On Nov. 6, 2014, Denver and the Lower Downtown Design Review Board updated the design guidelines used to evaluate signage in the Lower Downtown Historic District (or LoDo). These design guidelines encourage signs that create a lively pedestrian-friendly atmosphere while also respecting the district’s unique industrial and commercial heritage.
The updated design guidelines add a new appendix dedicated to signs that provides a “how-to” approach for designing signage that meets business needs and LoDo goals to preserve historic character and promote pedestrian activity. The new guidelines include illustrations, tips on planning signs in LoDo, information on permitting, and requirements for different sign types. The updated guidelines also identify signage that can receive design review approval through an expedited administrative review process.
The new guidelines are effective January 1, 2015. Sign proposals submitted for design review after this date will be subject to the new guidelines (Appendix A). See Design Review page for more information.