Project Guide For Tree Planting, Removal, And Other Activities That Impact Trees

This guide is intended to provide you an overview of the requirements for planting, removing, and other activities that impacet trees within the City and County of Denver. The permit requirements and process may vary from the information presented in this guide depending on the specifics of your project. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Help Me Get Started . . .

Before doing any planting, pruning, removal, or work that impacts trees or tree root systems (e.g. trenching), 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, use the DevelopDENVER tool to the right to determine your status.


Denver Forestry

If any portion of your project has the potential to impact the trunk, canopy or roots of the street trees around your property you must first contact  Denver Forestry  by email or by phone at 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 for additional information.


Location of Utilities

When designing your project, you need to know where utilities are located. You cannot build over existing utilities. Contact the Utility Notification Center of Colorado to mark underground utilities for your project. Call 1-800-922-1987 or 811 before you dig.


Neighborhood Covenants

You may also want to check to make sure your proposed project is in compliance with your neighborhood covenants and homeowner's association specifications.


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.


Estimate Fees

Landmark Preservation and Parks and Recreation 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.

Pay Fees

Fees can be paid in person at our office on the 2nd floor of the Wellington Webb Building or by mail:
Development Services
Wellington Webb Municipal Building
201 W. Colfax Ave., 2nd Floor
Denver, Colorado 80202
We accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover Card, cash and personal checks at our counter.

Post building permit in front window and have inspector signature card available onsite.


Common inspections during construction of detached garages include: 

  • Foundation Inspection (before concrete is poured)
  • Framing (before framing is finished)
  • Roofing and Gutters
  • Electrical
  • Fire (if your project is a detached garage that is built within five feet of the property line, you will need to install a 1 hour fire wall)

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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