Green Building Rules and Regulations Update

Posted By: Christopher Dean Industry,

The Board of Public Health & Environment will hold a public hearing and vote on adopting the Rules and Regulations Governing the Green Building Ordinance at their meeting on May 9th (NOTE NEW DATE).  

Only very minor clarifications and corrections have been made since the last version that was distributed to this list.

The Board of Public Health and Environment meeting on May 9th will begin at 5:30pm at Denver Animal Shelter, 1241 W. Bayaud Ave. Community Room. 

If you would like to speak at the public hearing please let DDPHE board staff know you intend to speak no later than Monday, April 8th, by emailing

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Background information:

On November 7, 2017, Denver voters passed the Green Roofs Initiative, requiring that any new building, or roof replacement on an existing building, over 25,000 square feet in size include a green roof or a combination of a green roof and solar. The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) formed a Green Roofs Review Task Force of stakeholders who developed consensus recommendations to modify, clarify and improve the initiative through a collaborative process that honored the vote. City Council approved a new Green Building ordinance based upon those recommendations on October 29, 2018.

For details on permit process under the new Green Building Ordinance go to the Green Roofs Initiative Website.