Proposed Text Amendments

The Denver zoning code is a foundational document that evolves with the city as its needs change; it has undergone several text amendments based on identified needs and public feedback. 

Text amendments to the Denver Zoning Code are generally initiated by Community Planning and Development staff and must be adopted by City Council.

Text Amendment Creating the South Sloan's Lake Design Overlay (DO-5)
A text amendment creating a design overlay district to implement recommendations in the South's Sloan's Lake GDP specific to height transitions. The design overlay will help reinforce the character for the newly developing South Sloan’s Lake neighborhood, including appropriate transitions in height to lower density, lower height existing neighborhoods. This text amendment will be accompanied by a zone map amendment that will apply to areas known as blocks 1-6 of the South Sloan’s Lake GDP. 

The Denver Planning Board will hold public hearings on the proposed changes to the Denver Zoning Code (text amendment and zoning map amendment).

We are sharing the text amendment draft in advance of the Planning Board Public Hearing, date noted below. 

Design Overlay overview (PDF) (updated 09.30.14)
Redline draft text amendment (PDF) (updated 09.30.14)

Important dates:

Text Amendment:
Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 3 p.m.
Wellington Webb Municipal Building
201 W. Colfax Ave., 4th Floor, Room 4.F.6

Map Amendment:
Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 3 p.m.
Wellington Webb Municipal Building
201 W. Colfax Ave., 4th Floor, Room 4.F.6

To view the map amendment application click here.

Questions and comments on the text amendment may be directed to Senior City Planner Deirdre Oss at deirdre.oss@denvergov.org.

Text Amendment Creating the Lowry Design Overlay District (DO-4)
A text amendment to the Denver Zoning Code, Division 9.4, creates a design overlay district to implement height and setback limits adopted in the Buckley Annex General Development Plan approved in May, 2013.  The design overlay district is intended to provide additional zoning standards for structures and signs that allow the redeveloping portions of the Lowry neighborhood to adequately transition to and integrate with existing surrounding neighborhoods.

October 1, 2014: Planning Board public hearing, 3 p.m. Webb Municipal Building, 201 W. Colfax Ave., Room 4.F.6

Redline draft text amendment (PDF)
Boulevard One Filing No. 1 Subdivision (PDF)

Questions and comments on the text amendment may be directed to Senior City Planner Theresa Lucero at Theresa.Lucero@denvergov.org.

What's New

CLARIFICATION ON GROWING MARIJUANA FOR PERSONAL USE ON RESIDENTIAL LANDS WITH FORMER CHAPTER 59 ZONING
Adoped by City Council September 15, 2014. Effective September 19, 2014.
This text amendment to the Denver Revised Municipal Code, Section 59-2, applies the same rules on growing marijuana for personal use across all residential zone districts in Denver. In 2013, the city adopted limits on growing marijuana at home for personal use, but limitations only applied to residential properties with Denver Zoning Code zoning and not to residential properties with Former Chapter 59 residential zone districts. This amendment brings old code zone districts in line with the Denver Zone Code, so that regulations are uniform across residential zone districts. Read the draft text amendment for City Council adoption and the staff report.

FRESH PRODUCE AND COTTAGE FOOD SALES HOME OCCUPATION (Text Amendment 1)
Adopted by City Council July 14, 2014. Effective July 18, 2014.

The Colorado Cottage Foods Act, passed in 2012, allows small-scale residential preparation and sales of food products without food licensing. In Denver, the fresh produce and cottage food sales home occupation permit allows the retail sale of fresh produce and cottage foods produced by the seller on residentially zoned land. Read the draft text amendment for City Council adoption and the staff report.

TEXT AMENDMENT PACKAGE 2013 (Text Amendment 16)
Adopted by City Council March 24, 2014. Effective April 7, 2014.

The Denver zoning code has undergone several text amendments since it was adopted in 2010. As Denver Community Planning and Development staff works with customers and residents daily, we continue to identify important clarifications and substantive changes necessary to ensure that the Denver zoning code can help effectively implement Denver’s adopted plans. Read the highlights of the latest zoning code update. View the revised Denver Zoning Code or see the legislative history of the code (below).

All Adopted Denver Zoning Code Text Amendments

View the full Legislative History of Denver Zoning Code Text Amendments (PDF), which outlines zoning code changes adopted by City Council to date. The legislative history includes ordinance number, effective date, applicable Denver Zoning Code provisions, and keywords. Text amendments to the code follow the procedure set out in the Denver Zoning Code, Article 12, Section 12.4.11.

Redline Versions
By clicking on the redline versions, you can view and print a marked-up version of the text amendment to learn what changed.

The Denver Zoning Code was originally published on June 25, 2010. The following are amendments to the original version of the code.  

Text amendment 1 (PDF) - Effective August 13, 2010
Text amendment 2 (PDF) - Effective September 16, 2010 
Text amendment 3 (PDF) - Effective October 29, 2010
Text amendment 4 (PDF) - Effective November 19, 2010
Text amendment 5 (PDF) - Effective December 23, 2010
Text amendment 6 (PDF) - Effective June 24, 2011
Text amendment 7 (PDF) - Effective June 13, 2011
Text amendment 8 (PDF) - Effective July 15, 2011
Text amendment 9 (PDF) - Effective September 1, 2011
Text amendment 10 (PDF) - Effective March 9, 2012
Text amendment 11 (PDF) - Effective May 11, 2012
Text amendment 12 (PDF) - Effective July 20, 2012
Text amendment 13 (PDF) - Effective October 31, 2012
Text amendment 14 (PDF) - Effective January 11, 2013
Text amendment 15 (PDF) - Effective December 13, 2013
Text amendment 16 (PDF) - Effective April 7, 2014

The Denver Zoning Code was restated and republished on April 7, 2014. The following amendments are to the updated 2014 version of the code.

Text amendment 1 (PDF) - Effective July 18, 2014

The Denver Zoning Code was originally published on June 25, 2010. It was re-published in its entirety including text amendment 16 on April 7, 2014. By clicking on the page replacements below, you will find the amended pages and detailed instructions on removing old pages and inserting new pages into your hard copy of the April 7, 2014 version of the Denver Zoning Code.

Text Amendment 1 (PDF) - Effective July 18, 2014

Submit Comments

We welcome your comments on pending text amendments. Comments may be provided by mail or in person at public hearings. The following types of written comments are accepted:

  • Citizen comments
  • RNO position statements


Mail comments to:
Planning Services
Community Planning and Development
201 W. Colfax Avenue, Dept 205
Denver, CO 80202

Email:  Rezoning@denvergov.org

NOTE: Please include the address of the proposed rezoning in your comment.

Neighborhood Position Statements

Denver CPD notifies Registered Neighborhood Organizations (RNOs) of pending amendments affecting areas located inside or within 200 feet of their established boundaries. 

For text amendments, RNOs receive a public hearing notice prior to City Council public hearings.  A RNO is encouraged to:

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