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Healthy Families Healthy Homes

The Healthy Families Healthy Homes (HFHH) program works to ensure the health and  safety of Denver residents through facility inspections and resources to improve home  safety. Programs within HFHH conduct regular inspections of various public facilities  including child care facilities, body art establishments, pools and events for noise  complaints. The Residential Health Program and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program provide resources to families to make their homes safer.



Residential Health Inspections strive to protect, preserve, and promote the physical and mental health, and safety of residents in houses, apartments, hotels, motels, shelters, bed & breakfast establishments, rooming & boarding houses, etc. Inspections are conducted based on complaints.

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Minimum housing standard requirements include:

  • properly connected and functioning equipment and facilities such as toilets, kitchen sinks, bathtubs or showers;
  • proper lighting, ventilation, and heating;
  • safe and sanitary dwellings;
  • supplied utility services such as water, electricity, and gas;
  • minimum space for occupancy; and
  • pest free living through preventing such pests as cockroaches, mice, bedbugs, mosquitos,etc.
  • Hotels, motels, bed & breakfast establishments, and rooming & boarding houses are inspected annually regardless of any complaints filed. 

Rules and Regulations


Meth Contaminated Property - For meth related questions, contact Public Health Inspections at 720-913-1311.



Body art establishments and individuals who perform body art procedures in Denver are required to obtain training in blood borne pathogens and be licensed.
Complaint Information

Concerns that your body art has resulted in complications, infection or disease can be reported to the Denver Department of Environmental Health:

Public Health Inspection - Body Art
200 W 14th Avenue, Suite 200
Denver, Colorado 80204
311 or 720-913-1311


Current Body Art Establishment Regulations
Body Art Self Assessment

Based in Denver County

Those based in Denver County will license their company and permit their vehicles with The City and County of Denver.

Applications for company licensure and vehicle permits should include the following:

  • Completed and notarized Multi-County application form.
  • Certificates of insurance.
  • Physician-signed drug list.
  • List of all personnel including training and certification dates.
  • List of the vehicles being inspected.
  • The current schedule of rates and hours. (This is a Denver only requirement)
  • Fees made payable to the Manager of Revenue. $50 per vehicle, $30 per non-emergency vehicle, and $105 for the company license. If you are a new company, applying for the first time, a license process fee of $150 should be included.
  • Vehicle condition reports must be completed and kept on site for review by the inspector.

Not Based In Denver County

Those not based in Denver County will license their companies with the City and County of Denver. (Your vehicles will be permitted/licensed per the county you are based in.)

Applications for company licensure and vehicle permits should include the following:

  • Completed and notarize Multi County application form.
  • Certificates of insurance
  • List of the vehicles being inspected.
  • The current schedule of rates and hours. (This is a Denver only requirement)
  • $105.00 made payable to the Manager of Revenue. If you are a new company, applying for the first time, a license process fee of $150 should be included.


Inquiries about licensing, application process or file complaints: Email Call 311 or 720-913-1311.

Multi-county licensing/inspection coordinator (Based in Jefferson County): Call 303-271-5716.

For Noise Complaints: Call 3-1-1 | View the Denver Noise Ordinance Here

The noise complaints process is being revamped to better utilize staff time and resources. Field investigations will be determined on a case-by-case basis. However, written warnings and enforcement actions may still take place. Please read through this document before submitting a noise complaint. 

The Public Health Inspections division will respond to a complaint within 72 business hours. If immediate assistance is required, please contact the Denver Police Non-Emergency line at 720-913-2000. 

Denver has had a community noise program since 1973, when the Noise Ordinance (Revised Municipal Code RMC, Chapter 36) was passed by City Council and signed by the Mayor. When complaints of excessive noise are received by the DDPHE, an inspector is assigned to investigate the complaint. If the complaint is legitimate, the source of the noise (individual/company/organization) receives a verbal or written warning of the violation requiring a noise reduction to legal levels. If the source does not comply with the warning, a court summons is issued. If guilty, a fine of up to $999 per incident can be levied by the court.

The Noise Control Program in Denver was designed and enacted to protect, preserve, and promote the health, safety, welfare, peace and quiet for the citizens of Denver through the reduction, control and prevention of noise. It is the intent of this program to establish enforceable standards that will reduce or eliminate unnecessary and excessive traffic and community noise that is physically harmful and otherwise detrimental to individuals and the community in the enjoyment of life, property, and the conduct of business.

