New Requirements for Special Event Liquor Permit
Special Event Liquor Permits have new added requirements. Please see Steps 3, 4 and 5 for instructions. Please Note: This could add on 1-2 weeks for obtaining all required documents. Please plan accordingly. A Special Event Liquor Permit still needs to be submitted at least 30 days in advance of the event, no exceptions.
Special event liquor permits the sale by the drink only of Malt, Vinous and Spirituous liquor, or fermented malt beverages, on premises that do not hold a liquor license or is to be sold by a qualifying organization or club or arts liquor licensed premises.
Qualifying organizations include:
By way of example, special event liquor permits are required when a qualifying organization or political candidate:
A Zoning Use Permit may be required when submitting a Liquor Special Event application.
Zoning Use Permit Not Required for Events Held in Public Parks/Buildings and on Public Streets or Alleys:
Events Inside a Building Already Zoned for Assembly
Events in a Building or Outdoors (Including Parking Lots) NOT Zoned for Assembly
Additionally, the applicant may need to secure a Fire Safety Permit. Upon application, the Denver Fire Department will determine if a permit is needed. If no permit is required, they will send the applicant a letter indicating such, which may be submitted in lieu of the fire permit. Alternatively, if the Denver Fire Department determines a permit is required, the applicant will need to submit it with the Special Event liquor application.
Need to know points:
Application forms and business entity documents are required for the applications process. Documents must be printed in black ink or typewritten. Photocopies are accepted.
All documents are submitted to the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses.
Application fee: $100.00
Licensing fee per day:
Note: Make checks payable to The Manager of Finance.
All credit cards are accepted with the exception of American Express.
Please bring all required items to:
Department of Excise and Licenses
201 W. Colfax Ave. #206, Denver, CO 80202
Inspections and paperwork can take longer than you expect. Plan extra time to get your license.