Restaurant Temporary

Dear Customer, 
We strongly recommend using Google Chrome or Safari browsers to complete the online application.

 

What is a Temporary Restaurant?

A retail food establishment, other than a licensed mobile retail food establishment or pushcart, that is not intended to be permanent and that operates at a fixed location for a period of time of not more than fourteen (14) consecutive days in conjunction with a single event or celebration.

A temporary restaurant license is required when a restaurant plans to participate in a fair or event by way of a temporary booth.

An event organizer may establish a Temporary Restaurant Event record and add Licensed Temporary Restaurant vendors intending on participating in the event.

Denver Food License Information(PDF, 309KB)

 

 

 Basic Information

How to access the online application

You can access the online application by clicking on the blue buttons on the right-hand side of this page.

A temporary restaurant applicant can check the status of an application at any time through the online application portal. Please download our Application Status Check-In Guide(PDF, 457KB) for step by step instructions.

We strongly recommend using Google Chrome or Safari browsers to complete the online application.

 

When to apply for a temporary restaurant license

We recommend that temporary restaurants apply at least 7 business days before their scheduled event. Applications have to be reviewed before license is needed. Please allow time for that review process.

 

 

Applying for a Temporary Restaurant License

Before You Apply

Before beginning your online application, please take the following actions:

  1. Start gathering all of the required documents listed in the next section of this website. Make sure the documents are filled out completely and uploaded onto your computer. Note that some documents may take several days to obtain, such as a Colorado Driving Record.
  2. Ensure that you have a banking account, Mastercard, Visa, or Discover card that you can use to pay online.
  3. Start your application!

 

Required Documents and Fees

Pursuant to city ordinance, if a restaurant is going to participate in a fund raising event for a nonprofit and all of the proceeds are being donated to the nonprofit, the fee for the license will be waived.  The applicant must submit a document with the Affidavit of Commissary that verifies the name of the nonprofit organization and verifies that all proceeds are being donated to the nonprofit.

Temporary Restaurant Licensing Instructions(PDF, 47KB)

Guide for selling or distributing CBD products at Special Events(PDF, 205KB)

 

 

Application Process

NOTE - Excise and Licenses will strive to process any application for a temporary restaurant license within 7 business days. The application review process may take longer if the application is found to be incomplete or if a police review is required.

The application process for a temporary restaurant license is as follows:

  1. The applicant submits an application online. All required documents must be uploaded before the application is submitted.
  2. Excise and Licenses will review the application and supporting documents for completeness. If the application is found to be incomplete, a "notice of deficiency" email will be sent to the applicant allowing 14 days for corrections.
  3. If the applicant is found to be eligible for licensing, a copy of the temporary restaurant's professional license will be emailed to the applicant, allowing the temporary restaurant to immediately start working.

 

Once You Have Your License

License Must be Must be Displayed While At Event

Excise and Licenses will email a professional license to all temporary restaurants. This license (or a clear picture of the professional license) must be displayed at all times during which the event is being held.

 

How to Renew a License

Renew a License

WHEN TO RENEW

You can renew your temporary restaurant as early as 60 days before the expiration date. You should receive an e-mail notification when your renewal period opens.

HOW TO RENEW

Use the renewal link on the right hand side of this page to access our online licensing portal. On the "Welcome" page, select "Renew or Manage" action under Occupational Licensing. On the "My Licenses" page, select the "Renew Application" action for the license you wish to update, and then follow the prompts.

 

Required Documents and Fees

Pursuant to city ordinance, if a restaurant is going to participate in a fund raising event for a nonprofit and all of the proceeds are being donated to the nonprofit, the fee for the license will be waived.  The applicant must submit a document with the Affidavit of Commissary that verifies the name of the nonprofit organization and verifies that all proceeds are being donated to the nonprofit.

Temporary Restaurant Licensing Instructions(PDF, 47KB)

Guide for selling or distributing CBD products at Special Events(PDF, 205KB)

 

 

Renewal Application Process

Note - Excise and Licenses will strive to process any application for a temporary restaurant renewal within 7 business days. The application review process may take longer if the application is found to be incomplete or inconsistent.

The renewal process is as follows:

  1. The applicant submits a renewal application online. All required documents must be uploaded before the application is submitted.
  2. Excise and Licenses will review the application and supporting documents for completeness and consistency. If the application is found to be incomplete, an email will be sent to the applicant allowing 14 days for corrections.
  3. If the applicant is found to be eligible for renewal, a copy of the temporary restaurant license will be emailed to the applicant. Be sure to read and follow all conditions printed on the business license.

 

Once Your License is Renewed

License Must be Must be Displayed During Event

Excise and Licenses will email a professional license to all temporary restaurants. This license (or a clear picture of the professional license) must be displayed at all times during which the event is being held.

Check on the Status of a Renewal Application

A temporary restaurant applicant can check the status of an application at any time through the online application portal. Please download our Application Status Check-In Guide(PDF, 457KB) for step by step instructions.