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Visit the Denver Municipal Animal Shelter on  Facebook for tips, tricks and the latest pet adoptions. For information on animal health, abuse lost and found pets, laws, and other animal related issues visit  the  Denver Municipal Animal Shelter website. For additional animal complaint or questions call 3-1-1, or go online to the  311 Help Center.

A few rules on animals & pets:

  • Denver ordinance requires that excrement be removed immediately from any property that is not your own, public or private.
    • Although it is not illegal to allow your dog to poop on someone else’s property, it is illegal if the dog damages or destroys landscaping or fencing, or if the excrement is not removed immediately. Bare in mind that some neighbors work hard on their yards, and they see dogs relieving themselves on their prize daffodils as an affront. It is best to avoid any potential conflict by steering your best pal to the tree lawn, which is public right-of-way. 
    • Animal excrement cannot be discarded in storm sewers, but may be tossed into trash receptacles if it’s contained in a closed plastic bag or other closed airtight nonporous container.
  • Cats and Dogs must be vaccinated and licensed. 
  • No snakes, poisonous reptiles, pit bulls, or livestock.
  • Leash laws are  enforced and the person on the other end of the leash must have control of the dog.
  • Denver law prohibits any person from owning, possessing, keeping, exercising control over, maintaining, harboring or selling a pit bull in the City and County of Denver. A pit bull is defined as any dog that is an American Pit Bull Terrier, an American Staffordshire Terrier, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, or any dog displaying the majority of physical traits of any one or more of these breeds. You can go to to view a list of pit bull related breeds.

You can call (303) 698-0076 to report barking or vicious dogs, dog at large. 

Wildlife in the City

Coyotes: Coyotes can be identified by a black tipped tail, black shoulder stripe, gold eyes, long pointed ears & nose and long legs

Tips for safety around the home:

  • Always turn on light and check yard before letting pet outside between dusk and dawn
  • Spray with a a hose in your yard
  • Trim thick shrubbery to 1 ft above ground so animals can’t hide underneath in your yard-they are ambush predators
  • Keep cats safe inside

If you encounter a coyote(s) when walking your dog:

  • DO NOT EVER ignore, turn back on, run away.
  • Stand ground, yell, make noise, make yourself look big.
  • Carry whistle, noisemaker, small rocks in pocket.
  • Approach aggressively if coyote doesn’t leave.
  • Pick up your dog if possible, don’t let coyote between you and pet.
  • Slowly back towards other people if necessary.
  • Do not stop harassing coyote until it leaves area.

NOTE: Coyotes are skittish and will eventually run away. They avoid confrontation with aggressive people. To report coyote activity or for further information, contact Doug Kelly with Denver Parks and Recreation, or (720) 913-0630.

For more information on wildlife in and around Denver, visit the 'Wildlife' section of the Denver Parks & Recreation website.


Want to register to vote or find your Voter Service Center? Would you like to view election maps & records, read ballot initiatives, or take a look at the election calendar? Contact the Denver Elections Division at 311, or visit

Powers and duties of the Denver Clerk and Recorder

  • Recorder of deeds and other documents affecting title to real property for Denver County
  • Power to administer oaths
  • Trade name registrations for Denver County
  • Conduct of state elections within Denver County
  • Conduct of municipal elections
  • Marriage licensing in Denver County
  • Attesting, certifying and authenticating documents, including countersigning all mayoral contracts
  • Keeping of ordinances, contracts and other official city documents
  • Keeping of campaign finance records
  • Keeping of financial disclosure records
  • Registration of lobbyists and keeping of lobbying reports
  • Maintenance of the domestic partnership registry
  • Member of the board of equalization for property taxes 

Hours of Construction
- The general daytime noise limit in Denver is 55 decibels, Monday – Friday between the hours of 7 am – 9pm; Saturday & Sunday  between the hours of 8 am -  5pm  
- To report noise complaints, call Environmental Health at (720) 865-5452, or submit a noise complaint online at

Site Maintenance
- Builders must maintain the job site by cutting the lawn and trimming vegetation.  The site must be kept free of litter and windblown debris.
- To report violations, call Neighborhood Inspection Services at 
(720) 865-3200, or submit a complaint online at

Trash Removal
- Contractors should not use residential dumpsters, nor are alleys and vacant lots acceptable dumping areas.
- To report violations, call the Illegal Dumping Hotline at (720) 865-6899.  Provide as much information as possible about the vehicle and driver.

