Neighborhood Services & Code Enforcement

Neighborhood Services Officers play a vital role in fostering safe and vibrant communities. They uphold building and sanitation standards to promote public safety and health. Dedicated to community beautification, they tirelessly work to maintain the aesthetic and historic value of neighborhoods, preserving property values and attracting new investments to ensure economic stability.

They also participate in community education and engagement, nurturing a sense of responsibility among residents and offering conflict resolution services to foster harmony within the community. They adapt their strategies to meet the specific needs of different neighborhoods, ensuring an effective response to various situations.

To file a complaint, please complete our Neighborhood Services Complaint Form

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Maintaining the cleanliness, safety, and aesthetic appeal of Greenwood Village’s commercial areas is a proactive endeavor that significantly influences the success and vibrancy of local businesses. The Zoning Enforcement Program, guided by the Village municipal zoning code, oversees vital facets such as signage, landscaping, and noise regulation to foster attractive neighborhoods and thriving businesses.

Instituted by the Greenwood Village City Council, the regulations are designed to enhance the quality of life in the village, fostering a peaceful and delightful community environment. This guide outlines essential property maintenance and zoning enforcement details to encourage a mutually beneficial and prosperous commercial landscape.

Our Commercial Property Guide is available for download. 

To report a concern, email our team or call us at (303) 486-5783.

How Does Commercial Property Enforcement Work?

In Greenwood Village, Code Officers from the Community Development and Police Departments vigilantly monitor commercial districts to ensure adherence to the zoning code. In the event of a violation, typically stemming from unawareness of the code stipulations, the business owner or manager receives a notice of violation detailing the issue and the time frame for resolution without an initial fine. The village emphasizes voluntary compliance, focusing on education and rectification rather than immediate penalization. However, persistent non-compliance can result in a formal citation and a mandatory Greenwood Village Municipal Court summons.

What Penalties Can Be Imposed by the Municipal Court?

Cases referred to the court may incur penalties of up to $499 each day the violation persists. The municipal court judge determines the exact penalty.

Greenwood Village Property Maintenance Codes

Below is a summary of the pertinent municipal code sections about commercial property maintenance. Find detailed information in the Greenwood Village Municipal Code.

Signage Ordinance, (§)16

Most commercial signs require a permit, which limits type, content, maximum height and area, location, and number of signs. Specific signs, including real estate and directional signs, do not require a permit but are still subject to size and location restrictions. The following signs are prohibited:

  • A-Frame signs
  • Sandwich board signs
  • Pennants or spinners
  • Searchlights
  • Inflatable signs
  • Sign twirlers
  • Animated/flashing signs

Window Signs

Window signs are permitted as long as they do not exceed 20% of the total window area on the front of the building where the primary public entrance is located. Some planned sign programs or approved final development plans may prohibit window signs.


Banners may be allowed with a banner permit. These are generally limited to a maximum of 30 square feet and can be displayed up to 15 days on three separate occasions per year. Before installing any signs or banners, contact Community Development or call 303-486-5783.

Litter & Refuse Ordinance, (§)7-2-210

Businesses must maintain their premises in a clean and orderly condition at all times, permitting no deposit, outside storage, or accumulation of refuse or materials other than those ordinarily attendant upon the use for which such premises are legally intended.  Any such accumulation shall be deemed a nuisance.

Outdoor Storage & Display, (§)16-24-40

Outdoor display, sales and storage is generally prohibited in commercial districts unless it has been permitted pursuant to Section 16-2-530 of the municipal code. In the B-1, B-2, B-3, and M-C zone districts, outdoor display, sales and storage activities are limited to: 

  • The display and sales of seasonal merchandise
  • Sidewalk sales
  • Sales by charitable organizations
  • Outdoor eating and dining
  • Display of tires at automotive businesses; and, 
  • The use of semitrailers or similar containers for temporary storage of seasonal merchandise for single retail establishments having not less than one hundred thousand square feet of floor area.  

A permit for each of the above is required.  Retail merchandise displays are allowed without a permit, however, the display must consist of single items representative of stock stored and sold indoors; there can be no racks or collections of multiple and similar items i.e. clothing, bicycles or books; all items must be placed indoors at the close of business; the display is limited to 20 square feet; and the display must not impede vehicular or pedestrian traffic, and a clear space of three feet must be maintained for pedestrians. 

You must email Community Development or call 303-486-5783 prior to displaying or storing items outdoors.

General Nuisances, (§)7

The Village’s Nuisance Ordinance covers a wide range of situations.  A nuisance is any activity, operation, condition, building, place, or thing which is either injurious to one’s health or safety and/or is indecent or offensive to the senses.  Nuisances interfere with the comfortable enjoyment of life and/or property. Deteriorated property, dilapidated structures, junked or discarded vehicles, refuse, and weeds are some examples of nuisances that Zoning Enforcement investigates.  

Noise Ordinance, (§)7-5-30

Complaints concerning excessive noise are investigated by either the Police Department or the Community Development Department.  Acute noises, such as those from loud stereos or from parties, are addressed by the Police Department.  Operating any tools or equipment in connection with construction is only allowed Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday/holidays 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Loading, unloading, opening, closing or other handling of boxes, crates, containers, building materials, garbage cans or similar objects in such a manner as to cause a noise disturbance across residential property lines is considered a nuisance and shall be avoided.  

Environmental Pollution Ordinance, (§)7-150-170

Property maintenance also includes the protection of residents and other businesses from pollution from many sources, including smoke, glare from lights, pouring liquids onto streets and on lots, intentional or unintentional polluting of water supplies, and solid waste dumping. This includes the dumping of anti-freeze or cleaning solvents or the draining of oil.  Any questionable liquid you see in gutters or in parking lots is a potential pollutant.  If you do suspect pollution, call the Police Department non-emergency line at 303-773-2525 or Community Development at 303-486-5783 immediately with your concerns.

Landscaping Ordinance, (§) 16-21-2

The owner of any business or commercial lot shall maintain all landscaping installed upon the lot by regular weeding, pruning, and mowing of plant materials and by removal of all dead plant material.  Landscape permits are required for projects within 10 feet of a property boundary, projects within a drainage easement, or projects that disturb more than 500 square feet of ground cover.  Grading permits are required for projects that disturb or include more than 10 cubic yards of soil.  Flatwork permits are required for projects that include the replacement or addition of more than 100 square feet of paved area.

Snow Removal Ordinance, (§)11-1

The owner, occupant, lessee, or person in control of any premises or property located in the Village's commercial areas is responsible for maintaining sidewalks adjoining such property in a condition free from snow or ice and removing any accumulation of snow and ice within 24 hours after its accumulation.


If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email the NSO team or call us at (303) 486-5793.