Food wholesale shall mean any establishment engaged in the business of selling at wholesale, processing, storing, handling or packaging of food intended for human consumption.
Depending upon how the food is packaged or prepared, there are 4 classes of wholesale food licenses:
A Zone Use Permit is required before obtaining a Food - Wholesale License.
Note: If using a commissary kitchen, it must be located within 50 miles of the City and County of Denver.
$125.00 - 1 to 9 employees
$150.00 - 10 to 29 employees
$175.00 - 30 or more employees
The license fees for the Food - Wholesale Licenses are dependent upon the class of the license.
Fees can be paid with cash, check, money order or credit card. Checks should be made payable to Manager of Finance. Credit card payments are only accepted in person.
Once you have come into our office with all of the proper paperwork, (see required documents) and paid your fees, you will be issued an inspection card. The following agencies will be required to sign the inspection card that we give you.
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:
Renew in Person
Come to the Department of Excise and Licenses office.
Request a renewal for your business license.
Once all documentation is complete and background check (if required) is approved 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
A completed and approved Affidavit of Commissary is required if you process and/or cook in a commercial kitchen. (Caterers)
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 the license fee and the 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
Inspections and paperwork can take longer than you expect. Plan extra time to get your license.