Zoning & Building Permitting

Miscellaneous Permits & Building Permits

How do you know if you need a Miscellaneous permit or a Building permit? What is the difference?

Miscellaneous Permits (often referred to as zoning permits) are only reviewed by Planning and Zoning, do not require Building Code review or inspections, and are typically “over-the-counter” permits for non-habitable Accessory Structures under 200 square feet in size and under 12 feet tall. Miscellaneous permits may also be used for temporary structures, construction in Mobile Home Parks, solar arrays, or an establishment of a Home Occupation.

Building permits are required for all habitable structures regardless of size, non-habitable structures over 200 square feet in size or over 12 feet tall, any structure housing vehicles, additions, pop-tops, decks over 30” tall at any point, and remodels where any studs, joists, rafters, or trusses may be altered, added, or removed. Building Permits are subject to Planning and Zoning review, Building Code review, and Building inspections.

Please refer to the Building Permit Checklist for Residential (PDF) or Building Permit Checklist for Commercial (PDF) for a complete list of all items that may apply to your Building Permit. 

Documents, Forms, and Additional Applications referenced on the Building Permit Checklists are available under Land Disturbance Permitting, Defensible Space & Wildfire Mitigation, and Additional Permitting Documents.

If you are not sure which permit you need, please contact a Planner to confirm the requirements for your project.

Fence Permits

All fences over 42 inches in height currently require a fence permit in Jefferson County. Additional restrictions may apply regarding the placement of a fence over 42 inches on your property. Please contact a Planner for more information on fencing restrictions for your address or property.

Fees

Development, Building and Traffic Impact Fees

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Floodplain Permits are accepted through the On-Line Application system.