Club License

Issued to nonprofit corporations that have been in existence for no less than three years and have had a dues-paying membership for at least three years, and have occupied a premises operated for objects of national, social, fraternal, patriotic, political, or athletic nature, but not for financial gain; or

A corporation that is a regularly chartered branch of a national organization (e.g.: Elks Lodge, VFW)


Sales and service

  • Sale, service and consumption of beer, wine, and liquor by the drink for on-premises consumption only to members of such club and members' guests
  • Need not have food or meals available

Hours of operation

Seven days a week between 7 a.m. and 2 a.m.



  • Investigation into the qualification of only the corporate president and the club manager is required in determining the character of the corporate applicant.
  • At the public hearing for approval of the club licenses, the burden shifts from the reasonable requirements (needs) of the neighborhood and desires of its inhabitants to desires only.  [CRS 44-3-312(2)(a)].

Multiple interests

Multiple financial interests are allowed with this class of license and the following:

  • In other club liquor licenses
  • Hotel and restaurant licenses
  • Tavern licenses
  • Brew pub licenses
  • Arts licenses
  • Racetrack licenses
  • Public transportation system licenses
  • Optional premises licenses
  • Retail gaming tavern licenses
  • Vintner's restaurant license

Distance restriction

A 500-foot distance restriction from public and parochial schools, colleges, universities, and seminaries applies to new club licenses.

The distance restriction does not apply to any club located within the principal campus of a college, university or seminary if its membership is limited to the faculty or staff.



Application Fee:

State - $1,100 made payable to the Colorado Department of Revenue plus liquor license fees

State - $1,200 for concurrent review plus liquor license fees

State - $1,100 for transfer of ownership plus liquor license fees

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.


Required documents

See documents required for a liquor license application.

A list of the names of all mangers of club licenses provided to the state and local licensing authorities.

A cabaret application is not required for a club license per Denver Revised Municipal Code Sec. 6-51(a)(2)

More documents could be required for this class of license. Check with the Department of Excise and Licenses for specific requirements.




  • The name of the club manager must be provided to the local and state licensing authorities whether a principal to the licensee manages the licensed premises or someone else manages. 
  • Any changes in managers of club licenses must be reported to the city and the state within 30 days of the change in manager.
  • A $100 background investigation fee will be assessed for any changes in the licensee's president and manager.
  • Managers must complete the full set of fingerprints