The Rezoning Process

The Official Map Amendment (Rezoning) Guide (PDF) comprehensively explains the process and requirements. For a brief overview of a typical rezoning process, see below.

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Pre-application review
Applicant submits the rezoning pre-application review request form. Requests submitted by Thursday at 5 p.m. prompt a staff response no later than the following Wednesday to set up a required, no-cost, pre-application meeting

Public outreach
Rezoning applicants are encouraged to discuss potential plans with the relevant registered neighborhood organizations (RNOs), the City Council member that represents the district, the at-large City Council members, and any other interested parties.

Submission of application
Applicant submits the rezoning application and required fee (see "Planning and Rezoning" fee schedule). Application review begins once the fee has been paid. RNOs are officially notified of the application within 10 days of a complete submittal. The public may now submit comments on the rezoning to the staff case manager.

  • Pay fee by mail: Rezoning Application, Denver Community Planning and Development, 201 W. Colfax Ave., Dept 205, Denver CO 80202
  • Pay in person: 201 W. Colfax Ave., Dept 205, Denver
  • Pay by credit card: Contact rezoning@denvergov.org to set up payment

City review and customer resubmittal, if necessary
City staff reviews the rezoning application and provides comments to the applicant. The public may continue to submit comments to the staff case manager.

Planning Board public hearing
A public hearing before the Denver Planning Board is scheduled for one of the board’s meetings. RNOs are notified of the hearing and signs are posted on the property 15 calendar days before the public hearing. Comments should be submitted as early as possible to ensure adequate time for Planning Board members to review. RNOs may also submit official position statements on the case.

At the hearing, staff presents the case to the board. The applicant, who is required to attend, may make a presentation, and the interested public is invited to speak on the case. Once public testimony is complete, the board deliberates and makes a recommendation to City Council for approval, approval with conditions, or denial.

City Council’s Neighborhoods & Planning Committee meeting
A staff presentation is scheduled for one of the committee’s meetings, and RNOs are notified 10 business days before the meeting. The meeting is not a public hearing, but the applicant and other interested parties may be invited to speak by Council members.

After the presentation, the committee deliberates and determines if the application is ready for consideration by the full City Council.

The public may continue to submit comments to the staff case manager.

Mayor-Council meeting
At this regularly-scheduled meeting, the mayor and all Council members will be informed of the rezoning ordinance scheduled for City Council first reading.

The public may continue to submit comments to the staff case manager.

City Council first reading of the bill
At this regularly-scheduled City Council meeting, the rezoning bill is read for the first time. The City Council public hearing is officially scheduled.

Neighboring property owners who oppose the rezoning may file a protest petition with the City Council no later than 7 days prior to the City Council public hearing to trigger a super-majority vote requirement (as opposed to a simple majority) at the public hearing. Protest petitions require signatures from owners of 20 percent of the area of property within 200 feet of the subject property. Contact the staff case manager for more information and the required petition forms.

City Council public hearing
Second reading and a public hearing before the City Council is scheduled for one of the Council’s regularly-scheduled meetings. RNOs are notified of the hearing and signs are posted on the property 21 calendar days before the public hearing. Comments should be submitted as early as possible to ensure adequate time for City Council members to review. RNOs may also submit official position statements on the case.

At the hearing, staff presents the case to the City Council, the applicant may make a presentation, and the public is invited to speak on the case. Once public testimony is complete, Council deliberates and votes to approve, approve with conditions, or deny the rezoning application.

Next steps
If approved, the ordinance is forwarded to the mayor for signature and goes into effect the following Thursday.

*Four to six weeks is a typical timeframe estimate. Unique circumstances and/or rezoning complexity will adjust the timeframe.

 

Proposed Rezonings

View proposed amendments to the Denver zoning map by visiting proposed rezonings.

Contact Us

Rezoning inquiries:
Phone: 720-865-2974
Email: rezoning@denvergov.org

Mailing address:
Planning Services
Denver Community Planning and Development
201 West Colfax Ave., Dept 205
Denver, Colorado 80202

Zoning and land use questions:
zoningreview@denvergov.org

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