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Plan Review Times: What to Expect


For the fourth quarter 2017 (updated 9/29/2017):

  • Denver's historically high demand for permitting is continuing, with permits issued in the first nine months of 2017 up approximately 17% from this time last year.
  • Yet we are meeting our target initial review times for both residential and commercial construction projects as a result of hiring more staff and improving business processes.

The review times listed in the table below apply to the initial submittal only, and do not reflect resubmittals. 

Plan Type Target Initial Review Times Current Initial Review Times (based on recent averages)

Major residential projects
Ex: New homes, additions 400 square feet or larger, landmark projects

4 weeks

4 weeks

Intermediate residential projects 
Ex: type approved submittals, additions of 400 square feet or smaller
2 weeks

2 weeks

Major commercial projects
Ex: new commercial buildings, large additions, change of occupancy & projects with a valuation over $500,000 
4 weeks

4 weeks

Intermediate commercial projects
Ex: small additions and projects with a valuation less than $500,000
2 weeks

2 weeks

Fire logs
Ex: fire alarm and fire suppression
3 weeks

4 weeks

Zoning Code Interpretations, Use Determinations
Ex: Zoning Verification & Compliance Letters

3 weeks

4 weeks

Zoning Permits
Ex: Commercial Logged-In Zoning Permits

3 weeks

4 weeks

Zone Lot Amendments 3 weeks

3 weeks

 

The ability to estimate permitting timelines is an important factor in managing your project. We strive to provide you with accurate estimates based on our current average review times.

However, the times on this page are estimates only and may not reflect your actual review time.