Pikes Peak Regional Building Department

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History of The Pikes Peak Regional Building Department

Mission Statement: Ensuring life safety and welfare of our community through efficient and consistent application of adopted codes and standards.


The Pikes Peak Regional Building Department (PPRBD) was created by an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) between the El Paso County Board of County Commissioners and the City Council of Colorado Springs in 1966. As the Pikes Peak region has grown so have we. Today the PPRBD services unincorporated El Paso County; the cities of Colorado Springs, Fountain and Manitou Springs; the towns of Green Mountain Falls, Monument and Palmer Lake; and in Teller County, the City of Woodland Park.

The Pikes Peak Regional Building Department focuses on safeguarding life and limb, health, property and the public welfare by regulating and controlling the design, construction, quality of materials, use and occupancy of all buildings and structures in our area of responsibility. Our goal is to ensure life safety and welfare of our citizens through efficient and consistent application of adopted codes and standards.

The Department is governed by the Regional Building Commission. The Commission is composed of a three member governing body consisting of one County Commissioner designated by the El Paso County Board of County Commissioners, one council member designated by the City Council of Colorado Springs and one elected official, chosen by the other member jurisdictions served by the PPRBD.

The Department is designed to be self-supporting and nonprofit making. Annually an independent auditor conducts a cost analysis which helps us determine our operating expenses and set fees. We are proud to say that our permit fees have not been increased in 11 years and we have some of the lowest fee structures in the State of Colorado.

It takes everyone in the community to keep our homes, schools, offices, stores and other buildings safe for public use. Safe construction practices help protect us, our families, friends and our investments.


What We Do

Within our eight jurisdictional areas of responsibility we are responsible for the administration and enforcement of the minimum building code standards. These standards are recommended by the International Code Council and the Pikes Peak Regional Building Code is adopted by the jurisdictions we represent. In coordination with you we perform comprehensive inspections of all new building construction, alterations and additions to all buildings and homes to ascertain compliance with numerous building codes through:

  • Construction Inspections
  • Electrical Inspections
  • Elevator Inspections
  • Enumeration (Addressing)
  • Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning Inspections
  • Mobile Home Inspections
  • Plumbing Inspections
  • Plan Review of new construction and components

Additionally, we review qualifications and conduct examinations of all General Building Contractor and Mechanical Contractor applicants as well as handling the registration of all Colorado licensed plumbing and electrical contractors working within our area of responsibility.


Commissions and Boards

Regional Building Commission:

The Pikes Peak Regional Building Department is governed by the Regional Building Commission. The Commission is composed of a three member governing body consisting of one County Commissioner designated by the El Paso County Board of County Commissioners, one City Councilmember designated by the City Council of Colorado Springs and one elected official, chosen by the other member jurisdictions served by the PPRBD. Regional Building Commission members serve a term of two years.

The Regional Building Commission provides general supervision in administration and policy direction to the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department. The Commission is also responsible for preparation of the budget, which is approved annually by the City Council of Colorado Springs and the El Paso County Board of County Commissioners. Additionally, the Commission establishes fees for the various permits and services administered by the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department. The Regional Building Commission meetings are open to the public and occur on the fourth Wednesday of each month.


Regional Building Advisory Board:

The Regional Building Advisory Board serves in an advisory capacity to the Regional Building Commission on matters relating to departmental administration, financing and budget. The ten member Advisory Board consists of the five members of the Board of Review and five additional appointees.

The Advisory Board meets monthly with the meetings at least one week prior to the meeting of the Regional Building Commission.


Regional Board of Review:

The five member Regional Board of Review proposes rules, regulations and standards necessary to accomplish the objectives of the various building codes. Their proposals are subject to final approval by the appropriate legislative bodies. In addition, the Board of Review is the authorized contractor licensing body.

Members of the Regional Board of Review are appointed to three-year terms with a maximum of two terms.


Committees

Technical Committee:

The Pikes Peak Regional Building Department Technical Committee reviews minor variance requests to the current version of the Pikes Peak Regional Building Code. The Committee is comprised of an Architect, Engineer, Electrical Contractor, Mechanical Contractor “A”, Building Contractor “A”, Master Plumber and a Citizen-at-Large. The City Council of Colorado Springs and the El Paso County Board of County Commissioners appoint the members to serve three-year terms.


Licensing Committee:

The Pikes Peak Regional Building Department Licensing Committee reviews testing, experience and licensing of applicants as well as hears complaints filed against licensed contractors. While electrical and plumbing contractors are licensed by the State of Colorado, they must also register with the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department to perform work in the RDB’s area of responsibility.

