Applicants for existing licensees who seek to transfer a license to a new location must complete both Colorado State and City and County of Denver applications. The application process is handled through the Department of Excise and Licenses.
A Zone Use Permit is required before obtaining a transfer of location of the liquor license.
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.
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
All City Services: (720) 913-1311
General: (720) 865-3000
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 Sate 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.
City - $750.00 made payable to Manager of Finance + all other applicable fees
State - $300.00 made payble to Colorado Department of Revenue
State Fees must be paid with a check.
Once your inspections are completed, bring your signed card to the Department of Excise and Licenses office. Your license will be issued when the following actions are taken:
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.
Inspections and paperwork can take longer than you expect. Plan extra time to get your license.