Landmark Preservation reviews applications for projects on all Denver landmarks and historic district structures that may affect the exterior of the structure. Applications are reviewed for consistency with the appropriate design standards and guidelines. Please read the following instructions carefully to ensure timely design review of your project.
Some alterations can be administratively reviewed and approved by Landmark Preservation staff. Other alterations will require review by the Landmark Preservation Commission or Lower Downtown Design Review Commission. If you are unsure whether your project requires design review, please contact Landmark Preservation staff.
External alterations that are not visible from public streets (public alleys excluded) may be approved administratively by Landmark Preservation staff if the alterations do not impact the form of the structure or significant architectural details, and clearly meet the design guidelines. The LPC and LDDRC also review any projects that are not visible from the public street that do not meet the design guidelines.
These projects include:
Alterations that are visible from public streets (public alley excluded) require review by the Landmark Preservation Commission or Lower Downtown Design Review Commission.
Minor work that requires non-structural Quick Permits but that introduces little to no visible change to a historic structure or property may be subject to the Landmark Quick Review and Approval Process.
Quick review approvals may be issued by Landmark Preservation staff for like-for-like replacement of the following existing exterior features providing that the applicable design guidelines and standards are met:
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 size and scope of your project and its visibility from the street will determine how you proceed through the design review process.
Projects that do NOT affect a facade visible from public streets (as defined above) may be approved administratively and, therefore, do not require a pre-application meeting.
Projects that do affect a facade visible from public streets (as defined above) may require LPC/LDDRC review. for such projects, you must schedule a pre-application review meeting. To request a meeting, please submit the pre-application review form (PDF) and all required information to email@example.com.
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 design review must include the following information:
Please click the submittal elements for downloadable materials and additional information. To avoid delays, please only submit complete applications with all required materials.
All projects must submit a dimensioned and scaled site plan including:
Photographs of existing conditions showing proposed building site and surroundings are required and must be:
Please coordinate with staff during your pre-application to determine if any additional information is needed due to the unique circumstances of your project.
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 alterations affecting a façade that is not visible from street, as described above.
A - Landmark staff will evaluate the completeness of your application. 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.
If the project does not clearly meet the design guidelines, the application may require review by the Landmark Preservation Commission or the Lower Downtown Design Review Commission.
Projects affecting a façade visible from street may require Landmark Preservation Commission review for individual landmarks and properties in all historic districts except properties in the Lower Downtown Historic District, which are reviewed by the Lower Downtown Design Review Commission. The LPC and LDDRC also review any projects that do not clearly meet the design guidelines.
LPC / LDDRC review will result in approval, approval with conditions, continuance or denial.
Once the project has been approved by LPC/LDDRC, 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 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.