Sale of beer, wine, and liquor by the package for off-premises consumption.
Retail Liquor Stores may sell non-food items related to the consumption of liquor (e.g. soft drinks and mixers; tobacco products; coasters, glasses, stir sticks, etc.)
Retail liquor stores may be open seven days a week between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 Midnight.
Multiple ownership is not allowed with retail liquor store licenses except in an arts license or an airline public transportation system license or ownership of up to two total retail liquor store licenses which meet legal requirements. (effective 1/1/17)
A 500 foot distance restriction from public and parochial schools, colleges, universities, and seminaries applies to new retail liquor store applications.
A 1500 foot distance restriction from another retail liquor store or liquor-licensed drugstore. (Effective 7/1/16)
City - $1,000.00
Additional fees will be calculated at the time the application is submitted.
There will be state application fees as well. They are on the state application form.
Application 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 Department of Excise and Licenses.
Fingerprints for the following:
Additional Documentation by Form of Business Entity
Limited Liability Company Applicants
Sole Proprietorship Applicants
The names of all managers of Retail Liquor Store licenses must be provided to the local and state licensing authorities whether a principal to the licensee or someone else manages the licensed premises.
Inspections and paperwork can take longer than you expect. Plan extra time to get your license.