Change in Corporate or Limited Liability Structures

A change in corporate structure exists where there is a change of corporate officers, directors, stockholders, managers and/or members holding 10% or greater financial interest in a limited liability company.

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 EXLSubmit@denvergov.org. 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 licenses@denvergov.org or call 311.

How to Apply for a Change in Corporate or Limited Liability Structures

Reporting

  • Transfers or changes of financial interest in a license must be reported to the Colorado State Liquor Licensing Division within 30 days.
  • Changes in corporate or limited liability structure related to a retail license must be reported to the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses within 30 days.

Required documents

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. 

All documents should be submitted to:

City and County of Denver
Department of Excise and License
201 W Colfax Ave, Dept. 206
Denver, CO 80202

For a corporation

  • Make sure no staples are in the documents.
  • Limited Liability Company and Corporate Report of Changes(PDF, 204KB) 
  • Names and addresses of all the corporation's officers and directors
  • Certificate of incorporation (or) date stamped articles
  • Certificate of good standing dated within the last two years
  • Certificate of authority (only if a foreign corporation)
  • Copies of minutes of meetings by the corporation supporting the changes reflected on the front of the application. This includes letters of resignation, or appointment of any officers, or directors of a corporation
  • Names, addresses, and Individual History Form(PDF, 155KB)  of all people owning 10% or more of the outstanding or issued capital stock
  • People new to the corporation who have not previously been qualified must be fingerprinted for the following:
    • All officers and directors
    • Members and shareholders who own 10% or more of the business entity
    • Read more about new process for fingerprinting and background checks.  
    • If an officer or manager of a licensee has already been qualified and is only changing positions within the licensee entity, they will not have to be requalified, and no fee will be charged unless the Department has reason to suspect that there has been a change in the record of the individual since the last qualification.

 

For a limited liability company

  • Limited Liability Company and Corporate Report of Changes(PDF, 204KB) 
  • A copy of the purchase agreement or equivalent thereto
  • Names, addresses, and Individual History Form(PDF, 155KB)  of all people owning 10% or more of the outstanding or greater interest
  • Partnership agreement (limited and general partnerships)
  • Certificate of good standing dated within the last two years
  • Certificate of authority (only if a foreign corporation)
  • Copies of minutes of meetings by the limited liability company or partnership supporting the changes reflected on the front of the application. This includes letters of resignation, or appointment of any managing member or members of a limited liability company, or any general or limited partner in a partnership (including husband and wife partnerships)
  • People new to the limited liability company who have not previously been qualified must be fingerprinted for the following:
    • All officers and directors
    • Members and shareholders who own 10% or more of the business entity
    • Read more about new process for fingerprinting and background checks.  
    • If an officer or manager of a licensee has already been qualified and is only changing positions within the licensee entity, they will not have to be requalified, and no fee will be charged unless the Department has reason to suspect there has been a change in the record of the individual since the last qualification.

If the licensee as listed on Line 1 has a sole stockholder that is a corporation, or LLC, or partnership, include a letter designating one officer, or managing member or the general partner to be the "principal person" for the applicant. This person must also fill out an Individual History Form(PDF, 155KB) and be fingerprinted for background investigation.

 

Fees

Individual history form:  $100 per individual who completes the individual history form. Checks should be made payable to the Manager of Finance.

Master file applicant must include a fee of $250 for each person listed payable to the Colorado Department of Revenue.

Get your license

The liquor license reflecting the changes in corporate or limited liability structures will be issued when:  

  1. All documents required for the license are complete and submitted to the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses office.
  2. The background check is accepted and approved for each person that is fingerprinted.
  3. All fees are paid.
  4. 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.