What you can build without a permit?
  • One story detached accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses, and similar uses, provided the floor area does not exceed 120 square feet.
  • Retaining walls that are not over 4 feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge.
  • Water tanks supported directly upon grade if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons and the ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed 2 to 1.
  • Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops, and similar finish work.
  • Swings and other playground equipment accessory to detached one- and two-family dwellings.
  • Window awnings supported by an exterior wall of group R-3, as applicable in section 101.2 and group U occupancies.
  • Sidewalks and driveways not more than 30 inches above adjacent grade and not over any basement or story below and are not part of an accessible route (located entirely within property lines).
  • Temporary motion picture, television, and theater stage sets and scenery.
  • Prefabricated swimming pools accessory to a group R, division 3 occupancy, in which the pool walls are entirely above grade and if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons.
  • Shade cloth structures constructed for nursery or agricultural purpose and not including service systems.
  • Non-fixed and movable fixtures, cases, racks, counters and partitions not over 5’ in height.

All non-listed building projects are subject to have a building permit required. Please contact the Cañon City Building Department at (719) 276-5253 with any questions regarding permit requirements.

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1. What requires a permit?
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3. What you can build without a permit?
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