- A construction crew may park cars and trucks on residential streets, as long as restrictions are observed and they do not park for over 72 hours.
- To report violations, call the Enforcement to the Right-of-Way dispatch office at (720) 913-1600.

On-street Obstructions
- Vehicles/trailers cannot block the street, sidewalk, right-of-way or alley without a valid Street Occupancy permit.
- To report violations, call Public Works’ Right-of-Way at (303) 446-3469.

Property Damage
- If construction in your neighborhood causes physical damage to your property (such as damaged fences and severed sprinkler heads), it is a matter of civil law and will need to be handled between the contractor and the affected property owner.   
- Report sidewalk damage to Right-of-Way at (303) 446-3469.
- Report damage to trees in the front setback or City right-of-way to the City Foresters’ office at (720) 913-0651.

- To find out if a permit has been issued, contact Building Records at (720) 865-2790 with the exact address.
- If construction is being performed without a permit, report violations to Building Inspections at (720) 865-2505.

To ease tension during the construction process...
- Solicit information regarding the extent of the project by asking the owner or builder, or check to see if permits have been issued.
- Expect construction to be noisy and messy, especially at first.
- Be familiar with City guidelines regulating construction operations (i.e. read this!)
- Don’t use the job site as a dumpster.
- Recognize the project time frame.  Generally, it takes 3-4 months for interior work, 6 months for exterior remodeling, and a year for a new home or condominium project.


- Keep neighbors informed!  
- In advance of construction or demolition:
- You are required to inform neighboring properties of demolition via certified letter, 10 days in advance.
- Meet with neighbors and deliver flyers describing the project.
- During construction:
- Ensure the contractor has specifically outlined site policies and procedures for their employees, as well as any sub-contractors on the job.
- Limit working hours of high noise operations to the middle of the day.
- Limit and control radio noise.
- Screen the project’s mechanical equipment.
- Protect any excavation hole deeper than 3-feet with fencing.
- Place the dumpster on the lot or on the street in the middle of the site.
- Avoid blowing debris and accumulations of clutter.
- Cover the dumpster with a tarp bound by cord to contain dust and debris, and to control unauthorized use.
- Park construction vehicles off-street, if possible, and turn off engines unless operating equipment.
- Place portable toilets away from property lines in less visible locations and arrange for regular service.

Find parks and recreation center maps and get information on recreation center classes with our recreation programs app.

You can contact Denver Parks & Recreation at:

201 W. Colfax, Dept. 601
Denver, CO 80202 
Phone: 720.913.1311

Police District 3

Commander Joseph Montoya
1625 S. University Blvd., 720-913-1300
Neighborhood Patrol Officer:
Tony Burkhardt 720-913-1171

Police District 6

Commander Tony Lopez
1566 Washington St., 720-913-2800
Neighborhood Patrol Officers:
Officers Ryan Nunnelly 720-913-2940

You may now check crime statistics in your neighborhood with an  interactive mapping tool .

Police non-emergency service contacts:
  • Call 311 for non-emergencies; call 911 for emergencies.
  • Denver Police Department
  • Neighborhood Crime Prevention
  • Non-Emergency number 720-913-2000
  • Crime Stoppers Hotline: (720) 913-7867
  • Drug Tip Hotline: (720) 913-DRUG (3784)
  • Public Safety Review Commission: (720) 913-8467
  • Speeding Enforcement: (720) 865-6905
    Cell Phone Emergency notifications

    Register for Denver 911 Emergency Cell Phone Notification. This system is used to distribute important information about emergency events occurring within the City and County of Denver. These are targeted notifications about incidents occurring in specific areas, like your neighborhood! Stay informed and stay safe.

