Permit Applications, Checklists, Building Guides

Permit Applications, Checklists, Building Guides

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If you plan to construct a new building or alter or add onto an existing building within unincorporated Eagle County, permits and inspections may be required. Please reference the linked permit guide. If you're uncertain which permits are required, email or call 970-328-8761 and ask for a building permit technician or plans examiner.

To prepare for future construction, the Eagle County Building Resolution outlines current building codes and locally adopted amendments in our jurisdiction. Eagle County is currently enforcing the

2023 NEC and 

2015 I-Codes 

with plans to adopt the 2021 I-codes near the end of 2024.

Other resources for permit application submission:
  1. Structural Design Criteria
    • Ground Snow Load varies depending on elevation. follow the link to FAQ's.
    • Wind: 115 mph (3 second gust)
    • Seismic Design Category: B
    • Weathering: Severe
    • Frost Depth: 48 in.
    • Winter Design Temp: -20 degrees F
    • Ice Barrier underlayment required: Yes
  2. Before drafting plans, we highly recommend contacting a county planner to verify zoning and identify building constraints such as:
    • allowable floor area ratio, lot coverage, impervious area, building height, ridgeline and stream setbacks (where applicable).
    • Call 970-328-8746 and ask for the Planner On Duty (please have your property address and tax parcel number available). We also recommend reviewing wildfire as these may affect how you choose to design.
Note for realtors, property owners, their architects and builders:
  1. Please become familiar with Eagle County Roadway Standards and how this impacts your future building site.
  2. Look up addresses, parcel numbers, jurisdiction, Fire Districts, zoning, etc. with the Eagle County GIS Viewer
  3. If looking for old building plans:
    1. Eagle County is required to keep Residential plan sets for 180 days after Certificate of Occupancy or Final Building Inspection, after which they are recycled.
    2. Commercial Plan sets we should have depending on the age and records retained. Please fill out a CORA request form with the Attorneys office.
      1. CORA requests (Colorado Open Records Act) are turned around in 5-10 days.
Eagle County Checklists outline required submittal documents for different project scopes.
Applications, Checklists, Building Guides
Eagle County Building Department is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Pre-application Meetings and Courtesy Completeness Checks

Building plan review staff are generally available to meet with walk-in customers in the Eagle office Monday through Thursday between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. If you think you may arrive mid-day, over lunch break, or plan to travel a long distance, we encourage customers to schedule an appointment in advance with a building plans examiner. This helps reduce your wait time while the plans examiner is meeting with other applicants or staff. See the Chief Building Official and Building Plans Examiner contact below. Feel free to request appointments by email.

Chief Building Official

Dave Larkin

Building Plans Examiner

JR Mondragon

Permit Application Forms

*Electricians doing work in buildings in the greater El Jebel, Missouri Heights and Frying Pan River area shall submit their electrical permits and schedule electrical inspections directly through the State of Colorado. Contact: or toll free 1-855-451-9795 for more information. Electricians doing work in unincorporated Eagle County between Dotsero/Burns and West Vail/Vail Mountain/Tennessee Pass shall submit electrical permit(s) through our main office in Eagle or may remit via our satellite office in El Jebel.

**Eagle County Building Division processes fire alarm permits and inspections for private residential building structures throughout unincorporated Eagle County. The various local fire districts serving unincorporated Eagle County, are responsible for managing all fire-sprinkler permits and related sprinkler inspections as well as fire alarm permits and inspections for all commercial & multi-family residential structures. Call 970-328-8761 for more information.

Residential / Commercial Building Permits applications include accompanying plan documents and must be submitted: Via mail to: Eagle County Building Division; P.O. Box 179; Eagle, CO 81631

  • In person: Main Community Development Department office in the Eagle County Building; 500 Broadway; Eagle (office hours Monday through FRiday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
  • In person: Eagle County Community Center at El Jebel; 20 El Jebel Dr; El Jebel (office hours 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays, except Wednesday)
Plumbing, Mechanical/Fireplace, Electrical Permits may be applied for:

  • Online through the Community Development Self Service (CSS) portal.
  • In person: Main Community Development Department office in the Eagle County Building, 500 Broadway in Eagle (office hours 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday)
  • In person: Eagle County Community Center, c/o Clerk & Records office in El Jebel, 20 El Jebel Dr, El Jebel (office hours 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays, except Wednesday)
To check status of permit applications under review (including staff review team correction comments) go to your online CSS portal account and check out the permit review status & progress online.

Alternatively, permit applicants may call our Interactive Voice Response (IVR) toll free inspection line at 1-866-701-3307.

  • Enter the assigned secure 6-digit IVR PIN number found on your permit under the permit number heading 
  • The IVR robot will ask the caller to verify the permit number and location address are correct
  • Following voice prompts, press 1 to "Check Permit Status"
Fee tables as published in the Eagle County Building Resolution as amended July 28, 2020.

Please call the Community Development front desk at 970-328-8761 between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays for assistance with calculating building fees. We encourage you to have the project's square footage or valuation available when calling.

Make checks payable to: Eagle County Building Division

Accepted methods of payment include cash, check, or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover®). Building permit and plan review fees are both due at time of submittal.

Impact Fees Effective February 8, 2017 Emergency Service Impact Fees are to be calculated courtesy of the Planning Division staff during application intake and shall also be paid at time of submittal. Emergency Service Provider Impact Fees are applicable to all new construction within the Basalt & Rural Fire Protection District, the Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, the Gypsum Fire Protection District, and Eagle River Fire Protection District. Further details listed below. For explanation on applicability of impact fees, call 970-328-8746 and ask for the Planner On Duty. Fee payment to be made payable by check to: EAGLE COUNTY BUILDING DIVISION.

