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.
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:
Site Development Plan (SDP) Review for information on
Simultaneous Review for instructions on applying for zoning and building permits at the same time
Click the image above to get to the Denver Zoning map to look up the zone district for your property.
Development Services provides research for the following information on any property located within the City and County of Denver:
You can obtain this information by requesting a zoning verification and compliance letter.
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:
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:
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.
It is highly recommended you ensure plans will meet all applicable building codes, as future changes to meet building code requirements may void any previous variance received or appeal granted and will require a new zoning review.
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.
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.