Building Official: Archie Byers, Chief Building Official, Phone: 970.240.1437   Email:

Building Permits: Sharon Dunning, Email:

Adjustments in Operations: 

The City’s top priority throughout this pandemic remains the safety and well-being of our community and contractors while safely maintaining as much economic activity as possible. The City is available to inspect and support your projects as long as we can all do so safely. 

Building Services staff will continue to work from home to provide limited services that can be conducted electronically or by phone. No “in-person” inspections or site visits will be performed. Wherever possible, virtual inspections will be provided  

Building permit applications will be accepted by email only and construction document submittals will need to be in “pdf” format. Please send emails to  and copy 

Payments can be made locally by check by using the city drive-thru payment drop box located in the first lane of the Centennial plaza parking lot by the public restrooms or mailed to: City of Montrose, P.O. Box 790, Montrose, CO 81402. Once the payment is received, we will email a copy of the building permit and receipt.

What construction projects may occur in the City of Montrose right now? 

Colorado Governor Polis issued an order requiring many businesses to close during this COVID-19 pandemic, but also stated that construction, including but not limited to housing for low-income and vulnerable people, skilled trades such as electricians and plumbers, and other related firms and professionals are deemed ’critical’ and may continue. He also stated that this is not the time for Coloradans to seek contractors for non-critical residential remodels, because we all should be reducing our person-to-person interactions as much as possible, and staying at home as much as possible. For the safety of our community, we request that if a construction project is not creating a new residential or commercial unit, and is not immediately critical for health or safety reasons, please wait and do not perform that work right now. We recognize that a decrease in construction projects puts an immense strain on our economy and your livelihoods, and we are making this request because the health of our community is at stake. While there is no clear line between what construction is critical and what is not, our general process will be to allow: 

  • Continuation of already-started permits for new residential units and commercial units  

  • Continuation of already-started permits on the interior of an occupied building when the work is needed for health or safety reasons 

  • Permits for new residential units and new commercial units 

  • Permits for work on the exterior of a building 

  • Permits for work on the interior of an occupied building when the work is needed for health or safety reasons 

How do I apply for a new Building Permit?  

To submit a new Building Permit application, please contact Sharon Dunning at or 970.240.1476. We are accepting and reviewing electronic submittals, and think you will like our streamlined process. 

Will the City of Montrose inspect my project? 

The City of Montrose continues to offer building inspection services to ensure that work is completed in compliance with Building Codes. Some inspections will be done on-site and others will be done using video technology. If an on-site inspection occurs, the Building Inspector must be the only person at the job-site unless otherwise requested by the Building Official. To ensure the safety of projects, the Building Official may issue a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) during the COVID-19 emergency and require that an additional inspection occur at a later date to obtain a Final Certificate of Occupancy. Please contact Sharon Dunning at or 970.240.1476 to schedule an inspection. 

Are any additional requirements in place because of COVID-19? 

It is the expectation that contractors follow all Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment guidance with regard to social distancing, hygiene, and disinfection as necessary to protect worker and community safety. Please see  and for more information about COVID-19. Safety posters in English and in Spanish from the National Association of Home Builders are attached to this email. Please post them at your jobsite and share them with your teams. 

Is there financial assistance available for unemployed workers? 

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment handles unemployment matters in the State of Colorado. They have created a variety of resources for workers and employers affected by COVID-19. For common unemployment questions, changes made as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and other information for workers and employers, visit their website at More information about additional COVID-19 assistance from the federal government will be available on the website soon. Information about local assistance, including food assistance and mental health assistance, can be found at Additional information that is specific to COVID-19 impacts on the homebuilding industry are available on the National Association of Home Builders website

We appreciate your flexibility and continued partnership through these challenging times. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Assistant City Manager Ann Morgenthaler ( or to Chief Building Official Archie Byers ( or 970.240.1437).

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