Building & Construction
Please review info below regarding any construction within Nederland town limits.
Wherever possible handy How-To Guides are being developed to assist applicants through Building and Land Use processes.
How-To Applicant Guide - New Residential or Commercial Construction (931.3 KiB, 96 hits)
How-To Applicant Guide - Right-of-Way/Excavation/Blasting (833.4 KiB, 58 hits)
All building and construction projects, including those done by homeowners, must be permitted by the Town of Nederland. Property owners bear the responsibility of ensuring that hired contractors pull appropriate permits for work to be done. The Nederland Municipal Code provides general guidance for project managers and contractors. Chapter 18 concerns building regulations, and Chapter 16 concerns zoning.
The Town of Nederland processes all building permit applications at Town Hall. The Town contracts with SAFEbuilt for plan review and all inspections. Streamlined review for standard residential or small commercial rooftop flush-mounted PV systems is available, and the Town accepts NABCEP PV Installation Professional certification.
One-Stop Building Permitting Applications for common improvements such as: Electrical Service Changes, Furnace Replacements, Replacement Doors/Windows, Reroofs, Siding, or Water Heaters can generally be processed the same day. Miscellaneous projects such as demolitions, Solar PV, Retaining Walls over 4 feet, and/or Temporary/Accessory Structures must be accompanied by required documents to be reviewed by Plan Review and thus will not be issued same day. Please fill out the attached application for One-Stop or Miscellaneous projects.
Nederland Building Permit Application (One-Stops) (130.6 KiB, 681 hits)
Electrical License Contemporaneous Review Guidelines (348.6 KiB, 105 hits)
The Town requires all new residential/commercial projects, projects being built on sensitive land, or any renovations of 20% alteration or more to meet for a Concept Review/Site Plan Review with Town staff prior to applying for a permit. Concept Review/Site Plan Review is a non-refundable $250 fee, with a $1000 engineering/legal escrow deposit required. The remainder of deposit minus engineering/legal review costs will be returned to the applicant when the building process is completed.
The Town requires any applicant proposing to excavate for a project, moving more than 50 cubic yards of earth, to pull an excavation permit in addition to their building permit. Any work done in the public rights-of-way, requires a permit as well.
To begin the permitting process, please complete the standard building permit application below. Please note that new builds will require a survey/site plan for either residential or commercial construction, which must be no older than 5 years from survey date. An Improvement Location Certificate (ILC) is acceptable for minimal development, i.e. renovation, however any change to building footprint will require a survey. Prior to design of your project, please review NMC Sec. 16-33 Yard and Bulk Requirements to determine required setbacks, allowable maximum lot coverage, and building heights by zoning district. (Yard and Bulk Requirements pdf is available at the very bottom of this page as via link above.)
The Town staff request that within the building process, a project representative (owner, builder, designer) be designated as the point-of-contact regarding the project to streamline communication. This representative will be contacted when the permit is ready to issue, or more information is needed. If you have not heard response within 7 days, please contact Cynthia Bakke, the Planning and Building Technician to inquire about your application. If you have many questions regarding the building process, location, zoning, fee structure etc, please contact Cynthia Bakke @ 303-258-3266 ext. 22 to set an appointment to discuss your project.
Nederland Building Permit Application (Residential or Commercial New Construction) (143.7 KiB, 770 hits)
ROW & Excavation & Blasting Permit Application - Revised October 2016 (514.2 KiB, 26 hits)
Below are the Residential and Commercial Checklists. Please submit a completed checklist along with your building permit for any new residential or commercial development or significant renovation projects to expedite your building permit submission. To expedite the review process, please submit paper plan copies along with .pdf files of these plans.
Nederland Residential Plans Checklist (12/2015) (244.3 KiB, 327 hits)
Nederland Commercial Plans Checklist (12-2015) (166.9 KiB, 205 hits)
Creating Defensible Space for Wildfire Prevention
Colorado State Forest Service - Creating Wildfire Defensible Zones Guide (738.5 KiB, 40 hits)
Construction Best Management Practices – Noxious Weeds Control from Nederland Noxious Weed Plan 2015
Construction Best Management Practices - Controlling the Spread of Noxious Weeds (131.4 KiB, 773 hits)
For building permit questions, please contact Cynthia Bakke, Planning and Building Technician, (303) 258-3266 ext. 22 or cynthiab *at symbol* nederlandco.org, or stop by the Town Hall.
To schedule a building inspection with SAFEbuilt on an approved permit, please call (720) 641-1956.
Inspection Request Information Flyer (30.9 KiB, 858 hits)
Asbestos Renovation and Demolition Information (202.0 KiB, 112 hits)
Basement Finish Permit Packet (2.5 MiB, 1,018 hits)
Deck Permit Packet (523.6 KiB, 0 hits)
Garage and Pole Barn Inspection List (53.0 KiB, 902 hits)
Gas Line Inspection Form (10.8 KiB, 870 hits)
Patio Cover or Carport Permit Package (404.3 KiB, 857 hits)
Re-Roof Permit Packet (317.4 KiB, 0 hits)
Residential Addition Permit Packet (3.8 MiB, 1,009 hits)
Residential New Construction Inspection List (63.2 KiB, 951 hits)
Residential Remodel Inspection List (33.3 KiB, 872 hits)
Solar/Photovoltaic Permit Requirements (155.7 KiB, 997 hits)
Solar Thermal Permit Requirements (39.5 KiB, 593 hits)
Wind Turbine Ordinance (65.4 KiB, 1,279 hits)
Other Helpful Information
Request for Address Assignment (240.4 KiB, 0 hits)
Carbon Monoxide Detector Requirements (71.8 KiB, 826 hits)
Nederland Design Criteria (239.2 KiB, 2,637 hits)
Nederland Design Standards (1.4 MiB, 3,967 hits)
Work Exempt from Permit (from I.R.C) (1.3 MiB, 1,261 hits)
Yard & Bulk Requirements (setbacks, lot coverage, etc. - by zoning category) (328.2 KiB, 1,237 hits)