Hotel and Restaurant with Optional Premises

Optional Premises means outdoor sports and recreational facilities for the convenience of guests or the public (e.g., golf courses, ski resorts).

  • Located on or adjacent to a hotel and restaurant liquor licensed establishment
  • Fess are charged for the use of such facilities


Sales and Service

  • Sale, service and consumption of beer, wine, and liquor by the drink for on-premises consumption; including the outdoor facilities, but only to customers of the optional premises
    • The approval of optional premises areas is discretionary with the City and State.
    • Written notice must be provided to the City and State prior to alcohol service on the optional premises no less than 48 hours or more than 180 days.  (The days and hours of service must be specified.)
    • No more than 3 proposed permanent locations or more than three movable facilities
  • Must have a full kitchen with adequate personnel, equipment and food to prepare meals; meals must be available between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.; sandwiches and light snacks after 8:00 p.m.
  • Meals must be prepared on the licensed premises, unless prepared at a licensed kitchen under the licensee's exclusive management and control.
  • At least 25% of the gross annual income must be from the sale of food.

Hours of Operation

Seven days a week between 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m.


Multiple Interests

Multiple ownership is legal with the following other classes of licenses:

  • Other hotel and restaurants with optional premises
  • Vintner's restaurant licenses
  • Hotel and restaurant and tavern liquor licenses
  • Retail gaming tavern licenses
  • Racetrack licenses
  • Brew pub licenses
  • Arts licenses
  • Beer and wine licenses
  • Club licenses
  • Public transportation system license
  • 3.2% beer licenses

Distance Restriction

A 500 foot distance restriction from public and parochial schools applied to new hotel and restaurant liquor applications. 

This does not apply to colleges, universities, or seminaries.  (This is by rule and regulation of the Department of excise and Licenses.)

Read more(PDF, 65KB) about the distance restriction for Hotel and Restaurant licenses.



Application Fee:

State - $1,550.00 fee made payable to Colorado Department of Revenue + Liquor License Fees

State - $1,650.00 fee for Concurrent Review + Liquor License Fees

State - $1,550.00 fee for Transfer of Ownership + Liquor License Fees

City -   $1,000.00 + other fees assigned at time of application

Colorado Bureau of Investigations Fingerprinting:  $38.50 per person for anyone that owns at least 10% of the business entity.

License fees will be calculated at the time the application is submitted to the City.


Required Documents

See documents required for a liquor license application.

Additional documents may be required for this class of license.  Check with the Department of Excise and Licenses for specific requirements.


  • If someone other than a principal to the licensee manages the licensed premises, then the manager must register and pay $75.00 in fees to the City and the State.
    • Any changes in managers of arts licenses must be reported to both the City and the State within five (5) days of the change in manager and new managers registered within thirty (30) days. 
  • With multiple owned Hotel and Restaurant with Optional Premises, each location must have a separate and distinct manager from the other Hotel and Restaurant with Optional Premises.
  • Managers are required to submit a complete set of fingerprints.