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315

Building Permit Series
CONTRACTORS’/HOMEOWNERS’ INFORMATION SHEET
1.22.10
Completed construction work must be inspected and approved
at various stages, not to exceed 60 days between inspections,
or as approved by your inspector. The Permit and the Inspection Record Card, containing the names of the homeowner,
and all licensed subcontractors, shall be posted at the site at
all times, and visible from the street. The city-approved plans
must be on the site, and available to the inspectors at all times.
The general procedure for order of inspections is as follows:
1. Pre-Construction Inspection – (113) Used for Large Commercial Projects or Shoring Permits.
2. Footing Inspection - (100) - Conducted just prior to pouring
concrete footings. The footing excavation, formwork, and any
reinforcing steel, must be complete and in place. Any clay soil
pipe encountered must be replaced, by a licensed plumber,
to schedule 40 PVC, ABS/DWV piping, or cast iron, under
separate permit (#4 Plumbing), and approved by the plumbing
inspector prior to footing inspection. Any pipe replaced more
that 2’ from the new foundation must also be permitted and
inspected by Wastewater Management Division. Caisson foundations require the submittal of a field report, by the engineer
of record, to the Department, in lieu of inspection.
3. Foundation Inspections - Conducted on foundation walls at
four stages:
(101) - Formwork and reinforcing steel, prior to placement
of concrete.
(115) - Setback Inspection
(103) - Finished walls, with damproofing applied, when required.
(104) - Exterior foundation wall insulation, when required.
(102) - Perimeter drain, when installed. Backfilling follows
completion of these inspections.
4. Rough Inspections - When shell or alteration framing
is completed, with utilities installed, rough inspections are
required of: Zoning, Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical System
Piping, Ductwork, and Vents for Gas Fired Equipment or Metal
Fireplaces. Each requires a separate permit, with subcontrac-

tors scheduling inspections of their own work. All subcontractors shall have the proper license issued by the Building
Inspection Division (BID). Unlicensed subcontractors are not
allowed. Corrections required must be completed, reinspected, and signed-off by the inspector involved.
(114) - Bulk Plane Inspection - Zoning
(105) - Exterior Sheathing Inspection - Nail inspection
(112) - Basement Structural Floor Inspection – Partial frame
inspection performed before installing floor deck or sheathing.
(111)- Exterior Paper/ Exterior Lath – Inspection of exterior
weather-resistive barrier (building paper, etc, as required by
section 1402.1 & 1402.2) before installation of exterior finishes
such as siding, brick or any stucco. Metal and wire is inspected at the same time prior to the installation of stucco.
5. Frame Inspection - (112) - Conducted when frame construction is completed, following sign-off of all rough inspections.
Roof and wall sheathing must be complete with at least roofing
felt and roof jacks installed. Doors & Windows must be installed, and all framing must be exposed; baffles should be in
place, also. (Air infiltration Barrier Method # A, foam and caulk,
is inspected with frame.)
6. 2nd Story Attachment Inspection - (112) - Partial frame
inspection for 2nd story additions only. Have all connectors
that attach the 2nd story to the existing building in place. Floor
framing shall be in place without floor sheathing installed. All
rough subfloor utilities must be installed and passed inspection
before requesting a ‘Partial Frame Inspection’.
7. Insulation/Moisture Vapor Retarding Inspection – Moisture
vapor retarder is installed – Batt insulation (106), or blown-in
insulation (200) -- in place, following frame inspection.
8. Drywall Inspection - (107) - Drywall installations prior to
jointing or taping work.

www.denvergov.org/residentialpermits
201 W. Colfax Ave., Dept. 205
Denver, CO 80202
phone: 720.865.2710 fax: 720.865.3020

Denver Advisory No. 315 Contractors’/Homeowners’ Information Sheet

9. Final Sub Inspection - Final inspections of roofing, gutters, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, heating, ductwork, etc.
(rough and final sign-offs required on each sub permit) are
required prior to final construction inspection.
10. Final Construction Inspection - (108) - Job is completed,
including shingling, siding, gutters, downspouts, splashblocks,
steps, handrails, etc. Energy compliance certificate that shows
a pass rating of “83” by a recognized energy rating program
when a builder signed the “Energy Rating Program Agreement”. Painting and carpeting do not require inspection.
If intervals between inspections exceed 60 days, the inspector
must be contacted for an extension. Inspectors are available
daily by phone, between 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
SEE THE LIST OF PHONE NUMBERS BELOW.
NOTE: The numbers, in parenthesizes (XXX), are the inspection code number required when setting up your inspections
for work allowed under the 1R or 1C permit. Information may
also be found on back of the green paper copy of each permit.

AUTOMATED INSPECTION REQUEST SYSTEM
CALL 720-865-2501
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The Automated Inspection Request System is de
signed to dispatch inspection requests for the next
working day. It will be available 24 hours daily. To
request an inspection the next business day call
before 12:00 a.m. (Midnight). Occasionally an in
spection will be scheduled for a later date due to
workload problems.

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When you request an inspection, you must know
the permit number. This is the number printed
on the bottom of your permit beginning with
the year. For example, 92123456 would be the
permit number which must be entered from your
touch-tone telephone pad when requested by
the system.

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You will need to know the three-digit code for the
type of inspection you want. This can be seen in
the following “Inspections Type Directory”.

