A Zoning Use Permit may be required when submitting a Liquor Special Event application to Excise and Licenses.
- A zoning use permit is a document granting the applicant/owner of a lot, building, or structure permission for the requested use of the land. "Use" can be defined as any activity, occupation, business or operation transacted in a building or on a lot/tract of land.
Zoning Use Permit Not Required for Events Held in Public Parks/Buildings and on Public Streets or Alleys:
- Zoning Use Permits are not required for events held in City Parks and Recreation Centers as well as other Denver Parks and Recreation Facilities, Denver International Airport, and Denver Arts and Venues Facilities, or for events that take place in the public right-of-way (public streets/alleys).
- Events that are scheduled to take place in a public park or street should be coordinated through the Office of Special Events (“OSE”). OSE will work with the applicant and the appropriate city agencies to ensure the event checklist is tailored to address all of the City’s licensing and permitting concerns.
Events Inside a Building Already Zoned for Assembly
- For events inside a building located on private property, we require a Zoning Use Permit to ensure the building is appropriately zoned and permitted to host a public assembly event. Click here for a list of zoning uses where events for public assembly are allowed as part of the primary permitted use.
- Applicants can request a copy of the most current Zoning Use Permit for the subject building or space by emailing the request, including the property address, to email@example.com. The most current zoning use permit may be submitted for multiple events, and does not need to be updated unless the zoning use has changed since the permit was issued.
Events in a Building or Outdoors (Including Parking Lots) NOT Zoned for Assembly
- For events in a building or outdoors where the subject building or land is not currently permitted by zoning for public assembly events, applicants must apply for and receive a Special Event Temporary Zoning Use Permit.
Additionally, the applicant may need to secure a Fire Safety Permit. The Denver Fire Department will determine if a permit is needed for the liquor Special Event. If no permit is required, they will send the applicant a letter indicating such, which may be submitted in lieu of the fire permit with the Special Event liquor application to Excise and Licenses. Alternatively, if the Denver Fire Department determines a permit is required, the applicant will need to submit that permit along with the Special Event liquor application to Excise and Licenses.