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Building In Blue River

The Town of Blue River is a residential mountain community at 10,000' in elevation.  Below are links to documents with information on guidelines and standards for building in Blue River.  Please refer to the Town of Blue River's Land Use Code for all rules and regulations along with Chapter 18 of the Town Code.  The Town of Blue River has adopted the 2018 IRC Building Code.



For Fire Mitigation Inspections post construction, contact Red, White and Blue Fire District (970) 453-2474 or emailing

If connecting to sewer and/or water, these inspections must be completed with all fees paid with the individual districts.  Receipts of fees paid PRIOR to issuance of a building permit is required.

Building FAQ's


Blue River Building Department FAQ's

  • Does my project require a building permit?
    • Permits Required for: Staining, sheds, new construction, additions, remodeling, garages, electrical, plumbing, tree removal, some landscaping, fences, excavation, roofing, and siding. When in doubt, call Town Hall to verify before starting work.
  • How can I request an inspection?
    • Inspections are conducted Tuesdays & Thursdays and must be scheduled by 4 p.m. the day before.  Monday inspections must be scheduled by 4 p.m. Thursday. Any inspection requests received on Friday will be scheduled for the following Tuesday

      Please use the following link to schedule your Building Department inspection.

      Online Inspection Request

      If you are unable to schedule online please call 877-840-6041 to schedule your inspection

  • Do I need a business license to do work in Blue River?
    • Yes. Anyone doing business in the Town of Blue River is required to have a business license. Please check out our Licensing/Taxes page.
  • What Building Code(s) does Blue River abide by?
    • International Residential 2018 Code. Check additional information under our Town Code page, chapter 18.
  • How do I obtain a permit?
    • You may email your application to or stop by Town Hall at 0110 Whispering Pines Circle, Blue River.  Applications are available on this website.
  • Construction Hours
    • Construction Activities shall be limited to the following hours of operation: 
      Monday through Friday: 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
      Saturday/Sunday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Entrance to work site for the purpose of SET-UP only, is permitted one half hour prior to hours of operation. (M-F 7:00 AM – SAT 8:30 AM) During the half-hour set-up, the operation of heavy equipment, compressors, impact tools, or any activity that creates noise as that term is defined in section 3.j) Quiet Work; shall be prohibited. Work before or after the aforementioned hours and on Sundays and a holiday is generally prohibited. Special, specific authorization for early, late, and/or Sunday work must be obtained from the Building Official.
    • At all times each Owner shall use reasonable efforts to minimize external noise resulting from Construction Activity. No loud music shall be permitted
  • ​More questions about building in Blue River? Email: