Boulder, Longmont speed permit process
Last Updated: 15:43 September 17, 2013
Boulder's planning and development services office at 1739 Broadway will have extended hours until further notice, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Residents and businesses with flood damage can stop by, fill out a permit application, have it entered into the computer and approved by city officials while there rather than going through what is generally a weeklong process.
Permits are required for electrical, mechanical and plumbing repairs, but not for repairs like drywall and carpet replacement.
"We understand there's quite a bit of rebuilding that needs to occur, and we want to aid residences and businesses in that," Boulder spokeswoman Sarah Huntley said at a press briefing Tuesday at the Boulder County Sheriff's Office.
Chris Allison, building official for Longmont, said beginning Wednesday, Sept. 18, "over the counter" permits for smaller repairs could be acquired at the Twin Peaks Mall, where the city has set up a disaster recovery center. The permit services there will be available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days per week.
Allison said his office hasn't received a lot of building permit requests yet because people are still mostly in the cleanup stage.
"Most of our damage here was basements," Allison said, noting the need for quick turnaround on things like furnaces and water heaters.
Dave Thacker, building services manager and chief building official for Boulder, said in a phone interview that in the next day or two people would be able to apply for and print out the streamlined permits online.
Thacker said the streamlined permits could be attained as long as there are no major changes to structures. Major structural damages and repairs will require more scrutiny.
"As long as it is just replacing what was there we will be able to streamline that process," Thacker said. "It's going to be case by case. It will depend on the scope of the work."
Those with questions about the permit process can call 303-441-1880.
The city requests that non-flood-related permit applications be placed on hold. Non-essential building inspections are also on hold while the city deals with flood-related issues.
In addition to the streamlined permit process, Boulder also announced Tuesday that it has established a public works call center where residents and businesses can report infrastructure issues, including sewage backups, water quality, missing manhole covers and transportation safety concerns. That phone number is 303-413-7100 and is available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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