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Building Permit Process

Who Needs a Building Permit?

Golden’s building permit process is intended to make sure that all buildings, whether they are for living or for business, meet certain safety and health standards.

Before you start any construction or changes to your building, including projects like enlarging, repairing, demolishing, or changing its use, or if you plan to work on any electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing systems, you need to get a permit from the City. This includes installing, altering, or fixing any of these systems.

Before you Apply

  1. Is the project address within the city limits of Golden? Go to the Jefferson County Address Wizard, enter the address, select the address you are researching, scroll to bottom of page for Municipal Status.
  2. If project address is not within city limits, but part of unincorporated Jefferson County, you will need to contact the Jefferson County Building Safety Division for instructions to proceed.
  3. If project is within city limits, visit our Required Permits Guide to see if you need a permit before proceeding with your project plans.

How to Apply

Once you have determined that a permit is necessary, you’ll need to register for an account on our Online Permit Portal.

In the Permitting Portal you will be able to do the following:

  • Apply for a permit under “Building”
  • Apply for a Contractor License (required for all contractors working on a permitted project within Golden city limits)
  • Request an inspection

Please note that all licensed contractors must be identified on your building permit BEFORE the permit can be issued.

All records requests related to historical building permits are completed through a Public Records Request.

Building Use Tax

In the City of Golden, all construction projects requiring a building permit are subject to a building use tax. The building permit fee includes a prepayment of this use tax, based on your project's estimated costs.

For more information, visit our Taxes & Fees page.

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