- City Departments
- Planning & Building Department
- Building Division
Due to limited staff available, the City of Lafayette will not be completing inspections on Friday, May 26. All inspections scheduled between Thursday May 25 and Tuesday May 30 by 6am will be conducted on May 30.
2021 Code Adoption
The City of Lafayette anticipates adopting the 2021 series of International Codes, effective August 1, 2023. These codes, including the City of Lafayette amendments, are available for public viewing at the following links:
The Building Division is responsible for reviewing building permit applications, issuing building permits, performing building inspections, issuing contractor’s licenses, enforcing building codes, and maintaining building records.
The Building Division protects the health, safety, and welfare of the residents of Lafayette and the general public by ensuring that building structures in Lafayette are safe and conform to building codes.
Email our building staff at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also call our office at 303-661-1451.
- Who can apply for a permit?
Property Owners or their authorized agents (such as an approved tenant or a contractor licensed with the City of Lafayette) may apply for a permit.
- What projects require a permit?
Per IBC Code Sec. 105.1 Any owner or owner’s authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by this code or to cause any such work to be performed, shall first make application to the building official and obtain the required permit. This includes all new construction, all commercial construction i.e.: remodels, tenant improvements, all additions, or alterations in or to an existing building or structure, any changes to electrical, plumbing, mechanical.
- Does a storage shed require a permit?
All storage sheds that are 120 square feet or larger and accessory structures for all other uses of any size, meeting specific criteria require a permit. Learn more about Storage Sheds and Accessory Structures. (PDF)
- Can I do the work myself or do I have to hire a contractor?
Homeowners may perform any work within their own home as long as it is their primary residence, is not intended for sale, resale, or rental, and they are doing the work themselves. Any work not specifically being completed by a homeowner shall be completed by contractors that are licensed with the City of Lafayette. All commercial work must be completed by contractors that are licensed with the City of Lafayette.
- When does a permit expire?
Per ICC Code that has been adopted by the City of Lafayette every permit issued shall become invalid unless the work authorized by such permit is commenced within 180 days, or if the work authorized by permit is suspended or abandoned for a period of 180 days after the time the work is commenced.
- Can the owner change the contractor after the permit has been pulled?
Yes, the homeowner may change the contractor to another licensed contractor by notifying the building department by email to email@example.com.
- How are permit fees calculated?
Fees are based off the valuation of the project; some are calculated while others may be a fixed fee. You may find the Fee Schedule on the City of Lafayette’s website under Building Permits. Additionally, all permits are subject to City and County Use Tax. Use tax is calculated at 60% of the project valuation which is the total of all material and labor for all building (framing, insulation, interior and exterior wall and ceiling roof coverings, flooring, cabinets, etc.), electrical, mechanical, plumbing, fire sprinkler, and fire alarm activities needed to complete the project. City Use Tax is calculated at 3.87% and County Use Tax is calculated at 1.185%.