Building Permit Fees


Permit cost is based on the project’s total valuation. Valuation is based on the average cost figures per square foot show in the Building Valuation Data Chart published in the Building Safety magazine of the International Code Council.

A 2.50% convenience fee will be applied to all credit card transactions. If you will be paying by check online (ACH), please notify the Building Division at 303.841.1970 before proceeding. If paying by check via mail, please subtract the Credit Card Convenience Fee from the total amount due.

Please be aware a $10.00 fee will be charged for rejected ACH payments.

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New Single Family Dwellings and Commercial Buildings will be charged a plan check deposit:

  • SFD Master Plan: $200 per model
  • Commercial: Half of the estimated plan check fee
  • Tenant Finish: $100 plan check deposit

Deposits are applied to your building permit fee and are not additional fees. These fees can only be paid by Check or a Credit Card at our counter.  If the permit is not picked up, the Building Department retains the deposit as the fee for the plan review already conducted.

Property Taxes

The Douglas County Assessor’s Office monitors permit activity. The project’s effect on property taxes depends on the type of improvement.