Stay in your Zoning

Posted by on Friday, August 2nd, 2019 at 8:10am.

Zoning in the Denver Metro area has been a hot topic the past few years with the real estate market booming. 

We have new developments going up daily and all of them have an effect on neighboring property values.  Should you know what zoning code your real property has? Yes!  You may be able to build a 2nd story to your home, or an ADU (accessory dwelling unit) or you may not be able to.  Depending on your particular properties zoning code your lot could be sold at a premium.

While your zoning isn’t necessarily unique in that others don’t share the same type, it is notable because yours could be different from your neighbors or the neighborhood across the street.  According to Investopedia “The presence of zoning restrictions can influence prices when purchasing a piece of property. Real estate might sell at a premium based on how many limits were put in place by the municipality.

In 1926, the Supreme Court ruled that properly drawn zoning ordinances were a valid exercise of the states' governing power. Zoning became constitutional by the U.S. supreme court as a result of the case Village of Euclid v. Ambler Realty Co., 272 U.S. 365, 395 (1926).

Examples of zoning classifications include industrial, light industrial, commercial, light commercial, agricultural, single-family residential, multi-unit residential and schools.”

The City of Denver has made it a priority to update the Denver Zoning Code in an effort to help manage the cities growth and seemingly never ending demand for commercial and residential property.  Think of them as the cities HOA. If we didn’t have some guidelines we would be living in chaos… more so than normal. You can always research your zoning code on the Denver City Website.  In the meantime, here is a quick explanation straight from the cities website of the elements that make up your zoning code:

Denver Zoning Code

The Denver Zoning Code implements the city's vision for the future of Denver, by calibrating regulations for structures, uses and parking by neighborhood context. The Denver Zoning Code was adopted in 2010.

The first element of your zone district represents the neighborhood context, the second part represents the dominant building form and character, and the third part represents the minimum zone lot size or maximum building height. Occasionally there is an additional number or letter as the fourth part, which represents a special purpose. 

Example: E-SU-DX

  1. E=Urban Edge
  2. SU=Single Unit
  3. D=6,000
  4. X=Special provisions tailored to that zone district

If you are curious about what your zoning code is and what it means please reach out and I can help you to understand what your options are:


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