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Art Gallery Liquor Permit

An art gallery that offers complimentary beer, wine and liquor for consumption only on the premises

This is not a license to sell alcohol, but a permit to serve it on a complimentary basis.

An art gallery permittee shall not, directly or indirectly, sell alcohol beverages by the drink, shall not serve alcohol beverages for more than four hours in any one day, and shall not serve alcohol beverages more than fifteen days per year of licensure.

How to Get an Art Gallery Permit

  • Applications for Art Gallery Permits shall be shall be filed with the Department of Excise and Licenses no later than thirty (30) days before the date of a desired event.  The Director of the Department may exercise discretion to waive the thirty (30) day requirement in instances where an applicant has, within the previous two years, been qualified for an Art Gallery Permit.
  • Applicants must list on the application each day alcohol beverages will be served.
  • Applicants cannot change the days without at least fifteen (15) days notice to the local and state licensing authorities.
  • An application may not be denied solely on the basis of a proposed location’s proximity to public or private schools or the principal campus of a college, university or seminary.

  • Complimentary beer, wine and alcohol is served for consumption only on the licensed premises.
  • No alcohol beverages may be sold directly or indirectly by the drink.
  • There shall be no entrance fee or cover charge.
  • The art gallery shall not intentionally allow more than 250 people to be on the licensed premises at any one time while alcohol beverages are being served.
  • No alcohol beverages may be served more than four (4) hours in any one day.
  • No alcohol beverages may be served for more than fifteen (15) days per permit year.
  • Art gallery permittees are subject to the same requirements and penalties of the Colorado Liquor Code as other licenses.
  • Art gallery permittees are legally responsible for the control of the alcoholic beverages on their premises.
  • There can be no self service of alcoholic beverages under an Art Gallery Permit.
  • Control of alcoholic beverages on patios will be strictly enforced under the Art Gallery Permit.
  • Art gallery permittees must purchase inventory only from licensed liquor wholesalers, but may purchase up to $500.00 worth of alcohol beverages during a calendar year from a retail liquor store.

Duplicate documentsApplication forms and business entity documents are required for the applications process.  All documents must be submitted in duplicate – one copy for the City of Denver and the original copy for the State of Colorado.  Documents must be printed in black ink or typewritten.  Photocopies are accepted.

  • Art Gallery Permit Application 
  • Right of Possession Document (Lease or Deed or sub-lease or assignment of the lease or rental agreement)  
  • Diagram of premises that depicts the bar and alcohol service areas 


State Fees:  $71.25 made payable to the Colorado Department of Revenue

Local Fees:  $103.75 made payable to the Manager of Finance 

Your permit will be issued when the following actions are taken: 

  1. All documents required for the permit are complete and submitted to the office
  2. All fees are paid in full
  3. All approvals are given by the state and local offices.

NOTE:  You are encouraged to stay in touch with the Department of Excise and LIcenses during your application process as each step can vary from the general steps described herein depending upon your own particular circumstances.

Renew Art Gallery Permit

The Art Gallery Permit is valid for one year from the date of issue.  It must be renewed annually. 

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

Request a renewal for your Bed and Breakfast Permit.

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 permit will be printed.


Renew by Mail
You can mail in your renewal along with a check made payable to the Manager of Finance for the total state 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



All documents submitted for renewal, including Colorado State applications, must be submitted to the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses.


No documents should be submitted to the Colorado State office.


Licenses must be renewed on or before the expiration date to avoid penalty fees.

90 Day Grace Period

A late fee will be charged if renewal is sought more than 90 days after expiration of the Permit. 

  • 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.


State Statutes

Colorado StatuesColorado Liquor
and Beer Laws

CRS 12-47-422

Plan Extra Time!

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