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This guide is intended to provide you an overview of the permitting process for installing simple, unsupported window awnings less than 54 inches.
NOTE: Awnings on any building other than a single unit dwelling, duplex or townhome, that extend greater than 54 inches, or that are supported by columns or posts will require building permits and inspections.
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 property look up to the right to determine your status.
Denver Building Code provides minimum standards for building in order to safeguard public safety, health and welfare.
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. See Design Review for more information.
For Zoning Permit:
Site Plan showing the distance to property lines for all structures
If the window awning is a patio cover, the following documents are required:
A scaled or fully dimensioned Site Plan showing the following:
Base Plane Information: Original grade spot elevations at intersection of side property lines at front setback and spot grade elevations at rear corners of property if within 2 feet of bulk plane and / or height.
Simple Project - One story, more than 5' away from property lines - only need site plan
Medium Project - Exactly 5' from property line and height within 2 ' of the bulk plane - need Site Plan and Elevation Plans with base plane information for height and bulk
High Project - Less than 5' to property line and/or the peak is perpendicular to the side property line - need the following:
NOTE: An Improvement Location Certificate can be used in place of a site plan in most cases.
Zoning 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 is no fee for Landmark Certificate of Appropriateness or Parkways review.
Wellington Webb Municipal Building
201 W. Colfax Ave., 2nd Floor
Denver, Colorado 80202
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 Permit:
Same Day Review - Present all documents at the Permit Service Counter for review by City staff. Once review has been completed and all documents approved, permit will be issued.
For Parkways Review:
Plan Review - If Parkways review is required, 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. The review process can take up to 30 days depending upon the complexity of your project.
Awnings that extend in to the Right-of-Way (ROW) must be attached to a building and be placed so that the lowest point of the portion of the awning that is in the ROW is a minimum of eight (8’) feet in height above ground.
If a valance is included, it may hang down to 7’ above the ROW. Awnings with poles located in the ROW are considered major encumbrances and are subject to additional Public Works plan review and permitting.
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.