Applicants for new liquor licenses and existing licensees who seek to transfer a license to a new location or owner must complete a Colorado Liquor Retail License Application. The application is submitted through the Department of Excise and Licenses.
A Zone User Permit is required before submitting a liquor application.
A use permit is a document granting the applicant/owner of a lot, building, or structure permission for the requested use of the land. "Use" can be defined as any activity, occupation, business or operation transacted in a building or on a lot/tract of land.
You can use the resources on the Internet to plan ahead before you lease or buy property and before you apply for your business license. Follow the steps below to learn more about the approved zone uses for the address where you want to locate your business. Start on the Find Your Zoning page.
Ultimately, the zone use permit for your business license must be approved and issued by the Zoning department. Learn more about the Denver Zoning Code or visit the Zoning Office.
Office Hours and Location
General Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Webb Municipal Office Building
201 W. Colfax Avenue, 2nd Floor
All City Services: (720) 913-1311
General: (720) 865-3000
Application 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 Department of Excise and Licenses.
Fingerprints for the following:
Additional Documentation by Form of Business Entity
Limited Liability Company Applicants
Sole Proprietorship Applicants
City - $1,000.00 made payable to Manager of Finance
State - $1,100.00 made payable to Colorado Department of Revenue
For Concurrent Review:
State - $1,200.00
An applicant for a new liquor license may request the local licensing authority to approve concurrent review of the application by the state. Concurrent review allows the state licensing authority to receive and review the application earlier in the process. Such review will be approved only when the application documents are complete, i.e., when the public hearing is set.
Colorado Bureau of Investigations Fingerprinting: $38.50 per person who owns at least 10% of the business entity
Determined by the class of license
Once your inspections are completed, bring the signed card to the Department of Excise and Licenses office. Your license will be issued when the following actions are taken:
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.
Inspections and paperwork can take longer than you expect. Plan extra time to get your license.