Certificate of Non-Historic Status

The Certificate of Non-Historic Status officially declares a building as non-historic at the local level. This status provides property owners with increased certainty in the demolition process. A Certificate of Non-Historic Status allows a demolition application to be processed without further review by Landmark Preservation for five years. 

Properties without a certificate must undergo a demolition review by Landmark Preservation staff, who will determine whether the property has potential for historic designation. Landmark Preservation staff performs these reviews within 10 business days of application submission, per city ordinance. These reviews involve historic research and evaluations by city staff, as dictated by adopted policy. Applications are reviewed in the order they are received.

For certificates issued as part of a general development plan under the zoning code, the certificate shall be valid for up to 10 years.

To apply for a Certificate of Non-Historic Status, the property must not be:

  • Pending designation
  • Individually designated
  • In a historic district

How to Obtain the Certificate

Research the property. Check with the Landmark Preservation staff to make sure there is no pending application for designation of the property. 

Use the historic landmarks / districts mapping tool to the right to determine if your property is a landmark structure or located within a historic district.

Complete the application for Certificate of Non-Historic Status. Submit application and fee to the Landmark Preservation staff.

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

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

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 does not receive a landmark designation application within 21 calendar days, staff will issue a Certificate of Non-Historic Status.
  • If Landmark Preservation staff receives a designation application and application fee within 21 days, the landmark designation process would begin.
  • If Landmark Preservation 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 would begin.
  NOTE: In cases where landmark designation process is initiated, the Certificate of Non-Historic Status would be issued if the City Council has not designated the property within 120 days.

Submit Your Application

Complete the required application and submit application and fee by mail or in person.  

Mail 

In Person 

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
or by appointment

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)

Fees

View the fee schedules under the Landmark Preservation category for the fee for a Certificate of Non-Historic Status.

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