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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.
Denver Building Code provides minimum standards for building in order to safeguard public safety, health and welfare.
Location of Existing Sewer Lines
A plumbing contractor can help you locate the sewer lines on your property. If you plan to build a new structure over or within 2 feet of the existing sanitary sewer, you will need to replace the sanitary sewer with approved materials. Contact the Department of Public Works at 303-446-3759 for more details.
Listed in the order they must be obtained. All permits must be in hand and at site before work may begin.
The above must be in hand before you apply for the following:
SUDP application and materials may be submitted by email (email@example.com) or online via e-Plan.
#2, #3, #4 and #11 permit applications may be downloaded, filled out before they are submitted and applied for on the same day.
Sign in online or at the kiosk once for zoning review vand #1R permits (Log-In or Plan Review) and once for all Quick Permits.
Zoning and Building permit fees are based on valuation of the work to be completed including the labor and materials.
For Wastewater sewer permit, there is a $100 application fee plus other fees may apply.
There are no fees for Parkways or Landmark review.
View the permit fee schedules to estimate the fees required for your project.
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 personal checks at our counter.
Typical inspections for a second story addition or dormer addition include the following:
NOTE: The inspections listed above may vary depending on the complexity of your project.
Decide whether you plan to complete the project yourself or hire a licensed contractor to complete the job for you.
Do It Yourself
You may need to pass a Home owners exam to demonstrate proficiency in specific trades in order to get a permit to do the work yourself.
You will also need to meet a set of requirements established by the Denver Building Code and the Building Department Policy ADMIN 131.3 governing homeowner completed work. This policy can be found on our Building Codes, Forms and Policies page.
Use the Contractor license search to see if your contractor has obtained a contractor's license from the City and County of Denver.
To view other considerations, see our Doing the Work Yourself page.
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.