The Board of Adjustment for Zoning Appeals consists of five members, as well as two alternates, who are appointed by the Mayor for staggered terms of five years. The Board's sole duty is to hear and decide cases about the Denver Zoning Code. They may review Cease and Desist orders or denials of permits, and also have the ability to review decisions of the Zoning Administrator in some circumstances.
All the Board members are private citizens selected by the Mayor due to their commitment and active roles in a wide range of community projects throughout the city. The regular members are appointed to staggered 5 year terms.
It is improper to contact any of the Board Members concerning an appeal outside of the public meeting, and to do so may result in one or more of the members recusing.
Current 2020 Board Members:
The Board’s power is limited by the Denver Zoning Code. Forms of Relief under the new Code are:
Administrative Review: The Board can reverse the Zoning Administrator where it is alleged that the Zoning Administrator has erred. NOTE: Administrative Review cases filed by an aggrieved party other than the landowner, the landowner’s agent or the tenant (e.g., a neighbor), require a special form and procedure (see Forms Page to download).
Variances: This can apply to such things as overheight fences, setbacks, bulk (height) planes, lot frontage and/or area, excess gross floor area, open space, excess units in an R-2 zone, some signs, lot coverage, parking deficiency and/or size, or loading berths. Variances require that the Board finds that a hardship exists per Denver Zoning Code 188.8.131.52 (PDF).
Stays or Delays of Enforcement: The Board may grant two forms of relief to extend the time period required to bring the subject property into conformance with the Zoning Code:
Stay of Effective Date of Order. For orders on excess dwelling units that do not qualify for an Exception. Upon showing of HARDSHIP, the Board may grant up to a five (5) year stay, personal to the Applicant and not transferable upon sale.
Wellington Webb Municipal Building
201 W. Colfax Avenue, 2nd Floor
Denver, CO 80202
Directions: The building is located on Colfax Avenue, approximately 2 blocks west of Broadway. The Office and Hearing Room (2.H.14) are located on the 2nd floor at the northeastern end of the building, near Court Place and 15th Street.
Board of Adjustment for Zoning Appeals
201 W Colfax Ave., Dept 201
Denver, CO 80202
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Outside Denver Call (720) 913-1311
TTY Service: 720-913-8479