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Water Plan Submittal — Step-By-Step Process for Plan Review


Denver Water is currently using Dropbox as our external file transfer software. All Plan Review submittals must be via Dropbox. New to Dropbox? Please see this guide.

All plans submitted to Denver Water must adhere to Denver Water’s Engineering Standards and CAD Standards External Requirements.


For developments within the City and County of Denver, Total Service Contract Areas and Distributor Contract Areas:

  1. After meeting with the local fire department regarding emergency access, hydrant locations and site fire flow estimates, the Engineer shall request a pre-design meeting via email: [email protected].
  2. The Engineer shall provide documentation to aid in the review of the proposed project in development. These items are not required but may aid in a more thorough pre-design review:
    1. Type of building (e.g., residential, commercial, industrial, manufacturing, mixed use, etc.).
    2. Number of living units for multifamily.
    3. Type of water connection needed (e.g., fire line, domestic, hydrant or new/replacement main).
    4. External utility interference.
    5. Hazardous conditions (if known).
    6. Total acreage of irrigation.
    7. Any water features such as pools, ponds, fountains.
    8. The overall site flow requirement determined by fire department.
  3. The Water Sales Plan Review Coordinator (PRC) will hold a conceptual plan meeting with Denver Waters subject matter experts. The PRC will assist in the review of a conceptual plan set.
  4. The Consulting Engineer shall provide a Master Plan layout for large redevelopment areas and submit the concept design to the PRC.
  5. If the conceptual design is acceptable to Denver Water, the PRC will provide the Consulting Engineer with information to proceed to the Pre-Submittal Review.
    1. Points of connections.
    2. Sizes, location and material of mains to be installed.
    3. Special features such as control valves, PRVs, blow-offs, etc.
    4. Participation requirements.
    5. Requirements for easements and/or dedicated public right-of-way.

In distributor service areas, developer must notify distributor of pre-design meeting.


Prior to pre-submittal review, Denver Water requires that the designer/engineer meet with the appropriate fire protection agency for project requirements on fire hydrants and overall site flow requirements.

For developments in the City and County of Denver or Total Service Contract Areas:

  1. The Consulting Engineer/Designer shall create a plan set in accordance with Denver Water’s Operating Rules, Chapter 2 and the current CAD Standards External Requirements.
  2. The consulting Engineer shall create a Dropbox folder and upload the following items into their Dropbox folder:
    1. Full design layout in AutoCAD prepared in accordance with the current Denver Water CAD Standards External Requirements.
    2. AutoCAD Standard Audit Report of the “water only” sheets (each AutoCAD submittal).
    3. Multi-sheet DWF of the project created from AutoCAD.
    4. A full PDF version of the project will be required at first “Formal” submittal and each subsequent submittal.
    5. Recorded plat.
  3. The Engineer shall request a Pre-Submittal Review via Dropbox and share link to [email protected].
  4. Sales Administration will reply to the consulting Engineer with confirmation of the assigned PRC.
  5. Plans will be reviewed by the PRC and Denver Water review comments will be returned to the Engineer within five business days from the time of initial acceptance email notification via Dropbox.
  6. The PRC will provide a cost estimate for the Plan Review Fees due at the time of the first formal plan submittal based on the proposed project scope.

For developments in Master Meter or Read and Bill Distributor Contract Areas:

The water district will review the plans and provide engineer with Denver Water’s form: Distributor Conditional Water Plan Approval. Steps 1 through 6 shall apply. Denver Water will return comments to both the project engineer and the district.


After the pre-submittal comments are addressed, the Consulting Engineer shall submit the required information for formal plan review, via Dropbox only, to their assigned PRC Representative.

  1. The Consulting Engineer shall upload the following items into their Dropbox account:
    1. A completed Plan Acceptance Checklist.
    2. Formal comment response letter addressing pre-submittal comments.
    3. Full design layout in AutoCAD prepared in accordance with current Denver Water CAD Standards External Requirements.
      1. An AutoCAD Standard Audit Report of the “Water Only” sheet(s) is required on this and all subsequent submittals.
    4. A multi-sheet DWF set of the project created from the AutoCAD files.
    5. A multi-sheet PDF of the project with fire department’s signature (see below).
    6. A completed Fire Line/Domestic/Irrigation Connection Demand form for each fire sprinkler line. (If there is a domestic and/or irrigation tap associated with the fire line, include that information on the same form in the space provided.)
    7. A completed Fixture Count Worksheet for each domestic tap. Taps for single-family residential and residential duplexes are not included in this requirement.
  2. Plans will be reviewed and Denver Water’s review comments will be returned to the engineer within seven business days from the time of notification via Dropbox.
  3. A complete easement package, if applicable, shall be prepared in accordance with Chapter 4 of the Engineering Standards (not recorded).


Plans shall be resubmitted via Dropbox with a formal response letter addressing the Denver Water plan review comments received during Formal Plan Submittal. For each resubmittal, a response letter is required that addresses all redline comments; a new AutoCAD drawing with all changes is also required. Plans that require more than two formal submittals to obtain plan approval will be subject to additional review fees equal to the amount of the original review cost.

After the comments have been satisfactorily addressed and the design is accepted by Denver Water, the PRC will provide the Consulting Engineer a list of the outstanding items required for final plan approval such as but not limited to:

  1. Final Comment Response
  2. Final multi-sheet PDF and DWF
  3. A signed owner/developer compliance Agreement.
  4. Inspection fees.
  5. All recorded easement documents.


Once the required items have been submitted and associated fees have been paid, the plans will be approved by Denver Water and construction activities shall proceed in accordance with Chapter 2 of Denver Water’s Operating Rules.

  • Inside Denver and Total Service contract areas: the owner/developer must select a water line contractor from Denver Water’s Prequalified Contractor List.
  • The water line Contractor or water District (if Read & Bill or Master Meter contract service area) shall call and schedule a pre-construction meeting with Denver Water a minimum of 48 hours prior to start of construction.
  • Water line contractor must have an approved Denver Water stamped set of plans at time of pre-construction meeting on the job site at all times.

Signing of Denver Water Drawings

Denver Fire signs 7:30 through 8:30 a.m., Tuesday through Thursday. No appointment required.

201 W. Colfax Ave.
Webb Building
2nd Floor Records

You may contact:
Denver Fire Department
Antonio Caro, PE | Chief Fire Protection Engineer
Phone: 720-865-2966
Email: [email protected]