As of May 2022, the Basalt Building Department will no longer be doing inspections or site visits on Mondays and Fridays.

2023 Building Code Amendments

On June 13, 2023 the Basalt Town Council heard at first reading proposed amendments to Chapter 18 - Building Regulations of the Town's Municipal Code, known as the building codes. The proposed amendments were approved at second reading on June 27, 2023. The proposed amendments can be reviewed here:

First Reading June 13 2023 Chapter 18 Amendments

The Chapter 18 Amendments will go into effect July 20th, 2023.

2022 Building Code Amendments

The 2022 SBR Amendment are in effect as of October 20th, 2022. This amendment will require buildings to be "electric-ready" and on-site renewables for new construction or large remodels.

A summary of changes can be found in the document below:
SBR 2022 Amendment_Summary of Changes

SBR 2022 Amendment_Project Requirements Flow Chart
The full SBR Ordinance can be found here:
SBR 2022 Amendment_Section 18-23 Ordinance

The link below includes a list of the proposed code amendments and responses provided by Town Staff.  This document will be updated as necessary.

Effective Thursday, September 17, 2020 the Ordinance for Fire Protection:

Ordinance No. 16 Series of 2020 - Passed Amendments to Chapter 18 & Others

Permits Issued

View the permits that have been issued by month, for the past year. 

B.E.S.T. Card


Demonstrate your code proficiency/competence! The B.E.S.T. program (Board of Examiners for Standardized Testing) was established in 1994. It is an intergovernmental reciprocity agreement started by local jurisdictions in the Roaring Fork Valley, which has since expanded to include the I-70 corridor, west to Rifle. The program eliminates the need for a contractor license candidate to test in each jurisdiction to qualify for a license. A B.E.S.T. cardholder need only present the card to demonstrate code comprehension. It is not a license.

B.E.S.T. testing is currently unavailable in Basalt.  Other testing facilities include the City of Aspen and the Town of Silt.

Code Books
You may order code books through the building department. The Town purchases your order at ICC member rates and passes the savings on to you. It takes about a week for delivery. Payment (including postage) is due when the order is picked up. Call 970-927-4702 to place an order. Browse the ICC bookstore at

To view codes online, the International Code Council has posted several editions of all the codes they publish at The site is designed to allow you to view the International Codes for free. You are limited in your abilities to search and print, however all sections of the codes are available for you.

Additional Information

Sustainable Building Regulations - Continuing Education Training Opportunities