    Homeless Outreach Police Officers
    Officer Robert Parks and Officer Layla DeStaffany 720-490-0023
    RTD Security 303-299-2460

    Citizen’s Police Academy 
    Technician Mike Rapp 720-913-6878

    Property Records

    To find property related information such as property taxes and records for your home or business, visit the Assessor's Office

    You can also view detailed property information with our interactive real property search application which can show property assessment values, maps, comparables and more.


    The Denver Zoning Code implements the city's vision for the future of Denver. The code is intended to balance conservation and development, achieve design excellence in the built environment and guide Denver's prosperous and sustainable future.

    You can also find other related zoning information including :

    Historic Preservation

    According to Community Planning and Development’spreservation staff, historic preservation is achieved by local designation of both structures and districts. In order for a potential structure or district to be eligible for designation, it must meet two of the three criteria for historical significance described in the Landmark ordinance (Chapter 30): History, Architecture, and Geography. (View theLandmark Ordinance for specific criteria). All applications for designation are reviewed by Landmark staff, the Landmark Preservation Commission, the Denver Planning Board, and City Council.

    General process for designation is as follows:

    1. Pre-application review
    2. Submit application and fees
    3. Initial review at the Landmark Preservation Commission
    4. Landmark Preservation public hearing
    5. City Council public hearing

    While the Landmark Preservation Commission can make a recommendation for designation of an individual property or district, only City Council can approve the designation through a public hearing process. The entire process for designation is designed to maximize public input and involve the participation of registered neighborhood organizations.

    Neighborhood Inspections

    You can call 3-1-1, or go to the 311 online help center, for these issues:

    • Rubbish in yards and along alley.
    • Furniture and appliances in yard and on porches.
    • Weeds in yard and alley over 6” in height.
    • Branches accumulated in yard.
    • Dog waste accumulation in yard.
    • Excess amount of cars.
    • Parking on front lawn.
    • Existing sidewalk in need of repair.
    • Sidewalk/driveway construction requires permit.
    • Vacant buildings not secured


    Report graffiti to public works for free removal assistance* by submitting a 311 Help Request

    * For free removal assistance on your property, you must complete a removal authorization form

    Year to date map of graffiti removal efforts by council districts

    You can also call to report graffiti found in your area:

    • Public Property: (720) 865-7867
    • Utility Poles and Green Boxes: (303) 571-2512
    • Parks or Along Trails: (303) 458-4833
    • Telephones: (800) 234-4041 repair option
    • RTD Shelters: (303) 299-6700
    • DPS Property: (303) 575-4020
    • Highways: (303) 757-9511

    Home Improvement Tips:

    When work is done without permits, it comes to light at the time a property is sold, refinanced or when a contractor or neighbor notices a problem and reports it to the City. Read the  Denver zoning code or find your zoning on our  Denver zoning map.

    Protect Yourself with Building Permits

    • Permits protect your safety.
    • Permits protect the resale of your home and are required by lending institutions.
    • Unpermitted work can void insurance coverage and violate local Zoning and Building Codes.
    • Permits add value to your project and require that inspections be performed to verify that work was done correctly.
    • Have your contractor pull a permit because the permit holder is responsible for compliance with the Building Code.

    Common Projects That Do Not Require a Permit

    • Replacing an electrical fixture with a like fixture
    • Replacing a plumbing fixture with a like fixture
    • Painting
    • Carpeting
    • Floor tile

    Projects That Require a Permit

    • Most decks
    • Additions
    • Bay windows
    • Patio Covers
    • Garages
    • Car Ports
    • Basement Remodels

    Utilizing Contractors

    • Seek at least three bids.
    • Verify that your contractor is licensed.
    • Check web sites like the National Association of Home Builders for helpful tips.
    • Have a written contract de­tailing that the contractor will pull a permit and outlining the work to be performed, cost associated with each task and timeframe with estimated start and finish dates.
    • Always get a receipt for payments made to contractors.
    • Make payments beyond a de­posit to your contractor only when you get something in return, such as materials delivered to your address.
    • For large projects, before each payment, ask for a walk through with the contractor explaining the work done so far and what will happen next.
    • Never pay in full until the job is complete, has been inspected and the build­ing permit has been closed.

