Building Permits

Adopted Building Codes

In 2010, Morgan County adopted the 2009 International Building Code, International Residential Code, International Energy Conservation Code and the International Mechanical Code.

Building Inspector

After the permit has been issued and you have begun work, you or your contractor must request inspections at certain times. To request inspections, call the Planning &, Zoning Department at 970-542-3526 or the building inspector 970-768-7197 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. If an inspection is scheduled but you are not ready for the inspection, please call to cancel the inspection at least 1 hour ahead of your appointed time. Required inspections are marked on the building permit card you receive when the setback inspection is completed.

In order to avoid project delays and added expense to both the County and to the applicant, please ensure that all work is inspected and approved prior to concealment.

Permits Required

Morgan County’s basic requirements for permits are any building that has a roof and is 120 square feet and larger.

Do I Need a Permit?

ProjectPermit Needed?Permit TypeLand Use Permit Needed?State Permit Needed
New windows/doorsYesBuildingNoNo
AC or HeatingYesMechanicalNoYes
PV Solar System-personal residenceYesMechanicalNoYes
Built in Swimming PoolYesMechanical/BuildingDependsDepends
Addition to home or business of any kindYesBuildingDependsYes
Shed (200 square fee or larger)
(No bathroom or plumbing)
YesAccessory Structure/ZoningNoNo
Any structure smaller than 120'
No electricity
CarportYesAccessory Structure/ZoningDependsNo
Retaining Wall
(4ft or higher)
Bathroom or Kitchen Remodel

Yes-If changing

fixture locations

BuildingNoYes-If changing fixture locations
Porch or deck not attached to residence


if larger than 120’

Accessory Structure/ZoningNoNo
Deck/porch covered or uncovered attached to residenceYesBuilding PermitNoNo
Placing a Mobile HomeYesMobile Home Placement—Also may need Conditional UseDependsYes
Manufactured HomeYesBuilding plus Manufactured Home additional Info AttachmentDependsYes
Finish BasementYesBuildingNoYes
Convert Garage to Living SpaceYesBuildingNoYes
New or Remodeling Office SpaceYesBuildingDependsYes
Painting my homeNoNANoNo
Major home remodeling, any changes to wallsYesBuildingNoYes
FenceNo-if 6’ or underNA-Check Appendix B Table 1DependsNo
Sign PlacementYes- See Zoning RegulationsSign Placement PermitNoPossibly CDOT

If the building project is for a new home, addition or remodel to an existing home, which includes siding, replacement windows, or carports/patios that attach to the house, as well as a shop with a bathroom, require a building permit.

Accessory structures are detached (from the home) buildings that fit the basic requirements and might have electricity only supplied to the building. These structures require an accessory structure permit (also called a zoning permit).

Mechanical permits are required for replacing or adding a furnace/boiler, alternative heating sources, air conditioning unit, or PV solar systems (roof and guard mount). (Included in the new construction building permit).

When replacing/repairing your roof a Roofing permit is required. Roofing permits for detached outbuildings (detached accessory structures) are not required.

Contractors working in the County are required to hold a current Contractor’s License.