Design Guidelines Update

The City and County of Denver is in the process of updating the design guidelines used to evaluate building projects for local landmarks and properties within the boundaries of designated historic districts. The guidelines help ensure that each proposed project preserves key historic features and is compatible with the character of designated historic buildings, sites and districts. 

Draft guidelines
As this is an ongoing project, we will be posting draft chapters and draft character defining features for each historic district on this page as they come together. We will also be soliciting input from Denver residents, neighborhood groups, architects, developers and the community at large. Opportunities for public input, including workshops and neighborhood meetings, will be listed in the column to the right as they are scheduled. Members of the public may also contact city staff by phone or email. Click here for contact information.

*Additional districts will posted as they are prepared.

Project Background
Written in 1995, the current guidelines are difficult to navigate, do not have many illustrations and do not reflect recent advances in building and construction, including energy-efficient technology, such as solar panels. Updated guidelines will outline a “how to” approach and will provide easy-to-follow charts and graphs so that property owners and design professionals can more easily navigate through the design review and permitting process. The Denver Landmark Preservation Commission will hold a public hearing on the updated design guidelines in May 2014, and are slated to adopt the final updated document in June 2014.

Previous Meetings

  • Denver Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation, Zoning and Planning Committee, August 25, 2013
  • Landmark Preservation Commission presentation, Nov. 19, 2013
  • Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods Historic Preservation Committee, December 2, 2013
  •  Meeting with Larimer and Associates, January 10, 2014
  •  Meetings with Architect Stakeholders Groups, January 29, 2014
  • Landmark Preservation Commission presentation, February 4, 2014 
    Presentation (PDF)
  • Denver Metro Association of Realtors presentation, February 25, 2014, 10:00 a.m.
  •  Community Workshop, March 26, 2014 (East High School)
    Agenda (PDF)
  •  Landmark Preservation Commission presentation, April 1, 2014 


Upcoming Events

  • Denver City Council, Land Use, Transportation & Infrastructure Committee 

DATE: April 8
TIME: 10:30 a.m.
LOCATION: City & County Building, Room 391