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Mayor's Design Awards
Golden Triangle plan
2014 NEC
At-home produce sales
Historic design guidelines
Denver Livability Partnership
Secure your job site
Upcoming events
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June 2014 was the single highest-volume month for Denver building permits (6,429) in the last 10 years. 

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The annual Mayor's Design Awards:
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EZE mop
The 17th Street EZE mop building was a 2013 award winner
Since 2005, the Mayor's Design Awards have honored projects throughout the city for excellence in architecture, exterior design and place-making. The awards are presented to Denver homeowners, business owners, nonprofits, artists and others for their creative contributions to the public realm through innovative design.

Previous award winners range from restaurants and galleries to private single-family homes to plazas and other shared public spaces. What they have in common is the imaginative and innovative way they enhance public spaces and create community.

To learn more or nominate a project or place for the Mayor's Design Awards, please visit DenverGov.org/MDA.

The Golden Triangle's future:
eclectic, connected, creative and livable
Vision arts and culture trail

Using community input received over the past year, city planners have drafted a Golden Triangle plan that weaves together recommendations to foster an eclectic, connected, creative and livable Golden Triangle. 


Learn more and view the draft at DenverGov.org/GoldenTriangle. 


2014 National Electrical Code in effect
As of July 1, the city of Denver and the state of Colorado are enforcing the 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC). Adopted in all 50 states, the NEC is the benchmark for safe electrical design, installation, and inspection to protect people and property from electrical hazards. The NEC addresses the installation of electrical conductors, equipment, and raceways; signaling and communications conductors, equipment, and raceways; and optical fiber cables and raceways in commercial, residential, and industrial occupancies. Visit our website for more information on Denver's building codes and policies.


Denver allows at-home produce sales
cottage foods
Foods that may be sold include fresh produce, fresh eggs, teas and honey.
As of July 18, Denver residents may now sell from their homes fresh produce and "cottage foods" that they grow and make themselves, thanks to an amendment to the Denver Zoning Code adopted by Denver City Council.

Sales from the permit holder/grower's home are allowed from 8 a.m. to dusk, indoors or outdoors. Some limitations apply, and a "home occupation" permit is required.

For more information, including how to secure a permit, a list of permissible cottage foods, and tips for your home garden, visit DenverGov.org/HomeBusiness.


Historic design guidelines nearly complete
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New design guidelines are proposed for the city's historic districts and landmarks 
On July 1 the Landmark Preservation Commission held a public hearing on proposed new design guidelines for all historic properties in the city. The guidelines were developed by landmark preservation planners following several months of input with residents and property owners in Denver's historic districts.

Updated guidelines outline a "how to" approach and provide easy-to-follow charts and graphs so that property owners and design professionals can more easily navigate through the design review and permitting process.

The commission will continue deliberations and likely will vote at its regularly-scheduled meeting on August 5. If approved, the guidelines will go into effect October 1, 2014 - replacing the current guidelines, written in 1995. Learn more at our website.

Livability partnership makes great strides


Planners recently wrapped up three years of work on the Denver Livability Partnership -- a federal-grant-funded initiative to expand permanent affordable housing, improve access to jobs and create better multi-modal connectivity along Denver's transit corridors. Check out the Denver Livability Parnership's final report at DenverGov.org/DLP.


Secure your job site!
denver policeIn response to a rise in construction-site thefts in northwest Denver, Denver's district one officers offer these tips:
  • Lock all doors and windows when closed or away from the site.
  • Secure tools and materials out of sight when closed, and if possible remove tools and items easily taken.
  • Install double cylinder deadbolts where possible and secure all points in and out of the building, such as fences, gates and roof access.
  • Use exterior lighting on all sides/paths of ingress/egress.
  • Record serial numbers of business assets (saws, compressors, etc.) and apply ID markings to all valued property without serial numbers.
  • Consider an alarm system and/or surveillance measures 
  • Request a security assessment by Denver Police.
  • Post hours of operation and emergency contact info.
  • Record serial numbers and add identifiable marks to tools.
Questions? Contact Ofc. Stephanie Meadows at 720-913-0461.

Upcoming events

Urban Land Institute "Building Healthy Places" Panel
Topic: Future 40th & Colorado commuter rail station
July 30, 5 p.m.
4100 Jackson St.

Cherry Creek Zoning Technical Task Force

July 30, 5:30 p.m.
299 Milwaukee St.
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