Building and Land Development Fees

Fees are assigned to a project throughout the process by different departments or agencies. To estimate fees for your project, see the fee schedules below.

For the full Building Code Associated Fees Policy, read ADMIN 138(PDF, 180KB).

How to Pay Fees

Online

Many of our plan review and permit fees can be paid online by credit card or electronic check. If your fees are eligible for online payment, you will receive an email from us with instructions. To learn more, visit e-permits.

By Mail

Please make checks payable to "Manager of Finance" and mail to:

Community Planning and Development
Attention: Office of the Manager
201 W. Colfax Ave., Dept. 205
Denver, CO 80202

Download the Quick Permits Credit Card Form(PDF, 192KB) and submit it along with your Quick Permit application. See the Quick Permits page for complete instructions.

In Person

Fees may be paid at our cashier counter, located on the 2nd floor of the Wellington Webb Municipal Building Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (see map).

Cash, checks (payable to “Manager of Finance”), Visa, MasterCard, and Discover Card are all accepted. 

Fee Schedules

Click here for information on the affordable housing fee that took effect on January 1, 2017, download an application, and view exceptions to the fee.

Updated July 2021

  • The affordable housing fee is due in full at the time the building permit(s) is issued. It will be assessed alongside standard permit fees, and building permits will not be issued if this fee is not paid.
  • Beginning July 1, 2018, and each July 1 annually thereafter, linkage fees are adjusted for inflation in an amount equal to the percentage change from the previous year in the national Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U). 
  • For mixed-use buildings, the affordable housing fees listed below are based upon the new floor area in the structure attributable to each proposed use.
Project Type Fee, per square foot
Multi-unit dwellings designed and regulated under the International Building Code $1.64
Single-unit, two-unit or multi-unit dwellings designed and regulated under the
International Residential Code, or any primary residential use other than multi-unit
dwellings regulated under the International Building Code
$0.66
Commercial sales, services and repair $1.86
Civic, public or institutional $1.86
Industrial, manufacturing and wholesale $0.44
Agricultural $0.44

 
Fee changes are published here and in the building permit fee policy(PDF, 180KB).

These can be paid online via e-permits or in person. To pay in person, make checks payable to "Manager of Finance."

For greater detail on how project valuations are determined, please download the Admin 138 building code policy(PDF, 180KB) or consult the International Code Council's latest building valuation data.

Valuation of Work Permit Fee Plan Review Fee
$1.00 to $500.00 $20.00 0
$501.00 to $2,000.00 $35.00 0
$2,001.00 to $25,000.00 $35.00 for the first $2,000.00 plus $8.00 for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof, to and including $25,000.00 50%
$25,001.00 to $50,000.00 $220.00 for the first $25,000.00 plus $8.00 for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof, to and including $50,000.00 50%
$50,001.00 to $100,000.00
$420.00 for the first $50,000.00 plus $7.00 for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof, to and including $100,000.00 50%
$100,001.00 to $500,000.00 $770.00 for the first $100,000 plus $5.60 for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof, to and including $500,000.00 50%
$500,001.00 to $1,000,000.00
$3,010.00 for the first $500,000.00 plus $4.75 for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof, to and including $1,000,000.00 50%
$1,000,001.00 and over $5,385.00 for the first $1,000,000.00 plus $3.65 for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof 50%

 

Special Permit Modifications

Additional Fees Applies to Plan Review & Permit Fees
Two-phase construction permits Fee + 25%
Three or more phase construction permits Fee + 50%
Fee Reductions Applies to Plan Review & Permit Fees
Solar panel or photovoltaic project (this only applies to the solar panel portion of the project when additional scope is part of the project) $50 flat fee, all projects

 

Same Day Plan Review Fees

Plan review of Commercial and Residential Same-Day permits shall be charged at a rate of 20% of the Permit Fee, with a minimum charge of $100 for all projects valued over $2,000.00.

 
Inspection Fees

Permit fees provide for the customary inspections only.  Reinspection, inspections conducted outside of normal business hours, and miscellaneous, non-customary inspections required by the Agency shall be charged at the rate of $100.00 per hour of inspection.  Inspections conducted outside of normal business hours shall be pre-paid and incur a two-hour minimum charge.

Other Building Department Fees

Administrative Action Fee 
Deferred submittals

$125.00 per hour of review

In addition, if the deferred submittal increases the project valuation beyond what was specified in the original permit application, building permit fees will be assessed on the amount of the increase.
Application for consideration of Alternate Materials, Methods, or Equipment $125.00 per hour of review, 2 hour minimum
Renewal of Alternate Materials, Methods, Equipment (every 3 years) $125.00 per hour of review, 2 hour minimum
Application for consideration of Administrative Modification $125.00 per hour of review, 2 hour minimum
Application for Board of Appeals Hearing $250.00
Permit Change of Contractor $100.00
Replacement of Contractor’s Drawing Set $5.00 per page
Change of Name – License or Certificate $25.00
Duplicate License / Certificate $10.00
Permit Correction (Address) $25.00
Temporary Certificate of Occupancy $200.00
Certificate of Compliance $25.00
Duplicate Certificate of Occupancy / Compliance $25.00

The complete list of fees for fire permits are listed in the PDF document below. 

All fees are payable annually unless otherwise noted.  For fees marked "See Table," see the separate fee table.

