Inquiry & Complaint Procedure

Rules for Submission

If you wish to file an inquiry/complaint about more than one person, you must file a separate form for each person.

The Board of Ethics is not able to accept complaints about actions that took place more than two years before the date of filing the complaint.
Read more about the process for filing a complaint concerning a city employee, officer or official in The Denver Code of Ethics(PDF, 219KB) or the Rules of Procedure(PDF, 152KB).
To submit your complaint via email or regular mail, please download and fill out our pdf

Section 2-51 of the Denver Code of Ethics, the Legislative Intent, while aspirational, cannot alone be the basis for a finding of a violation of the Code; it is not independently actionable. The Ethics Code regulates gifts, conflicts of interest, the use of public office for private gain, employment and supervision of family members, prior employment, outside employment, subsequent employment, aiding others in violation of the Code, and improper use of confidential information or records. If the conduct alleged doesn't fit within one of these sections of the Ethics Code, the Board is not empowered to hear the complaint.  Further, the Denver Board of Ethics is an advisory body; it does not have the authority to impose penalties, fines, or other types of sanctions.

For anonymous complaints:

Pursuant to section 2-56(b) of the Denver Code of Ethics, the Board may accept anonymous complaints under the following circumstances:

  • i) The complaint must be submitted on a written form approved by the Board;
  • ii) The complainant must make a written request that their identity be kept confidential and the complaint must include a signed or acknowledged statement explaining the reasonable basis for requesting anonymity;
  • iii) The complainant must be a city officer, official, or employee or a person that has or is seeking a contact with the City or is doing business with or being regulated by the City; 
  • iv) The complaint must include a signed or acknowledged statement that, to the best of the complainants or inquirers knowledge, information, and belief formed after reasonable reflection, the information in the complaint is true; 
  • v) The complaint must include a signed or acknowledged statement that the complaint is not submitted for any retaliatory, political, or other improper purpose;
  • vi) The complaint must contain reliable and credible facts, which are independently verifiable, establish a prima facia case of the violation of the code of ethics; 
  • vii) The violation of the code of ethics alleged in a complaint or about which a complaint is made, must include at least one of the following code sections: 2-59, 2-60, 2-61, 2-62, 2-63, 2-64, 2-67, 2-68, and 2-69; and
  • viii) Any complaint that merely alleges a violation of the legislative intent of the code under section 2-51, without reliable and credible facts, which are independently verifiable, supporting violation of at least one of the following sections: 2-59, 2-60, 2-61, 2-62, 2-63, 2-64, 2-67, 2-68, and 2-69, may be screened out by the Executive Director of the Board of Ethics and not accepted. 

b) Any submission of a complaint to the Board of Ethics that fails to meet any of the circumstances set forth in subsection a) of this section may be screened out by the Executive Director and not accepted on behalf of the board.

Submit your complaint online

Step 1.Submit the complaint using our online form. 

Please Note: If you wish to file an inquiry/complaint about more than one person, you must file a separate form for each person.

Click here to view form.

Step 2.Board sends the complaint to the subject of complaint.

The Board of Ethics is required to send a copy of the complaint to the person who is the subject of the complaint.

Step 3.Board reviews and Screens the complaint.

The Board of Ethics will then screen the written complaint and determine whether a public hearing is warranted to consider the complaint.