    Denver is fortunate enough to have a great number of active Registered Neighborhood Organizations (RNOs). They are important and helpful organizations that aide us in getting the work of the City done. They publicize important news, review land use issues and provide feedback and generally weigh in on matters facing their neighborhoods.

    • Bright Star Early Learning Center(Ages 1-5 years)

      600 Gilpin Street
      Bright Star Early Learning Center is a non-profit preschool and child care facility housed in the historical Episcopal Church of the Ascension located at the point where the four neighborhoods of Cherry Creek, Denver Country Club, Cheesman Park, and Congress Park meet.  Bright Star is an independent non-profit organization which relies on the Church of the Ascension’s in-kind hospitality.  Both entities work together to provide quality child care and early childhood education to Denver families. The Center does not advocate for any religion, but does espouse Judeo-Christian Principles.  Bright Star believes that optimal learning occurs during play-based instruction and exploration.  Bright Star provides full-time, year-round preschool and childcare facilities from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm.  To learn more about Bright Star visit:
    • Bromwell Elementary School (K-5)

      2500 East 4th Avenue
      I want to congratulate Bromwell Elementary as the first Denver Public School to be chosen as a Blue Ribbon School!  Bromwell's principal, Jonathan Wolfer, will be attending an awards ceremony in Washington D.C. on October 20 and 21 to accept the award from US Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings.  Bromwell students benefit from a well-rounded curriculum. Bromwell's scores on standardized assessments such as the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) consistently surpass theColorado and DPS averages and rank among the top schools in the district.  Bromwell also claims the distinction of having a higher percentage of open-enrollment students through the Choice program than any other DPS school.  The last day of school for Bromwell students is a half-day on Thursday, May 29, 2008.  You can learn more about Bromwell Elementary at
    • Children’s Garden Montessori School (Ages 1.5 – 6 years)

      444 Detroit Street
      Children’s Garden’s mission is to foster a safe and peaceful learning community of pre-school aged children, families, and educators supported by an active Montessori model including respect, responsibility, and an appreciation for diversity.  Children’s Garden has a primary program for children ages 3-6 years and a toddler program for children 18 months- 3 years and an extended primary/kindergarten program for 5 and 6 year olds. June 4, 2008 is the last day of school for students at Children’s Garden.  To learn more about Children’s Garden visit
    • Denver’s Cooperative Preschool 

      480 Marion Street 
      Denver’s Cooperative Preschool a non-profit, non-denominational preschool founded in 1960 and owned by member families incorporates a balance of different experiences: self-initiated and guided; group and individual; active and quiet; fine and gross-motor.  DCP is a play-based, parent cooperative preschool.  The joy and instinctive sense of wonder and delight that play brings, validates it as the most central, natural and important aspect of childhood.  DCP believes that a child’s early experience is the foundation for adult potential, that parents are the key to a child’s unique development and that play is essential in the learning process of a child.  To learn more about DCP visit
    • Denver Waldorf School, (private K-12) 

      940 North Fillmore Street 
      Denver Waldorf School is a not-for-profit independent, private school that provides a unique education to students from early childhood through high school.  Waldorf’s goal is to provide a culturally rich, age appropriate grade-level curriculum that educates the body, soul, and spirit of children.  Their motto of education is “Receive the children in reverence, educate them with love, and send them forth in freedom.”   The last day of school for Waldorf students is a half-day on Thursday, June 5, 2008.  To learn more aboutDenver Waldorf School visit
    • Dora Moore (K-8)

