Apply for a Modification of Premises of a Marijuana Business

Effective Nov. 11, 2021, anyone who applies for a modification of premises, must first transition all licenses at the location to Denver’s Online Permitting and Licensing Center.  

To assist with the transition there are online training videos that provide helpful and detailed overviews of the application processes. The videos for marijuana licenses can be found on the Online Training Videos webpage. There are videos showing how to register for an account, how to complete licensed establishment and entity registration records, and how to apply for new business licenses or amendments. It is recommended you watch the videos to assist with the application process. 

After you have transitioned your licenses to the online center, you can submit your modification of premises application online.  

A marijuana license modification of premises application must be submitted when you: 

  • Change the square footage of the building or the licensed premises
  • Alter the layout of the facility (including modifying doorways, changing some room uses, and adding or removing walls) 
  • Conduct any action that would require a building permit
  • Add, alter or remove extraction equipment, including any extraction ventilation system components
  • Add, alter or remove any enrichment system(s)
  • Update your video surveillance system to add or remove cameras. A fee and inspections are not required when a modification of premises application is submitted to update a video surveillance system to add or remove cameras. A fee and inspections are required for all other modifications. 

Submit a Modification of Premises Application

Step 1.Watch our online training videos 

Online training videos provide helpful and detailed overviews of the application processes. The videos for marijuana licenses are on our Online Training Videos webpage. The training videos show how to register for an account, how to complete licensed establishment and entity registration records, and how to apply for new business licenses or amendments.

Step 2.Log in to your online account  

Log in to your Denver Online Permitting and Licensing Center account for the specific location you want to modify. Use the email and password that you used to create the account when you transitioned your licenses online.

Step 3.Gather all required documents 

Applications for modification of premises must be complete and include all required documents. (See the required documents below.) Remember:  

  • All materials must be digital files and saved as a .pdf or .jpg file. Do not include any other file types. The Department of Excise and Licenses will not be able to accept other file types.
  • Legal documents included must be properly signed and executed.
  • All materials must be legible.
  • Incomplete applications will be rejected.

Step 4.Navigate to the Online Permitting and Licensing System 

In Denver’s Online Permitting and Licensing Center:  

  • Under Business, Short-Term Rental, and Occupational Licensing, click "Renew or Manage." This will take you to the “My Records” page. To submit an amendment or modification of your licensed establishment, find the “License Type” column. Find the row with the Licensed Establishment, Record Name and Address that you want to modify. In the right column, click "Amendment.”
  • Then, select “Modify Premises” and click “Continue Application.”
  • Read the introduction page and click “Continue.”

This will begin and guide you through the application process.  

Any time during the process, you can save and resume your application within 30 days. After 30 days, you will need to start again.  

Revisit our Online Training Videos webpage to help guide you through the application.

Step 5.Submit the application online 

You will be required to submit a complete application for:  

  • A licensed establishment modification of premises record, which will capture information about where your business operates and the details of your modification.

Step 6.Pay any required fees 

After submitting your complete application package, a city licensing technician will do a quality control review. The licensing technician will determine whether additional information, fees and inspections are required. The quality control review could take 20 business days and perhaps longer depending on the volume of applications pending before the Department.

If no fee or additional information is required, a licensing technician will update your record with the new floor plan and note the modification of premises has been completed. 

If a fee and inspection are required, you will receive an email that notifies you a record is “Pending Payment.” You must pay the required application fees online. (Visit the Fees for Marijuana License, Permit and Amendment Applications webpage for more information.)  

The fees will be listed in your account under the “My Records” tab. In the right column, there is a link to “Pay Fees Due.” Click there and it will take you to the online payment screen.  

  • You can pay fees online with a Discover, Visa or Mastercard credit or debit card.
  • You can pay online from a bank account. To do so, you must have a routing number, account number, the account holder’s name, and the account type.

If you can only pay in cash, email EXLApplications@Denvergov.org, and request an invoice for your fees. A licensing technician will provide an invoice for you to pay in cash, in person.

Print a copy of the payment screen. A receipt will not be emailed or mailed to you.

