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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.

Commercial Zoning Permits for information on all of the following: 

  • New use, change of use, expansions
  • Marijuana businesses
  • Special event parking
  • Temporary uses
  • Temporary Tiny Home Villages 
  • Residential care uses / Group homes
  • Accessory structures, exterior changes or site improvements, fences
  • Signs
  • Telecommunications facilities

Large Development Review for proposed new large developments

Site Development Plan (SDP) Review for information on

  • New commercial and multifamily construction
  • Major additions
  • Tenant-finish/remodel projects undergoing a change of occupancy 

Simultaneous Review for instructions on applying for zoning and building permits at the same time

Or, for zoning permits for work on single-family and duplex homes, visit the Outside the HomeBuilding/Expanding a Home, or Home Occupation webpages.

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 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 or 720-865-3000.


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 
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. 


Zoning Letters

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

  • Zone District Verification
  • Zone Use Verification
  • Bank Letter
  • Zone Lot Verification
  • Compliance Letter 

Adjustments, Variances, & Appeals

What if my project doesn't meet zoning code requirements? What can be appealed?

Learn more about administrative adjustments for
minor exceptions to zoning codes, variance requests through the Board of Adjustments, and appealing a zoning decision.



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