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Permit Process and Instructions

Work Requiring Permits

Permits are required for:

  • New building construction
  • Additions, alterations, and repairs to existing buildings (including re-roofing a structure, replacing window or door units, and re-siding a commercial or multi-family structure)
  • Repairs, alterations, removal, or replacement of any electrical, fuel-gas, mechanical, or plumbing system
  • Change in use or occupancy of existing buildings
  • Moving existing buildings
  • Demolition of buildings

Building Permit – for any and all new construction.

Mechanical Permits are required for installation, replacement, repair, or alteration of mechanical systems. This includes fuel-gas piping, heating equipment and systems, cooling equipment and systems, ventilation systems, and gas-fired fireplace appliances.

Plumbing Permits are required for all plumbing work including waste drains and venting, water supply piping, and related fixture and appliance installation.

Electrical Permits are required for the installation of new electrical service or relocation and changes in existing service, lighting, as well as new appliance and electrical equipment connections. All electrical permits for the Town of Frisco are issued by the Summit County Building Inspection Division.

The building permit process is organized to help assure that new building construction, building additions, alterations to buildings, and repairs to buildings meet minimum standards for safeguarding health, safety, property, and public welfare as those buildings are used and occupied.  The process includes reviewing designs and plans for compliance with adopted codes, issuing permits that authorize approved work, inspecting new construction for compliance with approved plans and adopted codes, and issuing a Certificates of Occupancy authorizing use and occupancy of buildings.

The adopted building construction codes are developed as the minimum requirements to safeguard the public health, safety, and general welfare. These safeguards are in the forms of requirements structural strength, stability, adequate means of egress, sanitation, adequate light and ventilation, energy conservation, and safety to life and property from fire and other hazards attributed to the built environment.

The Building Department requires approval from other agencies as part of  issuing permits and Certificates of Occupancy.  These approvals may include:

When an application and plans are turned in and the plan review fees are paid, the Building Department will issue an Agency Sign-Off Card indicating which other agencies have jurisdiction and are required to approve various stages of the project. It is the responsibility of the project owner or contractor of record to circulate the Agency Sign-Off Card to the agencies (obtaining a signature “sign-off”) that are checked on the card.  Approvals from these agencies may require the project owner to submit plans, obtain separate permits, and pay additional fees at each agency.

Northwest Colorado Council of Governments (NWCCOG): Administers elevator permits, inspections, and certificates of inspections.