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Property zoning and permitting in the city of Denver

If you're thinking about buying a new piece of property, altering your existing property or changing the way you make use of it, you're going to want to think about zoning laws. Denver's zoning laws limit the way you can build properties and the way they may be used.

Zoning laws define, for example, building characteristics like location, size, allowed uses, the shapes of parking areas, how much parking is permitted and other vital details. As such, the first step before any property purchase or remodeling project should always involve the determination of how your property is currently zoned. In other words, what Denver zoning code applies to your property?

The next step is determining if your building, use for the building or construction project complies with the code. If you're engaging in a special project, you'll also need a permit.

Here are the different kinds of commercial projects that require a permit:

-- Any kind of new construction

-- Adding fences, accessory structures or additions to your business

-- Changing the way you use the property

-- Building remodeling projects

-- Repair and replace projects

-- Adding new signage

-- Altering the telecommunications facilities

Here are the residential projects that require a permit:

-- Construction inside the home

-- Construction outside the home

-- Expansions or additions onto the home

-- Starting a business from your home

If you're ready to make changes to your home and business, a real estate lawyer can ensure that you have the proper zoning and permitting for your project. Even if your property is not appropriately zoned, you may be able to submit an application for rezoning.

Source: City and County of Denver, "Zoning for Your Project," accessed July 06, 2017

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