Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Approval:
CDPHE oversees asbestos control and abatement and ensures demolition projects comply with air pollution laws regulating asbestos and materials containing it. You will need to submit an application to CDPHE and get approval before you can apply for your Denver demo permit.
Office of the City Forester Approval:
For properties in residential zone districts, any established tree that is not diseased or decayed and located within the primary and side street setback areas of the zone lot must be preserved, unless it meets the established criteria for removal, which must be authorized by the Office of the City Forester. Learn more.
Landmark Preservation Approval:
Landmark staff reviews all total demolitions citywide to determine if the structures have the potential to be Denver landmarks. Visit the landmark demolition review page for more information.
Denver Water Approval:
Wastewater Management Approval:
Each agency must confirm that all utilities and service lines have been shut off, cut off, capped or otherwise controlled and bills have been paid prior to pre-inspection.
Construction Engineering Approval (if applicable):
Construction engineering approval is required if the structure is at the zero lot line and/or the demolition will impact the public right-of-way with equipment, construction/demolition materials.
You must notify all adjacent property owners (sides and rear) by mail or in-person using the Notification Form(PDF, 153KB) at least 10 business days before your demolition permit can be issued. Return receipts (one per property), OR personally signed Notification Forms (one per property) must be submitted to the city before your demolition permit can be issued.
- Mail notification: Mail the form with return receipt requested.
- In-person notification: Get signatures from listed property owners in person.
Property owner information is available at www.denvergov.org/assessor.
After completing all of the above steps and receiving clearance, you can demolish the building.
After the demolition is complete, please schedule your final inspection online through e-permits. On-site, the inspector will conduct the final inspection. If applicable, you will be required to submit a separate recycling and reuse compliance form verifying the actual results of recycling efforts based on your plan to your inspector in order to receive approval. Once the inspection is complete, the inspector will finalize the permit and you can download your permit directly from e-permits.
Schedule your final inspection
View e-permits FAQs and video tutorials to learn how to check the status of your permit application or inspection, pay fees, and more.