Liquor Licensed Drugstore

Sale of beer, wine, and liquor by the package for off-premises consumption.  Must be licensed by the State Board of Pharmacy.


Sales and service

  • Sale, service and consumption of beer, wine, and liquor by in sealed containers for off-premises consumption
  • Can sell food items and all other sundry items sold at retail drug stores with such sales totaling at least 20% of the licensee's gross annual income. (Effective Jan. 1, 2017)
  • Cannot sell clothing or accessories imprinted with information related to alcohol. (Effective Jan. 1, 2017)

Hours of operation

Seven days a week between 8 a.m. and midnight.


Multiple interests

Multiple ownership is not allowed with liquor licensed drugstores except in an arts liquor license, an airline public transportation license, or between Jan. 1, 2017 to Jan. 1, 2022 a maximum of five liquor licensed drugstore licenses. (Effective Jan. 1, 2017)

Excise and Licenses must conduct a needs and desires hearing for multiple liquor-licensed drugstore license applications.

Distance restriction

A 500-foot distance restriction from public and parochial schools, colleges, universities, and seminaries applies to new liquor licensed drugstore applications. 

A 1,500-foot distance restriction from another retail liquor store or liquor-licensed drugstore. (Effective July 1, 2016)


Application fees:

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

State - $1,200 for concurrent review 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

Liquor-Licensed Drugstore Application(PDF, 343KB)

See documents required for a liquor license application

Individual History Form(PDF, 155KB)  (for manager)

Manager - Fingerprints

The names of all mangers of liquor licensed drugstores must be provided to state and local authorities.

Additional documents could be required.  Check with the Department of Excise and Licenses for specific requirements.



The names of all managers of liquor licensed drugstores must be provided to local and state licensing authorities whether a principal to the licensee or someone else manages the licensed premises.

A manager is required to file an individual history form(PDF, 155KB) and be fingerprinted.  (Department of Excise and License procedure)