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?

Project

Permit Needed?

Permit Type

Land Use Permit Needed?

State Permit Needed

New windows/doors

Yes

Building

No

No

Siding

Yes

Building

No

No

Re-roofing

Yes

Roofing

No

No

AC or Heating

Yes

Mechanical

No

Yes

PV Solar System-personal residence

Yes

Mechanical

No

Yes

Built in Swimming Pool

Yes

Mechanical/Building

Depends

Depends

Addition to home or business of any kind

Yes

Building

Depends

Yes

Shed (10 x 12 or larger)

(No bathroom or plumbing)

Yes

Accessory Structure/Zoning

No

No

Any structure smaller than 120’

No electricity

No

NA

No

No

Carport

Yes

Accessory Structure/Zoning

Depends

No

Retaining Wall

(4ft or higher)

Yes

Building

No

No

Bathroom or Kitchen remodel

Yes-If changing

fixture locations

Building

No

Yes-If changing fixture locations

“Shouse”

Yes

Building

Depends

Yes

Porch or deck NOT attached to residence

Yes-

if larger than 120’

Accessory Structure/Zoning

No

No

Deck/porch covered or uncovered ATTACHED to residence

Yes

Building Permit

No

No

Placing a Mobile Home

Yes

Mobile Home Placement—Also may need Conditional Use

Depends

Yes

Manufactured Home

Yes

Building plus Manufactured Home additional Info Attachment

Depends

Yes

Tower

Depends

Depends

Depends

Finish Basement

Yes

Building

No

Yes

Convert Garage to living space

Yes

Building

No

Yes

New or Remodeling Office Space

Yes

Building

Depends

Yes

Painting my home

No

NA

No

No

Major home remodeling, any changes to walls

Yes

Building

No

Yes

Fence

No-if 6’ or under

NA-Check Appendix B Table 1

Depends

No

Sign Placement

Yes- See Zoning Regulations

Sign Placement Permit

No

Possibly 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.