News from Denver CPD that may impact building and development projects
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Development news from Community Planning and Development (CPD)

In this issue, you will find:

  • Nominations are open for the Mayor's Design Awards
  • Select CPD counter hours have changed
  • We're hiring! Join the CPD team 
  • La Alma Lincoln Park becomes Denver’s 57th historic district 
  • Which zoning code can you use for your development project?
  • Attention Contractors: CPD's CO/TCO process is going digital
  • Scheduling your building inspection
  • Helpful tips for Landmark inspections
  • ICYMI: Recaps from our last newsletter
Mayor’s Design Awards return to highlight the best in urban design
Mayor's Design Awards
The Mayor’s Design Awards honor projects throughout the city for excellence in architecture, exterior design and place-making. Awards are presented to Denver homeowners, business owners, nonprofits, and artists for their creative contributions to the public realm through innovative design.

To nominate a project, learn more about the Mayor’s Design Awards and see past winners, visit
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Select CPD counter hours have changed

The following counters services are now open Monday–Thursday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Cashiering
  • Contractor Licensing
  • Records

The following counter services are offered Tuesday–Thursday only:
  • E-permits help: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Commercial zoning questions: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Single-family and duplex building and zoning questions: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Architectural, structural, access control, and townhouse questions: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Mechanical and plumbing questions: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Electrical questions: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

We're hiring! Join the CPD team

Community Planning and Development is looking for passionate, qualified individuals to join our Zoning and Neighborhood Inspections team. Neighborhood inspectors uphold the city's zoning code requirements through education and enforcement. They work to ensure our neighborhoods are safe and maintained according to the city's codes by responding to all complaints and concerns.

We're also looking for a highly motivated marketing and public relations specialist who can help communicate how adopted city plans inform changes to the zoning code, with a particular focus on achieving more equitable development outcomes and housing options for all Denverites.

La Alma Lincoln Park becomes Denver’s 57th historic district
La Alma mural
On August 2, Denver City Council voted to approve the La Alma Lincoln Park Historic Cultural District. Through a year-long community process, the city’s Landmark Preservation staff created customized design guidelines that appropriately reflect the layered history and culture of the La Alma Lincoln Park neighborhood. These design guidelines will be reviewed and adopted by the Landmark Preservation Commission at September 21.

Which zoning code can you use for your development project?

The Denver Zoning Code was amended in July 2021. All new permit applications and resubmittals of existing applications will be reviewed according to the latest code. Customers submitting a modification or resubmittal of an existing application have the option of using the new, amended code, or continuing under the previous code version.

If you would like to continue under the previous code, please let your zoning or residential reviewer know in writing stating, "We request for the project locate at [insert address] to be reviewed under the previous Denver Zoning Code."
Attention Contractors
CPD's CO/TCO process is going digital

We're making it easier than ever to collect all of the required agency signatures needed to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy (CO) and Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO).

Follow these easy steps to obtain your CO/TCO:

  • Schedule and pass the 108 – Final inspection for all COs and the 120 – Temporary Certificate of Occupancy inspection for all TCOs.
  • Request your final agency CO/TCO approvals online through e-permits.
  • Select the appropriate construction permit record by typing the permit number in the search bar.
  • Once on the correct permit record, click "Record Info" > "Inspections"
  • Click “Schedule or Request an Inspection” and follow the prompts to request the required agency approvals.
  • Required approvals will be listed on your final agency inspection record.
  • For TCOs only: Make sure to complete the TCO request form in addition to the above steps. 

Scheduling your building inspection

Did you know? Over 75% of inspections are scheduled online using e-permits. Starting September 1, 2021, you will no longer be able to schedule your inspection using the automated phone system.

All inspections should be scheduled online through e-permits. Watch this short tutorial video to learn how to schedule your inspection and check your inspector's estimated time of arrival in e-permits.
Helpful tips for Landmark inspections

Check out these helpful inspections tips for landmark inspections including, how to schedule a final landmark and a final zoning inspections and what to expect from your Landmark inspection.
Recaps from our last newsletter

  • Make sure your project stays on track and avoid failed inspections by scheduling your pre-construction meeting with a building inspector before you begin your construction project. Find your inspector >>

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