Art Gallery Liquor Permit

An art gallery that offers complimentary beer, wine and liquor for consumption only on the premises.

This is not a license to sell alcohol, but a permit to serve it on a complimentary basis.

An art gallery permit holder shall not, directly or indirectly, sell alcohol beverages by the drink, shall not serve alcohol beverages for more than four hours in any one day, and shall not serve alcohol beverages more than fifteen days per year of permit.

 

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.

Excise and Licenses will not offer fingerprinting services on site. The Fingerprinting and Background Check website offers information on fingerprinting services authorized by Colorado Applicant Background Services.

 

How to Get an Art Gallery Permit

Step 1: Application Process

  • Applications for Art Gallery Permits shall be shall be filed with the Department of Excise and Licenses no later than thirty (30) days before the date of a desired event.  The Director of the Department may exercise discretion to waive the thirty (30) day requirement in instances where an applicant has, within the previous two years, been qualified for an Art Gallery Permit.
  • Applicants must list on the application each day alcohol beverages will be served.
  • Applicants cannot change the days without at least fifteen (15) days notice to the local and state licensing authorities.
  • An application may not be denied solely on the basis of a proposed location’s proximity to public or private schools or the principal campus of a college, university or seminary.

 

Step 2: Conditions

  • Complimentary beer, wine and alcohol is served for consumption only on the licensed premises.
  • An art gallery permit holder shall not, directly or indirectly, sell alcohol beverages by the drink.
  • There shall be no entrance fee or cover charge.
  • The art gallery shall not intentionally allow more than 250 people to be on the licensed premises at any one time while alcohol beverages are being served.
  • No alcohol beverages may be served more than four (4) hours in any one day.
  • No alcohol beverages may be served for more than fifteen (15) days per permit year.
  • Art gallery permits are subject to the same requirements and penalties of the Colorado Liquor Code as other licenses.
  • Art gallery permits are legally responsible for the control of the alcoholic beverages on their premises.
  • There can be no self service of alcoholic beverages under an Art Gallery Permit.
  • Control of alcoholic beverages on patios will be strictly enforced under the Art Gallery Permit.
  • Art gallery permit holders must purchase inventory only from licensed liquor wholesalers, but may purchase up to $500.00 worth of alcohol beverages during a calendar year from a retail liquor store.

 

Step 3: Required Documents

Application forms and business entity documents are required for the applications process. All documents must be submitted in duplicate – one copy for the City of Denver and the original copy for the State of Colorado. Documents must be printed in black ink or typewritten. Photocopies are accepted.

  • Please make sure that no staples are in the documents when submitted to the Department of Excise and Licenses.
  • Art Gallery Permit Application(PDF, 198KB) 
  • Right of Possession Documents (Lease or Deed). The lease must be valid for at least 90 days from the date the application is submitted.
  • Attach a diagram of the premises which accurately reflects the area where the alcohol beverages will be stored, served, possessed or consumed. Please make 2 copies of this diagram. 1 copy should have the liquor license area outlined in RED. 1 copy should have the liquor licenses area outlined in BLACK.

 

Step 4: Fees

State Fees:  $71.25 made payable to the Colorado Department of Revenue

Local Fees:  $103.75 made payable to the Manager of Finance

 

Step 5: Get Your Permit

Your permit will be issued when the following actions are taken: 

  1. All documents required for the permit are complete and submitted to the office
  2. All fees are paid in full
  3. All approvals are given by the state and local offices.

NOTE:  You are encouraged to stay in touch with the Department of Excise and Licenses during your application process as each step can vary from the general steps described herein depending upon your own particular circumstances.

 

Renew Art Gallery Permit

Required Documents

  • Art Gallery Permit Application(PDF, 198KB) 
  • List of 15 days that alcoholic beverages will be served
  • Right of Possession Documents (Lease or Deed). The lease must be valid for at least 90 days from the date the application is submitted.
  • Attach a diagram of the premises which accurately reflects the area where the alcohol beverages will be stored, served, possessed or consumed. 

 All documents submitted for renewal, including Colorado State applications, must be submitted to the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses.

 No documents should be submitted to the Colorado State office.

 

Renewal Fees

State Fees:  $71.25 made payable to the Colorado Department of Revenue

Local Fees:  $103.75 made payable to the Manager of Finance 

 

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 for a penalty fee.

Late Application Fee:  $500.00 made payable to the Manager of Finance

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

 

Renewal Policies

Department of Excise and Licenses inspectors will attempt to locate and notify business license holders of the approaching expiration date.  However, failure of an inspector to notify a delinquent licensee that its license has expired does not excuse the licensee from any applicable late penalty.