A summary flow chart of the design review process
(PDF) is available here.
A pre-application meeting with Landmark Preservation staff is required for projects involving infill construction, second-floor (pop-top) and rooftop additions, rear additions over 900 square feet or which add more than 40% square footage to existing above grade square footage, whichever is less, Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) construction, zone-lot amendments, historic window replacement, or demolitions of Denver landmarks or structures in an historic district. If your project is not one of these types, proceed to step 2. To apply for pre-application review, visit the Design Guidelines and Application Materials page.
All other project types may skip the pre-application review process unless Landmark Preservation staff has indicated that a pre-application review is required. Submit the appropriate application form found on the Design Guidelines and Application Materials page, and all relevant drawings and photos to Landmark Preservation staff at the Records Desk or via email at email@example.com. Landmark Preservation staff will review the submitted application materials in five business days and will contact you if further documentation is required to complete the design review.
Landmark staff review applications for completeness and compliance with the design guidelines:
- 3A - Administrative Review Track:
Proposals of a certain type that clearly meet applicable design standards and guidelines may be subject to administrative review and approval by Landmark Preservation staff. Refer to the Frequently Asked Questions section below for more on projects subject to administrative approval.
- 3B - Commission/Board Review Track:
Depending upon the complexity, visibility and location of your project, your application may need to be reviewed by the Landmark Preservation Commission or the Lower Downtown Design Review Board. The Landmark Preservation Commission meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month, and has a filing deadline a minimum of four weeks prior to each meeting. The Lower Downtown Design Review Board meets the first Thursday of each month, and has a filing deadline a minimum of three weeks prior to each meeting. Applicants must submit complete applications to Landmark Preservation staff by the submittal deadlines.
Additional materials and submittals may be required for applications reviewed by the commission or board. Applicants are responsible for providing 15 bound copies of the application form and submittal materials at least seven business days before the commission/board meeting. If documentation is not received, the application is removed from the commission/board agenda.
Meeting agendas and information on what to expect at a board and commission meeting is available on the Landmark Preservation Commission and the Lower Downtown Design Review Board pages.
Once your application is approved, Landmark Preservation staff will stamp or sign off on construction drawings and issue a Certificate of Appropriateness. If your project was approved with conditions, you must resubmit revised application materials to Landmark Preservation staff showing how the conditions have been met. The certificate and stamped drawings must be obtained before receiving a zoning or building permit if such permits are required for the proposed work.