The City of Golden requires a Contractor License for any contractor doing business within the city limits that requires a permit. Please visit our Online Portal You will need to register for an account, and then visit “Licenses” and “Apply for a New License”. All licensed contractors are required to be identified on the permits before issuance and inspections occur.
The Building Department does not require a certificate of liability. We do require State License information for Plumbers and Electricians.
We do not administer or require testing for general trade licenses as this is more like a Contractor Registration.
Contractor License Renewals – If you have an older license/registration with us that you are looking to “Renew” we have a new online portal for licenses. We will not renew your license from the old database. The City of Golden went “Live” with this new system on April 4, 2022. All new licenses in our new online database with go through a renewal process. Please visit our Online Portal
Updating State License procedure for Electricians and Plumbers:
- Please do not email us your updated state license. Please log into the Online Portal and go to the License tab, select the “Amendment” button.
- Update Procedure for Online Portal
If you have additional questions please email us at email@example.com.
Contractor License Fees:
- Contractor License Fee: $100.00/Trade
- Electrical Contractors: No Fee
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 .
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.”
For more information on ICC Standardized Contractor Exams go to www.iccsafe.org/contractor.
Types of Inspections & Requirements for Each
- Inspection schedule map *Please note, times are rough estimates. Many other factors can impact the schedule.
- Electrical inspections have been running later. Our inspector is contracted by the City of Golden, and performs inspections for other municipalities as well.
Inspections must be requested by 4 p.m. for the next day. Please use the Online Portal to request your inspections. For additional inspection inquiries please email the Building Division at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mid-Roof inspections must be performed between 25-60% complete. Final Roof inspections must take place. Ladders must be in place for both inspections.
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 backfill 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 when 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 walk-through 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 & 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, require separate Fire Department inspections. 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.