New art gallery liquor permit application

Online form application

Step 1.Application process

  • Applications for art gallery permits are filed with the Department of Excise and Licenses no later than 30 days before the date of a desired event.  The director of the Department could exercise discretion to waive the 30-day requirement in instances where an applicant has, within the previous two years, been qualified for an art gallery permit.
  • Applicants must list each day alcohol will be served.
  • Applicants cannot change the days without at least 15 days' notice to local and state licensing authorities.
  • An application cannot be denied solely based on a proposed location’s proximity to public or private schools or the main campus of a college, university or seminary.

Step 2.Conditions

  • Complimentary beer, wine and alcohol is served for consumption only on the licensed premises.
  • An art gallery liquor permit holder will not, directly or indirectly, sell alcohol by the drink.
  • There will be no entrance fee or cover charge.
  • The art gallery will not intentionally allow more than 250 people on the licensed premises at any one time while alcohol is being served.
  • No alcohol will be served more than four hours in any one day.
  • No alcohol will be served for more than 15 days per permit year.
  • Art gallery liquor permits are subject to the same requirements and penalties of the Colorado Liquor Code as other licenses.
  • Art gallery liquor permits-permit holders are legally responsible for the control of the alcohol on their premises.
  • There can be no self-service of alcohol under an art gallery permit.
  • Control of alcohol on patios will be enforced under the art gallery permit.
  • Art gallery liquor permit holders must purchase inventory only from licensed liquor wholesalers, but can purchase up to $500 worth of alcohol during a calendar year from a retail liquor store.

Step 3.Gather all required documents

Make sure you have everything from the "Required documents" section below. 

Remember:  
  • All materials must be digital files saved as a .pdf or .jpg. Do not include any other file types. The Department of Excise and Licenses cannot accept other file types.
  • Use numbers or letters but not characters such as symbols (/ ? < > \ : * | “ ^) or spaces that could cause complications.
    • For example:
      • Good filename: drivers-license-name-2022.pdf
      • Bad filename: last name/ id.pdf
  • In some cases, you might need to combine documents and upload them in a single .pdf. You can use a free, online tool to merge documents into a single file. 
  • Legal documents must be signed, dated and executed. All pages of large legal documents (such as a lease) must be included in the application.
  • All materials must be legible. 
  • Incomplete applications will be rejected.

Step 4.Submit an application

To submit your application, please go to this online application, fill it out, attach all required documents and submit online.

Please make sure that you have all of your required documents and information ready when you start your application. If you need to gather the information during the application process you can "Save" and resume the application at a later date.

After applying, you will receive an invoice to pay fees. You cannot pay fees until you have received an invoice. Visit the online payment process page or watch the "How to pay online" video for more information.

  • Make sure that you have a bank account, Mastercard, Visa, or Discover card to pay online. 

For questions, email licenses@denvergov.org or call 311.

Step 5.Pay required fees

State fees: 

$71.25 made payable to the Colorado Department of Revenue

Local fees:

$103.75 made payable to the Manager of Finance

Step 6.City application review and next steps

Excise and Licenses tries to conduct an initial review of a complete application within seven business days. The review process might take longer if it is incomplete or requires police review (if applicable).
  • All application related communications will be sent through email, from EXLNotifications@denvergov.org. Do not respond to these emails as this inbox is not monitored.
  • If the application is incomplete, the applicant will receive a "notice of deficiency" email. This allows 14 days for corrections. License endorsement requests and incidents on a background check need police review. 
  • All applications will be closed if they are not completed within 12 months.

Step 7.License issuance

After all the steps below are complete, email licenses@denvergov.org to let the Department know you want your license emailed. Include the business file number (BFN), and the name and address of the business.

  1. All required documents are complete and submitted (if applicable).
  2. Fees are paid in full.
  3. All required inspections are passed (if applicable).

The licensee should read "Once you have your license" below and follow the requirements.

Mail application

Step 1.Application process

  • Applications for art gallery permits are filed with the Department of Excise and Licenses no later than 30 days before the date of a desired event.  The director of the Department could exercise discretion to waive the 30-day requirement in instances where an applicant has, within the previous two years, been qualified for an art gallery permit.
  • Applicants must list each day alcohol will be served.
  • Applicants cannot change the days without at least 15 days' notice to local and state licensing authorities.
  • An application cannot be denied solely based on a proposed location’s proximity to public or private schools or the main campus of a college, university or seminary.

Step 2.Conditions

  • Complimentary beer, wine and alcohol is served for consumption only on the licensed premises.
  • An art gallery liquor permit holder will not, directly or indirectly, sell alcohol by the drink.
  • There will be no entrance fee or cover charge.
  • The art gallery will not intentionally allow more than 250 people on the licensed premises at any one time while alcohol is being served.
  • No alcohol will be served more than four hours in any one day.
  • No alcohol will be served for more than 15 days per permit year.
  • Art gallery liquor permits are subject to the same requirements and penalties of the Colorado Liquor Code as other licenses.
  • Art gallery liquor permits-permit holders are legally responsible for the control of the alcohol on their premises.
  • There can be no self-service of alcohol under an art gallery permit.
  • Control of alcohol on patios will be enforced under the art gallery permit.
  • Art gallery liquor permit holders must purchase inventory only from licensed liquor wholesalers, but can purchase up to $500 worth of alcohol during a calendar year from a retail liquor store.

Step 3.Gather all required documents

Make sure you have everything from the "Required documents" section below. 

Remember:  
  • All materials must be printed and legible. 
  • Do not use staples in the documents.
  • Legal documents must be signed, dated and executed. All pages of large legal documents (like a lease) must be included in the application.
  • Incomplete applications will be rejected.
 

Step 4.Submit an application

Applicants can mail their application with fees to:
City and County of Denver
Department of Excise and Licenses
201 W. Colfax Ave., Dept. 206
Denver, CO 80202
  • Make checks payable to: Manager of Finance
  • Include a current email address in case the Department needs to reach out with questions.
  • If renewing, include your business file number.
For questions, email licenses@denvergov.org or call 311.
 

Step 5.Pay required fees

State fees: 

$71.25 made payable to the Colorado Department of Revenue

Local fees:

$103.75 made payable to the Manager of Finance

Step 6.City application review and next steps

Excise and Licenses tries to conduct an initial review of a complete application within seven business days. The review process might take longer if it is incomplete or requires police review (if applicable).
  • All application related communications will be sent through email, from EXLNotifications@denvergov.org. Do not respond to these emails as this inbox is not monitored.
  • If the application is incomplete, the applicant will receive a "notice of deficiency" email. This allows 14 days for corrections. License endorsement requests and incidents on a background check need police review. 
  • All applications will be closed if they are not completed within 12 months.

Step 7.License issuance

After all the steps below are complete, email licenses@denvergov.org to let the Department know you want your license emailed. Include the business file number (BFN), and the name and address of the business.

  1. All required documents are complete and submitted (if applicable).
  2. Fees are paid in full.
  3. All required inspections are passed (if applicable).

The licensee should read "Once you have your license" below and follow the requirements.

Apply in person

Step 1.Application process

  • Applications for art gallery permits are filed with the Department of Excise and Licenses no later than 30 days before the date of a desired event.  The director of the Department could exercise discretion to waive the 30-day requirement in instances where an applicant has, within the previous two years, been qualified for an art gallery permit.
  • Applicants must list each day alcohol will be served.
  • Applicants cannot change the days without at least 15 days' notice to local and state licensing authorities.
  • An application cannot be denied solely based on a proposed location’s proximity to public or private schools or the main campus of a college, university or seminary.

Step 2.Conditions

  • Complimentary beer, wine and alcohol is served for consumption only on the licensed premises.
  • An art gallery liquor permit holder will not, directly or indirectly, sell alcohol by the drink.
  • There will be no entrance fee or cover charge.
  • The art gallery will not intentionally allow more than 250 people on the licensed premises at any one time while alcohol is being served.
  • No alcohol will be served more than four hours in any one day.
  • No alcohol will be served for more than 15 days per permit year.
  • Art gallery liquor permits are subject to the same requirements and penalties of the Colorado Liquor Code as other licenses.
  • Art gallery liquor permits-permit holders are legally responsible for the control of the alcohol on their premises.
  • There can be no self-service of alcohol under an art gallery permit.
  • Control of alcohol on patios will be enforced under the art gallery permit.
  • Art gallery liquor permit holders must purchase inventory only from licensed liquor wholesalers, but can purchase up to $500 worth of alcohol during a calendar year from a retail liquor store.

Step 3.Gather all required documents

Make sure you have everything from the "Required documents" section below. 

Remember:  
  • All materials must be printed and legible. 
  • Do not use staples in the documents.
  • Legal documents must be signed, dated and executed. All pages of large legal documents (like a lease) must be included in the application.
  • Incomplete applications will be rejected.
 

Step 4.Submit an application

Applicants can come to the office to submit their documents in person. Customers seeking in-person customer service should make an appointment. To make an appointment, visit the appointments website. The Excise and Licenses office is at 201 W Colfax Ave., on the second floor of the Wellington Webb Municipal Building. 
 
Customers can pay their fees after they receive an invoice. Visit the online payments process page for more information.
  • Make sure that you have a bank account, Mastercard, Visa, or Discover card to pay online. 
Applicants are encouraged to pay their fees online, but in-person payments are available. After receiving an invoice, customers can go to the Community Planning and Development cashier counter on the second floor of the Wellington Webb Municipal Building. Cashiers are available Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
  • Cash, checks (payable to “Manager of Finance”), Visa, Mastercard, and Discover card are all accepted.
For questions, email licenses@denvergov.org or call 311.
  

Step 5.Pay required fees

State fees: 

$71.25 made payable to the Colorado Department of Revenue

Local fees:

$103.75 made payable to the Manager of Finance

Step 6.City application review and next steps

Excise and Licenses tries to conduct an initial review of a complete application within seven business days. The review process might take longer if it is incomplete or requires police review (if applicable).
  • All application related communications will be sent through email, from EXLNotifications@denvergov.org. Do not respond to these emails as this inbox is not monitored.
  • If the application is incomplete, the applicant will receive a "notice of deficiency" email. This allows 14 days for corrections. License endorsement requests and incidents on a background check need police review. 
  • All applications will be closed if they are not completed within 12 months.

Step 7.License issuance

After all the steps below are complete, email licenses@denvergov.org to let the Department know you want your license emailed. Include the business file number (BFN), and the name and address of the business.

  1. All required documents are complete and submitted (if applicable).
  2. Fees are paid in full.
  3. All required inspections are passed (if applicable).

The licensee should read "Once you have your license" below and follow the requirements.

Documents required for online form, mail or in person application:

  • Art Gallery Liquor Permit Application(PDF, 167KB)
  • Right of possession documents (lease or deed). The lease must be valid for at least 90 days from when the application is submitted.
  • Attach a diagram of the premises that reflects where the alcohol will be stored, served, possessed or consumed. Make two copies of this diagram. One should have the liquor license area outlined in red. One should have the liquor licenses area outlined in black.

If submitting application by mail or in person:

Application forms and business entity documents are required. All documents must be submitted in duplicate – one for the City and County of Denver and the original for the State of Colorado. Documents must be printed in black ink or typewritten. Photocopies are accepted. Make sure no staples are in the documents.

License must be displayed

Excise and Licenses will email a professional license to all licensees. This license (or a clear picture of it) must always be displayed.

Requirement to keep contact information up to date

Email licenses@denvergov.org to notify the Department of any contact information changes (place of business, onsite manager, etc.). These updates must be submitted within 72 hours of the change. 

Requirement to renew annually

Licenses expire annually. It is unlawful to operate with an expired license. A renewal application must be filed before the license expires.