Many homeowners want to retain control over their project by acting as their own general contractor. In this case, homeowners (who meet the above eligibility requirements) can apply for the residential general construction permit and hire licensed subcontractors, each of whom then apply for their own trade-specific permits.
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Unless you have submitted a request in writing to act as your own general contractor and hire licensed subcontractors, the homeowner who applies for the permit must be the person who performs the work covered on the permit. There is an option for homeowners who are doing their own work to use a designated worker (described below).
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If you are unsure of what plans you will need to submit and what permits will be required, please consult our project-specific guides, categorized according to "Inside the Home," "Outside the Home," "Building/Expanding a Home" or "Demolition."
Note: Exams are only available in English at this time.
Exams are not needed for residential construction or roofing/siding permits.
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Using a “Designated Worker”
To complete the work authorized under the permit, the homeowner may use the assistance of a designated worker. The designated worker cannot accept payment for services rendered, and must be identified on the permit. The designated worker may assist the homeowner in taking any required exams.
Most building projects in Denver -- including new construction, remodeling and repairs -- require general construction permits to allow construction, and then trade-specific permits for each part of the project.
Click the images below to learn more about what types of projects each counter reviews, and how to check in for these services.
Slide deck: Navigating Denver's Residential Permitting Process (PDF)
Residential Project Inquiries
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