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Demolitions & Certificates of Demolition Eligibility

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Landmark Preservation planners review all applications for total demolition citywide, including for structures that are not local landmarks or that are not in historic districts. This requirement helps preserve Denver’s history by providing the community an opportunity to protect buildings that prove to have historic, architectural, geographic or cultural significance. Properties that do not have potential to be Denver landmarks are cleared to seek a total demolition permit. If a review reveals that a property may qualify for historic designation, total demolition may not be allowed. 

Owners of non-landmark, non-historic-district properties who are not currently planning demolition but who want increased certainty about a potential future demolition may apply for a Certificate of Demolition Eligibility, which involves a similar level of review. If a Certificate of Demolition Eligibility is issued, a property owner or owner's agent may proceed with a demolition application without further Landmark Preservation review for a period of five years. 

 
Currently Posted Properties

At 1:00pm on 12/3/19, at 201 W. Colfax Ave, Denver CO 80202 - conference rooms 4.G.2/4.F.6 -  Landmark Preservation Commission will hold a public hearing on an application to demolish a contributing structure located at 3034 Meade St, in the Wolff Place Historic District

Application (PDF)

Staff brief (PDF) and Demolition Application (PDF)

Posting date: 6/12/19
Notice of intent due date: 6/26/19
Designation application due date: 7/10/19*

The application due date has been extended because Landmark Preservation has received a notice of intent to file an application for landmark designation. 

UPDATE - 7/10/2019 - An application for historic landmark designation was submitted for this structure. For information on next steps visit our historic designations page.

Staff Brief (PDF) and Application (PDF)

Posting date: 10/21/19

Notice of intent due date: 11/4/19

Designation application due date: 11/12/19

Staff Brief (PDF) and Application (PDF)

Posting date: 10/21/19

Notice of intent due date: 11/4/19

Designation application due date: 11/12/19

Staff Brief (PDF) and Application (PDF)

Posting date: 11/4/19

Notice of intent due date: 11/25/19

 

Demolition Review

Total demolition approval involves reviews from both local and state authorities. Some steps may be done concurrently, while others must follow a specific sequence. Below is a description of Landmark Preservation's role early in the demolition process. See the Total Demolition Guide (PDF) for a description of the entire process and materials required. 

Partial demolitions, done in preparation for additions or remodeling, are included in the scope of construction permits and do not require a demolition permit.  

Landmarks and Historic District Properties

A pre-application meeting is required for all demolition requests involving historic landmarks or properties located within locally designated historic districts.

To request a pre-application meeting, submit one of the forms above, along with relevant information and photos. Staff will contact you to schedule a meeting.

Once the pre-application meeting has occurred, and you are ready to proceed, submit the above materials, per the submittal checklist found in the Total Demolition Guide (PDF), to Landmark Preservation by email, mail or in person according to the instructions detailed at the bottom of this page.

Fees for total demolition are assessed at the time the demolition permit is pulled and are based on the valuation of the project. 

Demolition proposals require review and/or a public hearing by the Landmark Preservation Commission or Lower Downtown Design Review Board (for properties in the Lower Downtown Historic District). Given that the purpose of landmark designation is to preserve historic properties, demolition applications are given close examination and consideration.

Visit the Landmark Preservation Commission page or the Lower Downtown Design Review Board page (both linked above) for information on meeting dates, submission deadlines, presentation materials and what to expect at the meetings. 

If a demolition application is approved, a replacement plan for the site must undergo design review and be approved by the Landmark Preservation Commission (or Lower Downtown Design Review Board if in LoDo) before a demolition permit is issued.
 
Visit the Landmark Preservation Commission page or the Lower Downtown Design Review Board page for information on meeting dates, submission deadlines, presentation materials and what to expect at the meetings.

 

All Other Properties

Submit the above materials, per the submittal checklist found in the Total Demolition Guide (PDF), to Landmark Preservation by email, mail or in person according to the instructions detailed at the bottom of this page.

Fees for total demolition are assessed at the time the demolition permit is pulled and are based on the valuation of the project. 

Landmark Preservation staff reviews complete applications within 10 business days of receipt of a complete application. Applications are reviewed in the order they are received.

No Landmark Designation Potential 

If the Landmark Preservation staff review determines that the property does not have potential for landmark designation, staff will approve the demolition within 10 business days of application receipt.

Landmark Designation Potential

If the Landmark Preservation staff determines the property has potential for historic designation, a notice will be posted on the property for 21 calendar days.

