Landmark Preservation reviews applications for signage on all Denver landmarks and historic district structures, as well as comprehensive sign plans.
The following signage is not allowed on individual landmarks or in Denver historic districts:
For more information about appropriate materials and illumination types, please review the design guidelines in Step 1.
Your location and type of project determines which design standards and guidelines you should follow. If you are unsure about whether your project is in a historic district, check the landmark and historic districts map.
In certain neighborhoods and historic districts, additional design guidelines may apply.
The Denver Zoning Code requires a comprehensive sign plan for projects involving multi-tenant buildings with proposed projecting signs located in a Downtown (D-) zone. Comprehensive sign plans are also required for buildings proposing upper-story wall signs in the Lower Downtown Historic District.
NOTE: If you are submitting a comprehensive sign plan, a pre-application meeting is required. At this meeting, staff will clarify the submittal requirements for your proposal. To request a pre-application meeting, complete the comprehensive sign plan application form (PDF) and email it along with all required information to Landmark Preservation staff at email@example.com.
For more information on the comprehensive sign plan process, visit the Signs page on the Development Services website.
Design review applications must adequately describe the project and provide sufficient information to evaluate the proposal. Documentation must clearly illustrate the existing conditions as well as any proposed alteration(s).
All applications for signage must include the following information:
Please click the submittal elements for downloadable materials and additional information. To avoid delays, please only submit complete applications.
Photographs of existing conditions showing proposed signage location(s) and surroundings are required and must be:
Dimmensioned and scaled drawings or photo simulations must be no larger than 11" x 17" in size and must include the following:
In addition to the above, lighted sign projects must also include:
On the application form, please identify and describe all proposed sign materials for each proposed sign. Provide photos of material samples or cut sheets.
Required when signs are proposed on multiple building elevations, for multiple tenants in one building or for signage involving multiple buildings.
Provide a dimensioned and scaled site plan including:
Complete the required application and submit it, along with any supporting materials, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your submission should include two attachments:
File size should not exceed more than 25 MB combined. Contact us if you are having trouble with your electronic submission.
Every project is different. Depending upon the complexity and specifics of your project, process and time frame may vary from the information presented on this website and in the application materials. If you have any questions, please contact us.
NOTE: All materials submitted with your application become the property the City and County of Denver. The materials are part of public record, can be used in a public hearing, and cannot be returned.
For signage projects that meet the design guidelines and do not involve any of the following:
A - Staff will evaluate the completeness of your application and perform a preliminary design guideline evaluation within a few days. If necessary, staff will provide comments or request revisions.
B – If an application is found to be complete and meets the design guidelines, Landmark staff will issue an approval within a few days.
LPC/LDDRC review will result in approval, approval with conditions, continuance or denial.
Projects that are approved with conditions must submit the requested adjustments to the final construction drawings to landmark staff before a certificate of appropriateness will be issued.
Projects that are continued must provide additional information as requested by the LPC or LDDRC, and must return to the LPC/LDDRC for approval.
Projects that are denied must go before the LPC/LDDRC again with a revised submittal that addresses the LPC's or LDDRC’s comments.
Once the project has been approved, landmark staff will issue a certificate of appropriateness and stamp the drawings.
The certificate of appropriateness and stamped drawings must be included with plans and materials submitted to Development Services when applying for building or zoning permits. If drawings submitted for a building permit vary in any way from the stamped drawings issued by Landmark staff, the permit drawings will need to be revised or the Landmark stamped drawings will need to be revised. If drawings submitted for a building permit vary substantially from the drawings approved by staff or LPC/LDDRC, the project may need to return to the LPC/LDDRC for approval. During the inspections process, the completed project must match the work shown on the Landmark-approved stamped drawings.
Please coordinate with landmark staff on any changes.