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Certificate of Occupancy
Commercial & Residential Structures
A Certificate of Occupancy (CO) is required for new inhabited commercial and residential structures, as defined by the city's adopted International Building Code (IBC), and for remodeling projects when the occupancy group changes (for example, when an office changes to a restaurant), as defined in the IBC. Contact the Building Department by calling (970) 375-4850 with questions as to what constitutes a change.

Residential Single & Two-Family Construction
Residential remodels / additions for single and two-family structures do not receive a CO. The building inspector will perform a final inspection and sign off on an inspection card and the owner will retain the inspection card.

New construction for single and two-family structures will result in CO upon the following:
  • After the building is complete
  • Electrical, water, sewer, heating, and cooling tested
  • State electrical inspector has signed off on a permit and a blue inspection card
  • Troubleshooting has corrected any issues
  • The Public Works Department has approved water meter installation 
  • The Public Works Department has approved a back-flow prevention device 
  • The Public Works Department has approved public improvements in the right of way
  • Driveways must be finished with asphalt or concrete
  • Building address numbers must be posted
  • All site improvements are complete or the on site improvements agreement is in place
  • The building inspector has signed off on an inspection card

A temporary CO may be released upon agreement. Appeals of CO inspections may be made to the director or chief of the department in question.

Multi-Family & Commercial Construction
Commercial remodels where the occupancy group changes, as defined in the IBC, will result in a CO. The CO will be issued upon completion. Contact the Building Department by calling (970) 375-4850 with questions as to what constitutes an occupancy change.

New construction for multi-family and commercial structures requires a CO prior to occupancy: