Zoning for Your Project

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Zoning defines many aspects of a property, such as size and location of structures, allowed uses, required parking, transportation, lot shapes, block patterns and more.

If you are considering purchasing a property, making any changes to your property or changing how you use your property, use the DevelopDENVER tool to the right to determine the zoning for your property.  Once you've found how your property is zoned, look up your zone district in the Denver zoning code to make sure the intended use complies with the code. 

Zoning Permit Procedures

  • The purpose is to ensure compliance with the standards and provisions of the Denver Zoning Code, while encouraging quality development in Denver reflective of the goals, policies, and strategies found in the Comprehensive Plan.
  • This review is performed by the Development Services staff.
  • For detailed information on the zoning permit review process, please see Denver Zoning Code section 12.4.1, "Zoning Permit Review."
  • Required for certain types of construction projects and land uses that have the potential for impact on the neighboring community. 
  • In addition to the zoning permit review, a notice is posted at the property site and the public can send written comments to the Zoning department.
  • For detailed information on zoning permit reviews with informational notice, please see Denver Zoning Code 12.4.2, "Zoning Permit Review with Informational Notice."
  • To request a zoning permit review with informational notice, a pre-application meeting with Zoning staff is required. To schedule a meeting, please contact zoningreview@denvergov.org or 720-865-3000. 
  • Required when the use is appropriate in the neighborhood context and zoning district, yet may have the potential for limited impact on adjacent properties. 
  • Subject to a Board of Adjustments public hearing
  • For detailed information on zoning permits with special exception reviews, please see Denver Zoning Code section 12.4.5, "Zoning Permit with Special Exception Review."  
  • To request a zoning permit with special exception review, a pre-application meeting with Zoning staff is required. To schedule a meeting, please contact zoningreview@denvergov.org or 720-865-3000.

What is Your Project Type?

Depending on the type of project, zoning process and submittal requirements vary.  View the requirements and process for your project type.   

 

For commercial projects and multi-family units:       

 

For home projects:

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Contact Us

Zoning Permit Staff 
720-865-3000
zoningreview@denvergov.org
Please leave/send a message with details including the address of the property. Staff will return your call/e-mail by the end of the next business day.

For rezoning inquiries visit CPD's rezoning page.

Office hours and location:
Commercial zoning:
 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday - Friday (Sign in by 3:30 for same-day reviews and log-ins.)

For single-family/duplex zoning hours, see residential same-day review.
Wellington Webb Municipal Office Building 201 W. Colfax Ave., Dept 203 Denver, CO 80202

Verification and Compliance Letter

Development Services provides research for the following information on any property located within the City and County of Denver:

  • Zone district confirmation
  • Zoning compliance information
  • Rebuild information
  • Zoning research

You can obtain this information by requesting a zoning verification and compliance letter.

Zoning Appeal / Zoning Variance

Project plans must be submitted so that zoning staff may complete a full review of the entire project. For those projects where you know your project will violate zoning regulations, and you plan to request a variance, you must still submit the project for a full review first.

If after submitting your plans you learn that your project does not meet zoning requirements, you may either revise the project to meet the zoning code, or you may be able to appeal the reviewer's decision to the Board of Adjustment. 

An appeal is useful when:

  • A project does not meet zoning requirements due to a hardship; if this is the case, you may be able to request a variance.
  • You believe the reviewer erred in his/her interpretation of the code. 
  • If your project is found to have deficiencies in zoning, you may appeal to the Board of Adjustment at that time.
  • By ordinance, you must appeal to the Board of Adjustment within 15 days of the zoning staff's decision. Please inform the zoning reviewer of your intent to appeal, and obtain an informal denial in writing for use in your appeal.
  • By filing an appeal, any action of the zoning administrator directly related to the appeal is stayed until the hearing. A denial of a zoning use and construction permit for construction that does not meet the zoning ordinance requirements must be accompanied by two (2) copies of a scaled site plan, floor plan and elevation drawings. An incomplete submittal will not be accepted for filing for a hearing date.
Certain actions of the zoning administrator can be appealed to the Board of Adjustment.
  • Permits issued or permits denied
  • An order to cease and desist
  • An enforcement action
  • A determination (i.e. situations where a modular home cannot be used as a mobile home)

Zone Lot Amendment

A zone lot is the land designated as the building site for a structure  and/or the site for a land use or activity.  The city uses the zone lot as the basic land unit for zoning review and permitting. 

Zone lot boundaries may be changed by submitting an application for a  zone lot amendment.



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