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Denver Food License Information
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Application for Zone Use Permit
A Zone Use Permit is required before obtaining a Retail Food Mobile License if the vehicle will be stored on property located in the City and County of Denver.
A use permit is a document granting the applicant/owner of a lot, building, or structure permission for the requested use of the land. "Use" can be defined as any activity, occupation, business or operation transacted in a building or on a lot/tract of land.
You can use the resources on the Internet to plan ahead before you lease or buy property and before you apply for your business license. Follow the steps below to learn more about the approved zone uses for the address where you want to locate your business. Start on the Find Your Zoning page.
The code in the intersecting square represents the permitted use (There is a key to the codes at the top of every page.). Ultimately, the zone use permit for your business license must be approved and issued by the Zoning department.
Learn more about the Denver Zoning Code or visit the Zoning Office.
If you are a Corporation or a LLC, one of the principals or the operator must complete the Affidavit of Lawful Presence form on behalf of the company,
Application Fee: $200.00
License Fee: $125.00
Fees can be paid with cash, check, money order or credit card. Checks should be made payable to Manager of Finance.
Once fees are paid in full, an Inspection Card will be issued.
a) All food trucks and/or carts shall have an approved fire extinguisher that has been inspected on a yearly basis by a Denver Fire Department licensed fire extinguisher company or,
b) Fire extinguishers bought from a retail store shall have the receipt showing the date of purchase. This extinguisher is good for one year only, or can be inspected on a yearly basis.
c) Fire extinguisher shall be a minimum of 2A: 10BC Classification.
d) All hood system extinguishing systems shall be inspected every six months by a Denver Fire Department licensed fire extinguisher company.
e) Frying of any type (frying, deep fat frying, woks, etc.) and any solid fuel shall have a Class K rated fire extinguisher as well as the Class 2A: 10BC extinguisher.
f) Propane tanks shall be mounted securely to truck or cart.
Once your inspections are completed, bring your signed Inspection Card and approved Affidavit of Commissary to the Department of Excise and Licenses office. Your license will be issued.
Environmental Health requires an inspection each year for mobile units.
Renew by Mail
You can mail in your approved Affidavit of Commissary along with a check made payable to the Manager of Finance for the total city license fees due. Be sure to include your Business File Number (BFN) on your check.
Office Hours and Location
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Webb Municipal Office Building
201 W. Colfax Avenue, 2nd Floor
All City Services: 311
Department of Excise and Licenses
201 W. Colfax Ave Dept. 206
Denver, CO 80202
Current Affidavit of Commissary is required.
Licenses must be renewed on or before the expiration date to avoid penalty fees.
90 Day Grace Period
There is a 90 day grace period from the expiration date during which licenses can be renewed by paying for the license fee and a penalty fee.
Denver Revised Municipal Code
Inspections and paperwork can take longer than you expect. Plan extra time to get your license.