Building permit extensions to end

By City of Aspen
May 5, 2011
After two building permit extensions in the past two years, the City of Aspen is working to notify contractors that all inactive permits will expire on June 30, 2011.

The Community Development department granted extensions in January 2009 and again in 2010 in deference to the challenging economic times. The department issued a “group extension” both times which was applicable to all permit holders. Roughly 67 permits were granted up to a 30-month extension through this process. This is much longer than rules allow. Normally a permit is valid for only six months since time of issuance.

Since the extension some of the projects moved forward, but about 61 permits are still inactive. City staff worked with representatives from the development community to discuss the situation and came to the general agreement that June 30th is a realistic target to organize and initiate construction projects and the deadline is fair.

“We contacted every permit holder in the City,” said Stephen Kanipe, Chief Building Official. “If a project can be reactivated, updates may be necessary for the permit but the project can move forward. If a project is still stalled and unable to move forward, the permit will become void and any action on the project later will require a new permit application and must comply with current regulations. It is possible that individual projects with special circumstances may receive an extension, but the blanket extensions are over.”

Applicants may be eligible for partial refunds from permit fees already paid*. After discussions with most permit holders, it appears likely most will be nullified as the projects are not ready to move forward.

Building fees are based on the value of a project. A complete list of the fee structure can be found on

If permit holders are aggrieved by the deadline, they can appeal the decision to the Building Code Board of Appeals.

comments: 1 Comment on "Building permit extensions to end"

jenifer654 – June 12, 2011, at 11:07 p.m.

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