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Merchant Guard Company

A person or business conducting a merchant guard or merchant patrol business (security guard business), applicant must be 18 years or older. 

A badge is not required to be worn with the merchant guard uniform.

If a company decides to use a badge with their uniform, the company must ensure that the words "Police or Officer" do not appear on the badge or any other part of the uniform or equipment.

The vehicles used in the conduct of the merchant guard or merchant patrol business within the city by any licensee shall be of a color approved by the director of Excise and Licenses and different from that of the vehicles of the police department uniform patrol division, and once determined, shall not be changed except by mutual agreement between the director of Excise and Licenses and the licensee. In addition, such vehicles shall not be equipped with any lights or sirens in violation of the traffic code of the city, or the motor vehicle department of the state, nor shall any insignias be painted on the sides thereof which are similar to or which could be confused with that painted on the sides of the vehicles of such division.

Below you will find the new policies and also a couple of document examples that will be required for an "Armed Merchant Guard License"

Merchant Guard Fire Arm Policy

Example Merchant Guard Firearm Request

Example Merchant Guard Firearm Training Certification

Merchant Guard Policies and Conditions 

How to Get a Business License

A Zone Use Permit is required before obtaining a Merchant Guard Company License if the business is 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.

  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.


Applying for a Zone Use Permit


Office Hours and Location

General Hours:  8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Webb Municipal Office Building

201 W. Colfax Avenue, 2nd Floor


All City Services:  (720) 913-1311

General:  (720) 865-3000




Make sure you do not forget the Zone Use Permit from step 2 if applicable. 

Excise and Licenses can fingerprint all applicants in our office. 

  • If applicant is a partnership: All partners need to be fingerprinted.
  • If applicant is a corporation: One officer needs to be fingerprinted (President, Vice President, Secretary)
  • If applicant is a limited liability company: One owner (10% or more) will need to be fingerprinted.
  • If applicant is out-of-state, fingerprints may be taken at a local law enforcement office in his or her place of residence on a FBI fingerprint card (FD-258) and mailed to the Department of Excise and Licenses. Fingerprints taken by a private fingerprinting company will not be accepted.

Please do not send your fingerprint cards directly to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. You must apply in the Department of Excise and Licenses first and we will submit fingerprint cards if need be. 

More fingerprint information

Application Fee:

1 to 25 guards - $100.00

25 + guards - $200.00


License Fee:

1 to 25 guards - $100.00

25 + guards - $200.00


CBI Name Check:  $16.50 per person fingerprinted


Fees can be paid with cash, check,  money order or credit card.  Checks should be made payable to Manager of Finance. 

  • Development Services (720) 865-2630  You will receive an automated message requesting information about your inspection. If you would like to speak with a representative, please call 720-865-2505, option 6.
  • Denver Fire Department (720) 913-3474

  If you do not have an actual location in Denver, you do not need these inspections.

Once your inspections are completed, return to the Department of Excise and Licenses office.  Your license will be issued when the following actions are taken: 

  1. All documents required for the license are complete and submitted to the office.
  2. The background check is accepted and approved.
  3. Fees are paid in full.
  4. All required inspections are passed.

Renew a Business License

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

Request a renewal for your business license.

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 business license will be printed.


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

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

Surety Bond or continuation certificate that covers licensed dates on renewal.

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.

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.

License Fee:

1 to 25 guards - $100.00

25 + guards - $200.00


Municipal Code

Denver Revised Municipal Code

Definition 42-131 

Requirements 42-161

Fees 32-95

Plan Extra Time!

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