Legislative Updates

New Laws (and Orders) you need to be aware of.

City & County of Denver Minimum Wage

The City & County of Denver has adopted a local minimum wage ordinance that went into effect on January 1, 2020.  The wage scale in the ordinance is as follows: $15.87 per hour on Jan. 1, 2022 Annual adjustments are based on the Consumer Price Index each year thereafter. The tip credit of $3.02 from the state constitution applies to the Denver wage ordinance.  As of 2020, the tipped minimum wage in Denver is $9.83/hour. Click here for more information on Denver’s minimum wage.

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Green Building Ordinance

​Denver's Green Buildings Ordinance (GBO) went into effect on November 2, 2018. This city law requires developers and property owners to select from a menu of strategies for more sustainable development, which collectively seek to increase green space in Denver, improve water and stormwater management, increase the use of solar and other renewable energies, foster the design of more energy-efficient buildings, and increase adoption of national green building programs, such as LEED. The ordinance applies to the following: New buildings 25,000 square feet or larger Roof permits for existing buildings 25,000 square feet or larger Building additions 25,000 square feet or larger Click here to learn more about the requirements of this ordinance.

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Energize Denver

The Energize Denver Task Force presented, published, and finalized recommendations to the City and County of Denver in September 2021 that would reduce the 49% of Denver’s greenhouse gas emissions that come from buildings towards zero by 2040.  There are several required components to this ordinance, which are outlined below: By June 1st each year all buildings in Denver at or over 25,000 square feet are required to annually assess and report their energy performance using the free ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. The City publishes the building energy performance data at www.energizedenver.org to enable the market to better value energy efficiency. The 2022 Benchmarking data request is open! Click here to learn more about benchmarking requirements.   The Energize Denver ordinance establishes energy use intensity targets for buildings over 25,000 sq....

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Marijuana Hospitality Establishments

Pending approval from local licensing authorities, HB19-1230 Concerning marijuana hospitality establishments authorizes legal cannabis hospitality spaces in which legal cannabis may be consumed on site.  Dual consumption of alcohol and marijuana would not be permitted in the cannabis hospitality spaces under this bill. In April 2021, Denver made it legal for businesses to operate as marijuana hospitality establishments, where customers could consume cannabis on the premises, provided they have the proper license.  Click here for more information on Denver’s marijuana hospitality establishments.

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Delivery of Regulated Marijuana

HB-1234 Concerning allowing delivery of regulated marijuana by regulated marijuana sellers creates marijuana delivery permits for licensed medical marijuana centers and transporters and licensed retail marijuana stores and transporters that allow the centers, stores, and transporters to deliver medical marijuana, medical marijuana-infused products, retail marijuana, and retail marijuana products to customers. Denver allows people 21 and older to order marijuana for delivery between 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. Marijuana delivery can cross into other jurisdictions that also allow delivery, such as Aurora. Click here for the City & County of Denver’s marijuana rules and regulations.

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