Project Guide for Window Awnings

This guide is intended to provide you an overview of the permitting process for installing window awnings. 

NOTE:  Temporary awnings shorter than 54 inches do not require permits.

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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.

 

Zoning

Zoning establishes standards for things such as 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 the Denver Zoning Code. Use the DevelopDENVER tool to the right to determine the zoning for your property. In the results, click on your zone district for descriptions and definitions; then, click on your neighborhood context for more information on zoning in your area. 

As applies to this project, zoning regulations dictate that awnings cannon exceed a certain size in the front or side setback. Temporary awnings do not require a zoning permit.



Parkways

Any project that encroaches on a designated parkway setback will need to undergo parkways review. 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. 


Building Code

Denver Building Code provides minimum standards for building in order to safeguard public safety, health and welfare. The permitting and inspection process ensures that all home projects meet these standards and that all dwellings are safe and habitable at the time of construction.

Listed in the order they must be obtained. All permits must be in hand and at site before work may begin.

  1. Current City of Denver Contractor's License/Homeowner's Exam
  2. Landmark Certificate of Appropriateness - if the project is in a designated historic district or landmark property. Visit the Design Review web page for more information.
  3. Parkways Review - if your property is along a designated parkway and the project encroaches on the parkway setback
    You will need: A completed Parkway Exception Request form and a site plan that includes property lines, parkway setback from property line, proposed type, location and dimensions of awning within parkway setback, location of existing residence on property and labeled streets. To get a copy of the form and additional information, contact parkways@denvergov.org.

The above must be in hand before you apply for the following:

  1. Zoning Permit (Residential Same Day Review)
    You will need: A site plan that includes the location and dimensions of the awning. Sample site plans: interior lot (PDF), corner lot (PDF). Bulk plane example (PDF). Bulk plane example (PDF).
  2. #1R Building Permit (Residential Same Day Review) - if the awning is longer than 54 inches or has supports

#1R and zoning permits may be applied for on the same day.
Sign in online or at the kiosk once for your zoning and building permits (Residential Same Day Review), whether you need one or both.

Estimate Fees
Zoning fees are based on valuation of the work to be completed including the labor and materials.  View the permit fee schedules to estimate the fees required for your project. There are no fees for the Landmark and Parkways reviews.

Pay Fees
Fees can be paid in person at our cashier on the 2nd floor of the Wellington Webb Building. We accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover Card, cash and checks at our counter.

To pay by mail, send checks to:
Development Services
Wellington Webb Municipal Building
201 W. Colfax Ave., 2nd Floor
Denver, Colorado 80202

Awnings that extend in to the right-of-way (ROW) must be attached to a building and be placed so that the lowest point of the portion of the awning that is in the ROW is a minimum of 8 feet above ground.

If a valance is included, it may hang down to seven feet above the ROW. Awnings with poles located in the ROW are considered major encumbrances and are subject to additional Public Works plan review and permitting.

Home Projects

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.

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