Project Guide For Patio Covers

This guide is intended to provide you an overview of the permitting process for construction of a patio cover. 

Please see the Project guide for enclosed patios and other attached accessory structures if your project involves enclosing the patio in addition to the patio cover.

Help Me Get Started . . .

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 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.


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.

  • Landmark Certificate of Appropriateness - required if you live along a designated parkway
  • Zoning Permit
  • #1R Construction Permit
  • #2 Roofing Permit
  • #3 Electrical Permit - required if you will be installing electricity

For Landmark Certificate of Appropriateness:

If your property is historically designated or located in a historic district, you will need a design review of your project to obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness.  Visit the Design Review web page for more information.

For Zoning Permit: 

Site Plan, scaled or fully dimensioned, showing the following:

  • Property lines and relation to streets and alleys
  • Survey
  • Improvement Location Certificate (with closing papers if bought within past 20 years)
  • Existing structures
  • Elevation (if two story)


Simple Project - One story, more than 5' away from property lines - only needs site plan and description of materials

Medium Project - Exactly 5' from property line and height within 2 ' of the bulk plane - needs Site Plan and Elevation Plans with base plane information for height and bulk and description of materials 

High Project - Less than 5' to property line and/or the peak is perpendicular to the side property line - needs the following:

  1. Site plan with base plane information for height and bulk
  2. Elevation plans with base plane information for height and bulk
  3. Description of materials


For Building Permits:

Same information as required for zoning permit plus the following:

  • #1R Building Permit - completed by staff of Development Services
  • Stamped engineered foundation plan - explanation of foundation type and size of footer
  • Full framing plan - size and spacing of studs/wall framing, all door header sizes and spans, show fire separation when required
  • Roof framing plan - If engineered trusses have truss plans on site for inspection  
  • #3 Electrical Permit (PDF) - required if electricity is installed
  • #2 Roofing Permit (PDF) 


For a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Project:

  • Homeowners Exam for specific trade if completing the work yourself 
    (See DIY Projects for requirements and more information.)
  • Identification (i.e. Driver's License)

Estimate Fees

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.


There are no fees for Landmark Certificate of Appropriateness or Parkways Review.

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.

For Landmark Approval:

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 proceeding with other permits.

For Zoning and Building:

Same Day Review - Submit 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. 


For Parkways Review:

Plan Review - Submit 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.


Permits and inspector signature card are to be available on site upon request.

Typical inspections during construction of patio covers include the following:

  • Footing
  • Foundation Wall
  • Exterior Sheathing
  • Drywall
  • Final
  • Other
  • Exterior Lath
  • Frame
  • Roofing
  • Rough Electrical
  • Final Electrical


NOTE:  The inspections listed above may vary depending on the complexity of your project. 

Who Will Be Doing the Work?

Decide whether you plan to complete the project yourself or hire a licensed contractor to complete the job for you.

Do It Yourself

Do-It-YourselfYou 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. 


Contractors 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.

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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