If you believe that the City & County of Denver or any of its employees has injured you or damaged your property, Colorado Law (C.R.S. § 24-10-109) requires you to file a written Notice of Claim before you can file a lawsuit. This page provides information about the filing process, and the option to file a Notice of Claim electronically by completing our online form.
You will not be able to sue the City & County of Denver unless your claim is filed within 182 days of the date on which you claim to have been injured or damaged. You may complete and file your claim yourself; however, the legal process is complex, and you may want to hire private legal counsel to represent you. The City Attorney’s Office represents the city and cannot give you legal advice.
If you file a notice of claim, the City Attorney’s Office will initiate an investigation. Most investigations take 6-8 weeks to complete, although that will vary depending on the circumstances of your claim. If that investigation shows that the city or its employee is at fault for your damages, and the city is not protected by governmental immunity, you may be offered reimbursement. For property damage, reimbursement is based upon the fair market value of damaged items, discounted for depreciation. The city does not pay full replacement value for damaged property.
You may want to contact your own insurance company about coverage. If your insurance company believes that the city is liable, it will settle the claim with you and then seek reimbursement from the city.
If you do not wish to complete the online form here, you may instead mail or deliver a Notice of Claim to:
Claims Dept., City Attorney’s Office
201 W. Colfax Ave., Dept. 1108
Denver, CO 80202
For further information or to ask questions, call the City Attorney’s Office at 720-913-3274.
A notice of claim must contain the following information:
Once the Notice of Claim has been submitted you will receive communication from the assigned claims adjustor with a claim reference number, next steps and contact information.
Questions? Call 720-913-3274. Please be advised that City employees cannot provide legal advice or assist you in filing your claim.