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.

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. Click here for a meeting summary (PDF).

Contact Senior City Planner Abe Barge ( or Associate City Planner Ryan Winterberg-Lipp ( if you have any questions.

What's New

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.) 

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).

Adopted by City Council January 5, 2105. Effective January 28, 2015.

A text amendment creating a design overlay district to implement recommendations in the South's Sloan's Lake GDP specific to height transitions. The design overlay will help reinforce the character for the newly developing South Sloan’s Lake neighborhood, including appropriate transitions in height to lower density, lower height existing neighborhoods. This text amendment is accompanied by a zone map amendment that will apply to areas known as blocks 1-6 of the South Sloan’s Lake GDP. To view the map amendment application click here. See an overview of the Design Overlay (PDF) and the draft text amendment (PDF).

Adoped by City Council September 15, 2014. Effective September 19, 2014.
This text amendment to the Denver Revised Municipal Code, Section 59-2, applies the same rules on growing marijuana for personal use across all residential zone districts in Denver. In 2013, the city adopted limits on growing marijuana at home for personal use, but limitations only applied to residential properties with Denver Zoning Code zoning and not to residential properties with Former Chapter 59 residential zone districts. This amendment brings old code zone districts in line with the Denver Zone Code, so that regulations are uniform across residential zone districts. Read the draft text amendment for City Council adoption and the staff report.

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

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

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:

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: