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Temporary permit counter service changes
Feb. 29 - Mar. 4
To ensure Development Services staff are fully trained in the 2015 International Code Council (ICC) codes, staff members will be undergoing ICC training the week of February 29 through March 4. ICC training has been planned so as to minimize impact on permit counter services. 

Counter closures:
  • Tuesday, March 1: Commercial/Multi-Family Electrical counter will be closed
  • Friday, March 4: Single Family/Duplex counters will be closed
All other services will be open their usual hours throughout the week, but will have limited staffing which may affect wait times. We thank you for your patience as we undergo this essential training to ensure that we can properly serve our customers. 
Denver to adopt 2015 ICC codes March 7
On March 7, Denver City Council is expected to adopt the 2015 International Code Council codes for building safety, along with Denver-specific amendments to those codes. Their adoption will bring Denver's codes in line with the latest building safety and energy-efficiency standards worldwide. Some highlights:

New buildings in Denver will be 25% more energy-efficient.
  • Denver will adopt the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code, a huge step forward in the construction of more energy-efficient buildings in the city. Studies indicate Denver will see a 25 percent improvement in the energy efficiency of buildings built under this code.
The code will make it easier to renovate, repair and alter existing buildings, which could mean keeping more existing building stock -- ultimately a more sustainable approach.
  • Denver will adopt the International Existing Building Code (IEBC). This code allows for the most pragmatic approach to renovate, repair and alter existing buildings.
The code adoption will be the culmination of a public process in which city officials hosted a series of public meetings and reviewed 170 proposed code amendments from the local construction industry, the public and CPD staff who administer the codes. Denver-specific amendments to the international codes ensure that Denver applies the best building standards worldwide, while meeting our city's unique needs and values.

Following adoption by City Council, there will be a 6 month transition period during which customers may apply for building permits under the 2011 Denver Building Code or the new code. 

Remaining code adoption schedule:

City Council Meeting, First reading
Monday, February 29, 5:30 p.m.
City and County Building, 1437 Bannock Street.

City Council Meeting, Second reading
Monday, March 7, 
5:30 p.m.
City and County Building, 1437 Bannock Street.

Learn more about the building code and its review, amendment and adoption process at denvergov.org/buildingcode.