Going Out of Business

Going-out-of-business sale is a sale held out in such a manner as to reasonably cause the public to believe that, upon the disposal of the stock of goods on hand, the business will cease and be discontinued, including but not limited to the following sales: Adjuster's, adjustment, alteration, assignee's, bankrupt, benefit of administrator's, benefit of creditors', benefit of trustees, building coming down, closing, creditors' committee, creditors', end, executor's, final days, forced out, forced out of business, insolvents', last days, lease expires, liquidation, loss of lease, mortgage sale, receiver's, trustee's, quitting business. Any person who has not been the owner of a business advertised or described in the application for a license under this division for a period of at least six (6) months prior to the date of the proposed sale shall not be granted a license; provided, however, any person having goods damaged by fire, smoke or water on the premises where the sale is to be conducted, such person shall have a right to apply at any time for a license hereunder for such goods and upon the death of a person doing business in the city, the heirs, devisees, legatees or personal representatives shall have the right to apply at any time for a license hereunder. Any person who has held a sale regulated under this division, at the location stated in the application, within one (1) year last past from the date of such application, shall not be granted a license. 

Exemptions

Persons acting pursuant to an order or process of a court of competent jurisdiction;

Persons acting in accordance with their powers and duties as public officials;

Duly licensed auctioneers, selling at auction;

Any publisher of a newspaper, magazine or other publication, who publishes in good faith, any advertisement, without knowledge of its false, deceptive or misleading character, or without knowledge that the provisions of this article have not been complied with.

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: Process Overview

A person desiring to conduct a sale regulated by this license shall make a written application to the department of Excise and Licenses setting forth and containing the following information:

(1) The true name and address of the owner of the goods to be the object of the sale;

(2) A description of the place where such sale is to be held;

(3) The nature of the occupancy, whether by lease or sublease and the effective date of termination of such occupancy;

(4) The dates of the period of time in which the sale is to be conducted;

(5) A full and complete statement of the facts in regard to the sale, including the reason for the urgent and expeditious disposal of goods thereby and the manner in which the sale will be conducted;

(6) An inventory or statement, in such form and in such detail as the department of Excise and Licenses may require, setting forth the amount and description of the goods to be sold at such sale, and when required by Excise and Licenses, the date of acquisition of such goods, the persons from whom obtained, and the place from which the goods were last taken. 

(7) A licensee under this license shall keep available at the place of sale a duplicate copy of the inventory submitted with the application, and shall present such duplicate to inspecting officials upon request. Further, the licensee shall keep available to inspecting officials the stock or other records of the business relating to the sale on the application for a license. 

(8) The license issued under this division shall authorize the sale described in the application for a period of not more than sixty (60) consecutive days, Sundays and legal holidays excluded, following the issuance thereof.

Step 2: Required Documents

  • Business Questionnaire(PDF, 257KB)
  • Affidavit of Lawful Presence(PDF, 199KB) (if business is an individual or sole proprietor)
  • Valid State or Federally Issued ID
  • A description of the place where such sale is to be held
  • The dates of the period of time in which the sale is to be conducted
  • A full and complete statement of the facts in regard to the sale, including the reason for the urgent and expeditious disposal of goods thereby and the manner in which the sale will be conducted
  • An inventory or statement, in such form and in such detail as the director of excise and licenses may require, setting forth the amount and description of the goods to be sold at such sale, and when required by the director, the date of acquisition of such goods, the persons from whom obtained, and the place from which the goods were last taken.
  • Possession of Property Certificate(PDF, 905KB) or Right of Possession Documents (Lease or Deed). The lease must be valid for at least 90 days from the date the application is submitted.

     

Step 3: Fees

Application Fee: $150.00

License Fee: $100.00

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

 

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

The department of Excise and Licenses shall renew a license for one (1) period of time only, such period to be in addition to the sixty (60) days permitted in the original license and not to exceed thirty (30) consecutive days, Sundays and holidays excluded.

That the licensee has submitted, with the application for renewal, a revised inventory, in the manner and form prescribed, showing the items listed on the original or supplemental inventory, remaining unsold, and not listing any goods not included in an approved application and inventory, and any application for a license under the provisions of this division covering any goods previously inventoried, as required hereunder, shall be deemed to be an application for renewal, whether presented by the original applicant, or by any other person. 

Renewal Fees

License Fee: $100.00

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.