Modifications to Site Development Plans

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Modifications to Approved Site Development Plan

Denver Zoning Code (DZC) Sections 12.3.7.1, 12.3.7.2.B, & 12.3.7.2

The Zoning Administrator may allow minor changes to an approved regulating plan, site development plan (SDP), or zoning permit provided such minor changes do not constitute an "amendment."

If the change(s) require an amendment to a previously approved SDP, then a full site development plan submittal is required with all original SDP sheets. All current owners must sign the approved SDP amendment plans and will be subject to the same review process and fees as if it were a new application. Contact your project coordinator prior to submitting to determine if a concept submittal will be required. View submittal instructions for SDP amendments.

If the proposed change(s) allow for a modification, follow the process and submittal requirements outlined below.  

To receive the final zoning inspection, the approved and recorded SDP modification must correspond with what was constructed. Note: SDP modifications will be reviewed against the current version of the Denver Zoning Code at time of submittal unless otherwise expressly allowed by a duly adopted ordinance.

Process

For approved SDPs where a building(s) requires modifications during construction:

DZC, Section 12.3.7

  • As modifications arise prior to requesting a final inspection for the certificate of occupancy, review and submit all required documents for items that are considered a modification.

  • Work with your project coordinator to submit a single SDP modification plan set showing all changes, or you may be allowed to submit multiple modifications during the construction process as modifications arise.

  • Each modification will be reviewed and comments will be provided if changes are necessary.

  • The entire SDP modification package will not be formally approved and recorded until all modifications have been individually reviewed and approved.

For approved SDPs where a building(s) is already constructed and occupied (i.e., the certificate of occupancy has been issued):

DZC, Section 12.3.7

  • As modifications arise, review and submit all required documents for items that are considered a modification.

  • An SDP modification to a previously approved SDP must be approved prior to issuing applicable building or zoning permits.

For SDP modifications requested prior to building permit submittal and/or issuance:

DZC, Section 12.4.3.6.C

  • The original approved SDP is valid for 18 months from the date it is signed by the CPD Manager.

  • If the SDP is still valid, and changes are necessary to the approved SDP, modifications may be reviewed during the building permit review process. Note: Building permits will not be issued until the SDP modification is approved.

Submittal Requirements

  • Use the SDP Modification Template(PDF, 645KB)

  • All applications for modifications to a previously approved SDP must include an updated cover sheet, and only those sheets that show or are impacted by the modification(s).

  • All changes from the previously approved SDP must be clouded on all applicable sheets except the following:  

    • Title block

    • Sheet index

    • Signature blocks (unless ownership has changed)

    • Project name and number in the right lower corner

  • At the bottom right corner of the updated cover sheet and any sheets that are modified include the following below the development name and project number.

    • Site Development Plan – Modification #1 (or appropriate #) – 20XX-SDP- 0000XXX

      • 20XX-SDP-000XXX should be replaced with the project number for the SDP modification. The number will be available when the SDP is uploaded for review.

  • Updated cover sheet must contain the following information as shown in the template:

    • Title block needs to include ‘Site Development Plan – Modification #1’ or the appropriate number of the modification

    • Sheet Index with all of the SDP sheets listed and then the appropriate columns (see above template for how this should look).

      • SDP – place an X by all sheets since they were all included in the previously approved SDP.

      • Modification #1 – place an X by all sheets that show or are impacted by the modification(s).

    • Modification #2, and so on (if applicable) – place an X by all sheets that show or are impacted by the modification(s).

      • In the general notes section indicate the following:

        • Denver Zoning Code version under which the previously approved SDP was reviewed with reference to the recordation number of the previously approved SDP.

        • Denver Zoning Code version under which the proposed SDP modification is being reviewed.

        • Add a note: For sheets not included with this SDP set refer to the previously approved SDP.

        • Narrative description of the modification and changes made to the SDP.

    • Owner’s signature block – A new signature block and signatures will be required. Update and cloud if ownership has changed since the original approved SDP was approved. Modifications do not require the signatures of all owners but do require the signature of the affected owners within the zone lot.

    • Surveyor’s block and signature – Add a note that the surveyor’s signature was provided on the original approved SDP 20XX-PM-XXXXXXX recorded on _________, under Reception Number _______________.

    • Approvals – a new city signature block is required to record the approval of a modified SDP. According to DZC, Section 12.4.3.6.C.1., an approved site development plan shall expire after 18 months from the date of approval if an approved zoning permit and building permit (as applicable) have not been obtained and if construction, (as applicable), has not started. See Article 13 of the DZC, for definition of "start of construction."

