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Ice Cream Vendor

A person or business selling or offering for sale ice cream or frozen dairy products on the streets, alleys or other public places

The ice cream vendor's license must be prominently displayed by being attached to the vendor's clothing or to a cord worn around the neck and be visible at all times.

Special Note: The ice cream vendor's license required shall be in addition to required mobile retail food establishment or pushcart licenses. A food peddler license is not required for an ice cream vendor operating as a food peddler; however, an ice cream vendor operating as a food peddler shall comply with the food peddler requirements of section 23-52 of the Denver Revised Municipal Code.

How to Get a New Business License

Application Fee:  $50.00

License Fee:  $25.00

Fingerprint Fee:  $16.50 


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

  • Department of Public Health and Environment vehicle inspection (720) 865-5401

Once your inspections are completed, return 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 accepted and approved.
  3. Fees are paid in full.
  4. All required inspections are passed.

Renew a Business License

You will need an inspection from Department of Environmental Health for the renewal.


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

Renewal of Mobile Retail Food License

Affidavit of Commissary (Required for the renewal of the Mobile Retail Food License)

License Fee:  $25.00

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 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.


Municipal Code

Denver Revised Municipal Code

Definition 54-672

Requirements 23-54

Fees 32-106.5 (5)

Plan Extra Time!

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