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Restaurant Stand Up: A restaurant that prepares their own food in their on-site kitchen but does not offer seating.
Push Cart: Non self-propelled vehicle limited to serving commissary prepared or prepackaged food and non-potentially hazardous food, unless the equipment is commercially designed and approved to handle food preparation and service
Denver Food License Information
If you need assistance creating your business, contact the Denver Office of Economic Development or visit their website for more information.
A Zone Use Permit is required before obtaining a Restaurant - Stand Up License if the restaurant is a take-out establishment.
Application Fee: $150.00
License Fee: $125.00
Fees can be paid with cash, check, money order or credit card. Checks should be made payable to Manager of Finance. We cannot accept credit card payment through the mail or by phone at this time.
Renew in Person
Come to the Department of Excise and Licenses office.
Request a renewal for your business license.
Once all documentation is complete you will be issued a payment voucher.
Take the payment voucher to the cashier and pay the renewal license fee.
Return to the Department of Excise and Licenses office with your receipt for payment.
Your business license will be printed.
Renew by Mail
You can mail in your license renewal along with a check made payable to the Manager of Finance for the total city fees due. Be sure to include your Business File Number (BFN) on your check.
Office Hours and Location
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Webb Municipal Office Building
201 W. Colfax Avenue, 2nd Floor
All City Services: 311
Department of Excise and Licenses
201 W. Colfax Ave Dept. 206
Denver, CO 80202
Affidavit of Commissary
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 by paying for a license fee and a penalty fee.
First 30 days of grace period: 20% penalty fee
Days 31 - 90: 50% penalty fee
After 90 days: Licensees will be required to apply for a new license
Denver Revised Municipal Code
Definition 23-2 (28)
Inspections and paperwork can take longer than you expect. Plan extra time to get your license.