Design Guidelines

Emerson SchoolLandmark Preservation reviews the designs of projects for exterior alterations, additions to buildings and new construction.  The purpose of the review is to ensure that the historical, architectural, and geographic qualities of Denver’s treasured landmarks and historic districts are preserved. 

The Landmark Preservation Commission and staff follow the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for the treatment of historic properties to provide guidance in its review of proposed alterations. Additional guidelines apply.

Design Review Application

The Landmark Customer Guide (PDF) provides more detailed information about  the design review process.

Landmark has a preliminary application procedure for initial review of proposed projects other than signs. Please provide the pre-application form -- along with relevant information and photos -- to staff. Staff will review the pre-application within five working days and will contact you as to what further review and documentation may be required. For proposed signs, please submit the sign checklist and application form (PDF).

Submit Your Application

Complete the required application and submit it via email, mail, or in person.  

Email 

Mail 

In Person 

landmark@denvergov.org Landmark Preservation
201 W. Colfax Ave. 
Dept. 205
Denver, CO 80202
Permit Counter 
2nd floor Webb Municipal Building
201 West 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)

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.

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