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Healthy Families/Healthy Homes

The Healthy Family Healthy Homes section conducts inspections and investigates complaints for the following programs: all licensed, less than 24 hour Child Care facilities, Residential Health, Noise, Body Art, The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, and Swimming Pools. Our mission is to ensure the overall health and safety for children, families and citizens through education and regulation.

Denver’s Department of Environmental Health has released a Kid’s Health & Safety Coloring Book. The book provides a fun activity for children while promoting the importance of healthy eating, physical activity, and safety suggestions when around your home and in the community. Download the Coloring Book here.


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Lead Poisoning is one of the leading preventable causes of childhood health issues. Here you will learn more about childhood lead poisoning education and prevention to help keep you and the children in your life safe and healthy. Visit Now

A CDHS license to provide child care is required when children from more than one unrelated family are in care. Contact us at 720-913-1311 or 311 in the Denver Metro area if you need assistance in determining if you need to obtain a license to provide child care. In addition to the CDHS child care license, a child care provider must obtain a City and County of Denver Business and Professional License through  Denver Department of Excise and Licenses.

Watch a quick Tutorial on obtaining a license.


Licensing Resources
How to obtain a Child Care License in Denver
Steps to obtain a Denver Child Care License

Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness
Campaign ToolkitChild Care Provider Trainings and Resources
Denver Early Childhood Council
Office of Early Childhood site
Pre-Licensing Training Flyer


Health and Sanitation Resources
How Sick is Too Sick? When to keep your child at home
Guidelines for using hand sanitizer
Guidelines for Sanitizers and Disinfectants
Infectious Disease in Child Care Settings Guidelines
Poisonous Plants
Norovirus Information and Guidelines for Schools and Child Care Facilities Dec 2014
Influenza Information and Guidelines for Schools and Child Care Facilities Dec 2014

Trails, CBI and FBI Background Check Information

Online Injury/ Accident Reporting
Report of Inspection Response Form
Child Care Application Withdrawal and License Closure Form

Rules and Regulations
General Rules for Child Care Facilities
Rules Regulating Child Care Centers
Rules Regulating Family Child Care Homes
Rules Regulating Neighborhood Youth Organizations
Rules Regulating School Age Child Care Center
Safe Sleep Rules
Disaster Preparedness

Health and Sanitation Rules
Rules and Regulations Governing the Health and Sanitation of Child Care Facilities
New Online Training for Mandated Reporters of Child Abuse & Neglect

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.

Watch Video of what we do.

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


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


Body Art Regulations New Format 2008
Body Art Self Assessment

Denver's licensing and vehicle permitting requirements are as follows:

If you are based in Denver County then you will license your company and permit your vehicles with The City and County of Denver. Your application for company licensure and vehicle permitting shall include the following: (The Four (4) Denver based companies are: Denver Health, American Medical Response, Flight for Life Ground Transport, and Stadium Ambulance.)

  • Completed and notarize 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 shall be included.
  • Vehicle condition reports shal be completed and kept on site for review by the inspector.
If you not based in Denver County then you will only license your company with the City and County of Denver. (Your vehicles will be permitted or licensed per the county you are based in.)
  • Completed and notorize 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 shall be included.
To schedule a licensing visit or inspection contact the multi-county coordinator located in Jefferson County at 303-271-5716.


To inquire about how to become licensed, questions about the application process or to file a complaint contact the department at or call 311 or 720-913-1311.

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

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 Denver Department of Environmental Health, 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

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 on a complaint basis.
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

Pool Regulations
Denver Revised Municipal Code, Chapter 51
Pool Signage Guidelines
Pool Self Assessment Form

Illegal clandestine drug laboratories (meth labs) may pose a health risk to unsuspecting home buyers or renters. Typically, these labs have been used to manufacture methamphetamine. After an illegal meth lab is discovered, the bulk of the lab-related materials, including chemicals and containers are usually removed. However, small amounts of contaminants, which can pose health threats to persons exposed to them, may have been left behind in the property.

Denver maintains a record of properties that have been reported as a meth lab, and if it has been remediated or remains contaminated. However, a record of a specific property may not be available as it was not reported.

To inquire if a specific property has been reported as a meth lab, please email or call 311. If you have additional questions or concerns, please call Gerhard Kriedemann at 720-865-5376.

For statewide regulations visit: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment – Methamphetamine Labs  



Welcome to our Web site. Here you will find a record of properties that have been reported to the division of Public Health Inspections within the Denver Department of Environmental Health as an “Illegal drug laboratory”  (as defined by C.R.S. 25-18.5-101(8)) and that, to the Denver Department of Environmental Health’s knowledge, have not met clean-up standards.  Pursuant to C.R.S. 25-18.5-105(2), these records are provided to notify the public of contaminated property.  Once a property has been remediated and receives a certificate of compliance, then we remove it from this information service listing in accordance with C.R.S. 38-35.7-103(4)(b).

For more information about the Illegal drug laboratories Meth program, please email or call 311

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 here.

Public Health Inspections Hours

Monday - Friday

7:30 a.m.  - 4 p.m.

By appointment only between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. by calling 311 or 720-913-1311.