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.

2015 TEXT AMENDMENT BUNDLE #1

As part of the city’s ongoing effort to keep the Denver Zoning Code modern, clear and user-friendly, the Denver Community Planning and Development department will propose a new series of text amendments to the code. Updates for usability, clarification, and substance are prioritized in response to customer and community feedback, industry changes, and other factors. The following documents are available to download:


NOTE: City Council will consider this update of the Denver Zoning Code will on June 15, 2015, which would take effect June 19 if approved. Any plan or permit that has not received final approval will be subject to the newly republished code on or after June 19, even if an application was submitted beforehand.


For more information:

  • Contact Senior City Planner Kyle Dalton (kyle.dalton@denvergov.org). 
  • Sign up for CPD e-news for updates on this amendment and other planning and development topics.
  • Attend the City Council Public Hearing, Monday June 15, 2015 at 5:30 p.m., 1437 Bannock Street

NATIONAL WESTERN CENTER ZONING
This text amendment proposes to introduce a new zone district to begin the implementation of the National Western Center Master Plan vision, consistent with the recently-adopted Globeville and Elyria and Swansea Neighborhood Plans. An accompanying map amendment would apply the new zone district to properties owned by the Western Stock Show Association or the City and County of Denver. The NEIGHBORHOODS & PLANNING COUNCIL ADOPTION REDLINE DRAFT (PDF) is now available. Earlier draft versions are available on request.  For more information, check out the
Neighborhoods & Planning Council Adoption Redline Draft Summary (PDF), or contact Senior City Planner Steve Nalley (steve.nalley@denvergov.org). 
  • City Council Public Hearing, Monday June 22, 2015 at 5:30 p.m., 1437 Bannock Street

HIGHLAND OVERLAYS
Councilmember Judy Montero is sponsoring these text amendments to add three new overlay districts in Highland. One design overlay and two conservation overlays will reflect Highland’s unique characteristics and reinforce development patterns consistent with the neighborhood’s distinct character. The NEIGHBORHOODS & PLANNING COUNCIL ADOPTION REDLINE DRAFT (PDF) is now available. Earlier draft versions are available on request. For more information, check out the Neighborhoods & Planning Council Adoption Redline Draft Summary (PDF), or contact Senior City Planner Steve Nalley (steve.nalley@denvergov.org).
  • City Council Public Hearing, Monday June 22, 2015 at 5:30 p.m., 1437 Bannock Street
          

What's New

CORRECTION TO CLERICAL ERRORS

Effective March 16, 2015
This text amendment is comprised of a correction to a clerical error in Article 5, Section 5.3.3.4 (District Specific [Building Form] Standards), of the Denver Zoning Code.

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.) 

CHANGE TO PROCESS OF CORRECTING CLERICAL ERRORS IN THE DENVER ZONING CODE
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).

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
Text amendment to Correct Clerical Errors (PDF) - Effective March 16, 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
Text Amendment to Correct Clerical Errors (PDF) - Effective March 16, 2015

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:
www.denvergov.org/planningboard

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:

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