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Downtown Denver Historic District Tax Rebate

In December of 2000, Denver City Council approved the designation of the Downtown Historic District. The ordinance helps to preserve the distinctive urban design and character of our city’s core. At the same time, city council authorized a tax rebate to help offset property tax rates for historic property owners in this historic district, and to thank property owners for preserving and maintaining their renovated structures.  

Photo of historic building at 900 16th StreetYour building may qualify for the tax rebate if:

  • The building is within the Downtown Denver Historic District. Click here for a map.
  • The street elevations are in good repair
  • The street elevations are substantially original in appearance
  • The building systems are in good repair
  • The building/owner does not receive financing from the Denver Urban Renewal Authority (DURA) nor have an outstanding repayment obligation to DURA.
  • One or more tax-paying entities are located in the structure.

How to apply

To receive your tax rebate, please complete and return the application form by September 1, 2017. Your application should include the following:

  1. Application form (PDF)
  2. Current color photographs (4" x 6" prints or digital photographs; please no blurry images) showing all street-facing sides of the building. Label the structure’s address on all photographs, or in the file name (for digital images). See photo standards (PDF). 

Please note: For each building in the Downtown Denver Historic District, a single applicant authorized to represent all occupants must complete and return an application. Questions? Please call Landmark Preservation staff at 720-865-2709 or email

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

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.

More on the Downtown Denver Historic District Tax Rebate

In December of 2000, Denver City Council approved the designation of the Downtown Historic District. Ordinance No. 970 — establishing the tax rebate — helps to offset property tax rates for historic property owners in the district. 

The ordinance states that the program is to be evaluated on a year-to-year basis as part of the City’s annual appropriation process to determine if funds will be available for the tax rebate. Landmark staff anticipate that the Downtown Historic District tax rebate will be available for 2017 property taxes.

There is no fee to apply for the tax rebate. 

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