Being Your Own General Contractor in Denver

The building department regulations in Denver require that you either hire a contractor to oversee all of the work or you do all of the work yourself. That’s correct, you must physically do all of the work yourself if you don’t have a GC. You can have one designated helper but that person cannot be paid.

However, there is an exception if you can justify it. You can write a letter to the Denver Chief Building Inspector and ask to act as your own general contractor. There are several points that you need to address:

  1. You are living in the home and planning to remain the homeowner.
  2. You are qualified and have knowledge of the building and inspection process.
  3. You are requiring general liability insurance from all of your subcontractors.

Finally, it is important to make sure that you truly are qualified. In most cases it is a wise choice to hire a general contractor but if you have the knowledge this opens up some possibilities.


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