General Information

Do You Need a Permit?

A building permit is required to perform any construction, alteration, moving, repair, change of use, or demolition of any building or structure.


  • A one-story detached accessory building, which does not exceed 120 square feet, used as a storage shed, playhouse, or similar function, but only when in conjunction with a single-family dwelling.
  • Fences not over 6 feet high.
  • Painting, carpeting, cabinets, and similar finish work.
  • Concrete walks or patios not more than 12 inches above grade.

If you have questions about whether your project requires a permit, please call the Building Department at 970-725-3255.

Obtaining a Building Permit

Obtaining a building permit for construction within Grand County can be a relatively simple procedure. A checklist of the required documents along with an example site plan can be found using the link below. For more information or an overview of the required documents, please visit the Building Permit Application Checklist page. 

View Building Permit Application Checklist Document

Please allow adequate time for review from the time you submit your application until your permit is issued. Under normal circumstances, this averages 2-4 weeks but can be 6-8 weeks during construction season, which typically begins in March.

If you live out of the county, it is recommended that you be prepared to make a couple of visits during business hours Monday through Friday to properly execute your application and permit issuance, following some basic guidelines, which are outlined in this section.

No start of construction of any kind will be allowed until a building permit has been issued.