednesday and Friday and the South Front Range Tuesday and Thursday. This schedule is very similar to what state electrical inspectors were doing, so contractors should be familiar with it. Click here for a map of the inspection territories.

    Inspections must be requested no later than 11:59 pm the day before they are desired, via our customer access portal or our IVR phone system.

    Per state law, only state-licensed electricians or homeowners doing their own work on the home they reside in, may perform electrical work. County staff will check for proper state licenses when permits are issued and may check for licenses at any time in the field.

    Any electrical permits issued by the Colorado Electrical Board through June 30, 2020 will continue to be inspected by the state until completion or expiration.

  3. Click here for the form required to add electrical to an existing building permit.  Please check the submittal requirements to see if plans need to be submitted (most permits do not require plan submittal).

  4. Click here for Electrical Permit/Plan Submittal Requirements

  5. Building Permit Fees (see Table 1-E)

  6. No. Electrical contractors, master and journeyman electricians are licensed by the state of Colorado Electrical Board. We will not require separate county licenses, but we will require you to register with us in order to verify your state license is current. Click here  for the registration form.  In accordance with state law, we may check at any time in the field for proper state licenses.

    Homeowners are allowed by state law to do their own electrical work on their own principal residence in which they reside, which is not for sale, resale, rental, short-term rental, accommodations or other commercial use, provided they possess reasonable enough knowledge for a safe and proper installation.


  7. For information on wiring requirements for Alternate Power Sources such as solar photovoltaic, click here.

    For information on Mobile/Manufactured Homes Electrical Wiring requirements, click here .

    Do you need to add electrical to a current building permit after July 1, 2020? Please fill out and return this form. Electrical Resubmittal Form