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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 on the licensing framework, 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
Arapahoe Square, located just north of Downtown Denver, is envisioned in the City’s adopted plans to become a densely populated, vibrant mixed-use district. To help implement this vision, a technical task force is guiding the development of new zoning and design standards & guidelines. For more information, visit www.denvergov.org/arapahoesquare.  

AIRPORT INFLUENCE OVERLAY AMENDMENT – Sponsored by Councilwoman Gilmore
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 Principal City Planner Kyle Dalton (kyle.dalton@denvergov.org).

PEÑA STATION 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).

NATIONAL WESTERN CENTER ZONING
Adopted by City Council July 6, 2015
This text amendment introduced a new zone district to begin the implementation of the National Western Center Master Plan vision, consistent with the recently-adopted Globeville and Elyria and Swansea Neighborhood Plans. An accompanying map amendment applies the new zone district to properties owned by the Western Stock Show Association or the City and County of Denver.

For more information, contact Senior City Planner Steve Nalley (steve.nalley@denvergov.org).

HIGHLAND OVERLAYS
Adopted by City Council July 6, 2015
Councilmember Judy Montero sponsored these text amendments to add three new overlay districts in Highland. One design overlay and two conservation overlays will reflect Highland’s unique characteristics and reinforce development patterns consistent with the neighborhood’s distinct character.  

For more information, contact Senior City Planner Steve Nalley (steve.nalley@denvergov.org).

2015 TEXT AMENDMENT BUNDLE #1
City Council passed the 2015 Text Amendment Bundle #1 at the June 29, 2015 meeting.  The bundle takes effect July 6.  Formal site development plans already in the city pipeline (or submitted with all fees paid by July 2) will be given the choice of review under the newly amended version of the Denver Zoning Code or under the old version. Projects that choose to remain under the old DZC must complete the approval process by January 4, 2016, or be subject to the updated code.  

The following documents are available to download:

For more information, contact Senior City Planner Kyle Dalton (kyle.dalton@denvergov.org). Sign up for CPD e-news for updates on this amendment and other planning and development topics.

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 

 

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) 

 
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: