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Proposed Text Amendments

The Denver zoning code is a foundational document that evolves with the city as its needs change; it has undergone several text amendments 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.

SHORT-TERM RENTALS – Sponsored by Councilwoman Mary Beth Susman
This proposed text amendment would allow short-term rentals as accessory to a primary residential use, with limitations, where residential uses are currently allowed. The amendment is a companion piece to a proposal from Denver’s Department of Excise and Licenses that would establish a licensing and enforcement framework for short-term rentals (rentals of residential property for a period of fewer than 30 days). For more information or to comment on the proposed licensing framework, including the licensing requirements for hosts, applicable fees and fines, and enforcement tools, visit www.DenverGov.org/STR.

For more information on the Denver Zoning Code text amendment, contact Senior City Planner Abe Barge (abe.barge@denvergov.org).

ARAPAHOE SQUARE - Text and Map Amendments, sponsored by Councilman Albus Brooks
This proposed text amendment creates two new zone districts for the Arapahoe Square neighborhood, located just north of Downtown Denver. The text amendment will be accompanied by a corresponding map amendment to implement the new zone districts as well as updated design standards and guidelines for the neighborhood. A technical task force has guided the development of these regulations for more than a yearto help implement the Northeast Downtown Neighborhoods Plan (PDF).

A public Planning Board hearing is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on April 20, 2016 at the City and County Building, 1437 Bannock St. Room 389.

For more information, including a related zone map amendment application and proposed design standards and guidelines for Arapahoe Square, visit www.denvergov.org/arapahoesquare, or contact Senior Planner Abe Barge (abe.barge@denvergov.org).

PEÑA STATION NEXT DESIGN OVERLAY AND DIA SIGNAGE – Sponsored by CPD and DIA

This proposed text amendment would clarify the Manager of Aviation’s authority to regulate signs in the DIA zone district, enabling new iconic signage on airport property east of E-470, and establish a new design overlay (DO-6) to enable innovative signage and illumination in the Peña & 61st Transit-Oriented Development area.

For more information, contact Principal City Planner Kyle Dalton (kyle.dalton@denvergov.org).

What's New

S-MX-2A, -3A, -5A, -8A, and -12A ZONE DISTRICT SERIES
Adopted by City Council November 23, 2015
This text amendment to created a new series of suburban neighborhood context zone districts with more urban, pedestrian-oriented character. These zone districts are intended to be first applied in the 61st & Peña station area.

For more information, contact Senior City Planner Kyle Dalton (kyle.dalton@denvergov.org).

AIRPORT INFLUENCE OVERLAY AMENDMENT 

This proposed text amendment would create more opportunities for multi-unit housing to promote transit-oriented development near the Peña & 61st station, with reasonable residential protections.

For more information, contact Senior City Planner Courtland Hyser (Courtland.Hyser@denvergov.org).

All Adopted Denver Zoning Code Amendments

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.

Redline Versions
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.  

Text amendment 1 (PDF) - Effective August 13, 2010
Text amendment 2 (PDF) - Effective September 16, 2010 
Text amendment 3 (PDF) - Effective October 29, 2010
Text amendment 4 (PDF) - Effective November 19, 2010
Text amendment 5 (PDF) - Effective December 23, 2010
Text amendment 6 (PDF) - Effective June 24, 2011
Text amendment 7 (PDF) - Effective June 13, 2011
Text amendment 8 (PDF) - Effective July 15, 2011
Text amendment 9 (PDF) - Effective September 1, 2011
Text amendment 10 (PDF) - Effective March 9, 2012
Text amendment 11 (PDF) - Effective May 11, 2012
Text amendment 12 (PDF) - Effective July 20, 2012
Text amendment 13 (PDF) - Effective October 31, 2012
Text amendment 14 (PDF) - Effective January 11, 2013
Text amendment 15 (PDF) - Effective December 13, 2013
Text amendment 16 (PDF) - Effective April 7, 2014

The Denver Zoning Code was restated and republished on April 7, 2014. The following amendments are to the updated 2014 version of the code.

Text amendment 1 (PDF) - Effective July 18, 2014
Text amendment 2 (PDF) - Effective October 30, 2014
Text amendment 3 (PDF) - Effective January 8, 2015
Text amendment to Correct Clerical Errors (PDF) - Effective January 21, 2015
Text amendment to Correct Clerical Errors (PDF) - Effective March 16, 2015

2015 Text Amendment Bundle #1 (PDF)

The Denver Zoning Code was restated and republished on July 6, 2015. The following amendments are to the updated 2015 version to the code.

Text Amendment 1 (PDF) - Effective July 10, 2015
Text Amendment 2 (PDF) - Effective July 10, 2015
Text Amendment 3 (PDF) - Effective July 10, 2015

Text Amendment 4 (PDF) - Effective July 10, 2015

Text Amendment 5 (PDF) - Effective November 27, 2015 

Text Amendment 7 (PDF) - Effective April 29, 2016

 

The Denver Zoning Code was originally published on June 25, 2010. It was re-published in its entirety including text amendment 16 on April 7, 2014. By clicking on the page replacements below, you will find the amended pages and detailed instructions on removing old pages and inserting new pages into your hard copy of the April 7, 2014 version of the Denver Zoning Code. It was again re-published in its entirety including 2015 Text Amendment Bundle #1 on July 6, 2015.

Page replacements for amendments 1 through 4 (PDF)

Page replacements for amendment 5 (PDF)

Page replacements for amendment 7 (PDF)

 
Submit Comments

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:

  • Citizen comments
  • RNO position statements

For complete instructions on when and how to submit comments, visit the Contact the Planning Board page.

Neighborhood Position Statements

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: