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Design Review for Roofing

Landmark Preservation reviews applications for reroofing projects on all Denver landmarks and historic district structures. 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.

Is your project eligible for Landmark Quick Review?

Reroofing projects that involve the same material, including size, shape, color and exposure, may be administratively approved through Landmark Quick Review. This process is for minor work requiring permits but introducing little to no visible change to a historic structure or property.

Applicants may submit the quick review application form (PDF) to Applications must include information about the existing roofing material and color, and the proposed roofing material and color. Quick review applications are typically processed within one business day of receipt provided that the applicable design guidelines and standards are met.

Reroofing projects that involve alternative materials, including synthetic versions of an existing roofing material, must be reviewed by the Landmark Preservation Commission and follow the steps below.

1 - Determine which design guidelines apply

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.

2 - Collect submittal materials

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).

Applications for reroofing projects 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.

Like-for-like reroofing projects, as described in Step 1: 

For all other roofing projects:

All applications must include information about the existing roofing material and color, and the proposed roofing material and color.


Photographs of existing conditions showing proposed roof and building are required and must be:

  • In color
  • Labeled with direction and orientation to the street
  • No smaller than 4"x6" in size (or between 1024 x 768 pixels and 1280 x 960 pixels)
  • Arranged on one or more sheets within the drawing set (PDF format)

For examples of acceptable photos and tips for taking good photos, download Landmark Standards: Photographs (PDF) and the Photo Page Example (PDF).

All reroofing projects must provide:

  • manufacturer cut sheet of all proposed roofing materials
  • samples of existing and proposed roofing materials


Please coordinate with staff to determine if any additional information is needed due to the unique circumstances of your project. 


Submit Your Application

Complete the required application and submit it, along with any supporting materials, by email to  Your submission should include two attachments:

  • PDF with the completed form ("yourname-app.pdf") 
  • PDF that combines all supporting materials ("yourname-app-materials.pdf")

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.

3 - Staff review, revision and LPC or LDDRC presentation

Administrative Review

For like-for-like reroofing projects as described in Step 1 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 approximately 1 business day.

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.

LPC or LDDRC Review

Proposed alternative replacement projects may require Landmark Preservation Commission review for reroofing of 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 reroofing projects that do not clearly meet the design guidelines.

LPC / LDDRB review will result in approval, approval with conditions, continuance or denial.

  • Projects that are approved with conditions must submit the requested adjustments to their 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 LDDRB, and must return to the LPC/LDDRB for approval.
  • Projects that are denied must go before the LPC or LDDRB again with a revised submittal that addresses the LPC's or LDDRB’s comments.

4 - Certificate of Appropriateness issued

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. 

Image of roofline on historic home
Image of roofline on historic home
Image of roofline on historic home