The Committee is comprised of an Architect, Banker, Building Contractor (A, B or C licensed), Building Contractor (A or B licensed), Building Contractor (D licensed or sub), Citizen-at-Large and Structural Engineer. The City Council of Colorado Springs and the El Paso County Board of County Commissioners appoint the members to serve three-year terms.

Dangerous Building Code Enforcement


The Pikes Peak Regional Building Code outlines the criteria for inspection, determination and disposition of a dangerous building or structure. Within each jurisdiction the Health Officer and the Fire Chief of the Fire Authority along with the Pikes Peak Regional Building Departments Building Official and their authorized representatives are authorized to make any inspections and take any actions required to enforce the provisions of Section RBC112 - Dangerous Buildings.

A building or structure that has any or all of the conditions or defects described in the Pikes Peak Regional Building Code shall be deemed to be a dangerous building, provided that the conditions or defects exist to the extent that the life, health, property or safety of the public or its occupants are endangered. Upon determining a dangerous building, the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department will issue a Notice and Order to the owner to remove or correct the dangerous condition and/or may order the demolition of the building through an order to the City Engineer. This service is provided only in the home rule communities and not in unincorporated El Paso County.


If you have any questions about dangerous building code enforcement please give the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department a call at 719-327-2880 for more information.

Enumeration


The Pikes Peak Regional Building Department Enumeration Office is responsible for assigning addresses to all new buildings and confirming compliance with the addressing ordinance. This is done by using a grid system with its base established at the intersection of Pikes Peak Avenue & Cascade Avenue in Colorado Springs. Enumeration protects and promotes the health, safety and general welfare of people and their property by providing property addresses in a logical and orderly manner. These addresses help ensure the efficient, timely and convenient delivery of services and goods.

The Pikes Peak Regional Building Department Enumeration Office provides addressing to unincorporated El Paso County, the cities of Colorado Springs and Fountain and the town of Monument.


Address assignments to properties including:

  • Buildings and structures that are now in existence.
  • Buildings and structures proposed to be constructed.
  • Any standalone structure, fencing, retaining walls, gas canopies, free standing signs, temporary trailers, etc. (see construction code for detailed clarification).
  • Address assignments to equipment requiring separate utility services.
  • Secondary addressing of suite/unit numbers.
  • Address changes/verification of addressing and secondary addressing.


If you have any questions about Enumeration and its process please give the Enumeration Office at the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department a call, 719-327-2880, for more information.

Regional Floodplain Management


The Pikes Peak Regional Building Department Floodplain Management Office is responsible for ensuring Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regulations are met. We do this by reviewing proposed construction plans, issuing Floodplain Development Permits and inspecting construction for compliance with local and federal floodplain regulations. We provide floodplain management services for unincorporated El Paso County; the cities of Colorado Springs, Fountain and Manitou Springs; the towns of Green Mountain Falls, Monument and Palmer Lake.

All proposed alterations or construction on properties located in floodplain areas must be reviewed by the Regional Floodplain Management Office, and most projects will require a Floodplain Development permit. Project examples include new construction, remodeling or additions to existing dwellings or buildings; excavation, fill or extensive landscaping; and installation of fences, roads and bridges.

Our services include:

  • Issuing Floodplain Development Permits
  • Maintaining local floodplain maps and document
  • Inspections of approved development
  • Investigations of floodplain violations
  • Resolving violations and enforcing regulations
  • Working with the participating communities

Most property insurance companies will not cover losses caused by flooding. The federal government, through FEMA, provides flood insurance coverage under the National Flood Insurance Program for all floodplain residences and businesses in the communities served by the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department.


National Flood Insurance Program


If you have questions concerning floodplains and their management give the Floodplain Management Office at the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department a call, 719-327-2960, for more information.

Contractor


The Licensing office processes license applications, renewals and registrations for contractors who perform work within our jurisdiction, which includes the cities of Colorado Springs, Fountain, Green Mountain Falls, Manitou Springs, Monument, Palmer Lake and unincorporated El Paso County.


Licensing & Registration Renewals

Renewal Forms are emailed to current licensees and registrants. The renewal form can be returned by mail, emailed, fax, or hand delivered. If you are not returning the form in person, the form MUST be signed by the licensee before a Notary Public. Call Licensing to verify we have the your correct email address(s).

All Expired (Administratively Closed) Permits MUST be reopened and/or obtain a final inspection prior to the renewal of a license.

Electrical, Plumbing, and Manufactured Building Installers register licenses issued by the State of Colorado at the Licensing Office.

Late fees may apply when renewing after the expiration date. 180 days after the expiration date the license is subject to re-application, examination, evaluation by the respective Committee and approval by the Board of Review.

We do not require original copies.


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