Building

Please Note! New Building Code Guidelines go into effect Aug. 15

Construction Worker

The Building Safety and  Inspection Service Division administers and enforces Golden’s Building Code, which provides minimum standards to control the design, construction, quality of materials, use, occupancy, location, and maintenance of all buildings and structures.

Structural Design Criteria

  • Ground Snow Load – 42.9 p.s.f.
  • Wind Load – V ult 150 m.p.h. ~ exposure C
  • Roof Snow Load – 30 p.s.f.
  • Frost Depth – 36 inches

Adoption of New I-Codes 2021

The City of Golden has adopted the 2021 Family of I-Codes. All plans submitted on and/or after August 15, 2022 will be reviewed to the new 2021 Codes. The NEC 2020 has been officially adopted as well.

Please refer to the links below for the information:

International Fire Code Adoption
  • With the City of Golden’s adoption of the 2021 editions of the International Building Code, International Fire Code, and others, an important change is forthcoming. Sections 3303 and 3305 of the 2021 International Fire Code require any work site involving the construction, alteration, or demolition of a structure to have a fire protection program in place, including a site safety director, daily documented fire safety inspections, the potential for required fire watch, and a written site safety plan.
  • The completed site safety plan will be required with any submittal and will be reviewed by the Golden Fire Department. Site safety plans which do not meet the requirements of the code will be returned and no permit will be issued until the plan is complete. Thank you for your assistance in making our city safer.
  • 2021 International Building Code
  • 2021 International Energy Conservation Code
  • 2021International Fire Code
  • 2021 International Fuel Gas Code
  • 2021 International Existing Buildings Code
  • 2021International Mechanical Code
  • 2021 International Plumbing Code
  • 2021 International Residential Code
    (Including Appendix Chapter F dealing with radon control for new single family dwellings)
  • 2020 National Electrical Code

All permit applications and plans/specifications for all structures need to  demonstrate compliance with the 2021 Building Codes series.

The Building Division is responsible for administering and enforcing the adopted International Codes, National Electrical Code, and City ordinances to ensure that commercial and residential structures are built to standards that protect the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens and general public.

As a part of the Public Works Department, the Building Division is dedicated to keeping our community safe by issuing building permits, performing inspections, reviewing plans, and administering building codes for all construction in the City of Golden.

Our highly trained employees deliver services in a professional and respectful manner to maintain and improve the quality of life for our residents.

Golden City Council has passed the Residential Zoning Code Update and the moratorium has been lifted. Find all application materials on our Development Application Page.

Try Our New Permitting System!

The City of Golden Building Division has moved to a new, easy-to-use online platform for processing all permits. Check it out now on our Online Portal!

Our Permitting Process Has Gone Electronic!

What does that mean for you?

  • Ease of use and ability to track when applying for permits, contractor registrations, ROWs, etc.
  • All payments will be made through the Online Portal.
  • If you need assistance on what type of permit you need, please refer to our Building Permit Guide pdf download.
  • All inspection requests will be made through the Portal.
  • All scheduled inspections will be confirmed in an email notification.
  • Inspections will still occur from the north to the south.
  • No more calling and waiting to hear back from staff to make a payment.
  • Plans will not be printed on the front end of the application, and approved plans will be printed when approved. No more paper revisions!

All users will need a registered account with our Online Portal to access these functions and see permits.

Approved Permits with plans will be printed by the applicants.

Once all remaining fees have been paid and the permit is issued, the applicant/contractors/owners shall be responsible to post the property with the permit and provide a city-approved set of plans on the job site for the full duration of the project. The size of the plans is dependent on the project, but 24 X 36 is a standard for larger projects.

Is the address within the city limits of Golden? Go to the Jefferson County Address Wizard, enter the address, select the address you are researching, scroll to bottom of page for Municipal Status.

RIGHT OF WAY (ROW) Permits

  • We issue ROW Permits to allow work to in the RIGHT OF WAY (ROW). These permits are for dumpsters, storage pods, storage of landscape equipment and materials (must use BMP’s), etc. This permit is also for traffic, parking, sidewalk lane closures.
  • Questions or concerns, please call Andrea Berumen at 303-277-8702 or email aberumen@cityofgolden.net.
  • All ROW Permits will be applied for through our new Online Portal. You will need to register for an account to see and apply for all permits online. You may continue to use the ROW Application below, which will be required as an uploaded document.

Office Hours

Office Hours:  Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. New permit applications are not accepted after 4 pm.

Holiday Closures: Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Presidents Day; Memorial Day; Juneteenth; Independence Day; Labor Day; Veteran’s Day; Thanksgiving Day & Friday after; Christmas Eve; Christmas Day; New Year’s Eve; New Year’s Day

On rare occasions, city administrative offices may be closed due to weather concerns. Please check the website homepage if you suspect weather may impact office hours.

Inspection Requests

Call (303) 384-8198 to request an inspection.

Please note, requests called in before 4 p.m. will be performed the following business day.

To check to see if an address is in the city limits of Golden, go to the Jefferson County Address Wizard and look under Municipal Status.

Permit Status Information

To get the status of your permit, you will need to do either of the following:

  1. Log on to your account in the new Online Portal for all of your permitting information. If your permit was in our system before the Citizen Portal was active, please reach out to us in the format below.
  2. Email the City of Golden Building Division at BuildingDepartment@cityofgolden.net. Be sure to include either the address or the permit number.
  3. Call the City of Golden Building Division at 303-384-8151

Jobsite On-Site License Checks

Per the State of Colorado, inspectors may randomly check for state Electrical & Plumbing License Compliance at commercial and multi-family projects. Please refer to the Contemporaneous Reviews of State Licensure Guide pdf download.

To check to see if an address is in the city limits of Golden, go to the Jefferson County Address Wizard – be sure to look under “Municipal Status.”

COG Mesa

 Golden has 402 acres of open space
and maintains 253 acres of parks right within the city itself.

Additional Resources

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