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Zoning for Your Project

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Zoning defines many aspects of a property, such as size and location of structures, allowed uses, required parking, transportation, lot shapes, block patterns and more.

If you are considering purchasing a property, making any changes to your property or changing how you use your property, use the DevelopDENVER tool to the right to determine the zoning for your property.  Once you've found how your property is zoned, look up your zone district in the Denver zoning code to make sure the intended use complies with the code. 

What is Your Project Type?

Depending on the type of project, zoning process and submittal requirements vary. Click below for permit applications, guides and submittal requirements specific to your project type.

For commercial projects, click Zoning Permits for Commercial Projects for information on all of the following: 

  • New construction
  • Additions, accessory structures and fences
  • Change of use, tenant finish and remodel
  • Repair / replace
  • Signs
  • Telecommunications facilities
  • Simultaneous zoning and building code reviews

For residential projects, click below for information on all of the following:

Zoning Permit Procedures

  • The purpose is to ensure compliance with the standards and provisions of the Denver Zoning Code, while encouraging quality development in Denver reflective of the goals, policies, and strategies found in the Comprehensive Plan.
  • This review is performed by the Development Services staff.
  • Read Denver Zoning Code section 12.4.1, "Zoning Permit Review," for more background information on the zoning permit review process

  • Required for certain types of construction projects and land uses that have the potential for impact on the neighboring community. 
  • In addition to the zoning permit review, a notice is posted at the property site and the public can send written comments to the Zoning department.
  • For detailed information on zoning permit reviews with informational notice, please see Denver Zoning Code 12.4.2, "Zoning Permit Review with Informational Notice."
  • To request a zoning permit review with informational notice, a pre-application meeting with Zoning staff is required. To schedule a meeting, please contact zoningreview@denvergov.org or 720-865-3000. 

  • Required when the use is appropriate in the neighborhood context and zoning district, yet may have the potential for limited impact on adjacent properties. 
  • Subject to a Board of Adjustments public hearing
  • For detailed information on zoning permits with special exception reviews, please see Denver Zoning Code section 12.4.9, "Zoning Permit with Special Exception Review."  
  • To request a zoning permit with special exception review, a pre-application meeting with Zoning staff is required. To schedule a meeting, please contact zoningreview@denvergov.org or 720-865-3000.

 

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Click the image above to get to the Denver Zoning map to look up the zone district for your property.

Contact Us

Zoning Permit Staff 
720-865-3000
zoningreview@denvergov.org
Please leave/send a message with details including the address of the property. 

For rezoning inquiries visit CPD's rezoning page.

Visit the Permit Counter Hours page for zoning office hours and location. 

 

Verification and Compliance Letter

Development Services provides research for the following information on any property located within the City and County of Denver:

  • Zone district confirmation
  • Zoning compliance information
  • Rebuild information
  • Zoning research

You can obtain this information by requesting a zoning verification and compliance letter.

 

Zoning Adjustments, Variances, & Appeals

Administrative adjustments and variances

Project plans must be submitted so that zoning staff may complete a full review of the entire project. For those projects where you know your project will violate zoning regulations, and you plan to request an administrative adjustment or zoning variance, you must still submit a complete application and plans for a full review first.

If after submitting your plans, you learn that your project does not meet zoning requirements, you may either revise the project to comply with the zoning code, request an administrative adjustment from staff (for a minor exception to the code), or request a zoning variance from the Board of Adjustment

An administrative adjustment or variance may be appropriate for the following:

  • When a permit is denied because a project does not meet zoning requirements due to an unusual hardship.

If you believe that zoning review staff erred in interpreting or applying the zoning code’s standards, you may seek an appeal from the Board of Adjustment. Actions of the zoning administrator, zoning permitting staff, or zoning inspectors may be appealed to the Board.

An appeal may be appropriate for the following:

  • Zoning permits issued or denied based on an error in interpreting/applying the zoning code,
  • A zoning enforcement order to cease and desist,
  • Any other kind of zoning enforcement action, or
  • A formal written code or use determination (e.g., a determination to allow an unlisted temporary use or a home occupation).

Apply for an administrative adjustment through your assigned project reviewer. Your reviewer will advise you on what to submit (typically a letter and narrative detailing the request, with additional evidence of the justifying hardship). An administrative review fee will apply. Most administrative adjustment decisions are made within two weeks.

For variances or appeals, once your project reviewer has made a decision to deny based on a zoning violation, inform the reviewer of your decision and obtain an “informal denial” form from the reviewer to submit to the Board of Adjustment. Appeals must be submitted within 15 days of the project reviewer’s decision. Variance requests may be submitted at any time.

If the appeal or variance request relates to the denial of a zoning permit for construction, you must also submit two copies of a scaled site plan, floor plan and elevation drawings to the Board.

Once a zoning decision is appealed, any action of the zoning administrator or staff directly related to the appeal is stayed until the Board hearing.

An incomplete submittal will not be accepted for filing for a hearing date.

 

Zone Lot Amendment

A zone lot is the land designated as the building site for a structure  and/or the site for a land use or activity. The city uses the zone lot as the basic land unit for zoning review and permitting. 

Zone lot boundaries may be changed by submitting an application for a zone lot amendment.