Building Department

Building Permits Portal Button Opens in new windowThe Building Department is responsible for accepting and reviewing building and mechanical permit applications, plans for code compliance, issuing building and other construction-related permits, and undertaking inspections.

* As of 09/012021 the City does not collect use tax up front on building permits for City or County.

The Building Department also responds to housing and unsafe building code complaints and participates in conducting health, housing, and unsafe building violation inspections.

If you are requesting small permits (roofs, siding, solar, etc.) please email all information to


The Building Department is currently staffed by a full-time Building Official, one full-time Building Inspector, and one part-time Permit Technician.


A third party Commercial Plan Reviewer currently completes all commercial reviews for the City. The City’s commercial application should be filled out. This application along with all applicable plans, specifications and other information should be submitted to the third party Commercial Plan Reviewer. Please review the overview of the permit process (PDF).

Applicants will be responsible to pay review fees directly to the third party Commercial Plan Reviewer.


The Cañon City Building Department utilizes the following 2018 edition codes:

  • International Building Code
  • International Existing Building Code
  • International Energy Conservation Code
  • International Fuel Gas Code
  • International Mechanical Code
  • International Residential Code
  • International Swimming Pool & Spa Code
  • International Property Maintenance Code


Inspections are completed as requested by contractors and owners for construction methods, materials, mechanical systems, and location. Inspections may be scheduled 24-hours a day by calling 719.276.5292.

Electrical and Plumbing permits and inspections are issued and scheduled by the State of Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). View DORA's website for contact information.

Contractors License

General and limited contractors are licensed through an application process administered through this department. Click here for an application.