Building Safety

**Please read below regarding our operations during COVID-19**

NEW! Beginning Tuesday, June 23, 2020, Adams County Building Safety Division will transition to a 4-10 schedule for building inspections. Building inspection scheduling will be available Tuesday-Friday, and inspection hours will be 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Electrical inspections will continue to be offered Monday-Friday and inspections will be performed between 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Building Department Required Inspections

Priority 1: Inspection of electrical and building final inspections for new residential home construction , manufactured housing, commercial and industrial buildings that require a certificate of occupancy.
Priority 2: Inspection of foundations, rough framing, plumbing, mechanical, gas piping, underground plumbing and electrical, temp electrical meter, exterior sheathing, insulation, and drywall for new home construction, commercial and industrial buildings.
Priority 3: Inspections of residential accessory structures, decks, fences, patio cover\carport, pole barns , detached garages, and roofing.

Inspection Code\Sequence changes coming January 2021: The Building Safety Division is implementing some changes to the inspection process and inspection codes. Beginning January 2021, the inspection codes will be changing. Inspection Code 160 All roughs will no longer be available, inspection code 170 will change to Rough Gas Pipe, inspection code 200 will change to Rough Frame, and inspection code 245 will be replaced with 265 Final Electrical inspection. An updated inspection record card is available to be printed through your online account

For inspection sequence, all rough inspections (rough electrical, rough gas pipe, rough plumbing, rough mechanical, and rough frame) are permitted to be individually scheduled for inspection the same day or the specific trade is permitted to be scheduled independently of the others.  However, if scheduling trades independently on different days, the following inspection sequence is required: Rough Electrical must be completed and signed off prior to Rough Gas Pipe, Rough Gas Pipe and Rough Plumbing must be completed before Rough Mechanical, and all of the previous roughs listed must be approved before a Rough Framing inspection can be scheduled.

Virtual Inspection Procedures

Effective March 1st, 2021 Inspection of Occupied homes and projects. Beginning March 1st, 2021, Adams County Building Safety Division will resume inspections in person of occupied homes and spaces. Below is the general policy that both the occupants, contractor, and inspectors must follow while conducting these inspections.



This policy establishes inspection protocol for county building and electrical inspectors during periods that the County of Adams is under public health orders from the CDPHE or local health departments.

These changes are in response to updated CDPHE’s and local health orders and are being put in place to help protect inspection staff as well as job site personnel.

Interior inspections of occupied residential units may be performed as long as CDC Recommended Safety Guidelines are followed.  These guidelines include at a minimum the following:

  • The Inspector will walk only with the required individuals necessary for the inspection. 
  • The areas of the building requested to be inspected are only to be occupied by the inspection staff and individuals participating in the inspection. No other workers to be located or working in those areas. 
  • Maintain a minimum of 6-foot distancing from everyone on the project site.
  • Masks (PPE) will be required by all individuals that are participating in the inspection.
  • When necessary the inspectors will give reminders to contractors and customers on distancing practices
  • Inspectors shall maintain the highest level of personal sanitation including hand sanitizer and frequently washing hands and gloves.
  • The inspector will ask the following three questions of the occupants or contractor:
  1. Have you or anyone in your household been diagnosed with or had a known exposure to Covid-19 in the past 10 days?
  2. Is anyone in your home under quarantine due to exposure to Covid-19?
  3. Has anyone occupying the premises experienced the following symptoms in the last ten days: fever, sore throat, cough, or shortness of breath?

If the answer is “yes” to any of these questions, staff will not enter the home and the inspection will be scheduled and completed as a virtual inspection by the Inspector that day.

  • If any of these conditions cannot be met the inspector will not enter the residence
    • It will always be up to the inspector to determine if it is a safe environment in which to perform their duties.
  • For virtual inspections, the Inspector will report to the site address to conduct the inspection. Someone with general knowledge of the installation needs to be onsite with a smart phone or tablet, a flashlight or head lamp and access to each unit.
  • These inspection protocols are effective immediately and will remain in effect until public health orders are modified or lifted.
Virtual Electrical Inspections will require that a licensed Residential Wireman, Journeyman, or Master Electrician to be present for the inspection that requires opening of energized electrical panels, sub panels and other associated electrical equipment

Procedure for Contemporaneous Reviews of Electrical and Plumbing License and Apprenticeship Requirements

This standard procedure has been developed for conducting contemporaneous reviews to ensure consistent, timely and efficient enforcement of Colorado's electrical and plumbing licensure and apprenticeship requirements.

Inspections of projects requiring an electrical or plumbing permit must include a contemporaneous review of electrical and plumbing licenses, when possible.

Contemporaneous reviews may include a full or partial review of the electricians, plumbers and apprentices working at a job site being inspected, at the discretion of the inspector, based on the inspector's familiarity with the installers or other relevant factors. Inspectors may perform contemporaneous reviews at any time.

Inspectors may conduct occasional, random, on-site inspections while actual plumbing or electrical work is being conducted, with a focus on large commercial and multi-family residential projects.

If a contemporaneous review reveals any non-compliance with Colorado's electrical and plumbing licensure or apprenticeship requirements, the inspector who performed the review shall promptly notify his or her immediate supervisor. Inspectors may file a complaint with the State electrical and plumbing boards for any violation of C.R.S. Title 12, Article 23 (Electricians) or C.R.S. Title 12, Article 58 (Plumbers).


Certificates of Occupancy

To request a Certificate of Occupancy, please follow the process below: 
  • Upload all required documentation to the permit through your E - Permit Center account.  
  • Send an email to requesting a Certificate of Occupancy along with your BDP#
  • You will be notified when your Certificate of Occupancy has been completed

What We Do

Our mission is to safeguard public health, safety, and welfare by effectively enforcing the minimum code requirements adopted by the Board of County Commissioners. We strive to provide timely, effective, consistent, and competent plan review and inspections of structures in Adams County while ensuring safety and compliance with the building codes.

  • Plan review of construction documents for existing and new structures
  • Inspections of new and existing structures
  • Inspections of damaged structures from disasters such as fires, floods, wind, and vehicles


The inspection request cut-off time is 8:00 a.m. the day before the anticipated inspection date. Please keep in mind that due to variations in inspection demands, inspections will automatically be scheduled for the next available date.


In the event county offices close due to inclement weather, inspections scheduled for that day will be automatically cancelled. The inspection requestor will be required to reschedule the inspection for the next available day. Inspections will not automatically roll over to the next business day.
Building Safety Division
4430 S. Adams County Parkway
1st Floor, Suite W2000B
Brighton, CO 80615
Ph: 720.523.6800
Fx: 720.523.6998