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Building Department

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

C/DESS - Contractor & Designer Education Series

The building department is proud to announce a new quarterly education series for local contractors, designers, and other building professionals. The quarterly series will bring industry and building professionals together for a collaborative education opportunity. Registration for each session will be required, as space is limited.

Remote Video/Virtual Inspections (RVI's) Now Available

Due to the ever-changing landscape and continuing challenges we are all facing throughout the Coronavirus Pandemic, the Town of Vail building department is now piloting a Remote Video Inspection (RVI) program. The general details and requirements for participation are available here. To check your eligibility for participation or for any questions regarding the program, reach out to CJ Jarecki, Chief Building Official, at

Electrical and Plumbing License Verification

The Town of Vail requires that all electrical and plumbing contractors performing work, within the town limits, to maintain proper licensing through the State of Colorado. In addition contractors must maintain a current Town Contractor Registration. Town Contractor Registration can be accessed here.

As required by Colorado Revised Statutes, the Town of Vail shall conduct contemporaneous reviews of electrical and plumbing contractor licensing through Colorado DORA. The policies and procedures relating to how these reviews are performed can be found on the Building Policies page.

Online Services Portal

Customers will now apply for all permits through the Town's 24/7 Customer Portal. In addition to applying for permits, customers can now request inspections on-line and track the status of their applications.

Request an Inspection

Contractors now have multiple options available for requesting inspections.

  1. 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.
  2. In person at the Community Development Office.
  3. On-line Customer Portal. All customers with active permits may request inspections on-line.

All building inspections received by 4pm by either the town’s inspection line or by email, will receive a confirmation email indicating a Morning or Afternoon Inspection.

Electrical inspections are now available Monday - Friday.


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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:

  • 2018 International Building Code
  • 2018 International Residential Code
  • 2018 International Fire Code
  • 2018 International Plumbing Code
  • 2018 International Mechanical Code
  • 2018 International Fuel Gas Code
  • 2018 International Energy Conservation Code
  • 2018 International Existing Building Code
  • 2017 National Electrical Code

To purchase copies of the 2018 International Codes please contact ICC.

The 2018 Building codes have been adopted by the Town of Vail and are effective on January 1, 2019.  A copy of the adopting ordinance can be found here. To purchase copies of the new codes, please contact the ICC.

2021 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.

2021 Construction Hours Handout

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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.

C.J. Jarecki
Chief Building Official


Glen Morgan
Senior Plans Examiner


Andrew Rogers
Building Inspector


John Boggs
Combination Inspector

Inspection Requests