Contractor Registration & Inspections
The City of Golden requires a Contractor Registration Application (pdf) for any contractor doing business within the City Limits.
For more information on ICC Standardized Contractor Exams go to www.iccsafe.org/contractor.
Inspection Request Line — (303) 384-8198
(Recording requires Permit Number, Address of Project, and Type of Inspection(s) to be performed, so please have that information available.)
As a general guideline, inspections will start in the North and Central areas of the City in the morning, and the South areas in the afternoon. Unfortunately, we cannot set appointments or offer time frames beyond this guideline. Inspection requests submitted before 5:00 pm will occur the next business day. No return calls will be made for verification, and there are no inspection time frame windows available.
Once a permit has been issued, it is the responsibility of the construction contractor or the homeowner to ensure that the building is ready for inspection on the day the inspection is requested. Types of inspections and their requirements are as follows:
Calling for Inspections
Inspections must be called in to the inspection hotline at 384-8198 by 5:00 p.m. the previous day. Be sure to leave the permit number, address, type of inspection requested, and any special or unique conditions that may apply.
Footing or Caisson Inspections
Caisson inspections must be made by a Professional Engineer licensed in the State of Colorado and a stamped inspection report must be submitted.
Footing inspections should be requested once excavation is completed and forms and rebar are in place for footing pours. The inspection should be done by the City Inspector. It may be performed by a professional engineer, provided a signed and stamped inspection report be furnished to the city prior to the foundation and damp proofing inspection.
Concrete Reinforcing Inspection
This inspection is made when foundation wall or grade beam forms and reinforcements are in place and ready for concrete pour. This is accomplished in the same manner as for caissons and footings.
Foundation and Damp Proofing Inspection
This inspection must be made prior to back-filling when all basements or areas below the back-fill area have had all defects grouted and damp proofing applied.
Rough Plumbing Inspections
This inspection is requested once plumbing piping has been installed. The underground plumbing, drain, waste, vents, and water piping may be inspected individually, in combination, or all at once. Pressure test at 5 p.s.i. or ten feet of water head is required for drain, waste, and vents. Water piping must be under street pressure or a 50 p.s.i. pressure test.
Gas Pipe Inspection
This inspection, which requires an air test of 10 p.s.i., must be requested before the concealed gas lines are covered. This inspection and meter release inspections must be made before the Public Service Company will install the meter.
Rough Heating Inspection
This inspection is requested when all duct work, flues, heating, hot water lines, and refrigeration lines are installed, but before they are covered or concealed.
Rough Electrical Inspection
This inspection is requested when all outlet boxes are installed (switch, light, receptacle, etc.) and the wiring pulled and wire connections are installed. An underground electrical inspection may also be required.
Heat Meter Inspection
This inspection may be made with the rough electric inspection if the major heating appliance is installed and ready for operation and the main electrical panel is made up.
Rough Frame Inspection
Prior to requesting this inspection, a complete and detailed walkthrough of the entire building, or portion of the building to be inspected, should be made and the following items completed:
- Interior partitions and framing, floor framing and sub-flooring, stairs, etc., are completed and ready to be covered.
- Repair is completed of any damage or alteration made by other trades, which do not meet code (i.e., holes too close to edge of studs, cuts or holes in sill plate, excessive notching of joists or studs, etc.)
- Rough electrical, plumbing and heating inspections satisfactorily completed.
- Building, as constructed, agrees with the approved plans.
This inspection should be requested following the rough frame inspection once the insulation product installation is completed.
This inspection is performed after drywall has been completely nailed or screwed to the framing, but before taping or covering the drywall.
Final Plumbing, Heating and Electrical Inspections
These inspections may be requested in any sequence once all applicable work to be inspected is compete. However, the appropriate utility meter must be installed before requesting a final inspection.
Fire Department Inspection
Single family detached structures, duplexes, and townhomes are not generally subject to inspections by the Fire Department. However, all other occupancies, including but not limited to apartments or condominiums, core and shell or complete commercial buildings, and commercial tenant finish and alteration, separate Fire Department inspections are required. All required or provided fire detection, alarm, and/or suppression systems and devices will be inspected during this inspection.
These inspections may be requested by the fire protection subcontractor where the structure is provided with a fire sprinkler or fire alarm system. Generally, the Final Fire Department inspection should be requested at the time of Final Building Inspection, and must be requested through the Fire Department by calling 303-384-8093.
Final Building Inspection
This inspection is normally the last inspection requested. All work requiring inspection must be completed prior to calling for this inspection.
If you are unsure if a specific item must be completed prior to a Final Inspection or Certificate of Occupancy, talk to your building inspector for clarification.