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Applying for a Building Permit

Permit Considerations
When applying for a permit, you must take the following information into consideration:

  • Contractor Requirements - Property owners can list themselves as the contractor on a building permit. All other contractors must have a valid City of Durango Business License.

  • Durango Fire Protection District (DFPD) – Plans are required for permitting through the DFPD for all new Three Springs and Twin Buttes construction, as well as all multifamily and all commercial projects within city limits as per the 2012 International Fire Code (IFC). These plans need to be submitted directly to the DFPD at:
    104 Sheppard Dr.
    Durango, CO 81301
    Ph: (970) 382-6000

  • Engineering Department Review – To include review of water lines, sewer lines, backflow prevention, stormwater drainage, and to determine if any public improvements will be required as a result of your building permit submittal.

  • Permit Status - To check the status of your building permit application, you will need to call (970) 375-4852. You will need to have the address and the owner’s name.


  • Plumbing and Electrical – Homeowners can do their own plumbing and electrical work, but if a plumber or electrician is used they must by licensed by the State of Colorado. Commercial property owners cannot complete the work on their own; they must use a licensed plumber and electrician. Electrical permits are issued by the State of Colorado.

  • Submittals – Click here to download an editable PDF of the building permit application to fill out or print. All submittals require an application, two sets of plans (when plans are necessary as determined by the type of permit), and (if project is commercial or multi-family) a set of digital plans. The minimum review time for building permit applications is seven days for residential and 10 days for commercial, if no other processes are determined necessary during the review process. Fees are due at the time the permit is picked up. There is no submittal fee.  Call (970)375-4852 with any questions. Submittals can be made at:
    River City Hall
    1235 Camino del Rio
    Durango, CO 81301