On April 27, 2020, the Denver City Council approved an ordinance delaying the effective date of the City’s 2019 Building and Fire Code, adopted in December 2019. This action will allow developers and contractors additional time to submit projects designed under the 2016 Denver Building and Fire Code for building permit review. The ordinance also allows developers and contractors issued a building permit under the 2016 Code additional time to commence construction.
The ordinance responds to expected delays in project construction as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This action will allow projects designed under the 2016 Code to proceed in the future without having to undergo costly redesigns to meet 2019 Code requirements.
Key provisions of the ordinance include:
The text of the 2019 Code amendment and additional information regarding the City Council ordinance are available here. The amendment will apply differently depending on a project’s status, and developers and contractors should seek legal counsel to understand how the amendment affects their projects.
Please contact Sarah Rockwell or Hanna Gustafsson if you have any questions about this Law Alert. Thank you also to Steve Ferris from The Real Estate Garage who contributed to this Alert.