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Tastings Permit 

An alcohol beverage Tastings Permit allows a retail liquor store or liquor-licensed drug store to conduct sample tastings of alcohol beverages within their own establishment. 

 

Note: Applications must be filed no less than (14) days prior to the date of  the first tasting.

How to get a Tastings Permit

  • Tastings may not be conducted without a valid Tastings Permit.
  • Tastings Permits may be issued only to:

                    a)  Liquor Licensed Drug Stores

                    b)  Retail Liquor Stores

  •  Applications must be filed no less than (14) days prior to the date of  the first tasting.
  • Tastings Permit applications must include a complete schedule of the dates and times all tastintgs will be held. 
  •  Additions or changes to the schedule of dates and times for tastings must be filed no less than (14) days prior to the dates  added or  changed.
  •  Tastings shall be conducted no earlier than 11a.m. or later than  7p.m. The licensee shall not serve more than (4) individual  samples  to a patron during a tasting event. Tastings may occur on no more than  (4) of the (6) days from a Monday to the  following Saturday, not to exceed more than (104) days per year. 
  •  Evidence that the person conducting the tastings has completed a  server training program that meets the State Liquor  Enforcement  standards. (A copy of the valid completion certificate must be filed with the application.)

  • Tastings Permit Application
  • A complete schedule of the dates and times all tastings will be held.
  • Evidence that the person conducting the tastings has completed a server training program that meets the State Liquor Enforcement standards. (A copy of the valid completion certificate must be filed with the application.)

Application Fee:   $25.00

Permit Fee:           $75.00

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

Credit cards cannot be accepted over the phone or by mail. 

 

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 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 Tastings Permit

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

Request a renewal for your Tastings 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 for your Tastings Permit 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

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

  • Tastings Permit Application
  • A complete schedule of the dates and times all tastings will be held.
  • Evidence that the person conducting the tastings has completed a server training program that meets the State Liquor Enforcement standards. (A copy of the valid completion certificate must be filed with the application.)

Permit Fee: $75.00

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

Credit cards cannot be accepted over the phone or by mail.

Licenses must be renewed on or before the expiration date to avoid penalty fees. A tasting cannot be held unless that date is listed on the tastings permit. Renewals must be submitted at least (14) days prior to the new tastings dates.

90 Day Grace Period

There is a 90 day grace period from the expiration date during which licenses can be renewed by paying the license fee and the 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 12-46-101

Plan Extra Time!

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