School Construction

All work done on public schools, institute charter schools, charter schools and junior colleges that is not considered as maintenance or service will require a permit and adhere to the adopted codes of the Division.

Adopted Codes – 2015 Edition of the following:

IBC – International Building Code

IEBC – International Existing Building Code

IFC – International Fire Code

IECC – International Energy Conservation Code

IMC – International Mechanical Code

IRC – International Residential Code

Standards by Reference (Include but not limited to):

ICC A117.1 – Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities, 2009 Edition

ICC A300 – Standards for Bleachers, Folding and Telescopic Seating and   Grandstands, 2012 Edition

ICC 500 - ICC/NSSA Standard on Design and Construction of Storm Shelters, 2014 edition

Construction Projects
All construction permit applications are processed and completed online, approved drawings and permit card will be provided to the permit owner electronically.  For permitting information and access to the online Records Management System (RMS) please see the Permits Section.

Required Forms

School construction permits will require some or all of the forms below to be submitted:

Deferred Submittals

Fire Alarm – product data sheets, battery calculations, electronic drawings

Fire Sprinkler - product data sheets, battery calculations, electronic drawings

Kitchen Hood - product data sheets & electronic drawings

Underground - product data sheets, electronic drawings, letter from water purveyor indicating where UG fire line begins as a “private service line” and maintained by owner.

Other approved/alternate systems - product data sheets & electronic drawings

Foundation Permits

An official document issued by the Division, or the Prequalified Building Department, which is limited to authorizing the construction of foundations.

FOUNDATION - Work related to building footings, piers, foundation walls, slabs on grade, under slab and underground building services. 

Required Documents for Submittals

Demolition Permits

An official document issued by the Division, or the Prequalified Building Department, which is limited to authorizing the demolition of all or part of a building or structure.

Required Documents for Submittals

Preliminary Meeting

Virtual preliminary meetings have resumed!  Meetings will be held one day per week, see below for information on requesting a meeting. 

Some larger, more complex projects may require a preliminary meeting in order for you, as the applicant, to know what is needed and expected upon application.  If you have questions or would like to talk to someone about a preliminary meeting please contact Joellen Thiel at

Annual Permits

In lieu of an individual permit for each alternation to an already approved mechanical or building installation an Annual Permit may be issued, upon application, to any Board regularly employing one or more Qualified Tradespersons in the building, structure or on the premises owned or operated by the Board.  The permit will be valid twelve (12) months from the issuance date and the Board shall notify the Local Fire Department and/or Prequalified Building Department when work is being done.  An Annual Permit Work Log will be kept of all such work.

To apply for an Annual Schools Permit you will need to complete the Annual Schools Permit Application and include a completed and signed Qualified Tradesperson Application for each person identified on your permit app. 

Once complete, please submit both forms via email to:

Pre-Qualified Building Department Information

List of Pre-Qualified Building Departments

Local building departments may apply to be a Pre-Qualified Building Department if the employed Plan Reviewers and Inspectors have the necessary education, training and experience. 

To apply to become a Pre-Qualified Building Department, please review these Instructions and complete and sign the following forms:

Pre-Qualified Building Department Application
Individual Applicant Information Form (one for each employee)

Once complete, you may submit via email to: or by mail to the address at the top of the application. 

To notify DFPC that you have selected to use a Pre-Qualified Building Department, please complete and sign the Notification of Delegation to a Pre-Qualified Building Department.


You will have the option to pay for your permit online* (check or credit card) or to mail in a check. 

*The price to make a credit card payment to DFPC will be $0.75 plus 2.25% of the transaction amount.  The flat fee for an ACH (electronic check) is $1.00.

Since the transaction must be processed through the State’s official web portal, the payment is subject to portal pricing and under a contract administered under the authority of Colorado’s Statewide Internet Portal Authority as designated in statue CRS 24.37.7-101.

Last Updated: 8/13/2020