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About Landmark Preservation

Denver City Council enacted the Denver Landmark ordinance in 1967 to foster the protection, enhancement, perpetuation and use of structures and districts of historical, architectural and/or geographical importance.

Landmark Preservation is a vital and integrated component of Community Planning and Development. Landmark Preservation staff assists owners of historic properties by providing guidance and resources for preserving, maintaining and rehabilitating historic buildings and properties.

What We Do

  • Perform design review of proposed exterior alterations, additions and demolitions to properties listed as individual Denver Landmarks or located within local historic districts in order to ensure that these projects preserve properties’ key historic character-defining features and qualities.
  • Perform demolition review of applications both in historically designated and undesignated areas of Denver as a safeguard to protect our community’s unique historical identity.
  • Survey and document the city’s built heritage to document and convey information to the public on our past and to encourage preservation of valued historic buildings and areas.
  • Assist citizens’ and owners’ efforts to designate historic properties as Denver Landmarks and local historic districts. We also review nominations for listing Denver properties on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Process applications for state income tax credits, helping historic property owners recoup 20 percent of qualified rehabilitation costs.
  • Provide technical advice and resources regarding the importance and appropriate preservation of historic properties.

Landmark Preservation Commission and Lower Downtown Design Review Board

The Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC) is responsible for reviewing applications for historic districts and individual structures, and forwarding recommendations on designations to the Denver City Council for final approval. Both the LPC and the Lower Downtown Design Review Board (LDDRB) perform design and demolition review for proposed exterior projects involving locally designated historic properties. The LDDRB reviews projects located within the Lower Downtown Historic District, while the LPC reviews projects located within all other designated historic districts and on the sites of individually designated landmarks.

Other Organizations

Landmark Preservation coordinates with community, neighborhood and historic preservation organizations on a regular basis.  



landmark and historic district designationsGet answers to frequently asked questions about landmark preservation.

Resources for Property Owners

View our Resources page to:

  • Research historic properties
  • Learn about tax credits for historic property owners
  • Get tips on preserving and maintaining a historic building
Contact Us

Landmark Preservation staff:

Permit counter hours and location:
9 - 11 a.m., Monday - Friday
or by appointment

Wellington Webb Municipal Office Building
201 West Colfax Ave., Dept 205
Denver, Colorado 80202

Property concerns:
Report property concerns to Denver 311.

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