New valet location application

Online form application

Step 1.Before you apply

  • Read the ordinance for this license under "Municipal Code" on the right side of the page to make sure this license is right for you.

Step 2.Gather all required documents

Make sure you have everything from the "Required documents" section below. 

Remember:  
  • All materials must be digital files saved as a .pdf or .jpg. Do not include any other file types. The Department of Excise and Licenses cannot accept other file types.
  • Use numbers or letters but not characters such as symbols (/ ? < > \ : * | “ ^) or spaces that could cause complications.
    • For example:
      • Good filename: drivers-license-name-2022.pdf
      • Bad filename: last name/ id.pdf
  • In some cases, you might need to combine documents and upload them in a single .pdf. You can use a free, online tool to merge documents into a single file. 
  • Legal documents must be signed, dated and executed. All pages of large legal documents (such as a lease) must be included in the application.
  • All materials must be legible. 
  • Incomplete applications will be rejected.

Step 3.Submit an application

  • To submit your application, please go to this online application, fill it out, attach all required documents and submit online.
  • After applying, Parking will send the approved application to EXLSubmit@denvergov.org and will copy you on the email
  • You will then receive an email from EXLSubmit@denvergov.org with your invoice and instructions on how to pay fees. Please note you cannot pay fees until you have received an invoice. Visit the online payment process page or watch the "How to pay online" video for more information.
  • Make sure that you have a bank account, Mastercard, Visa, or Discover card to pay online.
  • All applications will be closed if they are not completed within 12 months.

Step 4.Pay required fees

Application Fee: 
$100

License Fee: 
$200

Additional Public Works fees may apply based on application request.

Step 5.License issuance

After all the steps below are complete, email licenses@denvergov.org to let the Department know you want your license emailed. Include the business file number (BFN), and the name and address of the business.

  1. All required documents are complete and submitted (if applicable).
  2. Fees are paid in full.
  3. All required inspections are passed (if applicable).

The licensee should read "Once you have your license" below and follow the requirements.

  • Annual valet location license application(PDF, 2MB)
  • Copy of valid valet operator's license
  • Map of area surrounding client business identifying the following:
    • The requested passenger loading zone area
    • Any street furniture (i.e. signs and podium)
    • The location of the parking lot(s) or garage(s) where the valet vehicles will be stored
  • Valid lease for private parking lot(s) where valet vehicles will be parked
  • Permission from Client business
    • Letter from Client(s) business stating the valet operator is under contract for valet services at the Client business location(s); or a copy of contract agreement with client(s) business. If applying for a shared location (I.e. 2 or more businesses operating in the same valet drop off location), a written agreement or letter under which all of the client businesses agree to share a single valet drop off location.
  • Proof of insurance (see attached example in application). Temporary certificates are not accepted.
    • The applicant provides a copy of an insurance policy specifically naming the applicant as the insured on the policy, along with the valet client business and the City as additional insured parties, providing liability coverage for property damage in an amount not less than two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000.00) and personal injury coverage in an amount not less than one million dollars ($1,000,000.00) covering injuries and damages caused by the valet client business, valet operator, or any of his or her valet attendants in the course of conducting valet services for the valet client business, with a term of at least the twelve (12) month term of the license. Updated insurance certificates must be mailed to the City on the address listed in the attached sample certificate.
  • Additional Notes / Provisions:

    -Copies of the Valet Location license, Valet Operator license, Street Public Occupancy permit and Meter permit (if applicable) must be held on-site at the valet location.

    - The Street Public occupancy permit includes one (1) valet sign and one (1) podium. Additional permits must be obtained for additional signs or podiums.

    - For valet parking operating anytime between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. the valet operator shall not be required to pay a fee, in addition to the valet location license fee, for use of up to two (2) parking metered spaces or forty (40) feet of right-of-way during the time that such parking meters or right-of-way are utilized as a passenger loading zone. For use of additional meters, the valet operator shall pay an annual meter fee equal to one-third of the actual maximum revenue lost from the use of each additional meter, based on the meter charges for the area.

    - For valet parking operating anytime between 6:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., the valet operator shall pay an annual fee equal to one-third the actual maximum revenue lost from the use of each meter, up to two (2), based on the meter charges for the area. The operator shall pay an annual fee equal to the actual maximum revenue lost from the use of each additional meter over two (2), based on the meter charges for the area.

    -Hotels may have a valet location, regardless of the number of other valet locations on the face block. Hotels shall be allowed two (2) free spaces twenty-four (24) hours per day unless they have an off-street loading zone, driveway or porte-cochere. If a hotel demonstrates a need for extra spaces that can not adequately be filled by the off-street loading zone, driveway or porte-cochere or the two (2) free spaces, whichever is applicable, and demonstrates that there will be no adverse impact on traffic or public safety, the city traffic engineer may allow extra spaces. Extra spaces in excess of the two (2) free spaces and on-street spaces for locations with an off-street loading zone, driveway or porte-cochere shall be charged as specified above.

License must be displayed

Excise and Licenses will email a professional license to all licensees. This license (or a clear picture of it) must always be displayed.

Requirement to keep contact information up to date

Email licenses@denvergov.org to notify the Department of any contact information changes (place of business, onsite manager, etc.). These updates must be submitted within 72 hours of the change. 

Requirement to renew annually

Licenses expire annually. It is unlawful to operate with an expired license. A renewal application must be filed before the license expires.