Green Roofs Rules Grow Closer, and Denver Roofing Permits Hold Steady

Denver property owners don’t seem to be flooding the city permitting process ahead of the new green roof rules going into place next week.

City officials were keeping an eye on whether property owners looking to roof or re-roof would rush to avoid the requirements to add vegetation atop their buildings. But 2017 is quickly wilting away, and planners are seeing the typical year-end dwindling of permit applications, according to Denver Community Planning and Development.

Property owners with buildings 25,000 square feet and larger have until midnight New Year’s Eve to get a roof permit application in if they want to play by the current rules. After that, 20 to 60 percent of available roof space is required to be green.  People who successfully get an exemption from the Denver Planning Board are required to pay a cash-in-lieu fee of $25 per square foot for each square foot of coverage of available roof space that doesn’t sprout some sort of vegetation.

“By our read so far, it doesn’t appear like the green roof initiative has sparked a notable increase in requests for roofing permits,” Community Planning and Development spokeswoman Laura Swartz said. “The roofing trend is more or less the same as last year after accounting for our overall increase in volume.”

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