Codes & Information

One-Stop Customer Center Appointment Notice

The Community & Economic Development Department is open to the public as of Tuesday, January 5th, 2021.  Staff will be available at the Government Center to assist customers on Tues - Fri from 7:30am - 5:30pm. 

How Do I Find the Status of My Permit Application? (.pdf)

Please call 720-523-6800 or email [email protected] if you need help with the following:

  • Assistance with the E-Permit Center or your E-Permit Center account
  • Submitting items for a new application or resubmittal
    • Once all documents have been uploaded for review, emailing us is preferred as we do not receive notification of your new uploads.

 Please direct all inquiries to the appropriate email address below.

  • E – Permit Center/Building Safety: [email protected]
    • NEW! Adams County Building Safety Division will transition to a 4-10 schedule for building inspections.
      • Building inspection scheduling will be available Tuesday-Friday, and inspection hours will be 7:30am- 5pm.
      • Electrical inspections will continue to be offered Monday-Friday and inspection hours will be 8:30am - 4pm
  • Planning & Zoning: [email protected]
  • CORA requests – Forms and contact information can be found at

Building Safety

Certificates of Occupancy
To request a Certificate of Occupancy, please follow the process below: 
  • Upload all required documentation to the permit through your E-Permit Center account.  
  • Send an email to [email protected] requesting a Certificate of Occupancy along with your BDP#
  • Please allow 24-48 hours for review of documents and signature of CO
  • You will be notified via email when your Certificate of Occupancy has been completed

International Council of Codes (ICC)

**On December 4, 2018, the Board of County Commissioners adopted the 2018 editions of the International Codes.  These codes will be in effect starting January 12, 2019.  Building permit applications received and accepted prior to this date will be under the previous 2012 editions.  All building permit applications received on or after January 12, 2019 will be under the 2018 editions of the International Codes.

Building Codes

The Adams County Board of Commissioners has adopted the following building codes:

2018 International Building Code
2018 International Energy Code
2018 International Fire Code
2018 International Fuel Gas Code
2018 International Mechanical Code
2018 International Plumbing Code
2018 International Residential Building Code
2017 National Electrical Code

**To obtain a copy of any one of these codebooks, please visit the International Code Council website.


The Adams County Board of Commissioners adopted the following ordinances:

All contractors doing work in Unincorporated Adams County are required to be registered as a contractor before pulling a permit. 

Contractor Registration

General Contractors: Adams County offers 4 classifications of general contractor licenses:

  • Class A: Erect, add to, alter or repair any building or structure, in all occupancy groups.
  • Class B: Erect, add to, alter or repair any building or structure not over two (2) stories in height, in group B, S, M, F, U, and R occupancies.
  • Class C: Erect, add to, alter or repair any building or structure of a non-structural nature, in group M and R occupancies
  • Class D: Any specialty contractor including, but not limited to, plumbing, electrical, siding, fences, glass and glazing, insulation, and heating.

Our E-Permit Center has just released the new Contractor Licensing Module! The link to the application below and all documents will need to be uploaded through your E-Permit Center Account. We no longer accept emailed applications.

Once you have logged into your account, you will need to select the "New" dropdown and choose "Contractor License". Please allow 24-48 hours for confirmation of registration

Adams County Building Safety requires the following documents to be successfully registered:

  • Driver's License of Authorized Person(s)
  • General Liability Insurance - Requirements
  • Licensure from any Colorado municipality OR ICC Certification
  • Colorado State Contractor/Colorado Master License (Electrical and Plumbing Contractors ONLY)

NOTE: There is no fee to be licensed with Adams County Building Safety

For help on how to start an account with the E-Permit Center, please click here

Procedure for Contemporaneous Reviews of Electrical and Plumbing License and Apprenticeship Requirements

This standard procedure has been developed for conducting contemporaneous reviews to ensure consistent, timely and efficient enforcement of Colorado's electrical and plumbing licensure and apprenticeship requirements.

Inspections of projects requiring an electrical or plumbing permit must include a contemporaneous review of electrical and plumbing licenses, when possible.

Contemporaneous reviews may include a full or partial review of the electricians, plumbers and apprentices working at a job site being inspected, at the discretion of the inspector, based on the inspector's familiarity with the installers or other relevant factors.

Inspectors may perform contemporaneous reviews at any time. Inspectors may conduct occasional, random, on-site inspections while actual plumbing or electrical work is being conducted, with a focus on large commercial and multi-family residential projects.

If a contemporaneous review reveals any non-compliance with Colorado's electrical and plumbing licensure or apprenticeship requirements, the inspector who performed the review shall promptly notify his or her immediate supervisor. Inspectors may file a complaint with the State electrical and plumbing boards for any violation of C.R.S. Title 12, Article 23 (Electricians) or C.R.S. Title 12, Article 58 (Plumbers).

Current Planning


Development Standards & Regulations

Click here for the complete Development Standards & Regulations Document (may be slow due to large file size). Document last updated 02/11/2020.

For older versions of the Development Standards & Regulations, please contact the Community & Economic Development Department at 720.523.6800.

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