Permits and Licenses

Types of Permits
Building permits are required to erect, enlarge, alter or repair a structure in the City of Sterling.

Permits are also required for siding; windows; doors; reroofing; sign installation; fence installation and repair; demolitions; home occupations; mobile home hookups; excavations in the City right-of-way; mechanical (includes heating, cooling, & ventilation systems); and zoning compliance permits (required for the establishment of a new conforming use in an existing commercial structure.)

Permit Fees
Permit fees vary with the type of permit issued. Building permit fees are established according to the fee chart published in the Uniform Building Code currently adopted by the City of Sterling.

In addition to a building permit fee, a City use tax is charged based on one-half of the project’s total valuation. Use tax is imposed on the privilege of storing, using or consuming in the City any construction and building materials purchased at retail.

In some cases, a plan review fee may be required.

Failure to obtain the necessary permits may result in additional fees and penalties.

Storage sheds are exempt from the permitting requirement unless they are larger than 120 sq. ft.

Building inspections can be requested by contacting the Public Works Department one-half day prior to the time the inspection is needed.

Plumbing and electrical permits are filed through the State of Colorado and are inspected by local state plumbing and electrical inspectors. However, plumbing and electrical permit application forms are available from the Public Works Department.

When in doubt about the need for a permit, or for information regarding permits and fees, please contact the Public Works Department.

Contractor Licenses
A contractor license is required in order to perform work in the City of Sterling. Homeowners may act as their own contractor on work performed on their primary residence and do not need a license to do so.

There are five types of contractor licenses:

  • Class I – General
  • Class II – Residential
  • Class III – Jobber
  • Class IV – Subcontractor
  • Class V – Utility

Class I and Class II licenses require qualification by passing the ICC contractor’s exam.

Licenses vary in costs and a cost breakdown can be obtained at the Public Works Department. Licenses must be renewed yearly.

Contractor License
Contractor License Renewal

The Code Enforcement Division enforces the nuisance ordinance regarding refuse, rubbish, junk, etc. Refuse should not be placed outside City dumpster's or along alleyways, etc. Picking these items up is not part of the City of Sterling’s routine trash pickup service. Special pickups can be arranged through the City of Sterling Finance Office.

Call Before You Dig
Call before you dig” is a state law. Before you dig a hole to build a fence, plant a tree, or build a structure, you are responsible for finding out the locations of underground lines. Failure to do so could result in injury – even death. The Utility Notification Center of Colorado (UNCC) will help. Please call 811 or 1-800-922-1987.

Downloadable Permit Applications

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