Colorado Glaziers: Know Your Permit Needs

Contract glaziers in Colorado Springs, and El Paso County, Colo., and those that do work that falls under the jurisdiction of the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department (PPRBD) are now required to obtain permits for all commercial glazing replacements, regardless of size and location.

"The only difference regarding the installations of glazing from previous codes is that the 2005 Code also requires a permit for commercial re-installation to be obtained by the qualified contractor," said Leslie Gruen with the PPRBD.

The permit requirements, instituted in 2005, include final inspections which would "eliminate unqualified maintenance people from doing work that requires a professional who understands the type of glazing required by code and is qualified to do the installation," according to Gruen.

Despite the principle behind it, the permit requirement for reinstallation hasn't been very popular among the glazing industry.

"We are all in favor of being licensed, but the expense of purchasing a permit for every commercial glass replacement, goes first to us, then is passed-on to our customers-and they are certainly not happy about paying it," said Jim Davidson, president of City Glass Company in Colorado Springs.

"In Colorado Springs there is a very negative opinion that the entire issue is strictly a revenue-maker for El Paso County," he added.

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