      846 Corona Street
      Dora Moore K-8 School provides a rich tradition of shared dedication and commitment to educational excellence, which enables parents, staff and community members to create a stimulating and supportive learning environment.  Dora Moore K-8 is the original K-8 school in the DenverPublic School system with three additional schools following their lead. The community of Dora Moore is proud of the rich tradition of excellent education provided to students in Denver for over 100 years.  The last day of school for Dora Moore students is a half-day on Thursday, May 29, 2008. To learn more about Dora Moore visit
    • East High School (9-12) 

      1600 City Park Esplanade
      In an age which often seems careless with tradition, East prides itself in its long-standing educational service to the Denver community.  Few buildings are capable of eliciting awe, but the striking East building, located in theCity Park setting, offers beautiful landscaping and renders an aesthetic experience for East High students.  East was granted Denver Landmark Status on February 4, 1991, because of its architectural significance. Since 1925, when East first opened, the school has been recognized for both academic and athletic achievements.  In 2000 Newsweek recognized East as one of America’s top one hundred public high schools.  The last day of school for East High School seniors was Friday, May 16 and the last day for other students is a half-day on Thursday, May 29, 2008.  To learn more about East High School visit
    • Good Shepherd Catholic School (private K-8)

      620 North Elizabeth Street
      Good Shepherd states that they are committed to teaching and serving children and families by inspiring academic excellence, fostering a love for Jesus Christ within the Catholic faith, and building a compassionate, inclusive community through both Traditional and Montessori philosophies. The last day of school for Good Shepherd students is a half-day on Friday, May 30, 2008.  To learn more about Good Shepherd visit
    • Life Skills Center of Denver (9-12)

      1000 Cherokee Street
      Life Skills Center is an alternative education public charter school geared to accommodate students who are experiencing difficulties with the routine of traditional public schools.  Life Skills Center students come from every walk of life and every demographic classification.  The unique curriculum used at Life Skills Centers combines academics, life skills preparation and workplace training.  The Life Skills Center's educational program operates throughout the calendar year and is individualized for each student to progress at his/her own pace.  The school year ends at Life Skills Centeron June 30, 2008 and the new school year begins July 14, 2008.  A short summer break for these hard-working high schoolers!  You can learn more about Life Skills Center by visiting
    • Morey Middle School (6-8) 

      840 East 14th Avenue 
      Morey Middle School’s vision is to expect MORE – Motivated, Organized, Respectful, and Empathetic Students.  Morey’s mission is to provide educational opportunities for our diverse student body so they may grow to be independent and life long learners.  This year Morey’s students have gone on various overnight trips including Keystone Science Camp,Shambhala Montain Center, Seacamp in San Diego, Washington D.C., andDisneyland.  Morey is in the process of creating an urban business alliance.  Intercessions – 2 days students out in the community doing hands on learning.  If you or your organization or business is interested in becoming involved in this program please contact Karen Duell at 720-424-0737 or  The last day of classes for Morey students is a half-day on Thursday, May 29, 2008.  To learn more about Morey visit
    • P.S.1 Charter School (6-12)

      1062 Delaware Street 
      P.S.1 is a Denver public charter school for students ages 11-21 in 6ththrough 12th grade.  Classes range from a start time of 8:30 am to 8:00 pm.  At P.S.1 there is a focus on building relationships through advisement and each student has a personalized learning plan.  Much of the learning that takes place is project- based with hands-on instruction.  P.S.1 is a small, inclusive learning community with a diverse student body.  P.S.1 strives to create a community of empowered, compassionate, and contributing individuals who are informed and aware, healthy, and happy, and have a passion for life long learning.  The last day of school for P.S.1Charter School students is Thursday, June 5, 2008.  To learn more about P.S.1 visit
    • Teller Elementary School (ECE-5)

