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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
Any project that involves changes to the exterior of landmark structures or properties in historic landmark districts must be reviewed by Landmark Preservation staff before you begin. The appropriate zoning, building, curb cut, or revocable permits needed for the project will be issued only after design review has been completed and the project has been approved. To determine your property’s landmark status, use the DevelopDENVER tool to the right. Then, visit the Design Review web page for more information.
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 or for your parkway’s specific regulations, enter your address into the DevelopDENVER tool at right. Look under “Designated Parkways” on the results panel on the left. If a specific parkway appears, click on the “Details” button for information on setbacks.
If any portion of your project has the potential to affect the trunk, canopy or roots of the street trees around your property, before you begin, you must contact Denver Forestry by email (email@example.com) or phone (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 and click on Property Owner Resources for information on hiring a licensed tree service company or requesting a permit.
Transportation review and approval is needed if you are changing the location of any driveways that connect to public streets or proposing improvements, such as changing the curb cut, within the “right of way” (ROW), which includes public streets and sidewalks. All ROW projects must be performed by a licensed contractor and in full compliance with the City Charter, ordinances, permitting processes and all other applicable standards, specifications and requirements. Licensed contractors can obtain ROW permits at Public Works Permit Operations, 2000 West 3rd Avenue, or directly from the ROW inspector at (303) 446-3469. NOTE: Alterations to a driveway that connects to an alley, instead of a public street or sidewalk, do not require transportation review..
Location of Utilities
When designing your project, you need to know where utilities are located. You cannot build over existing utilities. Before you dig, contact the Utility Notification Center of Colorado at 1-800-922-1987 or 811 to mark underground utilities for your project.
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 Right-of-Way (ROW)
For Sewer Usage and Drainage Permit (SUDP):
Wastewater does require sewer replacement with approved material for any structure being built over or within 2' of the existing sewer line.
Wastewater does require that historic storm drainage be maintained and not directed to adjacent properties or across public sidewalks.
If property is in a floodplain, additional submittal requirements apply.
For application, guidelines and other specific information, see the following:
Sewer Use and Drainage Permits (SUDP)
Revocable Street Occupancy Permit Fees are based on the type of closure.
Right-of-Way (ROW) Construction Permit fees are based on lineal feet.
See permit fee schedules under Public Works for more information.
There are no fees for Landmark or Parkways review.
Wellington Webb Municipal Building
201 W. Colfax Ave., 2nd Floor
Denver, Colorado 80202
For Landmark Approval:
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.
For Parkways 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 (ROW) Permits:
ROW improvements must be performed by a licensed contractor. The contractor can obtain the ROW permits at Public Works Permit Operations at 2000 W. 3rd or directly from the ROW inspector at 303-446-3469. The approval typically takes 5 days.
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 construction of sidewalks 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.