Sign Design Guidelines Update in LoDo

On Nov. 6, 2014, Denver and the Lower Downtown Design Review Board updated the design guidelines used to evaluate signage in the Lower Downtown Historic District (or LoDo).  These design guidelines encourage signs that create a lively pedestrian-friendly atmosphere while also respecting the district’s unique industrial and commercial heritage.

The updated design guidelines add a new appendix dedicated to signs that provides a “how-to” approach for designing signage that meets business needs and LoDo goals to preserve historic character and promote pedestrian activity. The new guidelines include illustrations, tips on planning signs in LoDo, information on permitting, and requirements for different sign types. The updated guidelines also identify signage that can receive design review approval through an expedited administrative review process.

The new guidelines are effective January 1, 2015. Sign proposals submitted for design review after this date will be subject to the new guidelines (Appendix A). See Design Review page for more information.

Signage enforcement in LoDo

City inspectors have begun an accelerated enforcement effort for signs in LoDo.

City staff is available to help you interpret zoning code and district design guidelines, and provide you with information on the permitting process.

  • For more information on sign regulations and enforcement, view our flier (PDF).
  • For a map of the LoDo Historic District boundary area, click here.



Key Dates

  • Jan. 1, 2015: Effective date for new sign guidelines
  • Early 2015: Workshop on new guidelines for sign companies

Contact Us

Drop-in sign assistance
Zoning Permits, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Landmark Counter, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Development Services Counter
Webb Municipal Building
201 W. Colfax, 2nd Floor

Landmark design review
Meetings available by appointment

Zoning & sign permits

Customer Guides

For information on signs in Denver, see the following customer guides: