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)

Requirements

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 from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.


Conditions

  • 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.

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.


Fees

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.

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.

Managers

  • 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.
  • 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.