Denver Accepting 5 Star Applications Feb. 2

Informational meetings in Spanish and English start Feb. 1.

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Denver city and county building at sunset in winter.
There's finally some movement on Denver's 5 Star front. / Sean Pavone © 123RF.com

Mayor Michael Hancock announced today that Denver businesses can submit applications for the 5 Star Certification Program at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 2. Just 500 applications will be accepted at this time (for reference, Hancock said Denver county is home to about 7,000 eligible businesses).

Informational town halls will be held starting Monday, February 1; they’ll be conducted in both Spanish and English. The city’s 5 Star website also states the pre-inspection checklists will soon be available in both Spanish and Vietnamese.

EatDenver has broken down the details in its January 28 newsletter:

This morning, Mayor Hancock held a press conference to announce more details about the City & County’s 5 Star program.

  1. Applications are set to open at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 2, at 5StarDenver.org. View the sample application here
     
  2. The application portal will close after 500 applications are received. The Mayor said that they plan to re-open applications for the second round within two weeks. 
     
  3. Before applying, be sure to: 
     
    • Watch the instructional videos 
    • Work through the HVAC checklist and the Pre-Audit Prep List checklist
    • Attend one of the live town halls or watch the recording (more info will be available on the main website): 

      Monday, February 1, 6PM – In Spanish 
      Tuesday, February 2, 9AM – In English 
      Tuesday, February 2, 5PM – In English 
       
  4. Remember: Denver County must maintain seven days of stable or declining Orange Level metrics as defined by CDPHE before the program can be fully implemented (we crossed over those thresholds this week). If you are pre-certified by Denver, you will be notified when the program can take effect, and will be issued your certification at that time (and be able to operate at Level Yellow restrictions). 

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