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Plan Review 

The Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE) is required to conduct a full plan review for all regulated facilities undergoing a change of use, new construction or an extensive remodel. An extensive remodel includes:

  • Increase in seating capacity by 20 percent
  • Any alterations requiring a building permit
  • Changes or alterations to non-public areas that result in reduction or increase of total space by 25 percent or more
  • Capabilities to handle food, equipment and utensils in a sanitary manner have been diminished due to a food process or menu change that introduces new risks of foodborne illness

 

The following facilities are required to complete a health review. Expand each for specific plan review requirements:

The following food facilities require a health plan review:

  • Retail and wholesale food facilities and drinking establishments
  • Not-for-profit facilities that operate 52 days or more out of the year
  • Employee cafeterias (not break rooms)
  • Kiosks
  • Retail and wholesale food facilities undergoing a change in occupancy or change in use of an existing facility
  • Retail and wholesale food facilities with a new menu, new or relocated equipment, or significant changes in food processes 

Plan Review Requirements

  • Completed plan review application
  • Detailed menu that identifies all food and beverages
  • Equipment specification cut sheets for all food service equipment
  • Facility floor plan with equipment and fixture layout identified
  • Mechanical, plumbing and electrical plans

NOTE: The plan review application must be completely filled out including finish schedule, equipment list, plumbing list and hot water calculations. Notations of “See Plans” or “Existing” will not be accepted. Failure to include all requested information may delay the review and/or approval of your plans. 

Top Reasons for Non-Approval

  1. Plan Review Application, Menu/Product List and Equipment Specification cut sheets are not provided or not fully completed
  2. Not all food service equipment is identified or provided in plans
  3. Fixtures/sinks are not identified by use (ex: hand sink, prep sink, dump sink, etc.)
  4. Hot water calculations or the heater make/model is not provided
  5. Facilities going through a remodel do not provide plans of the existing facility

NOTE: Chapter 23 of the Denver Municipal Code requires that we conduct a plan review for the entire facility as well as areas going through new construction. Due to the fact that the scope of work requires a building permit, the entire facility is required to provide plan review material verifying the facility is in compliance with the most recent rules and regulations. 

Regulations:

Food and Cannabis Regulations

Health Plan Review Contact:

DEHplanreview@denvergov.org

720-865-2832 (voicemail box only)

All other inquiries: 720-913-1311

 

The following cannabis facilities require a health plan review:

  • All medical and recreational cannabis dispensaries
  • All medical and recreational cannabis extraction facilities (MIPs) 

Plan Review Requirements:

  • Completed plan review application
  • Product list that includes all consumable products produced
  • Equipment specification cut sheets for all food and extraction equipment
  • Facility floor plan with equipment and fixture layout identified
  • Mechanical, plumbing, and electrical plans

NOTE: The plan review application must be completely filled out including finish schedule, equipment list, plumbing list, and hot water calculations. Notations of “See Plans” or “Existing” will not be accepted. Failure to include all requested information may delay the review and/or approval of your plans. 

Top Reasons for Non-Approval:

  1. Plan Review Application, Menu/Product List and Equipment Specification cut sheets are not provided or are not fully completed
  2. Not all food service equipment is identified or provided in plans
  3. Fixtures/sinks are not identified by use (ex: hand sink, prep sink, dump sink, etc.)
  4. Hot water calculations or the heater make/model is not provided
  5. Facilities going through a remodel do not provide plans of the existing facility

NOTE: Chapter 23 of the Denver Municipal Code requires that we conduct a plan review for the entire facility as well as areas going through new construction. Due to the fact that the scope of work requires a building permit, the entire facility is required to provide plan review material verifying the facility is in compliance with the most recent rules and regulations. 

