Q: I want to start a property improvement project. What is my first step?

Q: Do I need a building permit?
Q: What improvements require a permit from the City of Manitou Springs?
Q: How much does a permit cost?
Q: What is Use Tax?
Q: What is the Use Tax money used for?
Q: What is the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department (PPRBD)?
Q: What improvements require a permit from the PPRBD?

 

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Q: I want to start a property improvement project. What is my first step?

A: A building permit is not always the first step in a construction project. Some frequently encountered issues include unplatted property or ownership configurations that incorporate more than a single lot. Also, zoning concerns such as setbacks, property use, etc. may need to be addressed. Some requests require approval through the Planning Commission and City Council prior to approval of construction. Exterior alterations to existing structures or construction of new buildings within the boundaries of the Historic District (pdf) may require prior approval by the Historic Preservation Commission. A smart first step is to contact the Planning Department. We can help you figure out where to go from here!

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Q: Do I need a building permit?

A: Almost all improvements to property in Manitou Springs require a permit from the City. The Manitou Springs' cost for a permit is 3.8% of the cost of the materials for the job. Construction that involves structural, electrical, plumbing or mechanical work will also require a permit from the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department. Click here for more information about why permits are required (pdf)External linkClick here for our credit card authorization form (pdf), which is required by the City when paying for permits with either a credit or debit card. 

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Q: What improvements require a permit from the City of Manitou Springs?

A: Almost all improvements require a permit from the City of Manitou Springs. Most require a site plan that locates the improvement, contractor information and the cost of materials. Many City permits can be issued while you wait. Following is a partial list of improvements requiring a City of Manitou Springs permit: fence (pdf), retaining wall (pdf), excavation or grading, commercial sign (pdf) (new, replacement, temporary), exterior change (siding, stucco, windows, doors), shed or storage building (pdf), new construction, any structural change to existing buildings, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, furnace or water heater, deck, roofing.

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Q: How much does a permit cost?

A: Manitou Springs collects use tax for modifications to existing structures based on 3.8% of the cost of materials and 75 cents per square foot for new structures. The Manitou Springs Fire Department collects review fees for Subdivision Plats and Commercial or Multi-family Residential construction. Water and Sewer Tap (pdf) fees are collected when service lines are added and an Expansion of Demand (pdf) fee is assessed when the number of fixtures increases on existing services - contact Manitou Springs Public Services (719-685-2573) for specific fees. If your project requires a Pikes Peak Building Department permit, you will also need to pay PPRBD fees (pdf)External link. Gas and Electric services are provided by Colorado Springs UtilitiesExternal link (719-448-4800).

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Q: What is Use Tax?

A: Use Tax (pdf) is a tax imposed by a state or a municipality to compensate for the sales tax lost when an item is purchased outside of the state or municipality but is used within the state or municipality. For example, you buy your car in a state that has no sales tax, but you live across the border in a state that does have sales tax. When you bring your car home and register it in your state, the state taxing authority will bill you for the sales tax it would have collected had you bought the car within the state. The City of Manitou Springs collects Use Tax for building materials purchased for commercial and residential property improvements within the City. Effective January 1, 2004, the City's Use Tax rate is 3.8%, which shall continue for twenty years, after which time the rate shall revert to 3.5% (Ordinance 0804). 

Use Tax Form (pdf)

Click here for our credit card authorization form (pdf) if you want to pay the Use Tax with a credit or debit card.

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Q: What is the Use Tax money used for?

A: Use Tax revenues go into the City's general fund, which helps pay for City services including police, fire, street repairs and park maintenance.

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Q: What is the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department (PPRBD)?

A: The Pikes Peak Regional Building Department (PPRBD)External link was created in 1966 to ensure a unified minimum standard for construction, electrical, plumbing and mechanical work. Today, the PPRBD serves Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Fountain, Green Mountain Falls, Manitou Springs, Monument, and Palmer Lake. The City of Manitou Springs contracts with the PPRBD for regulation of the International Building Code (pdf)External link

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Q: What improvements require a permit from the PPRBD?

A: Improvements that involve structural, electrical, plumbing or mechanical work will require a PPRBD permit (pdf)External link. Remember that most improvements to property in Manitou Springs require approval by the Planning Department before PPRBD can issue a permit. For Commercial property, a licensed contractor must obtain the PPRBD permit for most improvements. Homeowners can obtain permits, and perform work, for most Residential improvements In addition, for new construction, the Manitou Springs Fire Department requires a PPRBD-approved set of plans before they will review them.

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City of Manitou Springs
Planning Department

606 Manitou Avenue
Manitou Springs, CO 80829

Our office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Please feel free to contact us.

(719) 685-4398

Planning Director: Dan Folke

City Planner: Michelle Anthony

Planning Assistant: Sherri Crowley

 

CALL BEFORE YOU DIG!

1-800-922-1987