Pikes Peak Regional Building Department

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Frequently Asked Questions


I don’t have any projects to do right now. Can I put my license on hold without having to retest and pay my license fee?

If you are not performing any construction consulting or construction work that requires a permit and you wish to put your license or registration on hold, then you may request a “voluntary suspension” of license(s) or registration(s) with the Licensing Department. The suspension shall not exceed a period of twelve (12) months unless a notarized annual certification is furnished to the Department indicating that the contractor is engaged in an active capacity in the field of building construction. While under voluntary suspension, the contractor need not carry insurance, but the contractor must continue to pay all license or registration fees normally due. Further, review Section RBC201.11.5 of the Code. To reinstate your license, you must apply to the Licensing Department in compliance with the requirements of Section RBC201.1.5.3 of the Code.

If you do not obtain a ‘voluntary suspension’ or you let your license or registration expire for longer than six (6) months or if your insurance has lapsed, been cancelled, or reduced for longer than twelve (12) months, then your license or registration will be administratively revoked.


Who can renew the contractor’s license/registration?

Only the currently license/registered examinee is able to renew the contractor’s license. Renewals may be done online using the contractor web account or using the paper/electronic renewal form. If using the paper renewal form, the form MUST be notarized if the examinee is not signing the form in front of Department staff. Once notarized, forms may be e-mailed, faxed, mailed, or delivered to our office.


Do I need a license to be a handyman?

It depends on the type of work you do. Please call the permit counter at 719-327-2883 to verify if a permit is required.

See Section RBC105.2/Work Exempt from Permits of the Code; i.e., cosmetic work that does not require a permit or license includes, for example: painting, tiling, flooring (as long as subfloor is not replaced), cabinetry, dry wall replacement like-for-like, fixture replacement, roof or siding under 100 sf, window replacement like-for-like, gutters, fencing under 7-ft tall, landscaping, and masonry.

A handyman who wishes to perform work beyond the listed cosmetic work can obtain a Contractor E (Maintenance & Remodeling) license. This license allows the contractor to install, repair or replace decks, patio covers, pergolas, detached sheds, detached garages, detached workshops, basement finishes, and interior NONSTRUCTURAL remodels.


How long does it take to get a license issued?

The entire licensing/registration process takes approximately 6-8 weeks, depending on the date of submittal. Completion of required background check may take longer. You must have all the requirements met three (3) weeks prior to the Licensing Committee date. The Licensing Committee meets every 2nd Thursday of the month. State of Colorado licensees must register immediately with the Department (Electrical, Plumbing, Manufactured Building Installer) when all requirements have been met. You can find the contractor registration applications on the Downloads, Forms & Handouts page. Click Here


I have a license in another jurisdiction, do you reciprocate that license?

No. The Department does not reciprocate any licenses from other building departments. Each outside jurisdiction has its own licensing requirements and may not be comparable to ours.


Is there a way to speed up the licensing process?

No. The Code requires license requests to be published in a local newspaper at least two (2) weeks prior to consideration by the Board of Review, and the Department has a number of steps to take prior to issuing a license.


What does the $50 application fee cover?

The application fee is a $50, nonrefundable fee that includes the following: application processing and background check.


Do I need to turn in original documents?

No, all documents may be faxed to 719-327-2951, emailed to Licensing@pprbd.org, mailed to 2880 International Circle, Colorado Springs CO 80910, or dropped off in person in our office. If notarization is required, be sure that the notary information and seal are visible.


I have already taken a building department test for another jurisdiction. Do I still have to test again?

The Department ONLY accepts the 2009 or later ICC standard tests, as adopted per the Code 2011 through 2017 Editions, as amended.


We accept the following tests for the following license types:


PPRBD LICENSING TYPE ICC TEST NAME ICC TEST CODE BY YEAR
2009* 2012* 2015
Bldg Contractor A-1 National Standard General Building Contractor (A) N11 W11 F11
Bldg Contractor A-2 National Standard General Building Contractor (A) N11 W11 F11
Bldg Contractor B-1 National Standard Building Contractor (B) N12 W12 F12
Bldg Contractor B-2 National Standard Building Contractor (B) N12 W12 F12
Bldg Contractor C National Standard Building Contractor (C) N13 W13 F13
Bldg Contractor E National Standard Residential Contractor (C) N13 W13 F13
Bldg Contractor D-1 (Roofing) National Standard Roofing Contractor N14 W14 F14
Mech Contractor A National Standard Master Mechanical N29 W29 F29
Mech Contractor B National Standard Residential Mechanical N32 W32 F32
Mech Contractor C-1 National Standard Master Gas Pipe Fitter W39 F33
Mech Contractor C-2 Colorado (Denver) Refrigeration Operator 228
Mech IV National Standard Journey Mechanical N31 W31 F31
* = accepted, no exams available

Do I have to come into the Licensing Committee meeting to request my license?

Once your file is complete, staff will review the contents to determine if further information is needed to evaluate your qualifications, knowledge, and experience. Some license requests are placed on the consent calendar and an appearance at the Licensing Committee is not required. Other license requests will require an appearance before the Licensing Committee. If your appearance is required, staff will call you to notify you. Notwithstanding, please understand that during the committee meeting a consent item may be removed from the consent agenda, therefore requiring an appearance.


What are the requirements for insurance?

See Insurance Requirements

Required minimum insurance levels are listed in Section RBC201.7 of the Code. A certificate of insurance for liability is required for all contractors performing construction consulting or construction work covered by the Pikes Peak Regional Building Code within the jurisdiction of the Department. A certificate of insurance for worker’s compensation is also required if the contractor has any employees and is not exempt from the Colorado State Statute requirements. If the contractor is exempt, the contractor must provide documentation from the State of Colorado. When providing certificates of insurance, “Pikes Peak Regional Building Department” is required to be listed as the certificate holder. The Department does not need to be listed as an additional insured. Certificates of insurance may be e-mailed, faxed, mailed, or hand delivered by either the insurance agency or the contractor.

Your contractor business name designated on your insurance certificate and in your license application must match the Colorado Secretary of State records EXACTLY. If you are contracting for work under tradename(s), the tradename(s) must also be included on your insurance certificate and in your contractor license (or registration) application.