Hours of Construction
- The general daytime noise limit in Denver is 55 decibels, Monday – Friday between the hours of 7 am – 9pm; Saturday & Sunday between the hours of 8 am - 5pm
- To report noise complaints, call Environmental Health at (720) 865-5452, or submit a noise complaint online at www.denvergov.org/ehconcerns.
- Builders must maintain the job site by cutting the lawn and trimming vegetation. The site must be kept free of litter and windblown debris.
- To report violations, call Neighborhood Inspection Services at
(720) 865-3200, or submit a complaint online at www.denvergov.org/nis.
- Contractors should not use residential dumpsters, nor are alleys and vacant lots acceptable dumping areas.
- To report violations, call the Illegal Dumping Hotline at (720) 865-6899. Provide as much information as possible about the vehicle and driver.
- A construction crew may park cars and trucks on residential streets, as long as restrictions are observed and they do not park for over 72 hours.
- To report violations, call the Enforcement to the Right-of-Way dispatch office at (720) 913-1600.
- Vehicles/trailers cannot block the street, sidewalk, right-of-way or alley without a valid Street Occupancy permit.
- To report violations, call Public Works’ Right-of-Way at (303) 446-3469.
- If construction in your neighborhood causes physical damage to your property (such as damaged fences and severed sprinkler heads), it is a matter of civil law and will need to be handled between the contractor and the affected property owner.
- Report sidewalk damage to Right-of-Way at (303) 446-3469.
- Report damage to trees in the front setback or City right-of-way to the City Foresters’ office at (720) 913-0651.
- To find out if a permit has been issued, contact Building Records at (720) 865-2790 with the exact address.
- If construction is being performed without a permit, report violations to Building Inspections at (720) 865-2505.
To ease tension during the construction process...
- Solicit information regarding the extent of the project by asking the owner or builder, or check to see if permits have been issued.
- Expect construction to be noisy and messy, especially at first.
- Be familiar with City guidelines regulating construction operations (i.e. read this!)
- Don’t use the job site as a dumpster.
- Recognize the project time frame. Generally, it takes 3-4 months for interior work, 6 months for exterior remodeling, and a year for a new home or condominium project.
- Keep neighbors informed!
- In advance of construction or demolition:
- You are required to inform neighboring properties of demolition via certified letter, 10 days in advance.
- Meet with neighbors and deliver flyers describing the project.
- During construction:
- Ensure the contractor has specifically outlined site policies and procedures for their employees, as well as any sub-contractors on the job.
- Limit working hours of high noise operations to the middle of the day.
- Limit and control radio noise.
- Screen the project’s mechanical equipment.
- Protect any excavation hole deeper than 3-feet with fencing.
- Place the dumpster on the lot or on the street in the middle of the site.
- Avoid blowing debris and accumulations of clutter.
- Cover the dumpster with a tarp bound by cord to contain dust and debris, and to control unauthorized use.
- Park construction vehicles off-street, if possible, and turn off engines unless operating equipment.
- Place portable toilets away from property lines in less visible locations and arrange for regular service.