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Going out of Business

Going-out-of-business sale is a sale held out in such a manner as to reasonably cause the public to believe that, upon the disposal of the stock of goods on hand, the business will cease and be discontinued, including but not limited to the following sales: Adjuster's, adjustment, alteration, assignee's, bankrupt, benefit of administrator's, benefit of creditors', benefit of trustees, building coming down, closing, creditors' committee, creditors', end, executor's, final days, forced out, forced out of business, insolvents', last days, lease expires, liquidation, loss of lease, mortgage sale, receiver's, trustee's, quitting business. Any person who has not been the owner of a business advertised or described in the application for a license under this division for a period of at least six (6) months prior to the date of the proposed sale shall not be granted a license; provided, however, any person having goods damaged by fire, smoke or water on the premises where the sale is to be conducted, such person shall have a right to apply at any time for a license hereunder for such goods and upon the death of a person doing business in the city, the heirs, devisees, legatees or personal representatives shall have the right to apply at any time for a license hereunder. Any person who has held a sale regulated under this division, at the location stated in the application, within one (1) year last past from the date of such application, shall not be granted a license. 

Exemptions

Persons acting pursuant to an order or process of a court of competent jurisdiction;

Persons acting in accordance with their powers and duties as public officials;

Duly licensed auctioneers, selling at auction;

Any publisher of a newspaper, magazine or other publication, who publishes in good faith, any advertisement, without knowledge of its false, deceptive or misleading character, or without knowledge that the provisions of this article have not been complied with.

How to Get a Business License

A person desiring to conduct a sale regulated by this license shall make a written application to the department of Excise and Licenses setting forth and containing the following information:

(1)The true name and address of the owner of the goods to be the object of the sale;

(2)A description of the place where such sale is to be held;

(3)The nature of the occupancy, whether by lease or sublease and the effective date of termination of such occupancy;

(4)The dates of the period of time in which the sale is to be conducted;

(5)A full and complete statement of the facts in regard to the sale, including the reason for the urgent and expeditious disposal of goods thereby and the manner in which the sale will be conducted;

(6)An inventory or statement, in such form and in such detail as the department of Excise and Licenses may require, setting forth the amount and description of the goods to be sold at such sale, and when required by Excise and Licenses, the date of acquisition of such goods, the persons from whom obtained, and the place from which the goods were last taken. 

(7)A licensee under this license shall keep available at the place of sale a duplicate copy of the inventory submitted with the application, and shall present such duplicate to inspecting officials upon request. Further, the licensee shall keep available to inspecting officials the stock or other records of the business relating to the sale on the application for a license. 

(8)The license issued under this division shall authorize the sale described in the application for a period of not more than sixty (60) consecutive days, Sundays and legal holidays excluded, following the issuance thereof.

  • Business Questionnaire
  • Right of Possession Documents (Lease or Deed)
  • Affidavit of Lawful Presence  accompanied by Secure and Verifiable Identification (if business is an individual or sole proprietor)
  • Photo ID
  • A description of the place where such sale is to be held
  • The dates of the period of time in which the sale is to be conducted
  • A full and complete statement of the facts in regard to the sale, including the reason for the urgent and expeditious disposal of goods thereby and the manner in which the sale will be conducted
  • An inventory or statement, in such form and in such detail as the director of excise and licenses may require, setting forth the amount and description of the goods to be sold at such sale, and when required by the director, the date of acquisition of such goods, the persons from whom obtained, and the place from which the goods were last taken.

Application Fee: $150.00

License Fee: $100.00

Fees can be paid with cash, check,  money order or credit card.  Checks should be made payable to Manager of Finance. 

Once your inspections are completed, you return to the Department of Excise and Licenses to obtain your license. 

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. Fees are paid in full

Renew a Business License

The department of Excise and Licenses shall renew a license for one (1) period of time only, such period to be in addition to the sixty (60) days permitted in the original license and not to exceed thirty (30) consecutive days, Sundays and holidays excluded.

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

Mailing Information
Department of Excise and Licenses
201 W. Colfax Ave Dept. 206
Denver, CO 80202

Business Questionnaire

That the licensee has submitted, with the application for renewal, a revised inventory, in the manner and form prescribed, showing the items listed on the original or supplemental inventory, remaining unsold, and not listing any goods not included in an approved application and inventory, and any application for a license under the provisions of this division covering any goods previously inventoried, as required hereunder, shall be deemed to be an application for renewal, whether presented by the original applicant, or by any other person. 

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.

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

 

  • 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.