A hotel, lodging house, rooming house, or other place where transients are accommodated, in which four or more rooms are rented out.
There are a variety of ways that you can submit your New or Renewal application to the Department of Excise and Licenses. If renewing, please make sure to include your Business File Number (BFN) with the submittal.
1. In an effort to protect public safety, in-person customer service at Excise and Licenses is being offered by appointment only. Please visit our appointments website to make an appointment.
2. All license applications not available online can be submitted via email, EXLSubmit@denvergov.org, during this health crisis. Please visit our email application process page for more information on submitting email applications.
3. You may also mail in your application with fees to:
City and County of Denver
Department of Excise and License
201 W Colfax Ave, Dept. 206
Denver, CO 80202
Make checks payable to: Manager of Finance
You may also pay for your applications online or via phone once you have submitted your application to Excise and Licenses. We will send you an invoice and you may pay virtually. Please visit our online payment process page for more information on how to submit payment for your applications.
For questions, please email email@example.com or call 311.
Excise and Licenses will not offer fingerprinting services on site. This website offers information on fingerprinting services authorized by Colorado Applicant Background Services.
A Zone Use Permit is required before obtaining a Lodging Facility 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.
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. - 12:00 p.m.
Webb Municipal Office Building
201 W. Colfax Avenue, 2nd Floor
All City Services: (720) 913-1311
General: (720) 865-3000
Fingerprints for the following:
|No. of Units||Application Fee||License Fee|
|4 to 25||$100.00||$100.00|
|26 to 50||$150.00||$125.00|
|51 to 100||$200.00||$150.00|
|101 to 200||$250.00||$175.00|
Fingerprint Fee: $16.50 per person who owns at least 25% of the business entity (or the applicant that has the highest percentage of ownership)
Fees can be paid with cash, check, money order or credit card. Checks should be made payable to Manager of Finance.
Notify the Department of Excise and Licenses, at firstname.lastname@example.org, that you would like your license emailed to you when all of the steps below have been completed.
No. of Units
4 to 25
26 to 50
51 to 100
101 to 200
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 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
Inspections and paperwork can take longer than you expect. Plan extra time to get your license.