Obtaining a building permit, inspections, and authorization for occupancy is one way of obtaining assurance that your building is safe for your family and friends or your employees and customers to use. We encourage you to use the resources available at the Larimer County Building Department to be reasonably certain that your structure meets nationally recognized minimum
safety standards. (See Request for Parcel Research
) It is more than likely that at some time in the future someone will want proof that your building complies with local building codes. That 'someone' could be a potential buyer, a bank, or your insurance company. Your insurance company may not pay on a damage claim if it is found your building does not comply with local codes. In addition, you are more likely to be held liable for injuries to someone using your building if it does not meet required safety standards.
If a building code violation is discovered that cannot be resolved, the County's legal authority to enforce building codes is contained in the Larimer County Land Use Code, the Larimer County Building Code and Colorado State statutes. Building code regulations may be enforced through civil or criminal court actions. Each type of court action can include the imposition of fines or imprisonment or both. Other enforcement remedies are also available.