Transfer of Ownership

A business entity seeking to obtain ownership of an existing liquor license must go through the process of applying for a transfer of ownership. 

An applicant may request a temporary liquor permit authorizing the applicant to continue selling such alcohol beverages as permitted under the permanent license during the period in which an application to transfer the ownership of the license is pending.

How to Apply for a Transfer of Ownership

  • Transfers or changes of financial interest in a license must be reported to the Colorado State Liquor Licensing Division within 30 days.

 

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 State of Colorado.  Documents must be printed in black ink or typewritten.  Photocopies are accepted. 

 

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

 

 


Additional Documentation by Form of Business Entity

 

Corporate Applicants

  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • A current Certificate of Good Standing
  • A certificate of Authorization (if applicant is a foreign corporation)
  • A list of Officers, Directors, and Stockholders of the Parent Corporation (The list must designate one person as the "principal officer")
  • A Trade Name Certificate, if applicable
  • Current Corporate minutes authorizing application for a liquor and/or cabaret license


Limited Liability Company Applicants

  • Articles of Organization
  • A current Certificate of Good Standing
  • Operating Agreement
  • A certificate of Authority (if the applicant is a foreign company)
  • A Trade Name Certificate, if applicable
  • Identification of its licensed premises manager


Sole Proprietorship Applicants

  • Trade Name Affidavit, if applicable

State Fee:  $1,025.00

State License Fee:  $500.00

City Fee:  $750.00

Fingerprinting:  $38.50 per person for full set of fingerprints

Fees must be made by certified funds.

State fees made payable to Colorado Department of Revenue

City fees made payable to Manager of Finance

Fingerprinting Required

Persons new to the corporation or limited liability company who have not previously been qualified must be fingerprinted.

Liquor License Applicants require fingerprints for the following people:

  • All officers and directors
  • Members and shareholders who own 10% or more of the business entity

 

Out of State

If new corporate members are from out of state, they must submit a letter of clearance from their local police authority and a criminal history check from the local police officials or a legible fingerprint card sent from the local police officials directly to the Department of Excise and Licenses.

 

If an officer or manager of a licensee has already been qualified and is only changing positions within the licensee entity, that person will not have to be re-qualified, and no fee will be charged unless the Department has reason to suspect that there has been a change in the record of the individual since the last qualification.

 

Investigation

The Department may investigate the accuracy of information and/or documents submitted; the fitness of the applicant to conduct the business for which a license is sought; the character, record or reputation of the applicant or its officers or directors relating to the likelihood that violations of the liquor code may occur.

The Department will send a notification of a new application to the Denver Police Department, Division Chief of Patrol, for review.

 

Findings

The Department will issue written findings to the Applicant that addres the following:

  • Complete and accurate application
  • Qualification or disqualification of the application

 

  • The Department will only undertake a public hearing on the transfer application if issues related to unsatisfactory character, record or reputation are uncovered in the application or investigation.
  • In such an event, a Show Cause Order will be issued by the Director and a hearing will be scheduled.
  • The hearing will be conducted by a Hearing Officer.  The Hearing Officer will issue a recommended decision and the Director will issue the final decision.

 

Closing Documents

A copy of appropriate closing documents must be submitted to the Department prior to issuance of the license.

At the time fees are paid, the applicant will receive an inspection card.  Inspections and signatures are required from the following agencies:

  • 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 - Schedule when all other inspections have been completed.)

The liquor license reflecting the changes in ownership will be issued when:  

  1. All documents required for the license are complete and submitted to the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses office.
  2. The background check is acceptable and approved for each person that is fingerprinted.
  3. All fees are paid in full.
  4. The signed inspection card is returned to the Department of Excise and Licenses
  5. 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.

How to Apply for a Temporary Liquor Permit

Duplicate documentsAll 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.

 

  • Request for a temporary liquor permit submitted to the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses in writing
  • The application for a temporary permit must be filed no later than thirty days after the filing of the application for transfer of ownership

The applicant submits the request for a temporary liquor permit along with the application for change in ownership.

The application is reviewed by the Department and subject to investigations.

A temporary permit, if granted, by a local licensing authority will be issued within five working days after the receipt of such application and will be valid until the application to transfer ownership of the license to the applicant is granted or denied or for one hundred twenty days, whichever occurs first. 

If the application to transfer the license has not been granted or denied within the one-hundred-twenty-day period and the transferee demonstrates good cause, the Department may extend the permit for an additional period not to exceed sixty days.

City:  $100.00

State Statutes

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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