Renew a Marijuana Business License

Effective Nov. 11, 2021, the Department of Excise and Licenses no longer accepts paper renewal applications for most Denver marijuana business licenses. (Medical and retail marijuana testing facilities and medical marijuana research and development facilities continue to use paper applications for license renewals. Visit this page for paper applications for medical and retail marijuana testing facilities and medical marijuana research and development facilities.) 

Effective Nov. 11, 2021, licensees are required to transition existing licenses to Denver's Online Permitting and Licensing Center during their annual renewal window, and they will be required to renew online every year thereafter.  

The online permitting and licensing process includes: 

  • Licensed Establishment record, which will capture information about where your business operates;
  • An Entity Registration record, which will capture ownership information for your business; and 
  • Business File Number records, which will capture information about the business licenses included in your application package. 

When you complete the online permitting and licensing process, you will be issued a Certificate of Licensure. 

The Department’s review of a renewal application could take five to seven business days and perhaps longer depending on the volume of applications pending before the Department. It is strongly recommended you submit a complete renewal application 15 to 20 business days in advance of the license’s expiration. If an application is incomplete and the review extends beyond the license’s expiration date, licensees will be required to cease operations.

Submit a Renewal Application

Step 1.Watch our online training videos 

Our online training videos provide helpful and detailed overviews of the application processes. Online training 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.Register for a new account

Register for an account in Denver’s Permitting and Licensing Center. It is recommended that applicants create separate accounts with separate email addresses and passwords for multiple entities. It will make managing records under separate entities easier. 

Step 3.Gather all required documents 

Applications for new business licenses must be complete and include all required documents. (See required documents for each license type below.) Remember:  

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

Visit the Licensed Establishment and Entity Registration webpages to learn more about the required documents for online applications. 

Step 4.Navigate to Denver's Online Permitting and Licensing Center 

In Denver’s Online Permitting and Licensing Center

  • Under Business, Short-Term Rental, and Occupational Licensing, click "Apply New.” In the first year, when transitioning applications online, select “Apply New” because you are new to the online system.
  • Under All Other Business Licenses, click “Application Package” and “Continue Application.”
  • Read the introduction page and click “Continue.”

This begins and guides 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 the Online Training Videos webpage to help guide you through the application. 

Step 5.Submit the application online 

You must submit complete applications for: 

  • Licensed Establishment record, which will capture information about where your business operates;
  • An Entity Registration record, which will capture ownership information for your business; and 
  • Business File Number records, which will capture information about the business licenses included in your application package.

If you are applying for multiple licenses at one location or under a single entity name, you only need to complete the Licensed Establishment and Entity Registration records once. After completing the initial Licensed Establishment and Entity Registration applications, you can add licenses to them. Only create new Licensed Establishment and Entity Registration records for new locations and new entities. 

Step 6.Pay the required fees 

After submitting your complete application package, you must pay the required application and license 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. 

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

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

Step 7.City application review 

The Department will review the city application and all required documents. The review could take five to seven business days but might take longer depending on the volume of applications pending before the Department. It is recommended you submit a renewal application well in advance of the license’s expiration.   

Step 8.License issuance 

Upon receipt of a complete application, payment of requisite fees, and completion of the city application review, you will receive an email with a Certificate of Licensure. This is your business license. The Certificate of Licensure is also available in your online account.  

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

To renew a medical or retail marijuana store application, you must provide:  

  • Copies of any orders to show cause, summary suspensions, or administrative holds issued by the Marijuana Enforcement Division within the last 12 months for any license being renewed.
  • The store’s related State of Colorado marijuana license number
  • The alarm permit number
  • The business’s Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • copy of the business’s Denver city sales tax license
  • A complete Social Impact Plan form(PDF, 171KB) is required for every license (every license type, medical and retail). The use of the Social Impact Plan template is required.
  • A copy of your related State of Colorado marijuana license (if transitioning your existing license online)

If you have a delivery permit and are transferring your license to the Online Permitting and Licensing Center, you must provide:  

  • A copy of your current Denver business license
  • A copy of your state delivery permit

If you are applying as a social equity applicant, you must provide: 

To renew a medical or retail cultivation license, you must provide: 

  • Copies of any orders to show cause, summary suspensions, or administrative holds issued by the Marijuana Enforcement Division within the last 12 months for any license being renewed.
  • The cultivation’s related State of Colorado marijuana license number
  • The alarm permit number
  • The business’s Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • copy of the business’s Denver city sales tax license
  • A complete Social Impact Plan form(PDF, 171KB) is required for every license (every license type, medical and retail). The use of the Social Impact Plan template is required.
  • A copy of your related State of Colorado marijuana license (if transitioning your existing license online)

When applying for a retail cultivation application, you might need the following: 

  • Required documents for cultivation facilities in non-conforming zone use district

If you are applying as a social equity applicant, you must provide: 

To renew a medical or retail marijuana infused product manufacturer license, you must provide: 

  • Copies of any orders to show cause, summary suspensions, or administrative holds issued by the Marijuana Enforcement Division within the last 12 months for any license being renewed.
  • The manufacturer’s related State of Colorado marijuana license number
  • The alarm permit number
  • The business’s Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • copy of the business’s Denver city sales tax license
  • A complete Social Impact Plan form(PDF, 171KB) is required for every license (every license type, medical and retail). The use of the Social Impact Plan template is required.
  • A copy of your related State of Colorado marijuana license (if transitioning your existing license online)

If you are applying as a social equity applicant, you must provide: 

To renew a medical or retail marijuana transporter license, you must provide: 

  • Copies of any orders to show cause, summary suspensions, or administrative holds issued by the Marijuana Enforcement Division within the last 12 months for any license being renewed.
  • The transporter’s related State of Colorado marijuana license number
  • The alarm permit number
  • The business’s Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • copy of the business’s Denver city sales tax license
  • A complete Social Impact Plan form(PDF, 171KB) is required for every license (every license type, medical and retail). The use of the Social Impact Plan template is required.
  • A copy of your related State of Colorado marijuana license (if transitioning your existing license online)

If you hold a delivery permit and are transferring your license to the online system, you will also need to provide:  

  • The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) for each delivery motor vehicle
  • The license plate number for each delivery motor vehicle
  • Proof of insurance for each delivery motor vehicle (combined and uploaded in a single .pdf)
  • A copy of the business’ state delivery permit
  • A copy of the vehicle registration for each delivery motor vehicle (combined and uploaded in a single .pdf)

If you are applying as a social equity applicant, you must provide: 

  • Main contact: You will need to provide the first name, last name, email address and phone number for the main contact for the licensed establishment and business. This contact will receive all emails regarding the location and the business’s licenses and applications. This information will be used by city agencies to contact the business. 
  • Mailing address: You will need to provide a mailing address for this licensed establishment and company. 
  • General contact: Provide the general contact information for your business. This information could be shared publicly in an open data catalog or upon request. The information should allow members of the public to contact your business regarding your licenses or licensed establishments. A telephone number and an email address will be needed.

If your license has been expired for 90 days or less, you can submit a late renewal application upon the payment of a late renewal fee. Late renewal fees increase over time as follows: 

  • If the application for renewal is submitted within 30 days after the expiration date on the face of the license, the late renewal fee is 20% of the license fee.  
  • If the application for renewal is submitted 31 to 90 days after the expiration date on the face of the license, the late renewal fee is 50% of the license fee.

This information will be updated soon. In the meantime, contact marijuanainfo@denvergov.org if you have questions.