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Merchant Guard Company

A person or business conducting a merchant guard or merchant patrol business (security guard business), applicant must be 18 years or older. 

A badge is not required to be worn with the merchant guard uniform.

If a company decides to use a badge with their uniform, the company must ensure that the words "Police or Officer" do not appear on the badge or any other part of the uniform or equipment.

Below you will find the new policies and also a couple of document examples that will be required for an "Armed Merchant Guard License"

Merchant Guard Fire Arm Policy

Example Merchant Guard Firearm Request

Example Merchant Guard Firearm Training Certification




If you are a merchant guard , company owner or employee, contractor or have an interest in improving our processes, procedures and / or merchant guard ordinance, then we need your participation. 

Check out the FAQ sheet to learn about how you can participate and let us know by December 31,2015 if you would like to be part of this important team. 

Merchant Guard Workgroup FAQ sheet

Merchant Guard Focus Group session notes

Merchant Guard Focus Group Presentation 


How to Get a Business 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 Merchant Guard Company License if the business is located in the City and County of Denver. 

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. - 4:00 p.m.
Webb Municipal Office Building
201 W. Colfax Avenue, 2nd Floor


All City Services:  (720) 913-1311
General:  (720) 865-3000

  • Merchant Guard Company Application 
  • Applicant Criminal History Form  
  • Affidavit of Lawful Presence accompanied by
  • Secure and Verifiable Identification   
  • Lease or deed showing possession of premises
  • 2 color photos of uniform (one front view and one side view showing the patches attached)
  • Letter requesting use of uniform along with a brief description
  • Photo ID
  • Full set of fingerprints mailed to Colorado Bureau of Investigations (CBI)
    • If applicant is a partnership:  All partners need to be fingerprinted
    • If applicant is a corporation or a limited liability company: One of the officers or a managing member will need to be fingerprinted
    • If applicant is out-of-state, fingerprints may be taken at a local law enforcement office and mailed to the Department of Excise and Licenses
  • $5,000 Surety Bond

Application Fee: 

1 to 25 guards - $100.00

25 + guards - $200.00


License Fee:

1 to 25 guards - $100.00

25 + guards - $200.00


CBI Name Check:  $16.50 per person who is to be fingerprinted


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

  • Development Services (720) 865-2630  You will receive an automated message requesting information about your inspection. If you would like to speak with a representative, please call 720-865-2505, option 6.
  • Denver Fire Department (720) 913-3409

  If you do not have an actual location in Denver, you do not need these inspections.

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. Fees are paid in full
  4. Inspection card is signed and turned in to the office

Renew a Business License

Renew in Person
Come to the Department of Excise and Licenses office.

Request a renewal for your business license.

Once all documentation is complete, 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 license 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

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

Surety Bond or continuation certificate on renewal

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


  • 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 42-131 

Requirements 42-161

Fees 32-95

Plan Extra Time!

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