Fire Permit Fees(PDF, 227KB) - Effective January 1, 2014

 Landmark Preservation  Fee
Application for designation of a structure for preservation (owner applicant)
Application for designation of a structure for preservation (non-owner applicant)
$250
$875
Application for designation of a district for preservation:
1 to 100 structures in district $500
101 to 200 structures in district $750
201 to 300 structures in district $1,000
301 or more structures in district $1,500
Application for a Certificate of Demolition Eligibility $250
Application for Part 1, State Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program, Estimated Project Costs:
$15,000 or less $250
$15,001 to $50,000 $500
$50,001 to $100,000 $750
Over $100,000 $1,000
Application for Part 2, State Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program $0

 

 

Project   Fee
Duplicate Certificate of Occupancy (CO) $10
Duplicate Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) $10
Reinspection Fee $100
Addressing $50 per address
 Planning and Rezoning   Fee
Annexation (Minor Boundaries Adjustment) $100
Rezoning (map amendment) application:
Standard Zone District
1 acre or less: $1,000
More than 1 acre: $1,000 for 1st acre plus $500 for each additional acre, $50,000 max
Rezoning (map amendment) application:
With Waivers or Conditions:
1 acre or less: $1,500
More than 1 acre: $1,500 for 1st acre plus $600 for each additional acre, $50,000 max
Rezoning (map amendment) application:
Planned Unit Development (PUD)

1 acre or less: $1,000

More than 1 acre: $1,500 for 1st acre plus $500 per each additional acre, $50,000 max

Rezoning (map amendment) application:
From Former Chapter 59 to Denver Zoning Code
Fee is waived
Rezoning (map amendment) application: Mailed Notices Flat fee per application: $90
Fee per postcard mailed: $0.22 plus first-class postage
Text Amendment (Ordinance Language Amendment) $500
Administrative PUD Amendment $100
General Development Plan (GDP) Review
Fees are due per GDP Rules and Regulations
Large Development Review (LDR)
Tier 1, plan direction

$1,500

Large Development Review (LDR)
Tier 2, no plan direction, minor
$160,000
Large Development Review (LDR)
Tier 2, no plan direction, major
$320,000
Infrastructure Master Plan (IMP) Review Application Fee: $5,000
Plus $750 per acre up to a total of $50,000
 Site Development  Fee
Site Development Plan Review, Major
- 1 acre or less
- More than 1 acre

$500
$2,500 plus $500 for each additional acre, max $50,000
Industrial Site Plan Review (Former Chapter 59) $250
Parking Lot Landscape Plan Review (Former Chapter 59) $250
Modification or Amendment to a Site Development Plan, Minor $100
Comprehensive Sign Plan $500
D-TD Zone District - District Sign Plan $500 per acre or $5,000, whichever is less
D-TD Zone District - District Sign Plan Amendment $250 per acre or $2,500, whichever is less
Platte River Valley Zone District Development Fee, Gateway Regional Systems Development Fees Fees are specific to each development
Transfer of Development Rights
R-4X Zone (Former Chapter 59)
- Filing Fee
- Certificate

D-TD, D-C (B-5 Zone, Former Chapter 59)
- Filing Fee
- Certificate

$75
None


$1,500
$75

Subdivision
Processed concurrently with a Site Development Plan

Processed without a Site Development Plan

$500 per 1st acre plus $100 for each additional acre

$1,500 for 1st acre plus $100
Site Engineering Review Fees are due per Development Engineering Services Schedule of Fees, see DOTI's Standard Fee Consolidation(PDF, 489KB)
Survey Fee Fees are due per Development Engineering Services Schedule of Fees, see DOTI's Standard Fee Consolidation(PDF, 489KB)
Forestry Fee
(Fees are due prior to issuance of the Zoning Permit for Development)
Fees are due per Denver Parks and Recreation, Forestry Fee Schedule
Valuation of Work Zoning Construction Permit Fee
$1 to $500 $10
$501 to $2,000 $25
$2,001 to $50,000 $35 plus $0.50 per $1,000 in valuation or fraction thereof
$50,001 to $100,000 $100 plus $0.50 per $1,000 in valuation or fraction thereof
Over $100,000 $150 plus $0.50 per $1,000 in valuation or fraction thereof

 

Zoning Letters  Fee
Zone District Verification No fee
Zone Use Verification
No fee
Bank Letter $50
Zone Lot Verification
$33 per hour research fee
Compliance Letter $50 + $33 per hour research fee after the 1st hour (if applicable)


 Other Zoning Permits  Permit Fee
Zone Lot Amendment $50
Zoning Permit to Establish Use $20
 Zoning Permit for Change of Use $20
Zoning Permit Review (L-ZP & P-ZP uses) $20
Zoning Permit With Special Exception Review (ZPSE) $20 plus BOA fees
Zoning Permit Review w/Informational Notice (ZPIN) $100
Conditional Use (C, Former Chapter 59) $100
Special Review Use (SR, Former Chapter 59) $100
Short Review (S, Former Chapter 59) $100
Annual Renewal of a Use Permit (for all temporary uses unless otherwise noted) $20
Temporary Use Permit (for all temporary uses unless otherwise noted) $10
Special Event Parking $25 per each event plus $1 per vehicle for over 20 cars
Mobile Food Vendor $50
Temporary Outdoor Retail Sales $50 per event
Zoning Compliance Letter $50
Sign Permit $25
Home Occupation $20
Outdoor General Advertising Devices:
Initial Review $225
Annual Renewal $225
Telecommunication:
Design Review $100
Application Review Including Registration & Inspections $100 Zoning Permit for Development
Administrative Exception for Historic Structures (Former Chapter 59) $75
Zoning Permit for Establishment of Commercial Uses in the Historic Structure Use Overlay District $75
Residential Care Facilities:
Application Review $100
Biennial Renewal $20
Administrative Adjustments $100
Code Interpretation $100 (Fee is waived when processed concurrently with any other application required by the Code)
Variances Fees are due per BOA Fee Schedule
Appeal of Administrative Decision Fees are due per BOA Fee Schedule
Over-height Fence $100
Non-conforming or compliant use/structure application not requiring BOA approval $100
Installing of an AC unit in a setback $100