Bed and Breakfast Permit

An overnight lodging facility with no more than twenty (20) sleeping rooms that provide at least one meal per day at no charge other than the overnight lodging fee. 


How to Submit an Application

There are several ways to submit a new or renewal application to the Department of Excise and Licenses. If renewing, include your business file number.

  1. All license applications not available online can be submitted by email to When applying, attach all documents to one email. Visit the email application process page for more information.
  2. You can mail your 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

3. You can pay fees online or by phone after the application has been submitted. You will receive an invoice and you can pay virtually. Visit the online payment process page for more information.

For questions, email or call 311.

How to Get a Bed and Breakfast Permit

Step 1: Zone use permit

A zone use permit is required before obtaining a bed and breakfast permit. 

A zone use permit grants 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.

Use internet resources to plan before you lease or buy property and before you apply for a business license.  Follow the steps below to learn more about the approved zone uses for the address for your business.  Start on the  find your zoning page.
  1. Enter the desired address.  Click Search.
  2. Note the zone district.
  3. Click on the + to expand for more information. 
  4. Note the neighborhood context.
  5. Click on the link for the zoning code or in former chapter 59.
  6. Click on the article number for the neighborhood context noted above.
  7. Open the document and scroll to the "Use" tables at the bottom of the document.
  8. Find the "Use" category in the left column and the zone district in the columns to the right.
  9. The code in the intersecting square represents the permitted use.  (There is a key to the codes at the top of every page.)
The zone use permit must be approved and issued by the zoning department.  Learn more about the Denver Zoning Code or visit the Zoning Office. 


zoning contact information

Step 2: Conditions


  • Complimentary beer, wine and alcohol are served for consumption on the licensed premises only to overnight guests.
  • The sale of alcohol by the drink or in sealed containers is prohibited.
  • Alcohol service by the drink can be offered for no more than four hours in any one day.
  • The facility has no more than 20 sleeping rooms
  • The facility provides at least one meal per day at no charge other than for overnight lodging
  • The public hearing process is waived for bed and breakfast applications.


Multiple interests

Multiple interests are allowed with bed and breakfast permits in other bed and breakfast permits, hotel and restaurant licenses, tavern licenses, brew pub licenses, club licenses, arts licenses, racetrack licenses, public transportation system licenses, optional premises licenses, retail gaming tavern licenses, and vintner's restaurant license.


Distance restriction

A 500-foot distance restriction from public and parochial schools, colleges, universities, and seminaries does not apply to bed and breakfast  permit applications. 


Step 3: Required documents

All documents are to be submitted to the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses.

  • Make sure no staples are in the documents.
  • Bed and Breakfast Permit Application(PDF, 148KB) 
  • Individual History Form(PDF, 155KB) (required for each owner that owns 10% or more of the business)
  • Fingerprints. Read more about fingerprinting and background checks. (required for each owner that owns 10% or more of the business)
  • Right of possession documents (lease or deed). The lease must be valid for at least 90 days from when the application is submitted.
  • The floor plan drawing is to be on paper that is 8 1/2 by 11 inches with dimensions included. The diagram does not have to be to scale, but must reflect the area to be licensed, including depictions of the following:
  • Exterior areas showing control of the licensed premises (fences, walls, doors, gates, etc.)
  • A diagram for each floor plan, outlined in red to indicate the boundary (including external and internal walls, doors, fences, gates, and the like). The diagram must identify the kitchen area if the applicant is applying for a hotel and restaurant class liquor license. The kitchen diagram must include the range, refrigerator, sinks, dishwashers, and other industrial equipment.
  • Location of the proposed licensed premises designating where alcohol will be sold, served, stored, distributed or consumed
  • One diagram must have the licensed liquor area outlined in red.
  • One diagram must have the licensed liquor area outline in black.


Step 4: Fees

Application fee

State - $71.25 made payable to the Colorado Department of Revenue

City -   $1,000 plus other fees assigned at time of application

Colorado Bureau of Investigation fingerprinting:  $38.50 per person for anyone who owns at least 10% of the business entity.

License fees will be calculated at the time the application is submitted to the City.


Step 5: Required inspections

  • Development Services (720) 913-1311
  • Denver Fire Department (720) 913-3409
  • Department of Public Health and Environment (720) 913-1311
  • Department of Excise and Licenses (720) 913-1311 (Last inspection - Schedule when all other inspections have been passed.)

Step 6: Get your permit

Your permit will be issued when the following actions are taken: 

  1. All required documents are complete and submitted to the office
  2. All fees are paid
  3. All approvals are given by the state and local offices.

You should stay in touch with the Department of Excise and Licenses during the application process as each step can vary from the general steps described herein depending on your particular circumstances.




Renew Bed and Breakfast Permit

Required documents

Renewal fees

State fees:  $71.25 made payable to the Colorado Department of Revenue

Local fees:  $25 made payable to the Manager of Finance plus other license fees applicable to the license holder


Late renewals

Licenses must be renewed on or before the expiration date to avoid penalty fees.

90-day grace period

There is a 90-day grace period from the expiration date during which licenses can be renewed for a penalty fee.

Late application fee:  $500 made payable to the Manager of Finance

After 90 days: A new license application is required


Renewal policies

Department of Excise and Licenses inspectors will attempt to locate and notify business license holders of the approaching expiration date.  But failure of an inspector to notify a delinquent licensee that its license has expired does not excuse the licensee from any applicable late penalty.