Regulations:

Food and Cannabis Regulations

Health Plan Review Contact:

DEHplanreview@denvergov.org

720-865-2832 (voicemail box only)

All other inquiries can call 720-913-1311

 

The following facilities require a health plan review:

  • All publicly accessible and limited access pools, hot tubs, spas, and therapy pools
  • Limited access pools include apartment and hotel pools

Plan Review Requirements:

  • Completed plan review application
  • Equipment specification cut sheets for all pool equipment
  • Plans identifying the barrier fence and controlled access points to the immediate swim area
  • Plans identifying the layout and type of the following:
    • Inlets
    • Overflows
    • Drains
    • Suction outlets
    • Overflow gutter or devices
    • Aquatic features such as ladders, stairs, diving boards, slides, and play features
    • Pool markings
    • Design of deck, curb, or walls enclosing the pool/spa
    • Slope of the pool deck and pool coping
    • Deck drainage
    • Pool/spa area finishes and deck surface material
    • Location of hose bibs, emergency telephone, and emergency shut-off valves
    • A flow diagram identifying all circulation, filtration and disinfection equipment and piping layout 

NOTE: The plan review application must be completely filled out including finish schedule, equipment list, plumbing list, and hot water calculations. Notations of “See Plans” or “Existing” will not be accepted. Failure to include all requested information may delay the review and/or approval of your plans.

Top Reasons for Non-Approval:

  1. Incomplete or missing plan review application
  2. Equipment Specification cut sheets are not provided
  3. The plans do not identify the barrier fence and controlled access points to the immediate swim area
  4. The plans do not adequately address the slope requirements for the pool deck and pool coping
  5. The pool is not provided with a minimum of 4 feet of unobstructed deck area measured from the water’s edge

Regulations:

Pool Regulations

Health Plan Review Contact:

DEHplanreview@denvergov.org

720-865-2832 (voicemail box only)

All other inquiries can call 720-913-1311

 

The following facilities require a health plan review:

  • Child care centers that serve school-aged children (including summer camps and before/after school program facilities)
  • Child care centers
  • Day treatment centers
  • Children’s residential camps
  • Summer lunch program facilities 

Plan Review Requirements:

  • Completed child care plan review application
  • If food service is provided, a completed food plan review application is also required
  • Facility plans identifying all classrooms, sink fixtures and food handling equipment
  • Plans identifying all plumbing of sink fixtures
  • Business License Number
  • Equipment Specification cut sheets for equipment used in food handling/storage (ex: refrigeration, sinks, etc.)
  • Detailed menu of snacks and beverages that will be offered

NOTE: The plan review application must be completely filled out including finish schedule, equipment list, plumbing list, and hot water calculations. Notations of “See Plans” or “Existing” will not be accepted. Failure to include all requested information may delay the review and/or approval of your plans. 

Top Reasons for Non-Approval:

  1. The plan review application is not complete (including hot water calculations)
  2. A layout of the facility identifying all classrooms, sink fixtures and food handling equipment is not provided
  3. Equipment Specification cut sheets are not provided for food service equipment
  4. Sink fixtures are not labeled by use or are not identified on the plans
  5. Plumbing is not specified for fixtures identified in the plans 

Regulations:

Childcare Regulations

Health Plan Review Contact:

DEHplanreview@denvergov.org

720-865-2832 (voicemail box only)

All other inquiries can call 720-913-1311

 

Where to submit plans:

Plans must be submitted in person to the Denver Development Services Permit Counter located on the 2nd floor of the Wellington Webb Building, 201 W. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80202. 

Visit the Denver Development Services (DDS) website for more information regarding hours of operation, review fees, number of copies to submit or for general questions regarding the permit counter. DDS can also be contacted at 720-865-2705. 

The permit counter is now accepting appointments for log-in services. Please visit www.denvergov.org/DS to schedule an appointment, view wait times, and find information on check-in times and hours for all other services. 

 

Check Plan Review or Building Permit Application Status

Please visit: www.denvergov.org/buildingpermitstatus

Expected Initial Plan Review Times

 

Inspection Sign-offs:

Once a permit is pulled and construction is completed, a final Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) or Certificate of Occupancy (CO) sign-off can be scheduled. Please contact 720-865-2832 to schedule an inspection. The following items must be completed prior to requesting an inspection:

  • Hot water measuring 100°F shall be available to all hand sinks within 30 seconds of activation. Cold water shall also be available.
  • All construction must be completed and construction equipment removed from the facility.
  • All surfaces and equipment shall be cleaned and sanitized.
  • All equipment must be in place and operational.
  • All fixed equipment/fixtures must be sealed in place.

 

Plan Review Process

 

 

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Monday - Friday

7:30 a.m.  - 5:00 p.m.

By appointment only between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. by calling 311 or 720-913-1311.