Electronic plan review is available for most projects, allowing you to submit applications and PDF plans for zoning, building, wastewater, and fire permits without coming to the permit counter in person.
Most projects can be submitted using e-permits. Other projects will have email instructions, and in time, will be available through e-permits.
Tip for contractors: Don't forget to add your contractor license or supervisor certificate to your account. See FAQ for detailed instructions.
Add a contractor license to an account:
Link an existing supervisor certificate to an account:
For additional help, contact Contractor Licensing at 720-865-2770, or Contr.Licensing@denvergov.org
What is a resubmittal?
Resubmittals occur before a permit is issued when your plans/drawings need to be amended and resubmitted during the plan review process in order to demonstrate that the project meets city codes.
Resubmittals are uploaded as attachments to the existing project log record in e-permits.
What are Modified Drawings?
Once a permit has been approved and issued, the project must be built to those approved plans. If changes are needed to the approved plans during construction, the changes must be reviewed and permitted. The changed documents and drawings submitted for review after initial permits were issued are called modified drawings.
Modified drawings are submitted as a new permit application in e-permits. Choose "building log" when prompted to select a permit type.
What is an Administrative Modification?
Administrative modification requests are a way for applicants to request an alternative, but equivalent means of complying with specific code language. The applicant must provide alternative, equivalent designs/measures that meet the intent of the original code language. If approved, an "admin mod" only applies to a specific instance (project and tenant) and is not considered a precedent for other projects. Decisions to deny may be appealed to the Building Code Board of Appeals.
Administrative modifications are submitted as a new permit application in e-permits. Choose "administrative modification" when prompted to select a permit type.
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To reset your username, email, password, and security question/answer:
For help with e-permits, or general permitting questions:
Note: Permits will no longer be issued at the counter.
If you use assistive technology and need help accessing or reading the content in any e-permits tutorials linked on this page, please contact CPDCommunications@denvergov.org.
Commercial walk-through projects that would have been reviewed in person at the permit counter may be eligible for a two-day review when submitted via e-permits. (What's eligible for commercial walk-through?)
Follow these steps:
Projects such as fences, interior renovations, egress windows, basement finish, decks, car ports, detached storage units (sheds etc.), windows and exterior doors (new or altered openings), non-structural repair due to water or fire damage, patio covers and enclosures, and zoning-only review of solar systems qualify for a two-day review.
Follow these steps:
For fire Construction Permits, which are related to any commercial construction project in new or existing structures (like installing sprinklers, fire alarms, etc.), click "Apply for a permit" under the Development Services tab in e-permits . View fire construction permit information.
For fire safety Operational Permits, which allow the applicant to conduct an operation or a business for which a permit is required, click the Fire tab in e-permits. View fire operational permit information.
As with paper submittals, all plans, reports, surveys, etc. prepared by an architect, engineer, or surveyor must bear their seal and signature. A valid electronic signature must be visible on the plan cover page and the design professional's seal must be visible on each sheet.
For resubmittals for site planning records that were initially submitted via the old e-plan/EFT site, by email, or on paper, send Development.Services@denvergov.org the email address associated with your e-permits account and the project numbers where you would like to resubmit. You will receive a confirmation email verifying that your e-permits account has been associated with the projects. Then, follow the above instructions.
On a mobile device
If you are using the mobile version of e-permits, enter your log number or address in the search bar on the home page. First-time users will need to register for an account in the main e-permits portal before being able to use the mobile site.
On a desktop/laptop
You do not need an e-permits account to check plan review status.
Tip: Make sure you are looking at the "log" record (e.g., 2020-LOG-0000xxx) to see review status. Permit records (e.g., 2020-COMMCON-0000xxx) show whether a permit has been issued, but will not show plan review status.
You will need a permit number to pay permit fees, download approved plans, download the issued permit, or schedule inspections. If you do not have the permit number(s), you can find them from the building log or searching by your address.
Helpful Tip: You can also search for permit records by typing in the project address into the master search bar located in the top-right corner of your screen.
These steps apply to general contractors picking up building permits and subcontractors picking up trade permits after construction plans have been reviewed and approved. For quick permits that do not require plan review, simply apply for a Quick Permit in e-permits instead of choosing the "Add Contractor to Permit" option.
The general construction permit must be obtained before subcontractors can use these steps to obtain trade permits.
Note: If plans were originally submitted via paper in-person, follow steps 1-5 then email PlanReview@denvergov.org to schedule an appointment to pick up your approved plans.
You can only pay for one permit at a time. Electronic checks (bank transfers) and Discover, MasterCard, and Visa cards are accepted. Fees are based on the valuation of the work.
Note: Online payments are not refundable. Make sure you are paying for the correct permit and project address. If you receive an error message when paying fees, do not submit your payment again. Email CPD.Cashiers@denvergov.org or call 720-865-2780 for assistance.
If you do not see a permit under "My Records"
If you submitted plans for review electronically, you can use e-permits to download a copy of your final, approved plans.
Helpful Tips: Make sure pop-ups are enabled. Documents posted on the Attachments tab may take longer to load than the rest of the page.
Finding permits with only a log number
Helpful Tips: Add a contractor/subcontractor to your permit and pay permit fees online using e-permits prior to picking up your approved plans.
Emailed as a PDF
After filling out an online application, you must complete payment before your permit will be emailed. A copy of the issued permit will be sent as a PDF attachment to the email address that was listed in the "applicant" field of the application.
Make sure to check your spam folder.
Downloading a permit from e-permits
Helpful Tip: Make sure pop-ups are enabled.
To find your inspector's estimated time of arrival (ETA), follow the below steps:
If you receive an error message, inspection comments are also located on the last page of the issued permit. You can download the issued permit from the "Permits and Licenses" link at the top of your screen.