Friday, April 17, 2020

Building Inspections and Permits on the Rise in Mesa County

Mesa County Building Inspector Rick Sartain performs a residential inspection.

Mesa County Community Development continues to work through the COVID-19 crisis, all while providing services and carrying on with daily activities to keep our local economy moving forward.

"Mesa County Community Development remains open for business and is focused on addressing the needs of our customers," Community Development Director Todd Hollenbeck said. "Construction doesn't seem to be slowing down this quarter, in fact, we are experiencing an increase in building permits and inspections, which is good for our economy."

Building inspectors are averaging between 120 and 150 inspections per day. Here is a first-quarter comparison from 2019 vs. 2020:

2019 first-quarter inspections: 8,022
2020 first-quarter inspections: 9,061

2019 first-quarter permits: 948
2020 first-quarter permits: 1022

"Community Development will continue to take the appropriate steps to keep COVID-19 from spreading and will make adjustments as needed in the best interest of our employees and customers," Hollenbeck added. "We will continue to issue permits and perform inspections daily, and as the situation continues to evolve, we will continue to update the community on any changes to services."

Mesa County Building Inspector Rick Sartain arrives at a job site for a residential inspection.
Mesa County Building Inspector Rick Sartain approves an inspection.

Community Development Departments (Building, Code Compliance, OWTS, and Planning) are operating with modified services to reduce in-person contact and to provide a safe working environment for both customers and staff.

The following are the most efficient ways to connect:
  • Email communication is encouraged for all divisions at
  • Building & OWTS Inspections - Activate the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system by dialing 970-256-1564.
  • Mesa County Central Services Lobby (MCCS) - The Community Development front counter is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, no appointment necessary.
Please call 970-244-1636 or visit for more information regarding services.

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