  • If Landmark Preservation staff receives a designation application and application fee by 4:30 p.m. on the 21st calendar day, the landmark designation process would begin.
  • If Landmark Preservation staff does not receive a landmark designation application or a "notice of intent to file a designation application" by 4:30 p.m. on the 21st calendar day, staff will approve the demolition the next business day.
  • If Landmark Preservation receives a "notice of intent to file a landmark designation application" by the 21st calendar day, the posting period is extended to 4:30 p.m. on the 60th calendar day. 
  • By day 40 of the posting period, a stakeholder meeting with a third-party facilitator must take place. The meeting must include the property owner(s) or owner(s)' representative, one of the persons who filed the notice of intent, and a Landmark Preservation staff member.  Representative members of the community may also be invited to the meeting. 
  • If the posting period is extended and Landmark Preservation staff receives a designation application and application fee by 4:30 p.m. on the 60th calendar day, the landmark designation process would begin. NOTE: The designation applicant does not have to be one of the people who submitted the notice of intent. 
  • If the posting period is extended and Landmark Preservation staff does not receive a designation application and application fee by 4:30 p.m. on the 60th calendar day, staff approve the demolition the next business day.

NOTE: In cases in which the landmark designation process is initiated, if the property is not designated within 90 days of the date the landmark designation application was received, staff will approve the demolition.

 
 

Certificate of Demolition Eligibility

A Certificate of Demolition Eligibility allows a subsequent demolition application to be processed without further review by Landmark Preservation for five years. Certificates issued as part of a general development plan under the Denver Zoning Code are valid for ten years.

Landmark Status

A Certificate of Designation Eligibility will not be issued if the property is:

  • an individually designated Denver historic landmark
  • in a designated historic district
  • currently being considered for designation as a landmark or as part of a historic district

If you are unsure about the landmark status of your property, see the landmark/historic district map and enter the property address. 

Complete the application above and submit it along with the related fee ($250) by mail or in person as detailed at the bottom of this page. 

*Please make the check out to Manager of Finance.

Applications are reviewed in the order they are received.

No Landmark Designation Potential 

If the Landmark Preservation staff review determines that the property does not have potential for landmark designation, staff will issue a Certificate of Designation Eligibility within 10 business days of application receipt.

Landmark Designation Potential

If the Landmark Preservation staff determines the property has potential for historic designation, a notice will be posted on the property for 21 calendar days.

  • If Landmark Preservation staff receives a designation application and application fee by 4:30 p.m. on the 21st calendar day, the landmark designation process would begin.
  • If Landmark Preservation staff does not receive a landmark designation application or a "notice of intent to file a designation application" by 4:30 p.m. on the 21st calendar day, a Certificate of Designation Eligibility will be issued on the next business day.
  • If Landmark Preservation receives a "notice of intent to file a landmark designation application" by the 21st day, the posting period is extended to 4:30 p.m. on the 60th calendar day. 
  • By day 40 of the posting period, a stakeholder meeting with a third-party facilitator must take place. The meeting must include the property owner(s) or owner(s)' representative, one of the persons who filed the notice of intent, and a Landmark Preservation staff member.  Representative members of the community may also be invited to the meeting. 
  • If the posting period is extended and Landmark Preservation staff receives a designation application and application fee by 4:30 p.m. on the 60th calendar day, the landmark designation process would begin. NOTE: The designation applicant does not have to be one of the people who submitted the notice of intent. 
  • If the posting period is extended and Landmark Preservation staff does not receive a designation application and application fee by 4:30 p.m. on the 60th calendar day, a Certificate of Demolition Eligibility will be issued on the next business day.

NOTE: In cases in which the landmark designation process is initiated, if the property is not designated within 90 days of the date the landmark designation application was received, the Certificate of Demolition Eligibility will be issued.

 

Submit Your Application

Complete the required application and submit it, along with any supporting materials, by email, in person or by mail.  

Email In Person  Mail

landmark@denvergov.org

Electronic submission should include two attachments:

  • PDF with the completed form ("yourname-app.pdf") 
  • PDF that combines all supporting materials ("yourname-app-materials.pdf")

File size should not exceed more than 25 MB combined. Contact us if you are having trouble with your electronic submission.

Drop off at Records Counter
Webb Municipal Building, 2nd floor
201 West Colfax Avenue, Denver 
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday
 
Landmark Preservation
201 W. Colfax Ave. 
Dept. 205
Denver, CO 80202

Every project is different. Depending upon the complexity and specifics of your project, process and time frame may vary from the information presented on this website and in the application materials. If you have any questions, please contact us.

NOTE:  All materials submitted with your application become the property the City and County of Denver.  The materials are part of public record, can be used in a public hearing, and cannot be returned.

NOTE: If you use assistive technology and would like to access the content in the PDF documents on this page, please contact planning@denvergov.org.