Wildfire Mitigation Fee A fixed $200 fee is due for land parcels classified as moderate, high or extreme wildfire hazard. Wildfire fees to be made payable by check to: EAGLE COUNTY SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES.

ECO Build Fees Projects with exterior energy uses including snowmelt, pools and spas over 64 sq. feet in size require onsite renewable energy to offset at least 50% of the energy use or pay cash-in-lieu fees.  This program is meant to incentivize the installation of Photovoltaic ( Solar) systems rather than penalize the applicant. Mechanical contractors shall be onsite during rough inspection to verify and sign off on the square footage of the snowmelt system. 

Exterior energy fees apply as follows:

Snowmelt over 200 square feet: $16 per square foot
Spa/hot tub over 64 square feet: $176 per square foot
Exterior pool: $136 per square foot
For example, if 500 square feet of snowmelt was proposed on a residential property, where 200 is exempt, then 300 x $16 per square foot = $4,800

To calculate offset requirements contact Sustainable Communities at 970-328-8766 for the ECOBuild offset worksheet. You may also reach out to:

John Gitchell

Environmental Manager



Transportation Impact Fees

The purpose of the Transportation Impact Fee is for development to contribute its proportionate share of the cost of providing the provisions identified in the Transportation Capital Improvement Plan.  This fee is calculated by our Eagle County Engineering Department staff during the plan check review of new building construction permits. For more information about transportation impact fees reference the Transportation Impact Fee FAQ or contact the Engineering Department at 970-328-3560

Fire Protection Impact Fees

Residential Commercial Lodging Facilities

Basalt Rural Fire Protection District*: $979 / d.u. (residential) - $979 / 2,000 sq.ft. (commercial) - $979 / 2,000 sq.ft. (lodging facilities)
*Basalt Rural Fire note: fees for non-residential development sq.ft. not evenly divisible by 2000 sq.ft. (dwelling unit equivalent) can be calculated with non-residential sq.ft. x $.49 = fee amount owed.

Gypsum Fire Protection District: $763.83 / d.u. (residential) - $762.82 / 2,000 sq.ft. (commercial) - $763.81 / 800 sq.ft. (lodging facilities)

Greater Eagle Fire Protection District** : $2,481.90 for Single-Family (per d.u.) (residential) - $1,134.07 for Multi-Family (per d.u.) (residential) - $1,000.18 / 1,000 sq.ft. (commercial) - $1,000.18 / 1,000 sq.ft. (lodging facilities)
**Greater Eagle Fire Protection note: recent posting on website reflects Board of County Commissioners recorded resolution dated adopting revised emergency service impact fees within Greater Eagle Fire Protection District.

Eagle River FPD Emergency Service Impact Fees were computed using the projected growth in single family equivalents (SFEs) for the years ending Dec.31, 2008 through 2025.

Allocated Value for Future Emergency Service Capital Improvements: $12,023,744
Net Growth in SFEs, 2008-2026: 7,195
Emergency Service Impact Fee per new SFE: 1,671

All new development with the Eagle River Fire Protection District shall be assessed an Emergency Service Impact Fee at the time a Building Permit is requested based upon the size of the water meter require for the residential, commercial (including lodging) or industrial unit to be constructed, as follows:

  • 0.75 inch meter - Emergency Service Impact Fee: $ 1,795
  • 1 inch meter - Emergency Service Impact Fee: $ 3,053
  • 1.5 inch meter - Emergency Service Impact Fee: $ 5,927
  • 2 inch meter - Emergency Service Impact Fee: $ 9,517
  • 3 inch meter - Emergency Service Impact Fee: $19,753
  • 4 inch meter - Emergency Service Impact Fee: $30,528
  • 6 inch meter - Emergency Service Impact Fee: $59,260
  • 8 inch meter - Emergency Service Impact Fee:  $108,106
  • 10 inch meter - Emergency Service Impact Fee: $138,515
  • 12 inch meter - Emergency Service Impact Fee: $258,964
Anyone preparing a building permit application for new construction, additions or alterations of structures served by a private septic system, should be aware separate permits, fees and inspections may be relevant for your project scope. Customers should direct all septic systems and permit questions to Eagle County Environmental Health Department at 970 328 8755.
Checklists for preparing to apply for a Building Permit.

Building permit and plan review fees are paid at time of application submittal. Starting February 8, 2017 emergency service impact fee and road impact fees, when prescribed due to lot location, shall be calculated by the Planner On Duty during application intake and also paid at submittal. Wildfire mitigation fees, if any pertain to the site location, are assessed during plan review and are paid at building permit issuance (prior to picking up approved field copy of prints).

Message on behalf of Town of Eagle Public Works Dept: Landowners served by Town of Eagle public water and/or public sewer services within the communities of Eby Creek Subdivision, Upper Kaibab Subdivision, Brush Creek Rd and Frost Creek Subdivision are asked to contact Town of Eagle Public Works to obtain their requirements for new construction.
Permit Type - Timeframe
New residential building - Up to 12 weeks
New commercial building - 12 weeks or longer
Commercial tenant - Up to 8 weeks
Small residential remodel/renovation - 6 weeks
Re-roofs - 1-2 weeks
Manufactured Home in existing mobile home parks - 3 weeks
Plumbing/Mechanical/Electrical/Fire Alarm/Fireplace - 3 business days
2015 Building Guides- Current Code
2021 Building Guides
follow the link to all the 2021 Guides. We are not enforcing the 2021 code, but they provide a great resource looking towards the future.
Agricultural Buildings
Agricultural buildings and permitting Requirements
- Do you know what the definition of an Agricultural Building in Eagle County?
-Have you talked with a Planner to know the requirements of an Agricultural Building?
-Is a permit required for your specific project?
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