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Tastings Permit 

An alcohol beverage Tastings Permit allows a retail liquor store or liquor-licensed drug store to conduct sample tastings of alcohol beverages within their own establishment. 

 

Note: Applications must be filed no less than (14) days prior to the date of  the first tasting.

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 get a Tastings Permit

  • Tastings may not be conducted without a valid Tastings Permit.
  • Tastings Permits may be issued only to:

                    a)  Liquor Licensed Drug Stores

                    b)  Retail Liquor Stores

  •  Applications must be filed no less than (14) days prior to the date of  the first tasting.
  • Tastings Permit applications must include a complete schedule of the dates and times all tastings will be held. 
  •  Additions or changes to the schedule of dates and times for tastings must be filed no less than (14) days prior to the dates  added or  changed.
  •  Tastings shall be conducted no earlier than 11a.m. or later than  9p.m. The licensee shall not serve more than (4) individual  samples  to a patron during a tasting event. Tastings may occur on any day of the week, not to exceed more than (156) days per year. 
  •  Evidence that the person conducting the tastings has completed a  server training program that meets the State Liquor  Enforcement  standards. (A copy of the valid completion certificate must be filed with the application.)

  • Please make sure that no staples are in the documents when submitted to the Department of Excise and Licenses.
  • Tastings Permit Application
  • A complete schedule of the dates and times all tastings will be held.
  • Evidence that the person conducting the tastings has completed a server training program that meets the State Liquor Enforcement standards. (A copy of the valid completion certificate must be filed with the application.)

Application Fee:   $25.00

Permit Fee:           $75.00

Fees can be paid with cash, check, money order or credit card.  Checks should be made payable to the Manager of Finance.

Credit cards cannot be accepted over the phone or by mail. 

 

Notify the Department of Excise and Licenses, at licenses@denvergov.org, that you would like your license emailed to you when all of the steps below have been completed.  

  1. All documents required for the license are complete and submitted to the office.
  2. The background check, if applicable, is accepted and approved.
  3. Fees are paid in full.
  4. All required inspections, if applicable, are passed.
  5. All approvals are given by the 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 Tastings Permit

  • Tastings Permit Application
  • A complete schedule of the dates and times all tastings will be held.
  • Evidence that the person conducting the tastings has completed a server training program that meets the State Liquor Enforcement standards. (A copy of the valid completion certificate must be filed with the application.)

Permit Fee: $75.00

Fees can be paid with cash, check, money order or credit card.  Checks should be made payable to the Manager of Finance.

Credit cards cannot be accepted over the phone or by mail.

Licenses must be renewed on or before the expiration date to avoid penalty fees. A tasting cannot be held unless that date is listed on the tastings permit. Renewals must be submitted at least (14) days prior to the new tastings dates.

90 Day Grace Period

There is a 90 day grace period from the expiration date during which licenses can be renewed by paying the license fee and the penalty fee.

First 30 days of grace period:  20% penalty fee

Days 31 - 90:  50% penalty fee

After 90 days:  Licensees will be required to apply for a new license

 
 

State Statutes

Colorado StatuesColorado Liquor
and Beer Laws
  

CRS 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.