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.
DENVER REVISED MUNICIPAL CODE AMENDMENT FOR PARTIAL REZONING OF FORMER CHAPTER 59 PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENTS - Adopted August 5, 2019
This text amendment to the Denver Revised Municipal Code simplified the requirement for who can submit an application to rezone a portion of a Former Chapter 59 planned unit development (PUD) to a district in the Denver Zoning Code by requiring the consent of only those property owners within the portion being rezoned.
TEXT AMENDMENT TO CORRECT CLERICAL ERRORS - Adopted July 26, 2019
Community Planning and Development recently corrected several minor, non-substantive clerical errors in the Denver Zoning Code, such as spelling errors and incorrect cross-references. CPD is authorized under the Denver Revised Municipal Code to make these types of minor changes as codifier and publisher of the Denver Zoning Code. The most up-to-date version of the Denver Zoning Code, including these minor corrections, was published to the CPD webpage on July 26, 2019.
LARGE DEVELOPMENT REVIEW TEXT AMENDMENT AND GENERAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN PROCESS UPDATE - Adopted July 8, 2019
In coordination with multiple city agencies, Community Planning and Development led a comprehensive update to the historical general development plan (GDP) process and the city’s open space requirements. These changes will allow city agencies to better serve large developments and their surrounding communities, and will improve coordination of major elements (open space, area plans, affordable housing, and more) at a much earlier stage of development planning. The refreshed review process is designed to be clearer and more predictable for customers, allowing developers and owners of large development sites to plan more efficiently for large, long-term projects that may evolve over time.
If approved, these changes would include the following:
To learn more about the changes proposed: Slide deck summarizing GDPs and the rationale for changes (PDF) | Text of the zoning code amendment (PDF)
Any project that would like to use the improved review process for large developments may do so, regardless of the dates above.
Learn more about the new review process: Start on slide 16 (PDF)
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
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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: