Building Permit

Building Official:

Jonathan Gesick - ProCode



Building Permit Technician:

Paula Langford


Building Permits

A building permit gives you legal permission to start construction of a building project in accordance with approved drawings and specifications. The Town requires that a building permit is applied for and issued before work begins.

**Please have the building permit issued before the materials needed for the project are purchased.** The Johnstown Municipal Code requires collecting 3.5% Use Tax on all construction materials when a building permit is issued. When you purchase the construction materials for your construction project take the building permit receipt with you to show that use tax has been paid and you should only be charged Colorado sales tax.

Work Requiring Permits
Permits are required for all work regulated by the codes adopted by the Town, including but not limited to the following:

  • New buildings
  • Alterations or renovations (changing the use of an existing building, garage conversions, finishing a basement, kitchen expansions, re-roofing, etc.)
  • Additions
  • Residential work (decks, arbor/pergola, detached garages, fences, fireplaces, pools, water heaters, etc.)
  • Demolition of a structure.
  • More work requiring permits

Submit the following information:

  1. Permit application (8.5" x 14" legal sized page) completely filled out, signed and dated plus floor plan, or layout of the proposed project.

The codes adopted by the Town require that a building permit is obtained before an alteration is made to an existing building. An alteration can be as simple as finishing the basement in a house, or as complex as changing the use of a house to a business.

The following handouts are available to provide basic information on common alterations.

  • Basement finish
  • Change in use of a house to business
  • Change in use of a commercial building to a different use

Submit the following information:

  1. Permit application (8.5" x 14" legal sized page) completely filled out, signed and dated
  2. Three Site Plans
  3. Two sets of Plans and digitally in PDF format 
  4. Commercial Requirements 
  5. Residential Requirements 
  6. Valuation Checklist if a commercial project
  7. Square Footage Checklist if a residential project

Permit Submittal Fee

The following permit submittal fee will be required at permit submittal:

  1. Commercial project - Fee calculated based on Valuation Checklist
  2. New house plan/establish stock plan - $500.00
  3. Established stock plan - $50.00
  4. Basement finish - $50.00
  5. Deck - $25.00 above 30" in height
  6. Detached garage - $100.00

Residential Fees

Commercial Fees

Building Permit Expiration

Johnstown Municipal Code Section 16-45 requires:

  • Work must begin within 90 days from the date the permit was issued, or the permit will expire.
  • Building permits expire two (2) years after the permit was issued.