      1150 Garfield Street
      Things have been very busy at Teller Elementary School in Congress Parkthis last school year.  Teller Elementary School boasts a renovated facility where enrollment reflects Denver's cultural diversity.  The involved community and staff promote the value of a solid educational foundation and provide Teller students with the tools for achieving high academic standards.  Teller held its first wine tasting fundraiser on April 12 and it was very successful. On May 1, 2008 Teller dedicated its library to Jim Bye in honor of his dedication to funding Teller’s reading intervention program for the last 7 years.  Teller is the only school in DPS with this program because of Jim Bye’s commitment to the students.  Teller’s last day of school is a half-day on Thursday, May 29, 2008.  To learn more about Teller Elementary visit

    Street Sweeping in Denver

    • Residential streets are swept once a month from April through November.
    • Street sweeping reduces air and water pollution
    • In order to help the sweepers go through smoothly, residents should remove items from the curb on street sweeping days.
    • Also, because sweepers can't sweep under parked cars, residents need to move their car on sweeping day.
    • Because street sweepers are 10.6 feet high and dump trucks are 12 feet high; low hanging branches present obstructions and residents should trim their trees back to 13 1/2 feet above the street and alley.
    • Street sweeping schedules are posted on residential signs which designate the sweeping day for each side of the block. you can sign up for Street Sweeping E-Reminders (E-minders will be sent April through November) to let you know when to move your vehicle.

    Snow Removal

    As the weather turns colder, the City of Denver wants our residents to know what to expect when snow falls. Visit for more detailed information on snow removal. During snowfall, we update the website in real time to reflect current conditions and our strategies.


    residential parking permit exempts a resident’s vehicle from the posted, on-street parking time limit restrictions on the block in which the vehicle owner resides. While having a residential parking permit doesn't guarantee you a parking space, it does mean you don't have to worry about time limits when parked on your block


    A residential parking permit does not allow parking in violation of any other parking regulations such as:

    • parking during street sweeping restrictions
    • parking in "no parking" zones
    • parking without paying meters

    If you received a permit renewal letter in the mail, you may now renew your residential parking permit online.

    Title Registration

    What you need:
    • Secure and Verifiable Identification is required. Anyone other than a named owner must have a DR2175, Non-secure power of attorneyto obtain license plates on behalf of a named owner and present his/her secure and verifiable identification.
    • Title (if available) and/or current registration. If the registration is more than six months expired at the time of application, you must provide the title or a copy of the title. 
    • If you reside in Denver, you must show proof of a Colorado vehicle emissions test. For emissions testing stations located in Denver Metro, please visit Air Care Colorado.
    • Verification of Vehicle Identification Number form, DR 2698, completed by one of the following:
      • County Clerk or Motor Vehicle Agent (VIN inspections are performedMonday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the discretion of management)
      • Law enforcement officer. You must contact the local law enforcement agency to ensure that you may be serviced by that agency before you proceed to that office.
      • Licensed Colorado motor vehicle dealer.
      • Licensed Colorado emissions testing station.
    • A current and accurate odometer reading.
    • Proof of vehicle insurance coverage (insurance card, copy of insurance policy or letter from your insurance company on the company's letterhead paper).

    Registration Renewal

    The online renewal service allows you to renew one or several vehicles in a single transaction using a credit card or electronic check. The service is provided by a third party working in partnership with the State of Colorado. The price of items purchased through this service includes funds to develop, maintain, and enhance the state's official web portal,

    Denver Motor Vehicle will mail renewal reminder postcards the 15th of the month prior to the expiration month as a courtesy to Denver residents.  If you did not receive a card or you lost your renewal card, call 311 and they can connect you with a DMV Specialist who can look up your registration fees and whether you need proof of insurance or emissions, you can then still take advantage of the online or mail in renewal options. 

    Denver County Motor Vehicle Branch Office Locations & Hours

    Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

    Northeast Branch - In the Arie P. Taylor Municipal Building

    4685 Peoria St., Suite 101
    Northwest Branch - In the Safeway Plaza            
    3698 W. 44th Ave.
    Southwest Branch - In the Bear Valley Shopping Center
    3100 S. Sheridan Blvd.

    Welton Branch - In the Five Points Plaza
    2736 Welton St. 






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    Wayne New
    Councilman District 10
    Phone: (720) 337-7710



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