The Building Department is responsible for professional building services including permits, plan review, inspections, and code enforcement for all the unincorporated areas of Larimer County. We are committed to ensuring compliance with the adopted codes and protecting the health and safety of Larimer County residents.
Mission Statement: Administer adopted building codes to assure that both new and existing building construction is safe.
Annual inflation adjustment of Building Permit Fee Tables:
In 2008, the Board of Larimer County Commissioners authorized the Building Department to annually adjust the Building Permit Fee Schedule Tables 1-A, 1-B and 1-C based on the US Department of Labor/Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the Denver-Boulder-Greeley, Colorado area.
Based on this year's 2.77% increase in the regional CPI, the Building Department will adjust those fee tables accordingly, effective July 1, 2014, which will take effect at the same time as the adjustments to Larimer County Transportation Capital Expansion Fees. For comparison, the total building permit fee increase for a home valued at $250,000 will be about $75.
Transportation Capital Expansion Fees for 2014:
Larimer County's Transportation Capital Expansion Fees for 2014 will increase by 2.2% from their 2013 values, effective July 1, 2014. Fee adjustments are based on construction cost index data compiled by the Colorado Department of Transportation.
As an example of what this change means, the transportation capital expansion fee (combined County and Regional road fees) on a new single family home will increase by $121, from $3,139 to $3,208. For reference, there was a 7.2% increase in capital expansion fee rates in 2013, a 2.8% increase in fee rates in 2012, and a 5.0% decrease in 2011. The County's Transportation Capital Expansion Fees were $3,087 in 2009. The overall increase in the fees since 2009 is 3.9%.
Be aware of the regulations below on your project to avoid costly problems or delays:
Search online to see if a contractor is licensed to do work in the unincorporated area of Larimer County. Go to: Larimer County Contractor License Search.
Effective March 1, 2013, permits for roof coverings applied for on or after this date will require a roofing certification form at the time of inspection for all areas of unincorporated Larimer County. This certification must be filled out by the owner or contractor doing the work. Previously, certifications were only required for high wind areas. Go to: Roofing Handout and Certification Form
Removal of Placards: Building Official Fried states that Green "Inspected" placards, which indicated that structures were assessed as safe to occupy, can now be removed. For information on steps needed to correct conditions allowing the removal of Red "Unsafe" and Yellow "Restricted" placards, please call the County Building Department's Flood Line at (970) 498-7699, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Ever wonder how you can obtain property dimensions to draw a plot plan? Owners/applicants can now access parcel maps to obtain property line dimensions from the Assessor's parcel information. Utilize our plot plan submittal requirements to draw a complete scaled plot plan for your permit submittal.
Larimer County and its agents may need to access your property in order to remove unsafe structures. If you have not already returned a Right of Entry form to the County, please complete this form and return it to the Larimer County Building Official.
Fill out this form to appeal a finding of a dangerous building by the Larimer County Building Official. Please return this form to the Larimer County Building Official by:
Fax: (970) 498-7667
Mail: Larimer County Building Official, PO Box 1190, Fort Collins, Colorado 80522-1190
Or drop the form off at the Building Department Fort Collins offices at 200 W. Oak Street, 3rd Floor, Fort Collins, Colorado or the Estes Park offices at 1601 Brodie Avenue, Estes Park, Colorado.
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Note: Payment for permits are by cash or check only.
200 W. Oak Street, Suite 3100
PO Box 1190
Fort Collins, CO 80522-1190
Inspection request line:
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Monday - Friday
Estes Park office
1601 Brodie Ave.
Estes Park, CO 80517
Fax: (970) 577-2101
8 - 11 a.m. (Monday)
8 - 9 a.m. (Tuesday)
8 - 11 a.m. (Wednesday-Friday)