3.2 Percent Beer License

On Premises

A 3.2% fermented malt beverage license to dispense fermented malt beer by the drink for consumption ON the premises at this location

 

Off Premises

A 3.2% fermented malt beverage license to sell fermented malt beer by the package in sealed containers for consumption OFF the premises at this location

 

On/Off Premises

A 3.2% fermented malt beverage license to both sell fermented malt beer by the package in sealed containers for consumption OFF the premises and dispense fermented malt beer by the drink for consumption ON the premises at this location

How to Get a 3.2 Percent Beer License

  • Sole proprietor
  • Partnership
  • Corporation or Limited Liability Corporation (LLC)

 

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 liquor license. 

A 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.

You can use the resources on the Internet to plan ahead before you lease or buy property and before you apply for your business license.  Follow the steps below to learn more about the approved zone uses for the address where you want to locate your business.  Start on the Find Your Zoning page.
  1. Enter the desired address.  Click Search.
  2. Note the Zone District.
  3. Click on the + to Expand for more information. 
  4. Note the Neighborhood Context.
  5. Click on the link for the Zoning Code or in Former Chapter 59.
  6. Click on the Article # for the Neighborhood Context noted above.
  7. Open the document and scroll to the "Use" tables at the bottom of the document.
  8. Find the "Use" category in the left column and the Zone District in the columns to the right.
  9. The code in the intersecting square represents the permitted use.  (There is a key to the codes at the top of every page.)
Ultimately, the zone use permit for your business license must be approved and issued by the Zoning department.  Learn more about the Denver Zoning Code or visit the Zoning Office.
 
Office Hours and Location
General Hours:  8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Webb Municipal Office Building
201 W. Colfax Avenue, 2nd Floor

 

Phone
All City Services:  (720) 913-1311
General:  (720) 865-2915
 
Email
 

Duplicate documentsApplication 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 Sate of Colorado.  Documents must be printed in black ink or typewritten. 

Photocopies are accepted.

 

Application Documents

  • Colorado Fermented Malt Beverage (3.2% Beer) License Application(PDF)
  • Sales Tax License
  • Right of Possession Document (Lease or Deed)
  • Occupancy Permit which may be obtained from the Denver Fire Department
  • Plot Plan and detailed sketch of the perimeter and interior of the premises.  The floor plan drawing is to be on 8 1/2 by 11 inches with dimensions included.  The diagram does not have to be to scale, but must accurately reflect the area to be licensed, including depictions of the following:
    • Exterior areas showing control of the licensed premises (fences, walls, doors, gates, etc)
    • A diagram for each floor plan, outlined in red to indicate the boundary (including external and internal walls, doors, fences, gates, and the like)The diagram must identify the kitchen area if the applicant is applying for a Hotel and Restaurant class liquor license.  The diagram of the kitchen must include the range, refrigerator, sinks, dishwashers, and other industrial equipment.
    • Location of the proposed licensed premises designating where alcoholic beverages will be sold, served, distributed or consumed
  • If the building does not exist at the time the license is applied for, the applicant must submit an architect's drawing of the building to be constructed
  • A list of equipment if the applicant is applying for a Tavern class liquor license and the proposed premises does not have a kitchen area
  • Financial Questionnaire (PDF)
  • Individual History Form (PDF)
  • Fingerprints for the following:
    • All officers and directors
    • Members and shareholders who own 10% or more of the business entity
  • Cabaret License Application (PDF)if any form of entertainment is being offered

     

 

Additional Documentation by Form of Business Entity

Corporate Applicants

  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • A current Certificate of Good Standing
  • A certificate of Authorization (if applicant is a foreign corporation)
  • A list of all Officers and Directors and Members and Stockholders of the Parent Corporation who own 10% or more of the applicant's entity.  (The list must designate one person as the "principal officer")
  • A Trade Name Certificate, if applicable
  • Current Corporate minutes authorizing application for a liquor and/or cabaret license

 

Limited Liability Company Applicants

  • Articles of Organization
  • A current Certificate of Good Standing
  • Operating Agreement
  • A certificate of Authority (if the applicant is a foreign company)
  • A Trade Name Certificate, if applicable
  • Identification of its licensed premises manager

 

Sole Proprietorship Applicants

  • Trade Name Affidavit, if applicable

 

Application Fee:

State - $1,025.00 made payble to Colorado Department of Revenue

State - $1,125.00 with Concurrent Review

 

City - $750.00

 

License Fees:

Fees will be calculated at the time the permanent license is issued.

 

Colorado Bureau of Investigations Fingerprinting:  $38.50 per person who owns at least  10% of the business entity

 

Fees can be paid with certified funds.  

  • A public hearing is scheduled once all other requirements are complete
  • A sign is posted at the premises of the proposed liquor license
  • An area is designated around the proposed location from which residents and business owners/managers can sign petitions and testify at the public hearing
  • Registered neighborhood organizations (RNOs), public newspapers, the City Council and the Police District are notified of the application and public hearing
  • Petitions are circulated in support and against the proposed liquor license
  • Public Hearing is held
  • Final decision is issued by the Director of Excise and Licenses

 

  • Development Services (720) 865 2982
  • Denver Fire Department (720) 913-3409
  • Environmental Health    (720) 865-5401
  • Department of Excise and Licenses (720) 865-2756 (Last inspection - Schedule when all other inspections have been completed.)

Once your inspections are completed, bring your signed card to the Department of Excise and Licenses office.  Your license will be issued when the following actions are taken: 

  1. All documents required for the license are complete and submitted to the office
  2. The background check is approved
  3. All fees are paid in full
  4. 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 above depending upon your own particular circumstances.


Renew a 3.2 Percent Beer License

The Colorado State Liquor and Tobacco Enforcement Division will send the applicant a renewal application.

The application must be submitted to the City of Denver Department of Excise and Licenses no later than 45 days prior to an expiration date.

Example:  If a license expires on December 31, the renewal application must be submitted by November 16.

If the application is lost or not received, the Colorado Fermented Malt Beverage (3.2% Beer) LIcense Application  (PDF) can be used as a substitute renewal application.


Documents

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


No paperwork should be sent back to the Colorado State offices.


  • Liquor or 3.2 Beer License Renewal Application received from the Colorado State Liquor and Tobacco Enforcement Division or Colorado Fermented Malt Beverage (3.2% Beer) License Application  (PDF)
  • Right of Possession Document (Lease, Deed, or other agreement showing right of possession of the premises) if up-to-date documents are not already on file
  • If the renewal applicant is a corporation, a current certificate of good standing must accompany the renewal application.  Any changes in corporate structure must be noted in the renewal application.  Supporting documents must be provided.

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

 

  • 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.

State Statutes

Colorado StatuesColorado Liquor
and Beer Laws
  

 

CRS 12-46-101

Plan Extra Time!

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Inspections and paperwork can take longer than you expect.  Plan extra time to get your license.

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