Proposed Text Amendments

The Denver zoning code is a foundational document that evolves with the city as its needs change; it has undergone several text amendments based on identified needs and public feedback. 

Text amendments to the Denver Zoning Code are generally initiated by Community Planning and Development staff and must be adopted by City Council.

2015 TEXT AMENDMENT BUNDLE #1
As part of the city’s ongoing effort to keep the Denver Zoning Code modern, clear and user-friendly, the Denver Community Planning and Development department will propose a new series of text amendments to the code. Updates for usability, clarification, and substance are prioritized in response to customer and community feedback, industry changes, and other factors. The PUBLIC REVIEW DRAFT (PDF) is now available. For more information, check out the Bundle #1 summary of public review draft (PDF), the public review summary (PDF) or contact Senior City Planner Kyle Dalton (kyle.dalton@denvergov.org). 

Public Office Hours:
Questions regarding this text amendment? Please join us for public office hours to meet with a planner one-on-one. Staff will be available on a drop-in basis at 201 West Colfax Avenue on the 4th Floor on the following dates:
Thursday, April 2, 8-10 a.m., Room 4.J.2
Friday, April 10, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Room 4.J.2
Tuesday, April 14, 3-5 p.m., Room 4.H.12


NATIONAL WESTERN CENTER ZONING
This text amendment proposes to introduce a new zone district to begin the implementation of the National Western Center Master Plan vision, consistent with the recently-adopted Globeville and Elyria and Swansea Neighborhood Plans. An accompanying map amendment would apply the new zone district to properties owned by the Western Stock Show Association or the City and County of Denver. The PUBLIC REVIEW DRAFT (PDF) is now available. For more information, check out the public review summary (PDF), or contact Senior City Planner Steve Nalley (steve.nalley@denvergov.org). 

HIGHLAND OVERLAYS

Councilmember Judy Montero is sponsoring these text amendments to add three new overlay districts in Highland. One design overlay and two conservation overlays will reflect Highland’s unique characteristics and reinforce development patterns consistent with the neighborhood’s distinct character. The PUBLIC REVIEW SUMMARY (PDF) is now available. For more information, check out the public review summary (PDF), or contact Senior City Planner Steve Nalley (steve.nalley@denvergov.org).

SMALL LOT PARKING EXEMPTION (Potential text amendment under evaluation)
The Denver Zoning Code currently exempts small lots (6,250 square feet and smaller as of June 25, 2010) in mixed-use commercial zone districts from providing off-street parking. The intent of this exemption is to provide flexibility for small lots and encourage reuse of existing buildings in limited areas of the city. CPD and Councilwoman Jeanne Robb hosted a focus group session February 11 to discuss the exemption and explore options for revising it. View a meeting summary (PDF). For more information contact Senior City Planner Abe Barge (abe.barge@denvergov.org) or Associate City Planner Ryan Winterberg-Lipp (ryan.winterberg-lipp@denvergov.org).

What's New

CORRECTION TO CLERICAL ERRORS

Effective March 16, 2015
This text amendment is comprised of a correction to a clerical error in Article 5, Section 5.3.3.4 (District Specific [Building Form] Standards), of the Denver Zoning Code.

Effective January 21, 2015
This text amendment is comprised of corrections to various clerical errors throughout the Denver Zoning Code. (See recent change to process of correcting these errors below.) 

CHANGE TO PROCESS OF CORRECTING CLERICAL ERRORS IN THE DENVER ZONING CODE
Effective January 5, 2015
CPD will no longer include corrections to minor zoning code clerical errors — such as spelling errors, mis-numbered sections and incorrect cross-references — in legislative packages that also include larger, substantive changes and amendments to the code. Since the adoption of the Denver Zoning Code in 2010, corrections of minor clerical errors have been approved through the legislative process. Starting in 2015, CPD will return to the practice in place prior to 2010 of correcting minor clerical errors administratively, doing so twice per year. As publisher of the zoning code, CPD has the authority to make minor clerical corrections as needed. Registered neighborhood organizations (RNOs) and City Council offices will receive email notification when the corrected code is published on the CPD website, though notification for clerical changes is not required. Before any minor clerical corrections are made, the Denver City Attorney’s Office will confirm that the changes are only clerical and cannot be interpreted as a change of substance or meaning. See examples of clerical errors (PDF).

All Adopted Denver Zoning Code Text Amendments

View the full Legislative History of Denver Zoning Code Text Amendments (PDF), which outlines zoning code changes adopted by City Council to date. The legislative history includes ordinance number, effective date, applicable Denver Zoning Code provisions, and keywords. Text amendments to the code follow the procedure set out in the Denver Zoning Code, Article 12, Section 12.4.11.

Redline Versions
By clicking on the redline versions, you can view and print a marked-up version of the text amendment to learn what changed.

The Denver Zoning Code was originally published on June 25, 2010. The following are amendments to the original version of the code.  

Text amendment 1 (PDF) - Effective August 13, 2010
Text amendment 2 (PDF) - Effective September 16, 2010 
Text amendment 3 (PDF) - Effective October 29, 2010
Text amendment 4 (PDF) - Effective November 19, 2010
Text amendment 5 (PDF) - Effective December 23, 2010
Text amendment 6 (PDF) - Effective June 24, 2011
Text amendment 7 (PDF) - Effective June 13, 2011
Text amendment 8 (PDF) - Effective July 15, 2011
Text amendment 9 (PDF) - Effective September 1, 2011
Text amendment 10 (PDF) - Effective March 9, 2012
Text amendment 11 (PDF) - Effective May 11, 2012
Text amendment 12 (PDF) - Effective July 20, 2012
Text amendment 13 (PDF) - Effective October 31, 2012
Text amendment 14 (PDF) - Effective January 11, 2013
Text amendment 15 (PDF) - Effective December 13, 2013
Text amendment 16 (PDF) - Effective April 7, 2014

The Denver Zoning Code was restated and republished on April 7, 2014. The following amendments are to the updated 2014 version of the code.

Text amendment 1 (PDF) - Effective July 18, 2014
Text amendment 2 (PDF) - Effective October 30, 2014
Text amendment 3 (PDF) - Effective January 8, 2015
Text amendment to Correct Clerical Errors (PDF) - Effective January 21, 2015
Text amendment to Correct Clerical Errors (PDF) - Effective March 16, 2015

The Denver Zoning Code was originally published on June 25, 2010. It was re-published in its entirety including text amendment 16 on April 7, 2014. By clicking on the page replacements below, you will find the amended pages and detailed instructions on removing old pages and inserting new pages into your hard copy of the April 7, 2014 version of the Denver Zoning Code.

Text amendment 1 (PDF) - Effective July 18, 2014
Text amendment 2 (PDF) - Effective October 30, 2014
Text amendment 3 (PDF) - Effective January 8, 2015
Text Amendment to Correct Clerical Errors (PDF) - Effective January 21, 2105
Text Amendment to Correct Clerical Errors (PDF) - Effective March 16, 2015

Submit Comments

We welcome your comments on pending text amendments. Comments may be provided by mail or in person at public hearings. The following types of written comments are accepted:

  • Citizen comments
  • RNO position statements

 

For complete instructions on when and how to submit comments, visit the Planning Board page:
www.denvergov.org/planningboard

Neighborhood Position Statements

Denver CPD notifies Registered Neighborhood Organizations (RNOs) of pending amendments affecting areas located inside or within 200 feet of their established boundaries. 

For text amendments, RNOs receive a public hearing notice prior to City Council public hearings.  A RNO is encouraged to:

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