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Demolitions & Certificates of Non-historic Status

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Denver preservation planners review all permit applications for total demolition, including those for structures not considered historic. This requirement helps preserve Denver’s history by giving the community an opportunity to protect buildings that prove to have historic, architectural and geographical significance. Properties that prove not to be historic are cleared to seek a total demolition permit. If a review reveals that a property may qualify for historic designation, total demolition may not be allowed. 

Owners of non-landmark, non-historic-district properties who are not currently planning demolition but who want increased certainty about a potential future demolition may apply for a Certificate of Non-Historic Status, which involves a similar level of review. If a Certificate of Non-historic Status is issued, a property owner or owner's agent may proceed with a demolition application without further Landmark Preservation review for a period of five years. 

 
Currently Posted Properties

  • Demolition application (PDF)
  • Staff report (PDF)
  • Posting date: 7/26/2017
  • Designation application due date: 8/16/17
  • Notice of intent to file designation application due date: 8/9/2017

 

Demolition Review

Total demolition approval involves reviews from both local and state authorities. Some steps may be done concurrently, while others must follow a specific sequence. Below is a description of Landmark Preservation's role early in the demolition process. See the Total Demolition Guide (PDF) for a description of the entire process and materials required. 

Partial demolitions, done in preparation for additions or remodeling, are included in the scope of construction permits and do not require a demolition permit.  

Landmarks and Historic District Properties

A pre-application meeting is required for all demolition requests involving historic landmarks or properties located within locally designated historic districts.

To request a pre-application meeting, submit one of the forms above, along with relevant information and photos. Staff will contact you to schedule a meeting.

Once the pre-application meeting has occurred, and you are ready to proceed, submit the above materials, per the submittal checklist found in the Total Demolition Guide (PDF), to Landmark Preservation by email, mail or in person according to the instructions detailed at the bottom of this page.

Fees for total demolition are assessed at the time the demolition permit is pulled and are based on the valuation of the project. 

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

Visit the Landmark Preservation Commission page or the Lower Downtown Design Review Board page (both linked above) for information on meeting dates, submission deadlines, presentation materials and what to expect at the meetings. 

If a demolition application is approved, a replacement plan for the site must undergo design review and be approved by the Landmark Preservation Commission (or Lower Downtown Design Review Board if in LoDo) before a demolition permit is issued.
 
Visit the Landmark Preservation Commission page or the Lower Downtown Design Review Board page for information on meeting dates, submission deadlines, presentation materials and what to expect at the meetings.

 

All Other Properties

Submit the above materials, per the submittal checklist found in the Total Demolition Guide (PDF), to Landmark Preservation by email, mail or in person according to the instructions detailed at the bottom of this page.

Fees for total demolition are assessed at the time the demolition permit is pulled and are based on the valuation of the project. 

Landmark Preservation staff performs reviews of complete applications within 10 business days of application receipt. Applications are reviewed in the order they are received.

Non-Historic Properties

If the Landmark Preservation staff review determines that the property does not have potential for landmark designation, staff will sign off on the demolition within 10 business days of application receipt.

Potentially Historic Properties

If the Landmark Preservation staff determines the property has potential for historic designation, a notice will be posted on the property for 21 calendar days.

  • If Landmark Preservation staff receives a designation application and application fee by 4:30 p.m. on the 21st calendar day, the landmark designation process would begin.
  • If Landmark Preservation staff does not receive a landmark designation application by 4:30 p.m. on the 21st calendar day, staff will sign off on the demolition the next business day.
  • If Landmark Preservation receives a "notice of intent to file a landmark designation application" by the 14th day the sign has been posted, the posting period is extended to 4:30 p.m. on the 28th calendar day. 
  • If the posting period is extended and Landmark Preservation staff receives a designation application and application fee by 4:30 p.m. on the 28st calendar day, the landmark designation process would begin. NOTE: the person who submits the notice of intent to apply and the actual applicant do not have to be the same person. 
  • If the posting period is extended and Landmark Preservation staff does not receive a designation application and application fee by 4:30 p.m. on the 28th calendar day, staff sign off on the demolition the next business day.

NOTE: In cases in which the landmark designation process is initiated, if the property is not designated within 120 days of the date the demolition pplication was received, staff will sign off on the demolition.

 
 

Certificate of Non-historic Status Review

A Certificate of Non-Historic Status declares a building as non-historic at the local level and allows a subsequent demolition application to be processed without further review by Landmark Preservation for five years. Certificates issued as part of a general development plan under the Denver Zoning Code are valid for ten years.

Landmark Status

A Certificate of Non-historic Status will not be issued if the property is:

  • an individually designated Denver historic landmark
  • in a designated historic district
  • currently being considered for designation as a landmark or as part of a historic district

If you are unsure about the landmark status of your property, see the landmark/historic district map and enter the property address. 

Complete the application above and submit it along with the related fee ($250) by mail or in person as detailed at the bottom of this page.

Applications are reviewed in the order they are received.

Non-Historic Properties

If the Landmark Preservation staff review determines that the property does not have potential for landmark designation, staff will issue a Certificate of Non-Historic Status within 10 business days of application receipt.

Potentially Historic Properties

If the Landmark Preservation staff determines the property has potential for historic designation, a notice will be posted on the property for 21 calendar days.

  • If Landmark Preservation staff receives a designation application and application fee by 4:30 p.m. on the 21st calendar day, the landmark designation process would begin.
  • If Landmark Preservation staff does not receive a landmark designation application by 4:30 p.m. on the 21st calendar day, a Certificate of Non-Historic Status will be issued on the next business day.
  • If Landmark Preservation receives a "notice of intent to file a landmark designation application" by the 14th day the sign has been posted, the posting period is extended to 4:30 p.m. on the 28th calendar day. 
  • If the posting period is extended and Landmark Preservation staff receives a designation application and application fee by 4:30 p.m. on the 28th calendar day, the landmark designation process would begin. NOTE: The person who submits the notice of intent to apply and the actual applicant do not have to be the same person. 
  • If the posting period is extended and Landmark Preservation staff does not receive a designation application and application fee by 4:30 p.m. on the 28st calendar day, a Certificate of Non-Historic Status will be issued on the next business day.

NOTE: In cases in which the landmark designation process is initiated, if the property is not designated within 120 days of the date the Certificate of Non-Historic Status Application was received, the Certificate of Non-Historic Status will be issued.