Bed and Breakfast Permit

An overnight lodging facility with no more than twenty sleeping rooms that provide at least one meal per day at no charge other than the overnight lodging fee

How to Get a Bed and Breakfast Permit

A Zone Use Permit is required before obtaining a Bed and Breakfast permit. 

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.
  1. Enter the desired address.  Click Search.
  2. Note the Zone District.
  3. Click on the + to Expand for more information. 
  4. Note the Neighborhood Context.
  5. Click on the link for the Zoning Code or in Former Chapter 59.
  6. Click on the Article # for the Neighborhood Context noted above.
  7. Open the document and scroll to the "Use" tables at the bottom of the document.
  8. Find the "Use" category in the left column and the Zone District in the columns to the right.
  9. 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.
 
Office Hours and Location
General Hours:  8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Webb Municipal Office Building
201 W. Colfax Avenue, 2nd Floor


Phone
All City Services:  (720) 913-1311
General:  (720) 865-3000
 
Email
 

Requirements

  • Complimentary beer, wine and alcohol are served for consumption on the licensed premises only to overnight guests.
  • The sale of alcohol beverages is prohibited.
  • Alcohol service by the drink may be offered for no more than four hours in any one day.
  • The facility has no more than 20 sleeping rooms
  • The facility provides at least one meal per day at no charge other than for overnight lodging
  • The public hearing process is waived for bed and breakfast applications.

 

Multiple Interests

Multiple interests are allowed with bed and breakfast permits in other bed and breakfast permits, hotel and restaurant licenses, tavern licenses, brew pub licenses, club licenses, arts licenses, racetrack licenses, public transportation system licenses, optional premises licenses, retail gaming tavern licenses, and vintner's restaurant license.

 

Distance Restriction

A 500 foot distance restriction from public and parochial schools, colleges, universities, and seminaries does not apply to bed and breakfast  permit applications. 

Duplicate documentsApplication forms and business entity documents are required for the applications process.  All documents must be submitted in duplicate – one copy for the City of Denver and the original copy for the Sate of Colorado.  Documents must be printed in black ink or typewritten.  Photocopies are accepted.

 

All documents are to be submitted to the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses.

  • Bed and Breakfast Permit Application (PDF)
  • Individual HIstory Form (PDF)
  • Full set of Fingerprints mailed to the Colorado Bureau of Investigations (CBI)
  • Right of Possession Document (Lease or Deed or sub-lease or assignment of the lease or rental agreement)  
  • Diagram of premises  which accurately reflects the area where alcohol beverages will be stored, served, possessed or consumed 

State Fees:  $50.00 made payable to the Colorado Department of Revenue

Local Fees:  $25.00 made payable to the Manager of Finance 

Complete set of Fingerprints: $38.50 made payable to the Manager of Finance

 

Fees can be paid with certified funds.

  • Development Services (720) 865-2982
  • Denver Fire Department (720) 913-3409
  • Environmental Health    (720) 865-5401
  • Department of Excise and Licenses (720) 865-2756 (Last inspection.  Call when all other inspections have been completed.)

Your permit will be issued when the following actions are taken: 

  1. All documents required for the permit are complete and submitted to the office
  2. All fees are paid in full
  3. All approvals are given by the state and local offices.

NOTE:  You are encouraged to stay in touch with the Department of Excise and LIcenses during your application process as each step can vary from the general steps described herein depending upon your own particular circumstances.


Renew Bed and Breakfast Permit

Renew in Person
Come to the Department of Excise and Licenses office.

Request a renewal for your Bed and Breakfast Permit.

Once all documentation is complete you will be issued a payment voucher.

Take the payment voucher to the cashier and pay the renewal license fee.

Return to the Department of Excise and Licenses office with your receipt for payment.

Your permit will be printed.

 

Renew by Mail
You can mail in your renewal along with a check made payable to the Manager of Finance for the total state 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

Phone
All City Services: 311

Mailing Information
Department of Excise and Licenses
201 W. Colfax Ave Dept. 206
Denver, CO 80202

Bed and Breakfast Permit  (PDF)

 

Documents

All documents submitted for renewal, including Colorado State applications, must be submitted to the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses.

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 for a penalty fee.

First 30 days of grace period:  20% penalty fee

Days 31 - 90:  50% penalty fee

After 90 days:  Licensees will be required to apply for a new license

 

  • Department of Excise and Licenses inspectors will attempt to locate and notify business license holders of the approaching expiration date.  However, failure of an inspector to notify a delinquent licensee that its license has expired does not excuse the licensee from any applicable late penalty.

State Statutes

Colorado StatuesColorado Liquor
and Beer Laws
  

 

CRS 12-47-410 

Plan Extra Time!

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Inspections and paperwork can take longer than you expect.  Plan extra time to get your license.

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