Food Peddler

A pedestrian who engages in the sale or bartering of goods, merchandise or services directly to the consuming public, whether or not the goods, merchandise or services are actually delivered at the time of sales; a mobile food vendor who is not operating from a mobile retail food establishment or a pushcart. If the goods are prepared in a kitchen, it has to be through an approved commissary. See Commissary Operation Guide(PDF, 380KB). An approved Affidavit of Commissary(PDF, 208KB) will have to be turned in with the application. All Required Documents are listed below.

Must be 18 years of age or older.

Denver Food License Information(PDF, 309KB)

Commissary List(PDF, 95KB) 

 

How to Submit an Application 

There are a variety of ways that you can submit your New or Renewal application to the Department of Excise and Licenses. If renewing, please make sure to include your Business File Number (BFN) with the submittal.

  1. In an effort to protect public safety, in-person customer service at Excise and Licenses is being offered by appointment only. Please visit our appointments website to make an appointment. 
  2. All license applications not available online can be submitted via email, EXLSubmit@denvergov.org, during this health crisis. When submitting your email application, please attach all documents pertaining to your license application to ONE email. Please visit our email application process page for more information on submitting email applications.
  3. You may also mail in your application with fees to:

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

Make checks payable to: Manager of Finance

You may also pay for your applications online or via phone once you have submitted your application to Excise and Licenses. We will send you an invoice and you may pay virtually. Please visit our online payment process page for more information on how to submit payment for your applications.

For questions, please email licenses@denvergov.org or call 311.

How to Get a New Business License

Step 1: Required Documents

Disabled Peddler

All of the above documents plus the documents below:

  • A petition written to the Director requesting permission to use cart, dolly, wagon or other similar device.
  • A qualification of the disability, written by a licensed physician.
  • Pictures of the proposed cart, dolly, wagon or device with a written description of its size and dimensions and an explanation of the intended manner, method and specific location of its use.

 

 

Step 2: Fees

Application Fee:  $25.00

License Fee:  $50.00

CBI Name Check:  $5.00

 

Fees can be paid with cash, check, money order or credit card. Checks should be made payable to Manager of Finance. 

 

Step 3: Required Inspections

  • Department of Public Health and Environment (720) 865-5401

 

Step 4: Get Your License

Notify the Department of Excise and Licenses, at licenses@denvergov.org, that you would like your license emailed to you when all of the steps below have been completed. Be sure to include your Business File Number (BFN), name of your company and address of your business when emailing this request.

  1. All documents required for the license are complete and submitted to the office.
  2. The background check, if applicable, is accepted and approved.
  3. Fees are paid in full.
  4. All required inspections, if applicable, are passed.

 

Renew a Business License

Required Documents

Peddler

Disabled Peddler

  • Peddler or Photo ID
  • Approved Affidavit of Commissary(PDF, 208KB). This has to be approved by Department of Public Health and Environment.
  • Peddler Guidelines(PDF, 62KB) (This form needs to be signed, acknowledging the guidelines have been read)
  • A petition written to the Director requesting permission to use cart, dolly, wagon or other similar device.
  • A qualification of the disability, written by a licensed physician.
  • Pictures of the proposed cart, dolly, wagon or device with a written description of its size and dimensions and an explanation of the intended manner, method and specific location of its use.

 

Renewal Fees

License Fee:  $50.00

 

 

Late Renewals

Licenses must be renewed on or before the expiration date to avoid penalty fees. 

90 Day Grace Period

There is a 90 day grace period from the expiration date during which licenses can be renewed by paying the license fee and the penalty fee. However, if a license is not renewed before the expiration date, they must cease operations until the license has been renewed during this grace period.

First 30 days of grace period:  20% penalty fee

Days 31 - 90:  50% penalty fee

After 90 days:  Licensees will be required to apply for a new license

 

Renewal Policies

Department of Excise and Licenses will attempt to notify business license holders, at the email provided at time of application by business owner, of the approaching expiration date. However, failure of an email to notify a delinquent licensee that its license has expired does not excuse the licensee from any applicable late penalty.