Building Permits Aurora

Permit Consulting, Management
And Expediting Services in Aurora Colorado


Service First Permits provides complete building and construction permit management services.  General contractors, builders, architects, design professionals, business owners, landlords and residential home owners can experience improved work flow and optimal expense estimation without the headache of working with  local jurisdictions for new builds and remodels.  Our services allow clear and fast communication between public and private sectors ensuring timely approval of  all building permits. 

Our Permit Consulting and Management Services Can Help

Restaurant Owners

Tailored due diligent strategy for all types of restaurant remolding, construction and renovation.

Hotel Developers

Complete and compliant submittial to all proper agencies. Never lose time and money while waiting on a permit again. 

Residential, Mixed Use and Ground Up Developers

Entire review process oversite. We monitor all aspects of the permit approval process.

Medical Construction and Remolding

Timely status updates through out the entire process. You will know when to expect permits and how to plan your projects efficiently.

Here at Service First Permits we work directly with clients across the Front Range area of Colorado providing first class permit consulting expediting and management services. Over the years we have formed close relationships with local municipal agencies and jurisdictions needed for a comprehensive approval.These agencies include public, private, and public-private partnerships.

  • Building & Safety
  • Fire Department
  • State & Local Health Department
  • Planning & Zoning
  • Health Department
  • Public Works
  • Building Divisions
  • Board of Adjustments
  • Design Review Boards
  • Industrial Waste

Its Easy and Simple

We do all of the leg work for you. Just give us the details of your project and we will make sure your building and construction permits are submitted and issued on time.

Building Permit Services In Aurora Colorado

Owners often want to renovate or upgrade their property to keep it in good shape. Some of these renovations or repairs can be done quickly, without any need for permissions from the local building department.

However, many improvements, repairs, or additions have an impact on a building’s structural integrity. In such cases, it is necessary to get a permit from the local department before starting on a project. You can be fined or penalized if you carry out any major construction or reconstruction without permits.

What is a Building Permit?

A permit is a document provided by the Building Division of the City of Aurora that proves your plans live up to the required building code. Experts evaluate every aspect of your plan, check it for compliance and quality before approving it. This is done to ensure all buildings in Aurora are safe for its residents and live up to modern design standards.

Builders and owners can make mistakes while planning a renovation or construction. Design flaws or inadequate knowledge of safe building codes can place people using the building at risk. The permit application process reduces the risk of errors by ensuring experts in the field evaluate all plans. Complicated plans are examined by an entire team of experts to ensure no one misses anything.

Do You Need Permits In Aurora?

Minor repairs and additions that don’t affect a building’s structural integrity don’t require permits. For example, adding a small shed to your backyard may not require a permit from the City of Aurora Building Department. It is wise to contact the building department to get a full understanding of what is and isn’t exempted. Here’s a look at some projects you will need permits for:

  • Renovating kitchens or bathrooms
  • Installing egress windows and routes
  • Installing or modifying gas pipes
  • Replacing siding
  • Replacing water heater
  • Residential electrical service upgrade
  • Roof replacement
  • Boiler replacement
  • Water heater or furnace replacement
  • Demolition

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These are just some of the many projects that require permits. If you’re uncertain about your project and want to know if it requires a permit, consult with a professional or contact the local building department for more information.

Fees and Application

The building permit application process is entirely digital now. You can download forms online, read instructions, send emails with questions and concerns, and submit your application online. The City of Aurora tries to keep the fee structure clear, straightforward and fair. Here are some things you need to know about it:

  • There are flat-rate permit fees for different kinds of renovations, additions, and repairs.
  • Similar project types have the same fees, so there’s no confusion regarding what you need to pay.
  • The permit fees range from $81.25 for simple things like egress window installation to $1,000 for a full commercial solar PV system.
  • Permit fees change regularly so you should visit the website to know the latest fee requirements before applying.
  • There are separate fees for the construction of new buildings. These fees depend on the size, complexity, and occupancy of the buildings. For example, occupancy group A (Assembly) buildings like restaurants, bars, theatres, etc., have a fee of $2.85 per square feet as of 2020. The minimum fee is $5,000 and the maximum $75,000.
  • Construction companies and property owners should calculate permit fees in advance before submitting the permit. There are calculators available on the Building Department’s website. You can also ask an expert in the field for assistance on the matter.

Owners and builders can contact the permit counter directly if they have any questions about the permit fee arrangements. The permit fee covers the cost of application, plan review and corrections, and the inspection process. If the plan is sent back with errors and checks, you will need to resubmit the application after making all of the corrections.

Plan Review Process

Once you have applied for the permit, it goes through the Building Plans Examination Group. The process is thorough and may take a few days or weeks, depending on the complexity of your project. Detailed and complicated plans require more time. It is a good idea to review your plan thoroughly before submitting it to avoid any unnecessary delays caused by errors. Here’s a look at what happens after you apply:

  • The Building Plans Examination Group will carefully assess all documents in an application packet, including the plans, calculations, specifications, and other construction information.
  • Plan Reviewer Teams include trained and experienced professionals from different fields like electrical engineering, plumbing, architecture, etc. Every expert will assess relevant sections of their plan to find any issues.
  • If they are satisfied that all sections of your plan comply with the approved building code, you will receive a permit promptly.
    Experts may send the plan back with checks or errors if they spot any compliance issues.
  • Owners or construction companies must alter the plans and examine them thoroughly to ensure there are no more errors before resubmitting them.
    Once a permit is issued, you may start working on the project immediately.
  • If they are satisfied that all sections of your plan comply with the approved building code, you will receive a permit promptly.
    Experts may send the plan back with checks or errors if they spot any compliance issues.
  • Owners or construction companies must alter the plans and examine them thoroughly to ensure there are no more errors before resubmitting them.
    Once a permit is issued, you may start working on the project immediately.

A building permit is a temporary document, so you need to begin work on the project within six months and complete it within a year. Owners must resubmit an application if this time has lapsed unless they have requested an extension.

The city will conduct on-site inspections to make sure your construction is in line with the plans. The cost of this inspection is included in permit fees. Inspectors will assess your property and offer consultation wherever needed. These inspections will help you avoid expensive fines or reprimands later. Once the construction is complete, an inspector will conduct a thorough examination once again before closing the permit.

The permit application process in the City of Aurora is reasonably straightforward, and the building department offers ample support.

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