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Change in Manager

A manager is a person who has been designated by the licensee as the person who is in actual control of the alcohol beverage operations.

A change in manager of a liquor-licensed establishment must be reported in writing to the Department of Excise and Licenses within thirty (30) days of the occurrence. The failure to report is grounds for suspension of the license.

Managers of Hotel and Restaurant, Lodging and Entertainment, and Tavern liquor licensed establishments who are not principals to the license must be registered with the City and the State. A person cannot be a registered manager on more than one of these license types.
 

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 Register Managers with the City and State

All documents should be submitted to the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses. All documents must be single-sided, staple free, and in duplicate. 

Applications for Hotel and Restaurant, Tavern, and Lodging and Entertainment:

Applications for all other liquor types:

This is not for new liquor applications. This is for updating managers on existing liquor licenses.

Changing Manager that is not an owner for Hotel and Restaurant, Tavern, and Lodging and Entertainment:

  • State Fee: $75.00. All state fees must be paid with a check. Make check payable to the "Department of Revenue".
  • City Fee: $75.00. Can be paid with cash, credit card, or check made payable to the "Manager of Finance".
  • Fingerprinting can be completed at the Department of Excise and Licenses for an additional city fee of $38.50 per person. Otherwise, see our Fingerprinting website for additional fingerprinting options and fees.

Changing Manager that is an owner for Hotel and Restaurant, Tavern, and Lodging and Entertainment:

  • State Fee: $75.00. All state fees must be paid with a check. Make check payable to the "Department of Revenue".
  • No city fees.
  • No fingerprints required.

Changing Manager for all other license types:

  • No fees for city or state.
  • No fingerprints required.

 

 

State Statutes

Colorado StatuesColorado Liquor
and Beer Laws
  

44-3-301

Plan Extra Time!

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