Roofing Permits

Ladder Safety Requirements

The permit holder shall provide a ladder, secured for safe access to the roof, on the day the inspection is requested to be performed.

New eSubmittal Permit for Basic Residential Roofing

This online application allows contractors and homeowners to obtain “basic” residential roofing permit(s) in a single transaction using a credit card or e-check.

Requirements to use the eSubmittal Permit Application:

  • Residential roofing permit applications only
  • Residential property in unincorporated Douglas County
  • Existing roof type is composition/asphalt or masonite product or metal
  • Replacement roof type must be composition/asphalt or metal

For other types of roofing permits and roofing material please contact the Building Division at 303-660-7497.

**Please note registration with Douglas County is required to use the online application. **

Registered users may login using existing credentials at  https://apps.douglas.co.us/building/eSubmittals/Login.aspx

New users may create an account at https://apps.douglas.co.us/apps/building/scheduleInspectionByPermit.do

All roofing systems will be inspected to the 2012 International Codes and the manufacturers installation specifications.

Douglas County does not require roofing materials or the attachment of roofing materials to meet high wind or severe climate conditions.

Roof systems or overlay of composition roofs shall not exceed 600 lbs per 100 sq ft. without analysis by a Colorado registered Professional Structural Engineer.

Roofing inspections will be done the following business date from the date of the inspection request, understanding that workload and or severe climate conditions could possibly delay the inspection process. Mid-roof inspections will be performed within 24 hours of the requested inspection. A Mid-roof inspection is required on tile, slate or any roofing material that requires the use of battens.

Wood shakes and shingles are not permitted in red zones identified on the Wildfire Hazard District Overlay Map. Where permitted, all wood shakes or shingles shall be minimum Class “C” fire rated. Proof of the Class “C” fire rating must be provided to the inspector at the time of inspections (tags on shingles or shakes, purchase order, etc.)

  • Please see the General Requirements section on the Roofing Permit application for additional installation requirements.

Applications may be submitted in person, mailed with check or faxed with credit card information.

Frequently Asked Questions about Roofing Permits

**The permit holder shall provide a ladder, secured for safe access to the roof, on the day the inspection is requested to be performed. **

  • Q.  Do I need a permit for roof repairs?
    For minor repairs or replacing less than one (1) roofing square (100 square feet) of the roof, a permit is not required.
  • Q. What Code edition is Douglas County using?
    2012 IBC, IRC
  • Q. Is a mid-roof inspection required?
    Yes, but ONLY for roof systems that require a batten system such as tile or stone coated steel.  This inspection is to be performed when the roof is 25 to 50 percent complete.  DO NOT proceed beyond 50 percent complete until the inspection is performed.
  • Q. Do your roofing inspectors carry ladders?
    No, the permit holder shall provide a ladder, secured for safe access to the roof, on the day the inspection is requested to be performed.
  • Q. What is the maximum number of layers of asphalt shingles permitted?
    One layer is permitted.  Asphalt shingled roofs shall not be overlaid with an additional layer of asphalt shingles.
  • Q. What is the minimum wind speed rating for asphalt shingles in Douglas County?
    Asphalt singles shall be listed in accordance with ASTM D 7158:
    The minimum speed wind rating for asphalt shingles for elevations 7000 feet or less shall be 90 mph Class D.
    The minimum wind speed rating for elevations above 7,000 feet shall be 120 mph Class G
  • Q.  Are cedar shake re-roofs permitted
    Yes, but only in designated areas and shall be Class “C” fire resistive only. Wood shakes and wood shingles are prohibited within the boundaries of the Wildfire Hazard Overlay District.
  • Q.  Is an ice barrier required at the eaves?
    Ice barrier underlayment is required for elevations above 7,000 feet. Ice barrier shall extend from the lowest edge of all roof surfaces to point at least 24 inches inside the exterior wall line of the building.
  • Q.  Is drip edge flashing required on the eaves and rakes?
    Yes, minimum size 4 inch by 2 inch on eaves and 2 inch by 1 inch or D style edge metal on rakes.
  • Q.  Does Douglas County require high wind nailing?
    Yes, but only in areas above elevations of 7,000 feet.