Landmark Design Guidelines

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Landmark Preservation reviews the designs of proposed exterior alterations, additions to buildings, new construction, signs, and non-vegetative site work for properties located within the boundaries of an historic district or for a property designated a Denver landmark.  Design review ensures that a proposed project preserves key historic features and is compatible with the character of designated historic buildings, sites and districts. 

The Landmark Preservation Commission, the Lower Downtown Design Review Board, and Landmark Preservation staff use design guidelines and the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for the treatment of historic properties to guide design review. Additional guidelines may apply for projects located in specific historic districts.  

 

Design Review Application

The Design Review page provides more detailed information about the Landmark design review process.  Once a design review application is received, Landmark Preservation staff will evaluate applications for completeness within five business days, and let you know whether the project will entail an administrative or commission/board review process.  

Pre-Application Review  

A pre-application meeting with Landmark Preservation staff is required for projects involving infill construction, second-floor (pop-top) and rooftop additions, additions over 900 square feet or which add more than 40% of above grade construction square footage to an existing structure, accessory dwelling unit (ADU) construction, zone-lot amendments, historic window replacement, or demolitions of Denver landmarks or structures in a historic district.  Complete the web pre-application review request form and upload photos and preliminary information about your project. If you prefer to email your application, email the pre-application review form (PDF) and all required information to Landmark Preservation staff.

Second-floor (pop-top) and rooftop additions, additions over 900 square feet or which add more than 40% above grade square footage to an existing structure requires a pre-application review and meeting with Landmark Preservation staff.  Following the pre-application meeting, applicants may submit an application and required submittal materials.


All other types of additions do not require a pre-application review and meeting with Landmark Preservation staff.  Applicants may submit an application and required submittal materials:

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) require a pre-application review and meeting with Landmark Preservation staff.  Following the pre-application meeting, applicants may submit an application and required submittal materials.


For all other accessory structures, including new one-story garages and small accessory structures, applicants may submit all required submittal materials to Landmark Preservation staff.


Following the pre-application review and meeting with Landmark Preservation staff, applicants may submit an application and required submittal materials. 

Following the pre-application review and meeting with Landmark Preservation staff, applicants may submit an application and required submittal materials.

For minor work requiring permits but introducing little to no visible change to a historic structure or property, submit the Landmark Quick Review application form to Landmark Staff.  Applicants may pick up the quick review application at the Landmark counter or may request an application form by email. 

For all other work on Landmark structures or buildings in historic districts, applicants may submit the application form and required submittal materials.  Landmark Preservation staff is available to answer questions during counter hours, by phone or email, or by appointment. 

To apply for signage in a historic district or on a Landmark structure or property, applicants may submit the completed sign application form and checklist, and all required photographs, drawings and related materials as noted in the sign checklist to Landmark Preservation staff. 

Visit the Demolition Review page for the demolition application, checklist and review procedure.

Submit Your Application

Complete the required application and submit it, along with any supporting materials, by email, by mail, or in person.  

Email 

Mail 

In Person 

landmark@denvergov.org
See instructions below

Landmark Preservation
201 W. Colfax Ave. 
Dept. 205
Denver, CO 80202
Records Desk 
2nd floor Webb Municipal Building
201 West Colfax Ave
8:00 am - 4 p.m., Monday - Friday

Electronic submission should include two attachments: one PDF with the completed form ("yourname-preapp.pdf") and one PDF that combines all supporting materials ("yourname-preapp-materials.pdf"). File size should not exceed more than 25 MB combined. Contact us if you are having trouble with your electronic submission.

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.

Plan Extra Time!



Complex projects and unplanned events can delay the approval process.  Plan extra time to get your Certificate of Appropriateness.

Design Review

Steps to submit your projectView the steps required to submit your project for a design review.

Contact Us

Landmark Preservation Office:
720-865-2709
landmark@denvergov.org

Permit counter hours and location:
9 - 11 a.m., Monday - Friday
or by appointment

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