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Before you start your project, you need to know what regulations apply to your property and what factors may impact your project. You'll need to consider:
Historic Landmark Status
If your property is in a local historic landmark district or is a designated landmark structure, the Landmark Preservation staff must complete a design review of your project before you begin. Use the DevelopDENVER tool to the right to determine your property’s landmark status. Changes to the exterior of landmarked properties require approval from Landmark Preservation prior to the issuance of appropriate zoning, building, curb cut, or revocable permits. Visit the design review web page for more information.
Zoning establishes standards for things like the size and location of structures and acceptable uses for your property. Before you begin construction, you need to be sure your project is in compliance with Denver's Zoning Ordinance. Use the DevelopDENVER tool to the right to determine the zoning for your property. Once you've found how your property is zoned, you should look up your zone district in the Denver Zoning Code to see what that means for you.
Certain parkways and boulevards are specifically designated by ordinance to preserve their unique character. Each designated parkway has its own right-of-way width and regulations of setback distance of structures and signs. If you are unsure if you live along a designated parkway, use the DevelopDENVER tool to the right to determine your status.
If any portion of your project has the potential to impact the trunk, canopy or roots of the street trees around your property you must first contact Denver Forestry by email or by phone at 720-913-0651 to evaluate your project. Any removal, trimming or planting of trees within the public right of way must be permitted through the City Forester’s Office. Damages to street trees may result in the issuance of administrative citations and/or fines. Visit the Denver Forestry web page for additional information.
Transportation review and approval is needed whenever you are changing the location of your driveway or proposing any improvements within the Right-of-Way (ROW) such as changing the curb cut. All projects performed in the City Right-of-Way must be performed in full compliance with the City Charter, Ordinances, permitting processes and all other applicable standards, specifications and requirements of the City and County of Denver.
Location of Utilities
When designing your project, you need to know where utilities are located. You cannot build over existing utilities. Contact the Utility Notification Center of Colorado to mark underground utilities for your project. Call 1-800-922-1987 or 811 before you dig.
Transportation review - required when proposed project involves a new curb cut or enlarging an existing curb cut.
Parkway approval - required if you live along a designated parkway.
Denver Forestry approval - required if project will impact the canopy or roots of street trees
For Landmark Certificate of Appropriateness:
If your property is historically designated or located in a historic district, you will need a design review of your project to obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness. Visit the Design Review web page for more information.
For Zoning and Transportation:
Site Plan - The site plan should include the following:
Zoning fees are based on valuation of the work to be completed including the labor and materials.
ROW permit fees are based on the amount of work constructed and the amount of time they are occupying the ROW.
View the permit fee schedules to estimate the fees required for your project.
There is no additional fee for the Transportation, Parkways or Landmark Preservation.
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For Landmark Certificate of Appropriateness:
Submit a design review application to Landmark Preservation. The approval typically takes one to three weeks. More complex projects or projects requiring Landmark Preservation Commission or Lower Downtown Design Review Board approval will take longer.
NOTE: Obtain Landmark approval first before proceeding with other permits.
Same Day Review - Present all construction documents to at the Permit Service Counter for review by City staff. Once review has been completed and all documents approved, permits will be issued.
The Transportation review will be done concurrently with the Zoning review.
Plan Review - If Parkways review is required, submit all construction documents at the Permit Service Counter for review by City staff. Once review has been completed and all documents approved, permits will be issued. The review process can take up to 30 days depending upon the complexity of your project.
For Right of Way:
The contractor can obtain the ROW permits at Public Works Permit Operations at 2000 West 3rd or directly from the ROW inspector at (303) 446-3469.
For Denver Forestry:
Contact Denver Forestry by email or by phone at 720-913-0651 if project will impact the canopy or roots of street trees. Allow about 3 to 5 business working days for inspections and approval.
Typical inspections for driveways and parking pads include the following:
NOTE: The inspections listed above may vary depending on the complexity of your project.
Every project is different. Depending upon the complexity of your project, the permit requirements and inspection process may vary from the information presented in this guide. If you have any questions, please contact us.