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Change in Corporate or Limited Liability Structures

A change in corporate structure exists where there is a change of corporate officers, directors, stockholders, managers and/or members holding 10% or greater financial interest in a limited liability company.
 

How to Submit an Application

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 licenses@denvergov.org 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.

How to Apply for a Change in Corporate or Limited Liability Structures

  • Transfers or changes of financial interest in a license must be reported to the Colorado State Liquor Licensing Division within 30 days.
  • Changes in corporate or limited liability structure related to a retail license must be reported to the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses within 30 days. 

 

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. 

 

All documents should be submitted to the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses.

  

For a Corporation

  • Please make sure that no staples are in the documents when submitted to the Department of Excise and Licenses.
  • Limited Liability Company and Corporate Report of Changes 
  • Names and addresses of all the corporation's officers and directors
  • Certificate of Incorporation (or) Date stamped Articles
  • Certificate of Good Standing dated within the last two years
  • Certificate of Authority (only if a foreign corporation)
  • Copies of minutes of meetings by the Corporation supporting the changes reflected on the front of the application. This includes letters of resignation, or appointment of any officers, or directors of a Corporation
  • Names, addresses, and Individual History Form  of all persons owning 10% or more of the outstanding or issued capital stock
  • Persons new to the corporation who have not previously been qualified must be fingerprinted for the following:
    • All officers and directors
    • Members and shareholders who own 10% or more of the business entity
    • Read more about new process for Fingerprinting and Background Checks.  
    • If an officer or manager of a licensee has already been qualified and is only changing positions within the licensee entity, that person will not have to be re-qualified, and no fee will be charged unless the Department has reason to suspect that there has been a change in the record of the individual since the last qualification.

 

For a Limited Liability Company

  • Limited Liability Company and Corporate Report of Changes 
  • A copy of the purchase agreement or equivalent thereto
  • Names, addresses, and Individual History Form  of all persons owning 10% or more of the outstanding or greater interest
  • Partnership Agreement (Limited and General Partnerships)
  • Certificate of Good Standing dated within the last two years
  • Certificate of Authority (only if a foreign corporation)
  • Copies of minutes of meetings by the Limited Liability Company or Partnership supporting the changes reflected on the front of the application. This includes letters of resignation, or appointment of any managing member or members of a Limited Liability Company, or any general or limited partner in a Partnership (including husband and wife partnerships)
  • Persons new to the limited liability company who have not previously been qualified must be fingerprinted for the following:
    • All officers and directors
    • Members and shareholders who own 10% or more of the business entity
    • Read more about new process for Fingerprinting and Background Checks.  
    • If an officer or manager of a licensee has already been qualified and is only changing positions within the licensee entity, that person will not have to be re-qualified, and no fee will be charged unless the Department has reason to suspect that there has been a change in the record of the individual since the last qualification.

 

NOTE: If the Licensee as listed on Line 1 has a sole stockholder that is a Corporation, or LLC, or Partnership, attach a letter designating one officer, or managing member or the general partner to be the "principal person" for the applicant. This person MUST ALSO fill out an Individual History Form and be fingerprinted for background investigation.

Fingerprinting:  $38.50 per person for full set of fingerprints (Officers and Directors and Members and Stockholders of the Parent Corporation who own 10% or more of the applicant's entity) 

Individual History Form:  $100 per individual who completes Individual History Form. Checks should be made payable to the "Manager of Finance".

Master file applicant must include a fee of $250.00 for each person listed payable to the Colorado Department of Revenue.

 

 

The liquor license reflecting the changes in corporate or limited liability structures will be issued when:  

  1. All documents required for the license are complete and submitted to the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses office.
  2. The background check is accepted and approved for each person that is fingerprinted.
  3. All fees are paid in full.
  4. 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.

 

State Statutes

Colorado StatuesColorado Liquor
and Beer Laws
  

44-3-301(7)

Plan Extra Time!

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