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Building Department

Blue River Land Use Code


In 2023, the Town of Blue River adopted the Blue River Land Use Code.  This code replaces the previous chapters 16 and 17 as well as the architectural guidelines.  The Land Use Code Document is available below.

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Rules & Regulations


Online Permit Portal

The Town of Blue River now has an online portal for citizens and contractors.  You may apply for permits, upload documents, renew business licenses and requests inspections through this portal.  Click on the image to the right to begin.

If you are a contractor looking to apply for a permit for an existing project, you will need the following:

  • A Town of Blue River Business License
  • The Permit Number for the project or
  • Address of the Project

If you have never logged in or pulled a permit for the Town, you will need to create a login.  If you have a current business license with the town, your user name is your email on file.  Click on "forgot password" to reset.

For assistance call (970) 547-0545 or email:

Portal Instructions Click Here.


If you are experiencing issues using our portal link, please try the following:

 Try the direct link:

If that page is blank, contact support at 1-800-325-9818 and one of our support staff can help walk through getting online.

Rules & Regulations

The Town of Blue River is following all Federal, State and Local Laws/Orders as it pertains to the COVID-19 Emergency.  Please see the document below for information on rules/regulations for construction sites, permits and inspections during this time.  For building questions, please email:

A Town of Blue River Business License is required for all contractors and subcontractors. All Plumbing and Electrical Contractors are required to provide a copy of their current State issued Masters License with the submission of their Business License.

Building Codes

Construction Code: IRC 2018*

*The Town adopts the current State Electrical Code as soon as it's updated. *

Click on the picture for a full list of Blue River Code, Rules and Regulations

I Want To....


The Town of Blue River has a tiered system of applying for a permit.  Please use the information below to determine which permit you would like to apply for.  For any questions, please email the Town at or call (970) 547-0545.



Apply for a Type "A" Permit

Type A Permits:

  • New Construction
  • Additions
  • Garages
  • Variance
  • Plat Amendments
  • Subdivisions

Type A Permits require approval from the Planning & Zoning Commission.  The Planning & Zoning Commission meets once a month on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. Click on the image to be redirected to the Type A Permit page.

Apply for a Type "B" Permit

Type B Permits Include:

  • Shed/Small Structures
  • Excavation (Septic, Sewer, Utility, General)
  • Landscaping (Involving features, retaining walls, fire pits)
  • Berms
  • Solar
  • Fences
  • Chicken Enclosures
  • Decks

Type B Permits do not require Planning & Zoning Commission Approval and may be approved by the Building Official.  A site plan is required.  Click on the image to be redirected to the individual permits.

Apply for a Type "C" Permit

Type C Permits Include:

  • Staining/Siding
  • Roofs
  • Windows
  • Interior Remodel
  • Forest Management (Tree Cutting)
  • Hot Tubs
  • Plumbing, Electrical, Mechanical Permits

Type C Permits may be approved by Town Staff.  Click on the image to be redirected to Type C Permits.

Building Inspections


Inspections are conducted Tuesday & Thursdays and must be scheduled by 4 p.m. the day before. 

Please click on the ONLINE PORTAL link to the right to schedule your Building Department inspection or visit

If you experience issues scheduling your inspection, please call tech support at 1-800-325-9818 or the Town of Blue River at (970) 547-0545 ext 0 for assistance.



Pay Online

You can now pay for your permits and application fees online.  Click on the button to the right to be redirected to the Pay Online tab.  You may also pay through the Citizen/Contractor Portal