Building Permits

A building permit is required for new construction of residential dwellings and commercial buildings; and, any time there is an addition, alteration, repair, or conversion to the main structure or an accessory structure. 

Work that requires a building permit: 

  • All new buildings
  • Basement finish
  • Commercial tenant finish
  • Decks
  • Demolishing a structure*
  • Electrical systems
  • Fences
  • Garage
  • Heating and HVAC - Furnace, air conditioners, evaporative coolers, and water heaters
  • Window replacement with a size change or new opening - a permit is needed
  • Like-for-like window replacements - no permit needed
  • Mobile home setup
  • Patio covers
  • Plumbing systems
  • Pergolas
  • Reroofs
  • Residential additions
  • Sheds - call first, some exceptions may apply
  • Siding
  • Signs - Temporary and permanent
  • Hot tubs, pools

*There are restrictions related to demolishing a building or structure that is 50 years or older. The Historic Preservation Board Review Team reviews all demo permits for structures 50 years or older. If it is determined that the building may have historical significance, the permit is referred to the Historic Preservation Board for consideration of a stay of issuing the permit. The Historic Preservation Board may issue a stay up to 90 days. The stay may be appealed to the City Council.

Fees and payments

Fees are based on the estimated value of work being done. Payment is due when permits are issued. You may pay with a check, cash, or credit card (Visa or MasterCard only). Permit fees larger than $10,000 must be paid with a check or wire transfer.  

Contact us

For questions on whether you need a permit, please call the Building Department at 303-661-1451. Permit applications can be emailed to buildingpermits@lafayetteco.gov

Additional building permit resources