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Building Safety & Inspections

The Building Safety and Inspection Services Team is responsible for administering the town's building codes through the permitting process and ensuring construction in Vail meets the highest safety standards.

Electrical Licensing Verification

CRS Section 12-23-106 requires field verification of licensing & registration of all contractors performing Electrical work within the Town of Vail. Click here to view the standard procedure of verification.

Request an Inspection

Contractors may request inspections through the attached e-mail form. To ensure your request will be honored, be sure to provide the correct permit number corresponding to the inspection requested. When requesting electrical inspections, please use the corresponding electrical permit number. When submitting this email, please include the following information 1) Permit Number; 2) Requested Inspection Type; 3) Onsite contact name & phone number; 4) Special instructions related to this inspection.


Keep up to date on the latest news from Community Development. Review the latest Hammer & Nails Newsletter here. To receive periodic Building Department updates, subscribe to our Hammer & Nails newsletter by subscribing through Vail Mail.

Contractor Registration Required

All contractors performing work within the Town of Vail must be registered. Please visit the contractor registration page for more information.

Adopted Building Codes

The Town of Vail has adopted the following code versions:

  • 2015 International Building Code
  • 2015 International Residential Code
  • 2015 International Fire Code
  • 2015 International Plumbing Code
  • 2015 International Mechanical Code
  • 2012 International Fuel Gas Code
  • 2015 International Energy Conservation Code
  • 2015 International Existing Building Code
  • 2014 National Electrical Code

To purchase copies of the 2015 International Codes please contact ICC.

The 2015 Building codes have been adopted by the Town of Vail and are effective on January 1, 2016.  A copy of the adopting ordinance can be found here. To purchase copies of the new codes, please contact the ICC.

2016 Construction Hours

The Vail Village and Lionshead Village are invaluable assets to the community. Thousands of people come to Vail each year to sightsee, recreate, shop and to enjoy everything the Vail Valley has to offer. The community and merchants rely upon our guests to generate revenue. Our summer/winter guests expect a pleasant experience while in Vail.

To insure all of the proposed construction has as little negative impact on the community and on our guests as possible, the Town of Vail finds it imperative to create, implement the Vail Village and Lionshead Village Construction Information Handout.

It would be irresponsible for the Town of Vail, the construction contractors and the merchants, to not actively participate to minimize the impact of construction in the Vail and Lionshead Village areas.

2016 Construction Hours Handout

Community Development Building Staff is 100% Certified by the International Code Council

One hundred percent of Town of Vail Community Development Building staff have earned professional certifications from the International Code Council (ICC). Through rigorous testing, ICC Certifications ensure that staff have demonstrated competency in the requirements of the International Codes®, a complete set of comprehensive, coordinated codes used in most U.S. communities and many global markets for the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures.

The Code Council’s certification program is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious credentialing program for construction code administration and enforcement professionals in the United States. The building department earned the 100 percent designation through the Get Everyone Certified Challenge presented by ICC and Target, which is committed to building strong, safe communities and promoting education. In 2010, Target announced plans to give $1 billion for education by the end of the 2015 fiscal year. Partnering with the Code Council to promote code knowledge is an obvious blending of these two initiatives.

ICC Certifications also demonstrate expert knowledge by staff and can assist in the department’s future efforts to become accredited by the International Accreditation Service.

Expedited Permits Available

Currently 6 types of building permits can be issued in an expedited manner at the Community Development Department. There are no additional fees beyond the typical building permit and design review cost associated with the expedited permits.

Issued for single family and duplex units:

  • Portable hot tub and spa
  • Water heater replacement
  • Window replacement
  • Re-roof

And for multi-family buildings the following permits can be issued:

  • Window replacement
  • Re-roof
  • Building Permit Inspection Process

Building Inspections

All building inspections requested on the town’s inspection line by 4pm will receive a confirmation call from the building team between 4 - 5pm that day. The inspection confirmation will also include an approximate inspection time. Inspection times will be established based on the number of inspections requested. On the day of the inspection the inspector will also call approximately 15 minutes prior to the inspection occurring.

To schedule an inspection call 970-479-2149.  Please use your building permit number to request your inspection. Electrical inspections are available Monday - Thursday only.

Building Permits For Emergency Repairs or Replacements

Emergency equipment repairs or replacement may be completed prior to obtaining a building permit. Examples are a boiler failure that occurred over the weekend during the winter or the sewer line collapsed and needs to be repaired immediately. In the case of an emergency repair or replacement the building official should be notified as soon as reasonable at 970-479-2142 or email Building Official. A building permit application is required to be submitted the next business day. Emergency repairs or replacements are required to comply with the applicable Vail Town Code and all work must be performed by a contractor registered in the Town of Vail.

Contact Info

JR Mondragon
Acting Chief Building Official
Senior Building Inspector

Inspection Line

  • Phone: 970-479-2149