In December of 2000, Denver City Council approved the designation of the Downtown Historic District. The ordinance helps to preserve the distinctive urban design and character of our city’s core. At the same time, city council authorized a tax rebate to help offset property tax rates for historic property owners in this historic district, and to thank property owners for preserving and maintaining their renovated structures.
Your building may qualify for the tax rebate if:
- The building is within the Downtown Denver Historic District. Click here for map.
- The street elevations are in good repair
- The street elevations are substantially original in appearance
- The building systems are in good repair
- The building/owner does not receive financing from the Denver Urban Renewal Authority (DURA) nor have an outstanding repayment obligation to DURA.
- One or more tax-paying entitites are located in the structure.
How to apply
To receive your tax rebate, please complete and return the application form via email or mail by September 1, 2015. Your application should include the following:
Submit your application:
- Application form (PDF)
- Color photographs (4" x 6" prints or digital photographs; please no blurry images) showing all street-facing sides of the building. Label the structure’s address on all photographs, or in the file name (for digital images). See photo standards (PDF).
- By email: email@example.com
Combined files cannot exceed 25 MB in size.
- By mail:
Denver Community Planning and Development
201 W. Colfax Ave., #205
Denver, CO 80202
- In person:
Webb Municipal Building, 2nd Floor
201 W. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80202
Please note: For each building in the Downtown Denver Historic District, a single applicant authorized to represent all occupants must complete and return an application. Questions? Please call Landmark Preservation staff at 720-865-2709 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
More on the Downtown Denver Historic District tax rebate
In December of 2000, Denver City Council approved the designation of the Downtown Historic District. Ordinance No. 970 — establishing the tax rebate — helps to offset property tax rates for historic property owners in the district.
The ordinance states that the program is to be evaluated on a year-to-year basis as part of the City’s annual appropriation process to determine if funds will be available for the tax rebate. Landmark staff anticipate that the Downtown Historic District tax rebate will be available for 2015 property taxes.
Learn more about landmark preservation in Denver.