Demolition of residential and commercial structures that are 120 square feet or greater require a permit review process including review, permits and inspections. Demolition of a structure less than 120 square feet does not require a review, permits or inspections with the City.
Landmark Preservation reviews all applications for total demolition to determine if the structures have potential for historical signficance.
The Total Demolition Guide (PDF) contains the step-by-step procedures for total demolition of residential and commercial structures, submittal checklist, and required applications.
If your property is located within a historic district or designated as a landmark structure, additional steps may apply. Use the DevelopDENVER tool to the right to determine the landmark status. Contact the Landmark Preservation staff at 720-865-2709 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
If you are demolishing a portion of your structure such as the removal of walls or sections of the roof in preparation for additions or remodeling projects, that demolition is to be included in the scope of work of construction permits. The following permit/reviews are required:
Before you start your project, you need to know what regulations apply to your property and what factors may impact your project. You'll need to consider:
Any project that involves changes to the exterior of landmark structures or properties in historic landmark districts must be reviewed by Landmark Preservation staff before you begin. The appropriate zoning, building, curb cut, or revocable permits needed for the project will be issued only after design review has been completed and the project has been approved. To determine your property’s landmark status, use the DevelopDENVER tool to the right. Then, visit the design review web page for more information.
Zoning establishes standards for things such as the size and location of structures and acceptable uses for your property. Before you begin construction, you need to be sure your project is in compliance with the Denver Zoning Code. Use the DevelopDENVER tool to the right to determine the zoning for your property. In the results, click on your zone district for descriptions and definitions; then, click on your neighborhood context for more information on zoning in your area.
If any portion of your project has the potential to affect the trunk, canopy or roots of the street trees around your property, before you begin, you must contact Denver Forestry by email (email@example.com) or phone (720-913-0651) to evaluate your project. Any removal, trimming or planting of trees within the public right of way must be permitted through the City Forester’s Office. Damages to street trees may result in the issuance of administrative citations and/or fines. Visit the Denver Forestry web page and click on Property Owner Resources for information on hiring a licensed tree service company or requesting a permit.
Denver Building Code provides minimum standards for building in order to safeguard public safety, health and welfare. The permitting and inspection process ensures that all home projects meet these standards and that all dwellings are safe and habitable at the time of construction.
Location of Utilities
When designing your project, you need to know where utilities are located. You cannot build over existing utilities. Before you dig, contact the Utility Notification Center of Colorado at 1-800-922-1987 or 811 to mark underground utilities for your project.
Location of Existing Sewer Lines
If you plan to build a new structure over or within 2 feet of the existing sanitary sewer, you will need to replace the sanitary sewer with approved materials. A plumbing contractor can help you locate the sewer lines on your property. Visit Wastewater Sewer Use and Drainage Permit (SUDP) for application, guidelines and other specific information. Contact the Department of Public Works at 303-446-3759 for additional details.
Building permit fees are based on valuation of the work to be completed including the labor and materials.
Right-of-way permit fees are based on the amount of work constructed and the amount of time they are occupying the right-of-way.
NOTE: The fees change yearly.
City Forestry fees are $65.00
There are no fees for Landmark review.
Development ServicesWellington Webb Municipal Building201 W. Colfax Ave., 2nd FloorDenver, Colorado 80202
For Landmark Approval:
Submit directly to Landmarks Preservation, the photos showing all views of all structures to be demolished and a copy of the assessor's record, with the other documents required by Development Services.
For #1D Permit:
Bring proof of all approvals and completed documents to Permit Services Counter. #1D Permit is issued after all required signatures are obtained from agencies and written evidence of neighborhood notification is submitted.
Adjacent Property Owner Notification:
Where the project requires any type of demolition or excavation, builder must verify notification of all adjacent property owners by providing the City either the return receipt of certified mail delivery, or the signed receipt of personal notification.
Please note that a permit will not be issued until 10 working days has passed since the adjacent property owner notification was made.
For Wastewater Management:
The licensed plumbing or sewer contractor must call PWPO at 303-446-3759 to schedule an inspection of the cut-off of the sanitary sewer.
If site is over 1 acre, part of a larger development OR in a floodplain, a CASDP must be obtained. CASDP application & initial submittal may be made electronically or in person to the counter.
Plan review for a Floodplain Permit- application & submittal may be made electronically or in person to the counter.
Contact Public Works Construction Engineering at (303) 446-3469 to obtain the required ROW permits.
For Denver Forester:
Contact Denver Forestry by email or by phone at 720-913-0651 to obtain demolition form and schedule an inspection.
Building Inspection to determine the following:
Wastewater Inspection to approve the cut-off
Pre-construction meeting for sites requiring a CASDP and ongoing inspections throughout the project up to stabilization.