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The inspection code number listed below must
match the permit type (#1-R thru #12) in order to
request an inspection.
Subcontractor permits (#2 thru #12 permits) must
be issued and the job site card must be posted
before requesting an inspection for work that is
performed under a subcontractor permit.

Enter the permit number and inspection type code
by using the buttons of your telephone. Remember
to press the pound key (#) after each set of numbers
entered. NOTE: You can call for two or more inspec-
tions with a single phone call, provided the work to be
inspected is ready for inspection. Press the asterisk
key (*) between inspections with different permit
numbers. If all of the information you enter is
correct, you will be given a verification number
and the inspection date at the end of your call.
Please stay on the line until you get that number.

TYPE OF INSPECTION FOR WORK PERFORMED
UNDER #1-R OR #1-C PERMIT:
Footing....................... (100) Frost Wall Insulation..............(104)
Final........................... (108) Setback................................(115)
Frame........................ (112) Other.....................................(109)
Foundation Wall......... (101) Bulk Plane.............................(114)
Ext. Lath Stucco........ (111) Batt Insulation.......................(106)
Blown Insulation........(200) Waterproofing.......................(103)
Drywall.................................................................................(107)
Foundation Perimeter Drain.................................................(102)
***WARNING: REINSPECTION FEES MAY BE CHARGED IF
WORK IS NOT READY, OR IF ENTRY CANNOT BE MADE.

LEGAL DISCLAIMER: This Advisory should not be used as a substitute for codes and regulations. The applicant is responsible for
compliance with all code and rule requirements, whether or not described in this Advisory.

Denver Advisory No. 315 Contractors’/Homeowners’ Information Sheet

BUILDING INSPECTION DIVISION - SECTIONS LIST
PHONE NUMBERS
Cashier - Payments for Reinspection/2nd Half of Double Fee.......................................................................................... 720-865-2780
Contractor’s Licenses & Certificates................................................................................................................................ 720-865-2770
Inspection Section (Inspection Administrator)................................................................................................................. 720-865-2500

Boiler/Refrigeration................................................................................................................................................. 720-865-2550

Construction........................................................................................................................................................... 720-865-2520

Electrical................................................................................................................................................................. 720-865-2580

Elevator...................................................................................................................................................................720-865-2610

Mechanical............................................................................................................................................................. 720-865-2560

Plumbing................................................................................................................................................................ 720-865-2620

Public Safety.......................................................................................................................................................... 720-865-2630

Roofing, Gutters, Insulation, Fences...................................................................................................................... 720-865-2540

Zoning (Neighborhood Inspection Services)......................................................................................................... 720-865-3200

Commercial - Phone hours are 8 to 11:30 a.m./Walk-thru hours are 7:30 to 11:30 a.m......................................... 720-865-2705

Residential - Single Family and Duplex, Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m....................................................................720-865-2710
Records - Building Permit Files........................................................................................................................................ 720-865-2790

INSPECTION CODE DIRECTORY
CONSTRUCTION: Permits 1R & 1C
Pre Construction Meeting .................. 113
(for Large Commercial or
Shoring permits)
Footing................................................ 100
Foundation Wall.................................. 101
Setback Inspection............................. 115
Foundation Perimeter Drain................ 102
Waterproofing..................................... 103
Frost Wall Insulation............................ 104
Exterior Sheathing.............................. 105
Bulk Plane........................................... 114
Batt Insulation..................................... 106
Drywall................................................ 107
Final.................................................... 108
Other.................................................. 109
Exterior Lath....................................... 111
Frame................................................. 112
Blown Insulation................................. 200
DEMOLITION: Permit 1D
Final.................................................... 110
SIGNS: Permit 5
Rough................................................. 500
Final.................................................... 501

PLUMBING: Permit 4
Groundwork........................................ 400
Rough................................................. 401
Pressure Test...................................... 403
Water Service..................................... 404
Final.................................................... 402
BOILER/REFRIGERATION:
Permits 7, 8, 9, 11, 12
Groundwork........................................ 700
Pressure Test...................................... 701
Partial Rough...................................... 702
Rough................................................. 703
Final.................................................... 704

ELECTRICAL: Permits 3, 3A, 3B
Slab.................................................... 300
Underground...................................... 301
Partial Rough...................................... 302
Full Rough.......................................... 303
Partial Final......................................... 304
Full Final............................................. 305
Fire Alarm........................................... 306
Service Equipment............................. 307
Ceiling................................................ 308
Walls................................................... 309
Card Access....................................... 310
Temporary Service............................. 311
UFER (ground rod)............................. 312

GENERAL CONSTRUCTION: Permit 2
Blown Insulation................................. 200
Roof.................................................... 201
Gutter................................................. 202
Siding................................................. 203
Fence.................................................. 204

ELEVATORS: Permit 6
Safety Test.......................................... 600
Buffer Test.......................................... 601
Pressure Test...................................... 602
Temporary Operation......................... 603
Final.................................................... 604

PRE-INSPECTION COMMERCIAL
Flat Roof............................................. 205
Other.................................................. 206

FIRE PROTECTION: Permit 10
Underground...................................... 410
Rough................................................. 411
Final.................................................... 412

MECHANICAL: Permits 9, 11, 12
Groundwork........................................ 900
Pressure Test...................................... 901
Partial Rough...................................... 902
Rough................................................. 903
Final.................................................... 904

LEGAL DISCLAIMER: This Advisory should not be used as a substitute for codes and regulations. The applicant is responsible for
compliance with all code and rule requirements, whether or not described in this Advisory.

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