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



FAQs

Frequently asked questions about Electrical and Plumbing permits.
 
  • What are the new changes for plumbing permits and fees, starting November 19, 2010 ?
  • Click here for Plumbing Fee FAQs: November 19, 2010 New Plumbing Fee Structure 
     
  • How do I contact the State Electrical and Plumbing Board?
  • Mailing Address: Colorado State Electrical Board or
    Examining Board of Plumbers
    1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
    Denver, CO 80202
     
    Telephone: (303) 894-2300
    Fax: (303) 894-2310
     
    Electrical Email:dora_electricalboard@state.co.us
    Plumbing Email:dora_plumbingboard@state.co.us
     
     
  • When is a state issued electrical permit required?
  • A state issued electrical permit is required when installing, remodeling or making additions to existing electrical wiring, installation or repairing electrical apparatus and equipment for light, heat and power within the counties that have requested state inspection services. In addition, all state buildings (schools, prisons, etc...) require state permits, even in jurisdictions that provide their own services.

     
  • What jurisdictions do not require a state issued electrical permit?
  • The state does NOT inspect in jurisdictions already having their own electrical inspection program. If you are unsure about this, after checking the chart below, then contact the city or town where the work is being performed, to see if they offer a local inspection program. They may refer you to a county run inspection program. If neither of these agencies provide an inspection service, then the State will perform the inspections. It is your responsibility to determine the correct inspection authority and failure to do so may delay the progress of your job. If a State Inspector makes a trip to the job and determines that the site is outside state jurisdiction, a trip fee might be charged.

    NO STATE ELECTRICAL INSPECTIONS IN THESE COUNTIES (EXCEPT PUBLIC SCHOOLS & STATE BLDGS)
    ArapahoeEaglePueblo
    BoulderEl PasoRoutt
    BroomfieldJeffersonSummit
    ChaffeeLakeTeller
    DenverMesaWeld
    DouglasPitkin 
     
     
  • When is a state issued plumbing permit required?
  • A state issued plumbing permit is required when installing, remodeling or making additions to existing plumbing within the 26 counties that have requested state inspection services. In addition, all state buildings (schools, prisons, etc...) require state permits, even in jurisdictions that provide their own services.

     
  • What jurisdictions do not require a state issued plumbing permit?
  • The state does NOT inspect in jurisdictions having their own plumbing inspection program. If you are unsure about this, after checking the chart below, then contact the city or town where the work is being performed, to see if they offer a local inspection program. They may refer you to a county run inspection program. If neither of these agencies provide an inspection service, then the State will perform the inspections. Check with your city, town, or county to see if there is a local inspection program before pulling a permit with the state. It is your responsibility to determine the correct inspection authority. Failure to do so may delay the progress of your job. If an inspector makes a trip to the job and determines that the site is outside state jurisdiction, a trip fee might be charged.

    NO STATE PLUMBING INSPECTIONS IN THESE COUNTIES (EXCEPT PUBLIC SCHOOLS & STATE BLDGS)
    AdamsDouglasLa PlataRio Blanco
    ArapahoeEagleLakeRoutt
    BacaEl PasoLarimerSan Juan
    BoulderElbertMesaSedgwick
    BroomfieldGarfieldMoffatSummit
    ChaffeeGilpinPuebloTeller
    CheyenneGrandPhillips Washington
    Clear CreekJacksonPitkinWeld
    DenverJeffersonProwersYuma
    DoloresKiowaRio Grande 
     
     
  • What type of plumbing installation requires a state issued permit?
  • According to Colorado statutes, "Plumbing" includes:

  • All potable water supplies and distribution piping
  • All plumbing fixtures and traps
  • All drainage and vent pipes
  • All building drains, and in health care facilities, all medical gas and vacuum systems
  • Manufactured / Modular / Mobile homes require a permit and inspections for the water / sewer and gas connections

  • In addition, new gas piping installation and gas piping conversions require permitting and inspections
  • Who may apply for a permit?
  • Any Homeowner that is planning to perform work to his/her own home and the property is not for rent or sale.
    Any registered Electrical contractor.
    Any registered Plumbing Contractor.
     
  • How many permits may be requested?
  • A Homeowner may receive permits for one property only per a 24-month period. This may mean two electrical and/or two plumbing permits for the single property (homeowner may need one temporary power permit and one permit to wire the home). Additional permits issued to a homeowner must be approved through the Board Office (303-894-2300).
    A registered Electrical Contractor or registered Plumbing Contractor may receive unlimited permits.
    Fire alarm installers will continue to be issued permits through the State Board Office only, as permits for unlicensed installers cannot be issued through the internet.
    Non-plumbing contractors, such as gas pipe or mobile home installers may receive plumbing permits for installations not requiring licensing, but requiring inspections throughout the state.
     
  • If I am a registered Electrical Contractor or Registered Plumbing Contractor, how may I change my contact information?
  • To change your contact information for all future permits, please contact the Division of Professions and Occupations to change your company or contact information.
    It is your responsibility to keep this information up to date.
     
  • If I am a Non Plumbing Contractor, how may I change my contact information?
  • To change your contact information, click the "Update Profile" button after you logon.
     
  • What is a TRIM permit?
  • Trim permits can now be processed online. A trim permits 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. You may request a trim permit by logging into your account, and clicking 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
     
  • How do permit fees apply to SOLAR permits?
  • A solar installation can require more than one permit. Colorado House Bill HB1199-99 has capped the overall fees by job, not by permit.
    The fee amounts are:
    RESIDENTIAL: $500
    COMMERCIAL: $2000
    The initial purchaser of a solar permit will be charged the fee.
    Any additional permits that may be required will be issued at NO CHARGE.
     
  • How do I request an Inspection online?
  • Login with your Logon ID and click the permit number that you wish to be inspected. Then scroll down to the "Request Inspection" button and click it. Fill out the information and click submit. It will be sent to the appropriate inspector, who will add the job to his schedule.
     
  • After I request an inspection, how can I verify that my inspection has been scheduled?
  • You will not need to contact your inspector directly or the Denver office. Login with your Logon ID and click the specific permit number that you want to verify has been scheduled for an inspection. When your permit has been scheduled, you will see the following notation in red: "This permit number is on your inspectors itinerary for inspection today;". There will be additional information provided with this message.
     
  • How do I get information on a permit that is older than 2 years?
  • A Search Permits Online link, here and on the main login page, will give you access to any permit information.
    Search by job address and city. The address input will accept a partial entry, so you do not have know the street name, just enter the address number.
    Or -
    Send a written request or an email to:
    Electrical and Plumbing Board
    1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
    Denver, CO 80202
    dora_electricalboard@state.co.us
    dora_plumbingboard@state.co.us
    All requests should include the permit number (if known), the job site address, an email address or a return address and a contact telephone number. If you are a licensed contractor, please include your license number, company name and master name.
     
     
     
     
     
       * Questions?     Check out the Definitions Page or Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).