Working with the community to help guide and process all proposed new buildings and building modifications that impact the City’s growth, enhancement, and preservation.
Ground Snow Load: 30
Winter Design Temp: -16F

Ice Barrier Underlayment is
Required in Valleys and at Eaves

Air Freezing Index: 3000

Mean Annual Temp: 45

Air Freezing Index: 3000

Ice Barrier Underlayment Required
Mean Annual Temp: 45

Frost Line Depth: 32"

Speed (MPH): 115/89

Topographic Effects: No

Special Wind Region: No

Wind-Borne Debris Zone: No

Subject to Damage From
Weathering: Severe

Frost Line Depth: 32"

Termite: Light-mod

Flood Hazards: 1999

Seismic Design Category: C


The City of Alamosa has adopted the following codes:
IBC 2018  |   IRC 2018 |    IMC  2018  IECC 2018   IFC 2018   IPMC 2018 |  IEBC 2018 
The State of Colorado has adopted the following codes:
NEC 2023  |   IPC 2021 |  IFGC 2021
Our staff also reviews, permits, and inspects building-related activities to ensure that future construction meets the city’s building, fire, and energy codes. This work helps to ensure life-safety and quality-of-life standards, now and in the future.


To schedule an inspection or meeting with the building inspector, please call the office at (719) 589-6631
The administrative assistants will work with you to schedule a time.
  • Inspections need to be scheduled at least one day in advance, and they will take place between 10am and 4pm

Electrical and plumbing inspections are not done by our office, they are done by the state

Forms, Permits, Applications

Permit Fee Calculator - Schedules

What can I do without a permit?


This calculator is intended for estimating fee totals and may not be exact.

Permit Fee Schedules

A PERMIT IS NEEDED FOR EVERYTHING except the following… 

  • One-story detached accessory structures used as tool and storage shed, playhouses and similar uses, provided the floor area does not exceed 200 square feet
  • Fences not over 7 feet high
  •  Oil derricks
  • Retaining walls which are not over 4 feet height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top wall, unless supporting a surcharge or impounding Class I, II, or III-A liquids
  • Water tanks that are supported directly on grade if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons and the ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed 2 to 1
  • Sidewalks and driveways (these may require a ROW permit from Public Works)
  • Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops, and similar finish work
  • Temporary motion picture, television, and theater stage sets and scenery
  • Prefabricated swimming pools that are less than 24 inches deep
  • Shade cloth structures constructed for nursery or agricultural purposes and not including service systems
  • Swings and other playground equipment accessory to detached one- and two family dwellings
  • Window awnings supported by an exterior wall which do not project more than 54 inches from the exterior wall and do not require additional support of Group R3, as applicable in section 101.2, and Group U occupancies
  • Movable cases, counters, and partitions not over 5 feet 9 inches in height
  • Decks not exceeding 200 square feet in area, not more than 30 inches above grade at any point, not attached to a dwelling, and that do not serve the exit door required by section R 311.4

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