Public Works Permits
(Street Closures, Block Parties, Events)

Public Works Permit Operations is your single point of contact for obtaining right of way permits for street closures, block parties, temporary signs, street furniture, pushcarts and parking. See below for permit requirements.

Right of Way Permits

Policies and procedures regarding the temporary use of the public right-of-way of the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall

 This document summarizes the key issues related to the issuance of banner permits in the City and County of Denver.

Street Occupancy Permits are necessary for the installment of semi-permanent structures in the right-of-way

Standards for the closure of the streets/alleys for private use to safeguard the interests of the applicants as well as the general public. Block Party permits are for residential street/alley closures only, all other closures are permitted under Special Events

Permitting process for containers (roll-offs, dumpsters, and other types of containers) placed in the public Right-of Way during construction or demolition.

Revocable Street Occupancy Permit (RSOP) is required:
  • Required prior to placement of any container within the Right-of-Way
  • Must be obtained by the dumpster/container company placing the container
  • Permit must be visible on the property.
  • Permit will specify Start and End dates

Application for Revocable Street Occupancy Permit  

Submittal Process:
  • Revocable Street Occupancy Permits (RSOP) are obtained by the dumpster/container company from Public Works Permit Operations.
  • A billing authorization form must be submitted prior to applying for a permit.
  • Dumpster & Container Billing Authorization Form
  • Applications for a RSOP should be emailed separately to DumpsterPermits@denvergov.org with the address in the subject line.  Applications need to be received electronically in the interactive form in which they are provided.  Applications received after 4:00 pm will be processed on the following business day.
  • Applicant shall allow 5 days for permit processing. Issues that may increase permit review time are: incomplete or unclear application, placement does not meet the required sight distance criteria as defined in the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and/or the classification of the right-of-way. 


All dumpsters/containers placed within the Right-of-Way are subject to inspection by City Inspectors.

Additional Information - Dumpsters/Containers:
  • Must have a minimum 6 inch wide by 4 foot long strip of reflective tape placed vertically on each corner  or four vertical panel barricades with flashing lights must be placed on the street side of the container.  (Placement of the barricades is to be at each end and evenly spaced in the middle.)
  • May be placed in the public Right-of-Way for a maximum of 180 days in a 12 month period.
Placement:
  • Containers must be placed and fit within a parking lane and be a minimum of 20 feet from any corner, alley, or entrance. At no time can a container occupy or impede a sidewalk, tree lawn, travel lane, no parking zone, temporary loading zone, or alley.
  • Each RSOP allows up to 40 linear feet of parking lane, no more than 2 dumpsters/containers per application.
  • If a dumpster/container requires metered spaces, two parking meters must be submitted on the application.
  • Dumpsters/containers may be placed in the public Right-of-Way for a maximum of 180 days in a 12 month period.

Annual Dumpster and Container Entrance Requirements

Annual Dumpster and Container Application

Arterial and Collector Street Classifications

Right of Way (ROW) is public property specifically dedicated as public thoroughfare and includes streets, alleys, sidewalks. When there is a need to locate privately owned improvements in the ROW, certain conditions must be met. Click here for Rules and Regulations for Encroachments in the Public Right of Way.

If you are interested in applying for an Encroachment in the Public Right of Way, here is the Application Form.

Applying for an Enroachment in the Public Right of Way also requires completion of a Street Occupancy Request Form that you can find at this link.

 

Requirements to allow the use of the public right-of-way for filming purposes

Requirements for planting and maintaining trees, shrubs, or other plants on any public right-of-way or other public place in the city. 
For more information visit Forestry.
permit is required to place a sign on the right-of-way
Information on the requirements for issuing a permit & placement of these items on the City of Denver right-of-way.
 

News and Drop Box requirements with application 


The links below will give you information on the requirements and types of parking permits available in Denver.
Submittal requirements for applications to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for modification/creation of crossings to existing rail lines within the City and County of Denver.
Denver Special Events can help guide you in  planning, permitting and producing your public festival or other special event.
Information on the various permit types and the requirements for street furniture, tables, chairs & railings.
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A Temporary Sign is a sandwich board type sign or signs mounted on an “H” type base that may be permitted to be placed in the right-of-way.  Please click on the link below to obtain the guidelines and application for permitting and placement of a temporary sign. 
 

The City & County of Denver must be insured for liability whenever the public right-of-way is closed for block parties and similar events. The TULIP insurance is offered as a convenient way to comply with this requirement.

The objective of the transit amenity program is to improve the city’s streetscape and improve existing bus stop amenities. It permits private vendors to install new advertising shelters, kiosks and city standard benches at bus stops. 

