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Apply for or Renew Business Licenses Online or via Email

As part of the citywide effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses office is currently closed to the public.

We are requesting that ALL license applications not available online to be submitted via email during this health crisis. Please visit our Email Application Process page for more information on submitting email applications. 

For questions, please email licenses@denvergov.org or call 311.

Department of Excise and Licenses 
Wellington Webb Building
201 West Colfax Ave.,
Room 2.H.9, Dept. 206
Denver, Colorado 80202

Phone
Dial 311 (or 720-913-1311 if outside Denver)
Fax: 720-865-2881


Email

Note:

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.

 

 
Hours of Operation

Office Hours
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday

Shortest wait time 
8 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Longest wait time 
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Please be in lobby by 3:00 p.m. to be served the same day.

Fingerprinting
Conducted at the Department of Excise and Licenses
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily. Please see our Fingerprinting website for more information.

Background Checks
You may obtain your CBI, $5.00, background check here by using our lobby computers until closing. You must have a debit/credit card. Background Checks cannot be more than 7 days old.

 

Marijuana Appointments/Walk-Ins

You cannot schedule a Marijuana appointment less than 24 hours before appointment time.

Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Appointments and Walk-Ins) Monday-Friday

Liquor Appointments/Walk-Ins

You cannot schedule a Liquor appointment less than 24 hours before appointment time.

Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Appointments and Walk-Ins) Monday-Friday

 

Open Records Requests

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.

Fee Increase!

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.