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By Myrah in Denver, CO on 1/26/2008


Hey All--

I'm a newbie and just in the very early stages of planning. After reading thru my local building codes I'm really discouraged by a lot of what I'm reading. We were hoping to bypass the GC and do much of the work ourselves to save as much $$ as possible. But then...well, here's what I'm finding:

"Registration of contractors required" which says that "Any such homeowner seeking to construct his own home...shall be required to be registered as a contractor." Further reading finds that contractor registration includes a separate application process, fees, and proof of bonding and insurance. Ew.

Then there's the section that says that _all_ work on gas, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical stuff must be performed by a licensed professional. So even though my DH holds a degree in electrical engineering and has tons of experience installing, he can't even help the electrician because he's not licensed with the state. Bleh.

Now, after reading those fun surprises, I wasn't too surprised to find that our plans have to be reviewed and approved by a "licensed design professional". But then I read this section called "Design professional in responsible charge". Has anybody run into this??? It says that we, the owners, are required "to engage and designate on the building permit application a registered design professional who shall act as the registered design professional in responsible charge." It then goes on to say, "The registered design professional in responsible charge shall be responsible for reviewing and coordinating submittal documents prepared by others, including phased and deferred submittal items, for compatibility with the design of the building." What does THAT mean?

I'm feeling like our city is not too keen on the idea of O-Bs. Have any of you run into restrictive codes like these? Any tips? Encouragement?

Sigh.

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