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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.
Denver Building Code provides minimum standards for building in order to safeguard public safety, health and welfare.
For Landmark Certificate of Appropriateness:
For Zoning Review:
For Building Permit:
#1R Construction Permit - completed by the staff of Development Services, showing the size of the door and header descriptions (if required)
For a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Project:
Zoning and Building permit 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.
NOTE: When a Same Day Review is required for the #1R Permit, a "walk through" submittal fee of 20% of the valuation of the work to be completed with a $100.00 minimum will be charged in addition to building permit fees.
There are no fees for Landmark Preservation.
Wellington Webb Municipal Building
201 W. Colfax Ave., 2nd Floor
Denver, Colorado 80202
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 proceedidng with other permits.
For Zoning and Building Permits:
Same Day Review - Present 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.
Typical inspections for installation of exterior doors include the following:
Note: The inspections listed above may vary depending on the complexity of your project.
Exterior doors should be recessed so that the door swing does not enter the Right-of-Way (ROW) and impact users of the ROW.
For replacement of an existing door where constraints do not allow the door to be recessed, then the door swing can be located within the ROW as long as there remains at least 5' of clear sidewalk for pedestrian and as long as physical objects, like a planter or bike rack, are placed in the ROW to keep pedestrians from walking in to the area of the door swing.
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 Hiring a Contractor vs. DIY 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.