Division of Professions and Occupations State of Colorado DORA Division of Professions and Occupations


Additional Fee
An additional fee is required when the either of the following conditions exist:
1.) The original valuation is greater than originally calculated
2.) Additional inspections become necessary on a permit, for example, a partial rough-in or a temporary heat release.
Backflow preventer
A backflow preventer is a device installed in the water line(s) to prevent unsafe water from backing up and contaminating the drinking water. This is typically installed for a pressure vacuum breaker, sill cock/hose bibb, residential fire suppression system, and boiler.
Cancelled permit
A permit that has been cancelled by the board or its inspectors, or at the request of the permit holder. Permits may be cancelled for misleading information in obtaining a permit, for example, an unlicensed firm or person(s) working under a homeowner permit.
Current standards
Electrical: The current standard adopted by the State Electrical Board is the 2008 National Electrical Code (National Fire Protection Association [NFPA] Standard Number 70).
Plumbing: The current standards adopted by the Examining Board of Plumbers are the 2009 International Plumbing   Code as amended. The 2009 International Fuel Gas Code and the 2009 International Residential Code. 
A disciplinary action involving monetary fines for failure to adhere to the minimum standards set forth in the rules and regulations.
Driving Directions
Include the information necessary to locate your site, starting with the nearest freeway exit, major intersection or other landmark. If in a remote area, GPS coordinates would be helpful as well. Even if you are planning to provide the inspector with a map, please include brief directions as well.
Electrical Contractor
A person or firm that is presently registered with the State Electrical Board to perform electrical work in Colorado.
Electrical permit
A permit available to registered electrical contractors or homeowners to do electrical work in Colorado.
If the applicant notifies the board prior to the expiration of the twelve-month period of extenuating circumstances, the board may extend the permit for a period not to exceed six months. Trim permits are NOT extended.
Expired permit
A permit that is no longer valid. Permits expire one year from the date of issue (unless otherwise requested for large projects at time of application per CRS 12-23-116(6)(a)(I).
Fee Calculations
Electrical Residential: This fee is based on the enclosed living area only whether a remodel or an addition to a single family home, duplex, condominium or town house. If you are ONLY changing or providing a service and not wiring any portion of the above, see "All Other Fees" below.
Electrical, All Other Fees: Includes service hookups to modular homes and temporary construction meters. Fees are computed on the dollar value of the electrical installation, including time and materials, whether they are provided by the contractor or the property owner.
Plumbing Residential: Based on the number and type of fixtures installed in the residence.
Plumbing Commercial: Based on a percentage of the contract price.
Final inspection
See Inspection Type (below)
The lawful owner of a property or residence not intended for sale or for rent and generally not open to the public.
Homeowner permit
A permit available to homeowners who personally perform work on their own property. Homeowner permits are NOT available for property that is for rent, resale, or generally open to the public.
Inspection Type
Partial inspection
An inspection on a specific portion of a building; for example, the top floor or basement when the complete building is not ready for an inspection. An additional fee is required for partial inspections (because the inspector makes an additional trip). Partial inspections may be requested on commercial properties without additional fee, depending upon permit valuation. There are NO partial inspections on a residential plumbing rough inspection.
Underground inspection
Electrical: Electrical underground inspections must be combined with either the temporary construction service inspection or the structure rough inspection (commercial/industrial excepted) or an additional fee will be required.
Plumbing: - Plumbing underground inspections may be separate from the rough inspection if necessary.
Rough inspection
Electrical: An inspection prior to the covering (insulation, drywall, ceiling tile, etc.) of any electrical work. The installation should be complete, all wire installed and all make-up complete in every outlet and device box.
Plumbing: An inspection prior to the covering (insulation, drywall, ceiling tile, etc.) of any plumbing work. This includes all DWV piping, potable water piping, gas piping and other pipe systems covered by statute. All piping systems must be under test at the time of rough in inspection.
Final inspection
Electrical: An inspection performed after the electrical installation is complete and in working order. All devices and fixtures are installed, service equipment complete and labeled properly. Wiring shall be free from short circuits, ground faults, and open circuits.
Plumbing: Final plumbing inspections are to be requested after all fixtures are in place and functioning.
Living Space (Electrical)
The floor area of all attached structures of a single residence/unit. Does not include a detached structure such as a garage or outbuilding.
Make-up (Electrical)
The required process of making all necessary splices in outlet and device boxes prior to the rough inspection.
Master plumber
A person licensed by the Examining Board of Plumbers who has the necessary qualifications, training, experience and technical knowledge to properly plan, lay out, install and repair plumbing apparatus and equipment including supervision of such in accordance with the standards, rules and regulations established by the board.
Non Plumbing Contractor
A non plumbing contractor may do work that is not considered plumbing by definition but requires inspection by the state plumbing inspector. The work includes installing gas piping and the hook-ups for mobile/modular/manufactured homes and includes gas, water and sewer inspection. A plumbing license is not required for such installations.
Partial rough-in inspection
See Inspection Type.
Permit holder
The person or entity to whom a permit is issued.
Plumbing permit
A permit available to registered plumbing contractors or homeowners to do plumbing work in Colorado.
Re-inspection fee
Required when an inspection is rejected and an extra inspection is required. The fee must be received in our office PRIOR to re-inspection.
Rough inspection
See Inspection Type
Temporary construction service (Electrical)
A service used for power during the construction of a building. A separate permit is required for a temporary construction service.
Temporary heat release (Electrical)
An inspection of the permanent service of a building, prior to the completion of the building, for the purposes of heat and construction power. An additional fee is required for a temporary heat release unless performed at the time of the rough inspection.
Trim permit
Trim permits can be processed online. A trim permit replaces a permit that has received an approved rough-in inspection and only requires a final inspection. The original permit number is necessary in order to obtain a trim permit, and the permit must meet the trim criteria. To obtain a trim permit, you can log into your online account, and click the 'Request Trim' button, or you may download, print and return a completed permit form to our Denver Office (address on permit form).
Download the appropriate permit form below.
Right click and 'Save Target As' to download to your computer.
Electrical permit
Plumbing permit
Underground inspection
See Inspection Type
What do the terms in the new plumbing permit form mean?
1. Trap - a plumbing device to prevent sewer gas from entering the living space. Every plumbing fixture has its own trap. So counting traps is similar to counting fixtures: toilets, sinks, bathtub/shower, floor drains, clothes washers, dishwashers, etc.
2. Water Hammer Arrestor - a plumbing device to prevent excess pressure surges caused by the sudden stop of water flow in water pipes. Typically found at dishwashers, clothes washers, icemakers, etc. that use fast closing electric valves to control water flow.
3. Backflow preventer - a backflow preventer is a device installed in the water line(s) to prevent unsafe water from backing up and contaminating the drinking water. This is typically a pressure vacuum breaker, sill cock/hose bibb, residential fire suppression system, and boiler.
4. Potable water fire heads - these are devices found in the ceilings generally and are designed to release water as a spray to extinguish a fire.
5. Fuel Gas - typically it comes in two types; natural gas or propane (LPG).
6. Line Pressure Regulator - also known as a step down regulator, this device reduces gas pressure from outside sources to workable pressure for an appliance. It does not include regulator(s) on the propane supply piping or the regulator at a natural gas meter.

   * Questions?     Check out the Definitions Page or Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).