Proposed Changes to the Sustainable Building Regulations

The Town of Basalt is proposing amendments to its Sustainable Building Regulations (SBR) originally adopted by the Town in 2015. Many of the changes are being proposed to respond to the Town’s adoption of the 2015 IECC last year. Highlights of the revisions include:

  • Updating the current requirements for subcategories that are outside of the 2015 IECC including site conservation, water usage, renewable energy and indoor air quality.
  • Including additional compliance paths for satisfying the SBR. The recently adopted 2015 IECC includes several compliance paths which are being carried over into the proposed SBR Revision, and a Net Zero Energy Ready compliance path is added for Type I residential permits. The current exemption for LEED gold or better for commercial buildings is retained.
  • Changing minimum point thresholds, adding minimum point requirements for subcategories and including some mandatory requirements. The changes clarify and modify how the SBR and its point thresholds apply to new construction, additions and remodels, and to historic buildings.
  • Adding a continuing education requirement for contractors who apply for a Basalt Building Permit. Training would be provided by Basalt in 2018 but the requirement would not fully kick in until 2019.

We are holding two meetings (click here) to inform you of the proposed changes and to get your feedback.

SBR Commercial update draft documents can be found here.

SBR Residential update draft documents can be found here.


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Permits Issued

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

B.E.S.T. Testing

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 available for:

  • Commercial general contractor
  • Residential general contractor
  • Specialty licenses including:
    • Mechanical
    • Masonry
    • Concrete
    • Framing
    • Roofing

You may test for a B.E.S.T. card - new or renewal - at Basalt Town Hall, located at 101 Midland Avenue. Please call 970-927-4702, at least 1 day prior to testing, to schedule a test for any business day (Monday - Friday), between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., The cost is $25. The test is open book. Code books - currently 2009 editions - available for testing are limited.

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.

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