New Commercial Buildings, Commercial Additions & Multi-Family

Landscape inspections will be required to be completed before a Certificate of Occupancy will be issued. This online handbook will help you with the common process for applying for and obtaining permits for new commercial buildings and additions. If your project is currently in the Development Process with the City of Arvada your permit will not be approved until the Final Development Process is completed.

Getting Started

Review the list of required documents and steps in this section of the website before beginning the application process. Once you are ready to apply, you will log in to our permitting system, enter the required information, and upload PDF plans and related documents to your application.

Utilize the eTRAKIT Application.

Commercial permits are issued to Licensed Contractors. To ensure your permit is issued in a timely manner, please make sure to list all of your sub-contractors. Permits without sub-contractors listed will be placed on hold. Please review contractor qualifications and download applications before applying for permits.

Required Submittal Documents

Permit applications must be submitted with the correct documentation. Applications that are submitted without the proper documentation will not be accepted. If you have questions about items that are required please email Building Permits Division.

Please provide each plan set individually in a single PDF. All plans must be stamped by a professional licensed in the State of Colorado (engineer or architect).

Plans must include a building code summary including assumptions made with regard to proposed occupancy classification(s), proposed square footage, building area limitations, construction type, exiting, occupant load, wind speed design, snow load, frost depth, and any other pertinent design information.

Plans included in the package:

  1. Civil, Landscaping and Grading Plans
  2. Architectural Plans
  3. Structural Plans
  4. Mechanical Plans
  5. Plumbing Plans
  6. Electrical Plans
  7. COMCheck reports:
    • Building Envelope
    • Mechanical System
    • Electrical Lighting

Permit Issuance & Inspections

Once the permit application has been reviewed and approved by Building Inspections and the Planning and Engineering team, the permit will be ready for issuance. All fees must be paid and the applicant must download the proper permit documents to have available on site. Fees can be paid online using a credit card, if other type of payment is requested, please visit the building inspections office to make a payment.

All projects are required to have the following City of Arvada approved documents on site. All approved plan sets can be downloaded on and can be made available either in a physical paper copy or as an electronic copy, unless noted otherwise.

  1. Plan Set Approved (Electronic or physical)
  2. Inspection Sign Off Sheet (Physical copy)
  3. Permit (Physical copy)