Permits, Review Guides, and Requirements

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Building codes are designed to protect the occupants of buildings. They describe requirements that protect the structural integrity of a building and the safe installation of the electrical, plumbing, and heating systems. The codes also specify a safe means of exiting a building in case of an emergency, and requirements for energy conservation.

Please note: Contractors and Homeowners are required to use the eTRAKiT portal to apply for permits and request building inspections.

Click on the eTRAKiT link to get started

Plan Submittal Requirements - Commercial, Residential, Demolition and Roofing

The city is utilizing an upgraded permit/project submittal and tracking system, eTRAKiT, in an effort to streamline filing and tracking projects online. The upgraded system offers a standardized, paperless permit and project process, with information more readily accessible throughout the lifecycle of any project. 

The online software system, eTRAKiT will allow you to

  • Apply for permits
  • Submit plans and revisions
  • Check permit status
  • Retrieve stamped approved plans
  • Make online payments
  • Schedule inspections  
Click on the eTRAKiT link to get started

Revisions/Resubmittals

Changes to Permits/Plans

  • Provide a written narrative response with explanation of each revision made, identifying each revision by page number, section or detail number, etc.
  • Provide full page resubmittal for each revised page with all revisions on that page clearly identified.
  • Sign in to your eTRAKiT account to upload the required documents.
    • Go to 'My Active Permits' - click on the permit number and address.
    • Click on attachments to upload your required documents. Make sure you click 'accept' to upload the documents. ***Make sure that there are no special characters in the filename.
    • Email permits@littletongov.org referencing the permit number and job address once the required documents are uploaded to the permit record through the eTRAKiT portal.

Homeowner Affidavit

Homeowners performing projects that involve only one discipline (structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) are not required to have or be a general contractor.  Homeowners who wish to act as a general contractor on a project comprised of two or more disciplines (structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) are required to employ a City of Littleton licensed general contractor or demonstrate sufficient knowledge to supervise the project through testing with the International Code Council

A Homeowner Affidavit is required to be completed, signed, and submitted by the homeowner if the homeowner performing projects that involve only one discipline (structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing).   

 

 

 


See FAQ's for Building, Right Of Way, and Sewer Permits

BUILDING DIVISION PERMITS FAQ'S

Building Division Permits FAQ’s

 

What are regular business hours?

Regular business hours for the Building Division and the Building Division Permit Center are Monday through Friday 7:30 am – 4:30 pm.


Do I need a Building Permit?

Building permits are required to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace, any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system.  All fences and decks require a building permit.


Am I In the City of Littleton’s Jurisdiction?

Use the District Map Tool to search by address

 


How what type of building permits are submitted online?

All permits are required to be submitted through the eTRAKiT portal. 


Who can apply for a building permit?

Contractors currently licensed with the City of Littleton and homeowners who reside in the structure on which they wish to work.


Can a homeowner act as the general contractor on a project?

“Homeowner” permits are available only for residential properties and only to those individuals who own, use, and occupy the property on which the work is to be performed. (Title 3-16-1 B 1). 

Homeowners performing projects that involve only one discipline (structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) are not required to have or be a general contractor.  Homeowners who wish to act as a general contractor on a project comprised of two or more disciplines (structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) are required to employ a City of Littleton licensed general contractor or demonstrate sufficient knowledge to supervise the project through testing with the International Code Council.


When is a Contractor’s License required?

All contractor’s conduction work within the jurisdiction of the City of Littleton must be currently licensed with the city.   

 


What is required to submit for a residential building permit?

           Building Guides and Requirements


What is required to submit for a commercial building permit?

            Building Guides and Requirements


How do I schedule an inspection online?

Use the link to eTRAKiT porta and refer to the Help Guide to Scheduling Inspections   located on the Building & Development website for additional information.


How far in advance can I schedule an inspection?

Inspections can be scheduled up to seven business days in advance.  


Can I schedule a same-day inspection?

No. Inspection requests must be received by 11:59 pm on the business day prior to the requested inspection date. Inspections requests received on weekends and holidays will be scheduled for the second business day thereafter. All Monday inspections must be scheduled the Friday before. Every attempt will be made to honor times requested but arrival time is not guaranteed.


Am I able to schedule an inspection outside of normal business hours?

Yes, but only if an inspector is available. Inspections outside normal business hours cannot be scheduled using the eTRAKiT portal. They must be scheduled, and payment must be made through direct contact with the Building Permit Center at 303-795-3751.


Is there a cost for an inspection outside of normal business hours?

Yes, the cost is $160.00 for the first two hours and $80/hour for each additional hour. 

Inspection time for inspection outside normal business hours includes travel time to and from the Littleton Center to the project to be inspected.


What is considered “after-hours”?

Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, and weekdays before 7:30 am and after 4:30 pm.


How much is a Reinspection Fee?

A fee of $80 may be assessed upon failure of an inspection type for the third time and each time failed thereafter.

Reinspection fees must be paid prior to any additional inspections being performed.


How much is Sales and Use Tax? What is it used for?

Littleton City Code Title 3-9-3-5 establishes the tax at three and ¾ percent ($0.0375).  The taxes offset operating and capital expenses of the City of Littleton.


What is Sales and Use Tax and why is it being collected?

Sales Tax is the tax that is collected and remitted by a retailer on sales; Use Tax is required to be paid by a consumer for using, storing, distributing or otherwise consuming tangible property or taxable services inside the City. Littleton City Code Title 3-9-3-1 states tax must be paid on retail purchases of tangible property.


When is Sales and Use Tax assessed and collected?

All building permits are assessed and collected at the time of permit issuance.


Is anyone exempt from paying Sales and Use Tax?

Littleton City Code Titles 3-9-3-2 and 3-9-4-3 list the exemptions to paying Sales and Use Tax.


I still have questions. Who can I reach out to?

Email your questions to buildingpermits@littletongov.org

 

RIGHT OF WAY (ROW) & SEWER PERMITS FAQ's

Do I need a ROW permit? 

Do I need a ROW permit? 

ROW permits are required for any work or equipment occupying the public ROW, including sidewalks and alleys.  


Do I need a Sewer permit? 

 Sewer permits are required for any sanitary sewer service line repair or replacement. Sewer work may be located on private property, public ROW, or both. The sanitation district issues the sewer permit. To find your sanitation district, use the District Map Tool to search by address.  


Do I need a Sewer and ROW permit to work on the sewer line within the City's ROW? 

If the sewer work is in the City’s sanitation district, a Sewer permit will also allow work within the City's ROW. For sewer work in other sanitation districts impacting the ROW, a ROW permit is required from the City of Littleton.  


What materials are allowed for sewer service repairs? 

Acceptable pipe includes Schedule 40 PVC or SDR 35. The pipe must have 6” of squeegee below the pipe and 12” of squeegee material above the pipe. 


What backfill materials are allowed for street cuts? 

Flash fill and flow fill are required to backfill streets cuts. Native material is not allowed to be used. Flash fill and flow fill must be onsite no later than 3:30pm or after-hours fees shall apply. 


Are there requirements for street cuts? 

Yes. All cuts must be straight edge cuts. Any cuts larger than 10’x10’ must be tested by a third-party during restoration. Third-party test results must be submitted to pwpermits@littletongov.org within 48 hours. Additionally, steel plates are not permitted October through May. 


How do I schedule an inspection online? 

Use the link to Schedule an Inspection. You may refer to eTRAKiT Portal’s Help Guide for Scheduling Inspections, located on the Building & Development website for additional information. 


How far in advance can I schedule an inspection? 

Inspections can be scheduled up to seven days in advance.   


Can I schedule a same-day inspection? 

No. Inspection requests must be received by 11:59 pm on the business day prior to the requested inspection date. Inspections requests received on weekends and holidays will be scheduled for the second business day thereafter. All Monday inspections must be scheduled the Friday before. Every attempt will be made to honor times requested but arrival time is not guaranteed.  


I am doing emergency work. Will I be assessed a Non-compliance fee? 

If the work is emergency work as determined by the City Engineer, a non-compliance fee will not be assessed. Non-emergency work performed without required permits will be charged the Non-compliance fee. 


What are examples of emergency work? 

Repairs to broken water lines and of blocked sewer service lines qualify as emergency work. Proof (video or pictures) is required to be submitted with the permit application to be considered emergency work. The permit application work description shall indicate emergency work; the City Engineer determines if repairs qualify as emergency work. 


How do I schedule inspections for emergency work? 

Inspections should be scheduled online through the eTRAKiT portal. Coordinate with your permit inspector (listed on your permit).  


How much is the Non-compliance fee? 

A first-offense fee of $250 will be assessed to the contractor for performing work without required permitting. Each subsequent offense of the contractor will incur a $500 fee. Additionally, the permit fee will be doubled and no new permits will be issued until the Non-compliance fee is paid.  


What are regular business hours? 

Regular business hours for ROW and Sewer inspectors are Monday through Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm.  


What is considered “after-hours”? 

Saturdays, and weekdays before 8:00 am and after 5:00 pm. No work shall be performed on Sundays or holidays. 


How do I schedule an after-hours inspection? 

After-hours inspections must be requested a minimum of 48 hours in advance by emailing pwpermits@littletongov.org. After-hours inspections are not guaranteed to be approved.  


How much is the after-hours inspection fee? 

The fee for after-hours inspections is charged at $100 per hour, with a two (2) hour minimum. Inspections longer than two hours will be charged $100 per hour each hour thereafter. 


How and when do I pay the after-hours inspection fee? 

After hours inspection fees will be added to the permit and must be paid within the next business day. No additional permits will be approved for that contractor until the fees are paid.  


How much is Sales and Use Tax? What is it used for? 

Littleton City Code Title 3-9-3-5 establishes the tax at three and ¾ percent ($0.0375). The taxes offset operating and capital expenses of the City of Littleton. 


What is Sales and Use Tax and why is it being collected? 

Sales Tax is the tax that is collected and remitted by a retailer on sales; Use Tax is required to be paid by a consumer for using, storing, distributing or otherwise consuming tangible property or taxable services inside the City. Littleton City Code Title 3-9-3-1 states tax must be paid on retail purchases of tangible property. 


When is Sales and Use Tax assessed and collected? 

Sales and Use tax for ROW and Sewer permits is assessed and collected at the time of permit issuance. 


Is anyone exempt from paying Sales and Use Tax? 

Littleton City Code Titles 3-9-3-2 and 3-9-4-3 list the exemptions to paying Sales and Use Tax.  


I still have questions. Who can I reach out to? 

Email your questions to pwpermits@littletongov.org.