Denver holds home renovation bonanza
From June 1 to June 15, Denver issued 1,234 free building permits for $6.2 million in construction as part of the city’s Home Renovation Bonanza. The program saved residents $85,773 in permit fees.
While the city was issuing an average of 40 building permits a day in May, the event increased that number to 112 permits a day. “We wanted a bonanza, and it seems we got one,” Mayor John Hickenlooper said. “We hoped to stimulate the local economy by offering an incentive for residents to make improvements to their property. This is a good sign that people are moving forward and doing what they can to get our economy back on track.”
The free permits, which will be valid for 180 days, were issued on the spot to residents or their contractors. The bonanza covered improvements to existing single-family homes and duplexes, including basic interior remodeling, roof covering repair or replacement, wall insulation and installation of photovoltaic solar power systems. Complex projects that require detailed plan review, such as new homes, additions, garages and new structures, were not included. Projects requiring plan review for engineering and structural modifications also were excluded.
More information on the bonanza is available in a new release on the Mayor’s Web site.