Licensed Establishment

What is a Licensed Establishment?

Denver’s Department of Excise and Licenses is creating online applications for business licenses. This will streamline how the department collects information and it will reduce the amount of information you have to provide when you renew or make changes to your licenses.

The new Licensed Establishment record captures information about where your business/organization operates. When you fill out your first online business license application package, you will be required to complete a Licensed Establishment application. If you complete another online business license application that will operate at the same location in the future, you will have the opportunity to select your existing Licensed Establishment record and skip that application


 Basic Information

Where can I find my Licensed Establishment Record ID?

If you have applied for a Retail Tobacco Store license or Child Care Center license through Denver’s Permitting and Licensing Center, then you have a Licensed Establishment Record ID. To find it:

  1. Log in to Denver’s Permitting and Licensing Center.
  2. Under the “Business, Short-Term Rental, and Occupational Licensing” section, select “Renew or Manage.”

Here you will see all records associated to your user account, including your Licensed Establishment and its corresponding Record ID. The record ID will be in a YEAR-LE-####### format (ex: 2020-LE-1234567).

What is a Zoning Use Permit or Acknowledgement of Zoning Use Permit?

A Zoning Use Permit is required to complete the Licensed Establishment application portion of a business license online application. For more details on acquiring a Zoning Use Permit, please visit Denver Development Services.

If you are a Marijuana business license, you may use this document instead Acknowledgment of Zoning Use Permit(PDF, 109KB).

If you do not have a Zoning Use Permit but need to submit your application for a business license, you may instead submit an Acknowledgement of Zoning Use Permit(PDF, 67KB).

Please be aware that no business license will be issued without a Zoning Use Permit provided by Denver Development Services. The Acknowledgement of Zoning Use Permit(PDF, 67KB) only allows you to submit your application, it will remain pending until you submit your actual Zoning Use Permit to Denver Department of Excise and Licenses.


What is an On-Site Manager?

An on-site manager is any individual that has the authority to make decisions regarding the licensed establishment and must have access to and control over the licensed establishment at all times.

As part of your licensed establishment application, you will have the opportunity to list a minimum of one and up to three on-site managers for your licensed establishment. This information must remain up to date.


Is there a fee for this application?

No, there is no fee for a Licensed Establishment Application. Please note: You will be required to pay fees for individual business licenses. Fees vary by license type.


Does my Licensed Establishment Expire?

Yes, your Licensed Establishment does expire. Each year you will be asked to renew your licensed establishment alongside any applicable business licenses.

Renewing your licensed establishment is very simple, you will be asked to review the information you previously provided as well as provide updated property information. For more information on the renewal process of your business license, check the associated license page:



What is a location name?

A location name is what you use to tell locations apart. A company may have many licenses at different locations. This location name will help you remember what location the license is for. For example, you can have a location name with the store number (ex. Store # 12347A).





The Licensed Establishment Application

Process Overview

The first time you use Denver’s new Application Package License Wizard, we will automatically add a Licensed Establishment application to your Application Package. After you submit your application package, we will strive to review the information you provided within seven to ten business days. If we need any further information to approve your Licensed Establishment, we will reach out to you via the e-mail address(es) you provide during the application process.

Required Information

In order to successfully complete your Licensed Establishment Application, you will need to provide the following information:

General Establishment Information

On-Site Manager Information

The following information for individual(s) you designate as on-site managers:

  • Details including their name, date of birth (DOB), home address, and contact information

Child Care Center

Marijuana Business Licenses: New Applications

Marijuana Business Licenses: Renew/Transitioning Online




Keeping Your Information Up To Date

Update On-Site Manager Information


You must file an Application Package Update application in order to:

  • Remove an existing on-site manager
  • Add additional on-site managers
  • Update on-site manager's contact information
  • We ask for IDs of managers for Child Care Center 

This application must be filed within 30 days of any on-site manager change taking place.


You may file this online

Step 1: Log in to Denver's Permitting and Licensing Center. (Remember to use the email and password that you used to create the account.)

Step 2:  Go to "My Records" section.

Step 3: Find the Licensed Establishment license type that you wish to update.

Step 4: In the Action column, click on the Amendment button that is next to your Licensed Establishment that you want to update.

Step 5: Click on the button for "Update On-Site Manager Info".

Step 6. Follow the prompts and the pages. To move through th e pages, click on "Continue Application". 

Watch the video below and it will walk you step by step through the process.