Denver’s local landmark designation program recognizes properties of historical, architectural and geographical importance to the City and County of Denver. To be eligible for designation, a district or structure must maintain its historic and physical integrity and meet two of the three designation criteria.
Most designation applications are initiated by property owners, citizens or neighborhood groups. Applications are reviewed by Landmark Preservation staff and the independent Landmark Preservation Commission, and approved by City Council.
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Set up a pre-application review with the Landmark Preservation staff. The staff may help by:
Submit the completed application along with required fees to Landmark Preservation.
Landmark preservation staff will review your application to determine whether the application is complete and Denver landmark designation criteria are met.
Once Landmark Preservation staff determines that an application is complete and that landmark designation criteria are met, the application will be set for a public hearing before the Landmark Preservation Commission.
Upon recommendation of the Landmark Preservation Commission, the application for designation is forwarded to City Council.
Addition requirements and time frames apply to various steps in the designation process. Please contact Landmark Preservation at 720-865-2709 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
For a structure or district to qualify for historic designation, the property or properties must maintain their historic or physical integrity, and meet at least one criterion in two of the three following categories:
When the Landmark Preservation Commission reviews designation applications, it will also consider how a structure or district relates to a historic context or theme important to Denver history. Consult with Landmark Preservation Staff to obtain more information.
You will need to conduct historic research to determine if the property or properties in question meet the criteria for historic designation.
The landmark designation criteria and process is delineated in Chapter 30 of the Denver Municipal Code.
Designating a structure
Designating a district
The manager of Community Planning and Development or a member of City Council can also file landmark designation applications.
No. Once the City receives a designation application for a structure or historic district, a demolition hold goes into effect for 120 days. No demolition permit is issued for an affected structure or district within this time period unless the Landmark Preservation Commission denies the application for designation or City Council votes to deny historic designation first.
A typical designation of a landmark structure is processed within 90 to 120 days from time of application, although the process and time frames can vary.
City Council must file a bill to designate a structure or district within 90 days after the Landmark Preservation Commission first transmits its recommendation to City Council, or the designation process will be terminated. In cases where an application for either demolition or a Certificate of Non-Historic Status prompts the landmark designation application, the structure must be designated within 120 days or the process is terminated.
No, local landmark or historic district designation does not trigger any requirement that you make your property accessible to the public. While a non-profit organization (such as a neighborhood association) may contact you regarding your willingness to participate in a historic home tour, it is up to your discretion as to whether to participate or not, and the City and County of Denver will not be involved in such a request.
Complete the required application and submit application and fee by mail or in person.
201 W. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80202
2nd floor Webb Municipal Building
201 W. Colfax Ave.
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
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.