The Denver Zoning Code is a foundational document that evolves with the city as its needs change. The text of the code is periodically amended based on identified needs and public feedback. Text amendments to the Denver Zoning Code are generally initiated by Community Planning and Development staff and must be adopted by City Council.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING ZONING INCENTIVE
As part of ongoing efforts to implement recommendations in Blueprint Denver for more affordable housing options, Community Planning and Development is partnering with the Office of Housing Stability to find ways to encourage construction of affordable and mixed-income housing.
STADIUM DISTRICT MASTER PLAN IMPLEMENTATION
Following the City Council adoption of the Stadium District Master Plan in June 2019, city planners with Community Planning and Development are now working with local stakeholders to create new rules and regulations that will ensure that the community's vision, as laid out in the plan, guides all new development.
GOLDEN TRIANGLE ZONING AND DESIGN
Community Planning and Development is working with area residents, business owners and neighborhood representatives to create new zoning and design standards for Denver’s Golden Triangle neighborhood to implement the recommendations of the Golden Triangle Neighborhood Plan.
GROUP LIVING TEXT AMENDMENT
In light of increasing demand for non-traditional housing in Denver, the evolving needs of residents and recent changes to state and federal housing regulations, city planners will work with an advisory committee to evaluate the Denver Zoning Code’s rules for “group living.” This evaluation will include a review of land uses and definitions for: households, community corrections facilities, shelters for the homeless, residential care homes, new uses like tiny home villages, and more. Based on this evaluation, planners will recommend updates to the zoning code for some or all of these housing types.
TINY HOME VILLAGES TEXT AMENDMENT - Sponsored by Councilwoman Robin Kniech - Adopted October 7, 2019
Denver City Councilwoman Robin Kniech sponsored a text amendment to the Denver Zoning Code to allow temporary tiny home villages. This amendment was adopted separately from other potential code updates related to group living.
ZONING AND DESIGN STANDARDS AND GUIDELINES FOR THE NATIONAL WESTERN CENTER - Adopted September 9, 2019
Community Planning and Development proposed zoning changes and design standards and guidelines by which projects in the National Western Center will be reviewed and permitted.
View the full Legislative History of Denver Zoning Code Text Amendments (PDF), which outlines zoning code changes adopted by City Council to date. The legislative history includes ordinance number, effective date, applicable Denver Zoning Code provisions, and keywords. Text amendments to the code follow the procedure set out in the Denver Zoning Code, Article 12, Section 12.4.11.
By clicking on the redline versions, you can view and print a marked-up version of the text amendment to learn what changed.
The Denver Zoning Code was originally published on June 25, 2010. The following are amendments to the original version of the code.
The Denver Zoning Code was restated and republished on April 7, 2014. The following amendments are to the updated 2014 version of the code.
The Denver Zoning Code was restated and republished on July 6, 2015. The following amendments are to the updated 2015 version of the code.
The Denver Zoning Code was restated and republished on May 5, 2017. The following amendments are to the updated 2017 version of the code.
The Denver Zoning Code was restated and republished on May 24, 2018. The following amendments are to the updated 2018 version of the code.
The Denver Zoning Code was originally published June 25, 2010. It was re-published in its entirety including 2018 Text Amendment Bundle on May 24, 2018.
Page replacements for Text Amendment 1 (PDF) - effective June 22, 2018
Page replacements for Text Amendment 2 (PDF) - effective October 11, 2018
Page replacements for Text Amendment 3 (PDF) - effective December 20, 2018
Page replacements for Text Amendment 4 (PDF) - effective July 11, 2019
Page replacements for text amendment to correct clerical errors (PDF) - effective July 26, 2019
Page replacements for Text Amendment 5 (PDF) - effective September 12, 2019
Page replacements for Text Amendment 6 (PDF) - effective October 8, 2019
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Although timelines will be affected, CPD staff is continuing to work on planning, permitting and inspections as responsible social distancing allows. We will stay in contact with applicants and project partners on next steps and are reviewing virtual options for meetings and public engagement that may be carried out under our current circumstances.
We welcome your comments on pending text amendments. Comments may be provided by mail or in person at public hearings. The following types of written comments are accepted:
For complete instructions on when and how to submit comments, visit the Contact the Planning Board page.
Denver CPD notifies Registered Neighborhood Organizations (RNOs) of pending amendments affecting areas located inside or within 200 feet of their established boundaries.
For text amendments, RNOs receive a public hearing notice prior to City Council public hearings. A RNO is encouraged to: