Summit County Building Inspection Department
Summit County is currently restricting public access to the Building Inspection Department in order to reduce COVID-19 transmission.
As we further adjust to the escalating response needed to slow the spread of COVID-19, we are requiring all on-site building inspections to follow the set of protocols. Beginning Monday March 30, essential and critical inspections may be scheduled through eTRAKiT for contractors and job sites in compliance with these policies. See Building Inspection COVID-19 Policies and Procedures. These essential and critical inspections include, but are not limited to, occupied residences without electricity, heat or water; inspections related to services necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation; critical operation of job sites; and other essential services as determined by the building official. We are providing the form, basic job site safety, that can be used for residential and smaller job sites. The form will need to be filled out, signed, and emailed to the Building Department for approval. The state has provided a Multi-Industry Construction Guidance (COVID-19 construction guidance) for your reference.
Building Permit Submittal
All technical permit applications not requiring a plan review may be submitted electronically. Instructions can be found on the Building Permits page. All other permits, plans, plan changes and hard copies of the application materials should be submitted in person through appointment. Book your appointment. Our office is located at 37 Peak One Drive, Frisco CO 80443. Payment for technical permit applications submitted electronically will be taken either via e-Check ($1 fee) or Credit Card (processing fees of $0.75 plus 2.25% will apply to credit card payments).
2018 ICC Code Series
The Summit County Building Department has adopted a revised Summit Sustainable Building Code (pdf) effective July 1, 2020.
Significant changes to go into effect July 1, 2020 include:
- 2018 IRC Chapter 11 amendments listed under sections beginning with N11XX. (see page 15)
- 2018 IRC appendix F Radon Control Methods has been adopted in its entirety with no amendments
- 2018 IECC amendments commercial, residential and Summit Sustainable Building Code additions. (see page 26)
High Country Conservation Center (HC3) has additional information available about the Sustainable Building Code on their website.
For all building permits submitted prior to January 1, 2020 refer to 2012 code amendments (pdf).
Per the International Building Code (IBC) and the International Residential Code (IRC), permits are required for all new structures, alterations to existing structures, remodels, decks, hot tubs and window replacements. We do not require a permit for re-roofing unless the scope of work includes structural changes to the roof.
Find out more about the various types of building permits required by Summit County.
Submitting Permit Applications
All permit applications must include a complete application form and the required accompanying submittal documents. Technical Permit applications that do not require a plan review will be accepted by email during the COVID-19 restrictions. Learn more about submittals.
Process for receiving technical permit applications:
- Permit applications will be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Staff will process the permit in TRAKiT and call the contact on the application for payment.
- After the payment has been processed, permits will be issued (in TRAKiT).
- Permits will be emailed to the contractor as a PDF.
The Building Inspection Department brings in permit applications, plans and other construction documents and routes them through all the appropriate internal review agencies within Summit County government. Find out more about the application review process.
All permitted projects are required to have a series of inspections to ensure conformance with approved contract documents. Find out about building inspections.
Codes & Amendments
The Building Inspection Department has adopted the 2018 International Code Council (ICC) code series for all permitted projects. We enforce the 2017 National Electric Code. Additionally, we have amended the codes for local conditions. View our 2018 Code Amendments (pdf) for the 2018 International Code Council (ICC) code series.
We have also adopted a sustainable building code (pdf) with which every new residential development and residential addition in Summit County must comply.