Site Development Plan Review involves identifying all significant land and building issues that affect the design and feasibility of your project, submitting the technical information and supporting materials, and securing the approval of all reviewing agencies. Once you have completed the final phase of site development plan review, permits may then be obtained to begin construction.
Whether Site Development Plan Review is required depends on the size and scope of the project and is determined during the pre-application/concept review, which is required for all new construction and additions and for some tenant finish/remodel projects. Contact the Project Coordinators Team for additional information.
You will be assigned a project coordinator who will assist you through each phase. He or she will coordinate reviews by all City of Denver agencies, as well as other local and state agencies relevant to your project. Use the DevelopDENVER tool to the right to look up your project coordinator.
Each Project is Different
Please note: Each project is different. The complexity and location of your project will determine the agencies involved and their requirements.
Development Services provides a standard review time frame for site development plan reviews for most projects. More complex projects may require a longer period of time. Your project coordinator will notify you when additional time is required.
During the "concept phase" of the development review process, the applicant will submit an initial application and basic information about the proposed project to Community Planning and Development (use the application and checklist linked below). The city's project coordinator assigned to your project will schedule an introductory meeting with your team, as well as various city agencies as appropriate, to identify as early as possible any significant issues that would affect the basic design and feasibility of the project.
What to submit
Green building requirements: These will apply to any project over 25,000 square feet in gross floor area. Review these rules before submitting a concept plan, as they may impact your project design.
Vacating a ROW: Requests to vacate a ROW must be approved by Denver Public Works.
The formal phase begins with a detailed site plan and proceeds through to the final approval. This phase provides Development Services with the plans and submittals required for final approval (i.e. technical data, drainage studies, transportation studies, design review compliance issues and other requirements). The formal phase plan submittal must include payment of the appropriate fees by credit card or by check made payable to the Manager of Finance. View the fee schedule.
Projects usually begin applying for building permits after the first round of formal review on the site development plan. Your project coordinator will schedule a pre-application meeting with the commercial building reviewers, which will be used to determine whether the project is far enough along to log in for building review. Projects in site development plan review cannot log in for building permits until the project coordinator gives approval.
For additional information about the formal phase, view:
As of January 1, 2017, an affordable housing fee is in effect in Denver, which is a fee on new development square footage according to the fee schedule outlined here. It applies to any projects logged in for building or SDP review on or after January 1 and must be paid at the time of building permit issuance.
A resubmittal of a Concept or Formal SDP Phase submittal (whose initial Concept submittal occurred on or prior to December 30, 2016) received after January 1, shall be deemed by the Development Review Committee (DRC) a new project, be assigned a new Concept record number, and be assessed appropriate affordable housing fees if any of the conditions below exist:
Additionally, any resubmittal of a Concept or Formal SDP Phase may be deemed by the DRC a new project, be assigned a new Concept record number, and be assessed appropriate affordable housing fees if any of the conditions below exist that result in new impacts:
A printable PDF of the above policy is located here for reference.
Final recordation phase approval is the final review of the site development plan review to ensure compliance with the City's representing agency requirements. At the conclusion of this review, Development Services will record the mylar drawings that have been submitted.
For additional information about the final recordation phase, view:
720.865.2982, Option 8
Office hours and location:
8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday
Staff hours vary (appointments recommended)
Wellington Webb Municipal Office Building
201 W. Colfax Ave., Dept. 203
Denver, CO 80202