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Landmark Preservation Updates

New Design Review Improvements Adopted

Denver's Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC) has adopted new design review rules on:

  • the two-step design review process for infill construction
  • pre-application requirements for design review projects
  • registered neighborhood organization coordination requirements for large projects.

The rules were adopted October 20, 2015, and will be put into effect starting December 1.

New Infill Customer Guide In Works

A new customer guide, application form and checklist for design review of infill projects is slated for adoption by the LPC at its meeting on November 3, 2015. The guide will be effective, starting December 1. 

New Customer Guide for RNO Design Review

In support of newly adopted rules formalizing coordination with registered neighborhood organizations (RNOs) for large projects, Landmark Preservation staff will create a new customer guide explaining this process and outlining requirements for both customers and RNOs. LPC is slated to review and adopt this guide at its December 1 meeting. A draft guide for public review will be posted in the coming days. 

Updates to Design Guidelines

The LPC will soon be considering revisions to the Design Guidlines for Denver Landmark Structures and Districts. The guidelines help ensure that proposed projects on landmark structures and structures in historic districts preserve key historic features and are compatible with the character of designated historic buildings, sites and districts. The revisions will serve to clarify and update processes to ensure the guidelines adhere to current practice. 

In addition, new character-defining features will be added for the Alamo Placita, Subdivision, Witter-Cofield and Wyman Historic Districts, and existing character-defining features will be updated for the Baker, Ghost and Wolff historic districts. 

For links to the current design guidelines and character-defining feaures, see the column on the left below. For links to draft versions of the guideline updates, the new character-defining features and the updated character -defining features, see the column on the right below. The public may submit comments on the drafts to Landmark Preservation staff through the month of November, up to the December 1 public hearing. See Key Dates (at right) for complete information. 

Current Design Guidelines
& Character-Defining Features

In 2014, the City and County of Denver updated the design guidelines used to evaluate building projects for local landmarks and properties within the boundaries of designated historic districts. The guidelines help ensure that each proposed project preserves key historic features and is compatible with the character of designated historic buildings, sites and districts. 


Redline Drafts of Updates to Design Guideline & Character-Definining Features 

Note: Only the pages that have been revised have been posted. If a page appears in the current document, but does not appear in the redline draft, that page will be unchanged in the update. All links are PDFs.

Design guidelines updates:

Character-defining features updates:

Drafts of New Character-Defining Features



Character defining features for the following districts are slated for completion in 2016 and 2017:

  • East 7th Ave.
  • Montclair
  • Larimer Square
  • Ballpark
  • Driving Park
  • Lafayette Street
  • Old Highland Business District
  • Swallow Hill
  • Humboldt Street-Park Ave.
  • Quality Hill
  • Pennsylvania Street
  • Sherman-Grant
  • Humboldt Street
  • Snell Subdivision
  • Grant Street
  • Clayton College
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Key Dates

December 1 - Effective Date of New Rules and Infill Construction Customer Guide/Application

December 1 - LPC Meeting, 1 p.m.,Webb Municipal Building, Room 4.F.6

  • LPC adoption of new customer guide for RNO design review
  • Public comments due on revisions to design guidelines and character-defining features

December 15 - LPC Meeting, 1 p.m.,Webb Municipal Building, Room 4.F.6

  • Public hearing on updates to design guidelines and character-defining features

February 1, 2016 - Proposed effective date for updated design guidelines and character-defining features.