Denver Code of Ethics

The Denver Code of Ethics (PDF) is current as of October 2012 and includes amendments passed by Denver City Council on October 29, 2012.  The Denver Code of Ethics governs all Denver elected officials, city employees and board and commission members.
The last major revision to the Code of Ethics was made in 2001 and a number of smaller changes were passed in 2004, 2007 and 2009. The current changes were recommended by the Denver Board of Ethics, after several months of analysis, based on its experience in interpreting and administering the Code for the purpose of clarification and filling in gaps.
Please contact the Board of Ethics if you have questions about these changes or any other concerns about the Code of Ethics – 720-865-8412 or The entire updated Denver Code of Ethics, with the 2009 revisions underlined, is available at

What is covered in the handbook?

  • Employment and supervision of family members
  • Gifts to city personnel
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Prior employment for city personnel
  • Outside employment or outside business activity for city personnel
  • Subsequent employment for city personnel
  • Use of public office for private gain
  • Use of confidential records

Contact Us

All requests for advisory opinions, citizen inquiries or complaints must be submitted either by E-mail or in writing to: 

Staff Director:
L. Michael Henry
 201 West Colfax Avenue
Dept 703
Denver, CO 80202

How to Request Ethical Advice

The Board of Ethics, if requested, gives official written advisory opinions to city employees, elected officers and board and commission members about Code of Ethics issues and also considers whether waivers should be given if an action would violate the Code of Ethics but the action would be in the city’s best interest.