    Note that the SDP expiration date provided in DZC, Section 12.4.3.6.C is tied to the approval of the original SDP (or SDP Amendment), while the SDP modification does not extend the 18-month SDP validity period.

  • Other modified sheets – include only those sheets that show or are impacted by the modification(s). Ensure all changes are clouded. New sheets may be also added if necessary.


Modifications to Special Zone Lot Plans for Planned Building Groups

Former Chapter 59 (FC59) Sections 59-623 & 59-621

Amendments to Planned Building Groups (PBGs) are required to follow the same process as new PBGs. If the change(s) constitute an amendment to a previously approved PBG, then a full PBG submittal is required with all original PBG sheets. All current owners must sign the approved PBG amendment plans and will be subject to review and payment of review fees as if it were a new application. 

Upon application, minor changes in the location of structures may be permitted if such minor changes will not trigger any of the criteria. Contact your project coordinator prior to a submittal to determine if a concept submittal will be required.

If the proposed changes allow for a modification, follow the process and submittal requirements outlined below.  

To receive the final zoning inspection, the approved and recorded PBG modification must correspond with what was constructed.

Process

For approved PBGs where a building(s) requires a certificate of occupancy and modifications occur during construction:

FC59, Section 59-621

  • As modifications arise prior to requesting a final inspection for the certificate of occupancy, review and submit all required documents for items that are considered a modification.

  • Work with your project coordinator to submit a single SDP modification plan set showing all changes, or you may be allowed to submit multiple modifications during the construction process as modifications arise .

  • Each modification will be reviewed and comments will be provided if changes are necessary.

  • The entire PBG Modification package will not be formally approved and recorded until all modifications have been individually reviewed and approved.

For PBGs where a building(s) already constructed and occupied (i.e., the certificate of occupancy has been issued):

FC59, Section 59-621

  • As modifications arise, review and submit all required documents for items that are considered a modification.

  • A PBG modification to a previously approved PBG must be approved prior to issuing applicable building or zoning permits.

For PBG modifications requested prior to building permit submittal and/or issuance:

FC95, Section 59-622

  • The original approved PBG is valid for 18 months from the date it is signed by the CPD Manager.

  • If the PBG is still valid, and changes are necessary to the approved PBG, modifications may be reviewed during the building permit review process. Note: building permits will not be issued until the PBG modification is approved.

Submittal Requirements

  • Use the PBG Modification Template(PDF, 244KB)

  • All applications for modifications to a previously approved PBG must include an updated cover sheet, and only those sheets that show or are impacted by the modification(s).

  • All changes from the previously approved PBG must be clouded on all applicable sheets except the following:

    • Title block

    • Sheet index

    • Signature blocks (unless ownership has changed)

    • Project name and number in the right lower corner

  • At the bottom right corner of the updated cover sheet and any sheets that are modified include the following below the development name and project number.

    • Planned Building Group – Modification #1 (or appropriate #) – 20XX-SDP- 0000XXX

      • 20XX-SDP-000XXX should be replaced with the project number for the PBG modification. The number will be available when the PBG is uploaded for review.

  • Updated cover sheet must contain the following information as shown in the template:

    • Title block needs to include ‘Planned Building Group – Modification #1’ or the appropriate number of the modification.

    • Sheet index with all of the PBG sheets listed and then the appropriate columns (see above template for how this should look).

      • PBG – place an X by all sheets since they were all included in the previously approved PBG.

      • Modification #1 – place an X by all sheets that show or are impacted by the modification(s).

    • Modification #2, and so on (if applicable) – place an X by all sheets that show or are impacted by the modification(s).

      • In the general notes section indicate the following:

        • Add a note: For sheets not included with this PBG set refer to the previously approved PBG.

        • Narrative description of the modification and changes made to the PBG.

    • Owner’s signature block – a new signature block and signatures will be required. Update and cloud if ownership has changed since the original approved PBG was approved. Modifications do not require the signatures of all owners but do require the signature of the affected owners within the zone lot.

    • Surveyor’s block and signature – add a note that the surveyor’s signature was provided on the original approved PBG 20XX-PM-XXXXXXX recorded on _________, under Reception Number _______________.

    • Approvals – a new city signature block is required to record the approval of a modified PBG. According to FC59, Section 59-622, an approved PBG shall be considered void if a building permit has not been issued and if construction has not been commenced within eighteen (18) months of the date of recording of the plan.

    Note that the PBG expiration date provided in FC59, Section 59-622 is tied to the approval of the original PBG (or PBG amendment), while the PBG modification does not extend the 18-month PBG validity period.

  • Other modified sheets – include only those sheets that show or are impacted by the modification(s). Ensure all changes are clouded. New sheets may be also added if necessary.