Demolition Review

Demolition projectLandmark Preservation staff reviews total-demolition proposals for all structures citywide. These reviews are meant to ensure that the structure does not have the potential for historic designation before demolition is approved. 

For a historically-designated individual structure or a structure located in a historic district, staff reviews any total- or partial-demolition work to the exterior of the building to determine the potential impact on the property or district.


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Landmark Preservation staff reviews total-demolition proposals for all structures citywide. Most reviews are meant to first ensure that the structure does not have the potential for historic designation before demolition is approved. For a historically-designated individual structure or a structure located in a historic district, staff reviews any total- or partial-demolition work to the exterior of the building to determine the potential impact on the property or district.

molition proposals for designated historic properties are reviewed to determine their impact on the historic districts or individually designated properties.  Use the Find Landmarks/Districts tool to the right to determine if your property has landmark designation or is located in a historic district.
Demolition proposals for designated historic properties are reviewed to determine their impact on the historic districts or individually designated properties.  Use the Find Landmarks/Districts tool to the right to determine if your property has landmark designation or is located in a historic district.

Landmark Review of Demolition Project

One

Submit the application

Submit the total demolition application to Landmark Preservation. The Total Demolition Guide (PDF) contains procedures for total demolition of structures, a submittal checklist, and required applications. Include the following for Landmark review:

  • A copy of the completed (except for approval signatures) Demolition Application form found in the Total Demolition Guide
  • Color photographs of the sides of all structures to be demolished.  
  • A copy of the Assessor’s real property records 

Two

Review / public hearing

Most demolition proposals require review and / or a public hearing by the Landmark Preservation Commission or Lower Downtown Design Review Board. Given that the purpose of landmark designation is to preserve historic properties, demolition applications are given close examination and consideration.

Replacement Plan:

If a demolition application is approved, a replacement plan for the site must be approved by Landmark Preservation before a demolition permit is issued. Most replacement plans also require design review and approval by the Landmark Preservation Commission or Lower Downtown Design Review Board.

Please contact Landmark Preservation staff for more information at 720-865-2709 or send an email to landmark@denvergov.org.

Landmark Preservation staff review total-demolition proposals for all structures citywide, including accessory structures, provided they are at least 120 square feet, and at least 1½ stories in height.


One

Submit the application

Submit the total demolition application to Landmark Preservation. The Total Demolition Guide (PDF) contains procedures for total demolition of structures, a submittal checklist, and required applications. Include the following for Landmark review:

  • A copy of the completed (except for approval signatures) Demolition Application form found in the Total Demolition Guide
  • Color photographs of the sides of all structures to be demolished.  
  • A copy of the Assessor’s real property records 


Two

Landmark Preservation review

Landmark Preservation will review each demolition application to determine if any structures have potential for landmark designation. Please allow up to 10 business days for this review.

  • If structures do not have potential for designation, staff will issue landmark demolition approval.  No other coordination with Landmark Preservation staff is required. 
  • If the Landmark Preservation staff determines that a structure has potential for historic designation, staff will post a demolition notice on the property for up to 21 calendar days.  Proceed to step 3.

Three

Demolition notice

When a demolition notice is posted: 

  • If the City receives no landmark designation applications within 21 calendar days, Landmark Preservation staff will approve the demolition.
  • If the City receives a designation application and application fee within 21 calendar days, the landmark designation process will ensue.
  • If the City receives a “notice of intent to file a landmark designation” by the 14th day of sign posting and an application with the required fee by the 28th calendar day,  the landmark designation process will ensue.  


NOTE:  After the landmark designation process begins, Denver City Council has 120 days to designate the property. If the property is not designated within 120 days, Landmark Preservation staff will grant approval for demolition.

Please contact Landmarks Preservation staff for more information at 720-865-2709 or send an email to landmark@denvergov.org.

Demolition Projects

Every project is different. Depending upon the complexity and specifics of your project, the demolition review requirements, process and time frame may vary from the information presented on this website and in the application materials. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Submit Your Application

Complete the required application and submit it via email, mail, or in person.  

Email 

Mail 

In Person 

landmark@denvergov.org Landmark Preservation
201 W. Colfax Ave. 
Dept. 205
Denver, CO 80202
Permit Counter 
2nd floor Webb Municipal Building
201 W. Colfax Ave.
9 - 11 a.m., Monday - Friday

NOTE:  All materials submitted with your application become the property the City and County of Denver.  The materials are part of public record, can be used in a public hearing, and cannot be returned.

Contact Us

Landmark Preservation Office:
720-865-2709
landmark@denvergov.org

Office hours:
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday
Staff hours vary (appointments recommended)

Certificate of Non-Historic Status

If the structure you plan to demolish is not a landmark structure and is not located in a historic district, staff can provide more certainty in the demolition process by issuing a Certificate of Non-Historic Status. The certificate will allow you to demolish the property without additional review by Landmark Preservation for a period of five years.

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