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History of The Pikes Peak Regional Building Department

The Pikes Peak Regional Building Department (RBD) 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 RBD 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 RBD.

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 RBD. 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.


For more information about building codes and local requirements, contact us at:

Pikes Peak Regional Building Department
2880 International Cir. Colorado Springs, CO 80910
(719) 327-2880

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