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.

 

 

Supplemental guidelines for specific areas:

NOTE: An updated version of the Lower Downtown Historic District guidelines, including a new appendix with guidelines for signage in LoDo, was officially adopted Nov. 6. These new guidelines go into effect January 1. Any projects submitted after Jan. 1 will be subject to these new guidelines.

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 (PDF) -- 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, 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
Permit Counter 
2nd floor Webb Municipal Building
201 West Colfax Ave
9 - 11 a.m., Monday - Friday
or by appointment

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.

All persons submitting a pre-application by 4 p.m. Thursday will be contacted no later than the following Wednesday to schedule a meeting with a staff member. Pre-application meetings are held within 7 to 10 business days from the date the pre-application was received.

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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