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.
Dial 311 (or 720-913-1311 if outside Denver)
Email - Please note: Only send an email to one of the emails listed below. Emailing multiple email addresses may result in a slower response time to your inquiry.
Welcome to the Denver Business Licensing Center, the official website for the Department of Excise and Licenses. The Denver Department of Excise and Licenses provides you with the resources you need for a variety of licenses listed on our Index. If you need information regarding Sales Tax ,FDA, Lodger's, Occupational Privilege Tax, Special Event Sales Tax, Telecommunication Business Tax, and or Property Tax please contact the Treasury. If you do not see your type of business on our website, we cannot issue a license to you.
Office Hours (Appointment Only)
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Monday-Friday
Please see our Fingerprinting website for more information.
You may obtain your CBI, $5.00, background check here . You must have a debit/credit card. Background Checks cannot be more than 7 days old.
To pay for the cost of processing a Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) request, the agency custodian may charge for the time spent to research and respond to records requests under CORA. Following the Colorado Revised Statutes C.R.S. §24-72-205(6), agency custodians may charge $33 per hour for researching, retrieving and reviewing records. There is no charge for the first hour of research, retrieval and review of records.
For more information, visit the City’s Colorado Open Records Act webpage below.
Effective Friday, July 26, 2019, the City is increasing the CORA research, retrieval and review fee to $33.00. CORA permits the State Legislative Council to review and increase the CORA hourly fee every 5 years. The Legislative Council has increased the state fee to $33.58. For ease, the City will go to $33.00 per hour after the first free hour.