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Big Changes for Commercial Zoning

Commercial zoning counter changing to half-days starting June 5

Over the past few months, our commercial zoning review process has changed quite a bit.

  • We've changed our "zoning stamp" process. In the past, applicants for a building permit, who had already received zoning permits but did not have a zoning stamp on their plans, had to visit our zoning counter in person to receive this stamp before they were able to apply for building permits. Today, we do this process internally as the building plans come in, and these customers no longer need to get in line for the zoning counter.
  • In April, we launched simultaneous review. This is a huge time-saver for customers and our staff. You can now apply for zoning and building permits at the same time, by getting in line for the "Log In" service at the permit counter. "Log In" is where building plans have traditionally been submitted. This line now also receives zoning plans when they are submitted at the same time as building plans, freeing up capacity at the zoning counter.
  • In May, we streamlined our commercial zoning webpage, guides, and applications. Clearer instructions and easy access to application downloads via the new Commercial Zoning webpage means more customers will be equipped to apply for zoning permits via email, as well as make for a quicker submittal process at the counter for customers who still prefer to come in person.
  • Requests for copies of zoning records are now handled by the Records counter instead of Commercial Zoning. Records is located on the 2nd floor of the Webb building by the Cashier.

As a result, fewer customers need to see our commercial zoning staff in person at the permit counter. We are shifting these important, skilled plan reviewers away from the counter, so they can spend more time reviewing submitted applications and issuing permits. This will also free up more staff time for responding to records requests and answering customers' questions via phone and email. 

Starting Monday, June 5, the commercial zoning counter's new hours will be 8 am to noon, Monday through Friday. Check-in opens at 8 am each day and closes at 11:30 am. Like all of our permit counter services, check-in will close early if all available time slots for that day are taken, and check-in always closes 30 minutes before the counter closes.  

As always, we accept emailed zoning application packages to zoning.review@denvergov.org at any time of day.


New webpage and guides? Tell me more.

Cover page of the Commercial Zoning GuideIf our commercial zoning webpage looks different to you, it is!

As a complement to the residential permitting guides we released in 2016, there are now updated application forms and guides for commercial zoning permits as well. The new applications better reflect the information we need to complete a zoning review, and each application is accompanied by details on how to apply.

We created Project Guides for our most common zoning permit types - Use Permits, Construction Permits, and Temporary Use Permits - and for special situations like marijuana businesses, special event parking, home occupations, zone lot amendments, and more.

We've also created sample plans that illustrate all of the elements of a good zoning plan set, and have listed these elements on the sample plans as well as within each of the project guides.

Easily access all of this information (commercial zoning forms, guides, and sample plans) online.

  1. Go to www.denvergov.org/CommercialZoning.
  2. Scroll down to "Project Guides, Applications and Instructions."
  3. Open the drop-down menu of the permit you seek (e.g., a "zoning use permit" for a new use or a "zoning construction permit" for a fence) and follow the instructions.