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Building & Construction

Please review info below regarding any construction within Nederland town limits. The Town of Nederland is governed under the 2012 ICC codes, with 2020 National Electrical Code (NEC) in effect.

The Town of Nederland Planning and Zoning Department is eager to help the community with your building and permitting needs. In order to ensure that we are assisting everyone to the best of our ability, we want you to be aware of what our turnaround time-frames are based on your project and permitting needed:

Permit Type Timeframe for Turnaround
One Stop Permitting 3 Business Days
Sign Permits 5 Business Days
Addressing Permits 5 Business Days
Land Use Permits 10 Business Days

Permits will be stamped with the date and time received and processed in the order in which they are received.

For additional questions, please contact Cynthia Bakke, Deputy Zoning Administrator, at or (720) 815-5412. Depending on your need, it may be necessary to schedule an appointment.

Wherever possible handy How-To Guides are being developed and/or updated to assist applicants through Building and Land Use processes.

How-To Applicant Guide – Find Zoning, Yard and Bulk Requirements, and allowable Uses (updated 9/2019)

Nederland Zoning Map 2020

New Construction Applicant Guide 2020

New Water and Sewer Service Checklist

How-To Applicant Guide – Right-of-Way/Excavation/Blasting

How-To Applicant Guide – Determining Passive Solar Site Orientation + Colorado low-energy home example

How-To Applicant Guide – Starting a New Business in Nederland

FireWise / Protecting property from wildfire

Nederland is in Wildfire Zone 1. Residents should commit to ongoing property mitigation to reduce risks from wildfire and/or structure fires by reducing “fuel” around the property. Improper ash disposal is a common source of ignition, along with chimney and woodstove pipe fires. Please see Applicant Guides below to guide property owners on how to reduce risks  as well as the array of other resources provided below.

How-To Applicant Guide – Ash Disposal Safety

How-To Applicant Guide – Chimney/Woodstove Pipe Safety

FireWise Fact Sheet – Immediate Noncombustible

Protecting Your Home from Wildfire

Forest Home Fire Safety

FireWise Construction

Fire Resistant Landscaping

FireWise Plant Materials

For assistance mitigating your property against the threat of wildfires, please contact Wildfire Partners: Those accepted into the program will receive a comprehensive report of recommended actions to take, which can be utilized as proof of mitigation for homeowner insurance purposes.

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.
Please be aware that all permit fees can be doubled for work that is done without a required permit.

The Town of Nederland processes all building permit applications via electronic submission. SAFEbuilt, Colorado is contracted by the Town for plan review and inspections services.  Dan Wester is the Chief Building Official who can be reached via email:  Streamlined review for standard residential or small commercial rooftop flush-mounted PV systems is available, and the Town accepts NABCEP PV Installation Professional certification.

The One-Stop Building Permit Application below is used for common improvements, such as: Electrical Service Changes, exterior Siding, Furnace Replacements, Replacement Doors/Windows, Reroofs, or Water Heaters and often can be processed the same day.  The same form can be used for Miscellaneous projects, such as: Demolitions, Solar PV, Retaining Walls over 4 feet, and/or Temporary/Accessory Structures, although the application would be accompanied by associated plans to be reviewed via SAFEbuilt Plan Review, and thus will not be issued same day.

Please submit One-Stop or Miscellaneous applications via email for Deputy Zoning Administrator Cynthia Bakke at

Nederland Building Permit Application (One-Stops)

2012 IRC Roofing Requirements for the Town of Nederland

Electrical/Plumbing License Contemporaneous Review Guidelines

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 for residential projects. For commercial projects, submit $1500 escrow for properties under 1 acre in size, or $2000 for properties over an acre in size. The remainder of deposit minus engineering/legal review costs will be returned to the applicant when the building process is completed.

Any applicant proposing to excavate for a project, moving more than 50 cubic yards of earth, must pull an excavation permit in addition to their building permit.  Any work done in the public rights-of-way, requires a permit, along with submission of security deposit to ensure Town roads are returned to finish-grade. Security deposit = $1000 which will be held to ensure road quality withstands seasonal weather patterns. (6 month hold for dirt roads; 1 year hold for concrete/asphalt roads)

To begin the permitting process, please complete the standard building permit application below.  Please note that new builds will require a survey which can be used to create a 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.  Please be aware that if there is any question of property boundary lines or encroachment, a survey will be required. 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 Deputy Zoning Administrator to inquire about your application.  If you have many questions regarding the building process, location, zoning, fee structure etc, please contact Cynthia Bakke  @ (720) 815-5412 to set an appointment to discuss your project.

 Nederland Building Permit Application (Residential or Commercial New Construction)

Nederland BLDG Permit and BLDG Dept Services Fee Schedule

Right-of-Way & Excavation & Blasting Permit Application 2020

 Nederland C&D Recycling Requirements

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 two (2) copies of paper plan along with .pdf files of these plans.

Nederland Residential Plans Checklist (2020)

Nederland Commercial Plans Checklist (12-2015)

Creating Defensible Space for Wildfire Prevention

Colorado State Forest Service – Creating Wildfire Defensible Zones Guide 

Construction Best Management Practices – Noxious Weeds Control from Nederland Noxious Weed Plan 2015
Construction Best Management Practices – Controlling the Spread of Noxious Weeds

To schedule a building inspection with SAFEbuilt on an approved permit, please call (303) 450-8748.

Inspection Request Information Flier

Project-Specific Information

Federal-State of Colorado Asbestos Renovation and Demolition Requirements + Nederland C&D Recycling Requirements 

Basement Finish Permit Packet

SAFEbuilt Homeowner Guide to Uncovered Decks and Porches

 Garage and Pole Barn Inspection List

Gas Line Inspection Form

SAFEbuilt Homeowner Guide – Patio Covers – Carports

  Residential Addition Permit Packet

Residential New Construction Inspection List

Residential Remodel Inspection List 

Solar/Photovoltaic Permit Requirements 

Solar Thermal Permit Requirements 

Wind Turbine Ordinance

Accessory Dwelling Unit Application and Policies/Procedures

Accessory Dwelling Unit Application and Policies/Procedures

Other Helpful Information

Request for Address Assignment

Carbon Monoxide Detector Requirements

Nederland Design Criteria 2020

 Nederland Design Standards 

Work Exempt from Permit (from I.R.C)

Yard & Bulk Requirements (setbacks, lot coverage, etc. – by zoning category) 

Backflow Prevention Survey