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Landmark Preservation Design Review Guidelines

The Design Guidelines for Denver Landmark Structures & Districts (PDF) apply to all individually designated Denver landmark structures and historic districts except the Lower Downtown Historic District, which has its own design guidelines (PDF) and a separate design review process. Additional design guidelines may also apply to:

  • Specific individually designated Denver landmark structures, such as Union Station
  • Certain types of projects such as new construction, or 
  • Projects in specific historic districts

Citywide Guidelines for Denver Landmark Structures & Districts 

Use the Chapter Application Chart (PDF) to help determine which chapter  applies to your project. All files are in PDF format. If you use assistive technology and would like to access the content in these documents, please contact

Character Defining Features 

Appendix A (PDF) of the citywide design guidelines contains summaries of the neighborhood-specific character defining features of Denver’s historic districts, which are intended to serve as a reference for infill construction.

Character defining features are available for the following districts:


Design Review

See the Design Review page for a step-by-step explanation of the design review process. 

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