To learn more about Denver’s special events, view Denver’s event calendar, or to access the event request form, click here.

Requirements for a Special Event - Noise Program

Special Event Noise Fact Sheet


Statement from Denver Public Health & Environment
on the Noise Variance Request for Nighttime Work on I-70

September 7, 2018 - Last night Denver’s Board of Public Health & Environment heard the noise variance request for nighttime work on I-70 and ruled that the variance be approved with the Department of Public Health & Environment’s (DDPHE) recommendations and an amended duration of 12 months (vs. 52 months).

The Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE), in partnership with the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative (NDCC), committed to a transparent and public process that allowed for meaningful community engagement. That engagement yielded strong feedback which DDPHE listened to and seriously considered, and many of the suggestions were either already included in the department’s recommendations or were added to them.

DDPHE will uphold the decision of the Board while holding the petitioner accountable to all criteria of the approval. DDPHE and NDCC pledge an open-door policy with the community and intend to continuously monitor and communicate about construction activities to ensure that the work being done is within the standards and criteria set forth in the ruling.

DDPHE appreciates the service of the Board and extends our gratitude to the community members who participated in the process.

Noise Variance Request for Nighttime Work on I-70

Public input and commentary welcome

September 6, 2018 - Denver’s Board of Public Health & Environment has received a request for a variance to Denver’s Noise Ordinance (Chapter 36 of the Denver Revised Municipal Code) associated with planned nighttime work from 2018-2022 on portions of I-70 that pass through Denver.  

As part of the variance process, the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) provides a written recommendation to the Board, either to approve the request, deny the request, or approve with conditions.  The Board then makes a decision, taking into account all the information relating to the request. 

View and download DDPHE’s recommendation to the Board (PDF).

Review and download the variance request (PDF).

The Board of Public Health & Environment will hold a public hearing on Thursday, September 6, 2018 to consider the variance request, and members of the public can attend and provide public comment. 

The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Denver City and County Building, located at 1437 Bannock St., in the Parr Widener Conference Room, Room 389.  There is no advance sign up to comment; members of the public wishing to comment may sign in upon arrival to the venue, which will open at 5 p.m.

Each member of the public may have up to three (3) minutes. The Board, however, may facilitate the public comment period by limiting repetitive comments. For more information, please refer to the City and County of Denver “Rules Governing Hearings Before the Board of Environmental Health.” The information above regarding public comment can be found on page 16.

Please note that since the hearing is after normal business hours, only the Bannock St. (northeast entrance) will be open.  Any change to the meeting location will be posted prior to the meeting on the BPHE website (  

For more information about the hearing, please view the Board’s Notice of Public Hearing (PDF).

Health Inspection regulates 590 swimming facilities in the City and County of Denver.

These public pools are located in apartment complexes, hotels, public recreation centers, hospitals and health clubs.
Pools are inspected twice annually. 
All of our inspectors are Certified Pool Spa Operators through the National Swimming Pool Foundation.

Swimming pools are inspected for the following:
    Quality of the water. Sanitizer, pH levels, total alkalinity and temperature.
    Safety equipment. Guard lines, rescue hooks & rings, emergency phone or alarm.
    Quality of facility. General cleanliness and adequate construction.
    Quality of the pool equipment. Pump room equipment, condition of plumbing & chemical storage.

For plan review of new or extensively remodeled swimming pools contact the Building Department at 720-865-2832

Denver Revised Municipal Code, Chapter 51

Non-Conforming Pool and Spa Guide

Pool Regulations

Pool Signage Guidelines

Pool Self Assessment Form

Information about radon and applicable regulations can be found here.

Enforcement tools used by the Division of Public Health Inspections to achieve compliance include civil penalties, court summonses, retention of equipment, closure of businesses, and placards placed on residences when an imminent health hazard exists. The level of enforcement might vary depending on the nature of the violation, the duration of non-compliance, the history of non-compliance, the number of rule violations, and other applicable factors.

View the fine schedule for violations of rules pertaining to Noise, Residential Health, Pools, Lead, Child Care and Body Art.



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Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Winter hours (November through March)
Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.







200 W 14th Ave. 3rd Floor 
Denver, CO 80204 
720-865-5401 (To be connected to PHI Main Line)
Fax: 720-865-5534



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