 Less appealing advertising benches will be removed when other amenities are available for those locations.  For each shelter and kiosk a vendor installs, they will be required to install a certain number of city standard benches at different bus stop locations. 
 

     

Source/Authority:

Ordinance No. 466, Series of 2001 authorizes bus shelters and kiosks bearing advertising in the public right of way, adopted by council in June 2001. 

Rules and Regulations for Bus Bench, Shelter and Kiosk Permitting were approved by the Manager of Public Works in June 2001. Please view the procedures for the issuance of Revocable Permits for advertising benches and the installation of City standard benches, bus shelters and kiosks bearing advertising on the public right-of-way.

No city funding is needed for this program. Private vendors fund the purchase of the amenities as well as site improvements, including concrete pads at the stop if no pad exists, and regular maintenance.

Permits are required of any vendor and/or organization that installs an amenity at a bus stop (this includes RTD). These are annual, revocable permits.

If you observe problems regarding damage or maintenance of transit amenity facilities, please call 720-91-FIXIT

 

One-Time (or Special Event) Valet require licensed valet operators to apply for a required street occupancy permit application and in some cases, a meter bag permit application - please note "Valet" on the application.  The applicant must show a copy of their valet operator license at the time of application. 
Any questions regarding one-time valet permits may be directed to PWpermits@denvergov.org.
Also, details about the annual valet permit can be found here.

Fees and Payments

We accept Visa, Mastercard, and Discover as well as cash and personal checks at the counter. To setup a credit card payment account, download our credit card processing form.

Permit Fees

Storm Water & Sanitary Sewer Permits

Sumittal information for buildover of sewer main line can be found at the Site Engineering Wastewater web page.

For information on obtaining a Sewer Use and Drainage Permit (SUDP), see commercial and multi-residential (3 or more units).

  • Please note that all projects (capital projects & private development) located in the floodplain are required to obtain a floodplain permit. See the floodplain permit entrance requirements. Applications and submittals go through the SUDP process and must be submitted electronically.  Submission information can be found at the Development Services SUDP page.
  • To determine if a project is located in a floodplain go to the Denver GIS Floodplain Map and search an address or click on the map for basic floodplain information.  More detailed floodplain information such as Base Flood Elevations (BFEs) or flood profiles can be obtained from FEMA’s Map Service Center.
  • Floodplain questions can be directed to the City's Floodplain Administrator, Jeremy Hamer at (720) 913-0720 or jeremy.hamer@denvergov.org

For information on obtaining a Sewer Use and Drainage Permit (SUDP), see foundation only entrance requirements for construction phased projects.

The purpose is to establish a method of dealing with minor one-time discharges of unpolluted water to the sanitary sewer system.

Description of the process for issuance of a permit for Groundwater Remediation

See parking garage entrance requirements for additional specific information.

Sumittal information for private on-site sanitary sewers can be found at the Site Engineering Wastewater web page.

Sumittal information for private on-site storm sewers can be found at the Site Engineering Wastewater web page.

Submittal requirements and instructions for Uninspected Building Sewer Line Connection.

 NOTE: It is the intention of the Department of Public Works that all building sewer lines and connections are installed new for new structures, and reuse of existing building sewer lines and connections is highly discouraged.  Applicants should understand that very few applications are approved, as it is in the best interest of current and future property owners to install all new facilities.  Applicants should understand that the City is in no way obligated to grant these requests

Summary of the key issues related to the issuance of a Sewer Use and Drainage Permit for a structure to go from a septic tank connection to sanitary sewer mainline connection

Sumittal information for abandonment of sewer main line can be found at the Site Engineering Wastewater web page.

Sewer stub-In permits are requested in special circumstances such as when the contractor needs to install part of a building sewer service and the Sewer Use and Drainage permit for the building has not been issued.

Requirements related to the issuance of a Sewer Use and Drainage Permit.

For information on obtaining a Sewer Use and Drainage Permit (SUDP), see residential single family & duplex (2 unit).

For information on obtaining a Sewer Use and Drainage Permit (SUDP), see superstructure core and shell entrance requirements.

For information on obtaining a Sewer Use and Drainage Permit (SUDP), see temporary sales and construction trailer permit.

For information on obtaining a Sewer Use and Drainage Permit (SUDP), see tenant finish/alteration.

Submittal requirements and instructions for Uninspected Building Sewer Line Connection.

NOTE: It is the intention of Public Works that all sewer lines installed, replaced, cut-off, and/or rerouted must be inspected and water tested by a city inspector.

Applicants should understand that the City is in no way obligated to grant these requests as it is in the best interest of current and future property owners that proper inspection(s) have been done.
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