Demolition Review for Non-Landmark Structures

Total demolition approval involves reviews from both local and state authorities. Some steps may be done concurrently, while others must follow a specific sequence. Below is a description of Landmark Preservation's role early in the demolition process.  

Note: Partial demolitions of less than 40% of the total wall area, done in preparation for additions or remodeling, are included in the scope of construction permits and do not require a demolition permit.

If you are unsure about the landmark status of your property, see the historic landmarks & districts map and enter the property address.

By Email

Step 1.Complete Application

Complete the Total Demolition Application(PDF, 270KB).

Step 2.Gather Photos

Take color photographs showing all sides of the structure to be demolished. Photographs must be at least 300 dpi, at least 4” x 6,” and attached to the email as a jpg or pdf. Photographs that are thumbnails, embedded, or linked will not be accepted. View the Landmark Standards for Photographs(PDF, 590KB).

Step 3.Real Property Record

To verify property ownership and legal description, provide a copy of the real property record from the Assessor's Office

Step 4.Submit By Email

Complete the above steps and email all required documents to landmark@denvergov.org. File size should not exceed more than 25 MB combined.

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By Mail

Step 1.Complete Application

Complete the Total Demolition Application(PDF, 270KB).

Step 2.Gather Photos

Take color photographs showing all sides of the structure to be demolished. Photographs must be at least 300 dpi, at least 4” x 6." View the Landmark Standards for Photographs(PDF, 590KB).

Step 3.Real Property Record

To verify property ownership and legal description, provide a copy of the real property record from the Assessor's Office

Step 4.Submit By Mail

After completing the above steps, compile all documents and mail them to:

Community Planning and Development
Attention: Landmark Preservation 
201 W. Colfax Ave., Dept. 205
Denver, CO 80202

In Person

Step 1.Complete Application

Complete the Total Demolition Application(PDF, 270KB).

Step 2.Gather Photos

Take color photographs showing all sides of the structure to be demolished. Photographs must be at least 300 dpi, at least 4” x 6." View the Landmark Standards for Photographs(PDF, 590KB).

Step 3.Real Property Record

To verify property ownership and legal description, provide a copy of the real property record from the Assessor's Office

Step 4.Submit In Person

After completing the above steps, bring all documents to the CPD Records counter. The counter is located on the second floor of the Wellington Webb Municipal Office Building at 201 W. Colfax Ave., Denver.

Next Steps: Review and Determination

Applications are reviewed in the order they are received and one of the following determinations is made.

No Landmark Designation Potential

If  Landmark Preservation staff review determines that the property does not have potential for landmark designation, staff will approve the demolition within 10 business days of application receipt.

Landmark Designation Potential

If the Landmark Preservation staff determines the property has potential for historic designation, a notice will be posted on the property for 21 calendar days.

  • If Landmark Preservation staff receives a designation application and application fee by 4:30 p.m. on the 21st calendar day, the landmark designation process would begin.
  • If Landmark Preservation staff does not receive notice of intent to file a designation application by 4:30 p.m. on the 21st calendar day, staff will approve the demolition the next business day.
  • If Landmark Preservation receives a notice of intent to file a landmark designation application by the 21st day, the posting period is extended to 4:30 p.m. on the 60th calendar day. 
    • By day 40 of the posting period, a stakeholder meeting with a third-party facilitator must take place. The meeting must include the property owner(s) or owner(s)' representative, one of the persons who filed the notice of intent, and a Landmark Preservation staff member. Representative members of the community may also be invited to the meeting. 
    • If the posting period is extended and Landmark Preservation staff receives a designation application and application fee by 4:30 p.m. on the 60th calendar day, the landmark designation process would begin. Note: The designation applicant does not have to be one of the people who submitted the notice of intent. 
    • If the posting period is extended and Landmark Preservation staff does not receive a designation application and application fee by 4:30 p.m. on the 60th calendar day, staff will approve the demolition the next business day.
    • In cases in which the landmark designation process is initiated, if the property is not designated within 90 days of the date the landmark designation application was received, staff will approve the demolition.