Step 7.City application review and Inspections

When the licensing technician’s review is complete and required fees are paid, you will receive a notice to complete the required inspections. For more information on inspections, refer to the Inspection Process information below. The applicant is responsible for completing a state modification of premises or report of changes application, if required. The Department requires proof of state approval of the modification of premises. If the state requires no modification of premises application, confirm that in an email with a representative of the Marijuana Enforcement Division.

Step 8.Email Excise and Licenses 

After you complete the required city inspections, email EXLApplications@denvergov.org with:  

  • The amendment record ID(s) for the modification of premises.
  • Proof of state approval for the modification of premises; if no state application is required, provide email from a representative of the Marijuana Enforcement Division who can confirm no state application is required. 
  • A request to close the amendment record ID(s) for the modification of premises. 

Step 9.License issuance

A licensing technician will update your record with the new floor plan and note that the modification of premises has been completed.  

All applications will be administratively closed if they are not completed within 12 months. 

Applications must be complete and include all required documents. Legal documents must be properly signed and executed. All materials must be legible. Incomplete applications will be rejected. 

Floor plan requirements 

Provide a floor plan, or multiple floor plans, drawn to scale on an 8 ½ inch x 11 inch piece of paper. It is recommended you submit digitally designed floor plans or plans prepared by a design professional. Separate floors must be shown on separate pieces of paper and clearly identified (e.g. basement, first floor, mezzanine, etc.) The floor plan must be complete and accurate. The submission must include: 

  • The physical layout of the establishment with the legibly labeled principal uses of each room in the premises.
  • The legible identification of all security cameras and DVR locations.
  • The intended licensed premises must be contiguous and outlined in red.
  • The intended limited access areas must be contiguous and outlined in green.
  • Stores only: Each room that is in the restricted access area must be labeled and must identify point-of-sale and sales counter locations.
  • If you submit multiple floor plans to satisfy all requirements outlined above, the physical layout and room uses must be identical for each floor plan showing the same section of the premises.

Definitions 

  • Licensed premises: The premises in possession of the licensee and within which the licensee is authorized to cultivate, manufacture, distribute, sell, store, transport, or test marijuana.
  • Limited access area: The contiguous area within the licensed premises where marijuana is grown, cultivated, stored, weighed, packaged, or processed.
  • Restricted access area: The area within the licensed premises where marijuana is sold, possessed for sale, or displayed for sale.  

Inspection statuses 

Check your inspection status in the online Permitting and Licensing Center.  

Inspection process and information 

When a licensing technician’s review of your modification of premises application is complete, they will provide you with an inspection notice to complete the required inspections. It's recommended you engage professionals to ensure you’re in compliance with building, zoning, public health and fire prevention requirements. Review the non-comprehensive guide to common marijuana business license inspection requirements. 

Inspecting agencies will digitally pass or fail your inspections. All inspecting agencies must pass your inspections before the Department can close your modification of premises records.  

As of Sept. 12, 2019, marijuana license modification of premises applications will only require a zoning and neighborhood Inspection for one of the following reasons: 

  • You have applied for a modification of premises for a marijuana center or store in an I-B zone use district.
  • You have applied for a modification of premises for a cultivation in a zone use district other than an I-A, I-B, OS-B, I-O, I-1, I-2, OS-1, or OS-2 zone use district.
  • You indicated on your marijuana license modification of premises application that your modification will result in the addition of an extraction room or an expansion of extraction space.
  • You have applied for a modification of premises that will result in an address change (for example, through the expansion or removal of units).

With the exception of the zoning and neighborhood inspection, which is only required for the reasons outlined above, the following inspections are required for all modification of premises applications: 

Community Planning & Development: Zoning and neighborhood inspections  

Community Planning & Development: Building Inspections Division  

Fire prevention  

Public Health & Environment: Public Health Inspections Division

  • Inspection is required only for stores, manufacturing, hospitality, testing, transporter, and off-premises storage facilities.
  • Schedule an inspection by calling 311 (if outside of Denver, call 720-913-1311)

Public Health & Environment: Environmental Quality

  • Inspection required for only cultivation, manufacturing and hospitality facilities. 
  • Schedule an inspection by calling 311 (if outside of Denver, call 720-913-1311)

Excise and Licenses  

  • Schedule an inspection by calling 311 (if outside of Denver, call 720-913-1311)