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Sale of beer, wine, and liquor for consumption on the premises.  

The managers of all taverns must be registered with the local and state licensing authorities whether a principal to the licensee manages the licensed premises or someone else manages the premises.


  • Sale, service and consumption of beer, wine, and liquor by the drink for on-premises consumption
  • Must have available a minimum of sandwiches and light snacks to patrons during all hours when the sale of alcohol is provided; however, tavern licensees may serve as much of a meal as they desire.

Seven days a week between 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m.

Multiple ownership is legal with the following classes of liquor licenses:

  • Other tavern liquor licenses
  • Hotel and restaurant liquor licenses
  • Hotel and restaurant with optional premises
  • Retail gaming tavern licenses
  • Racetrack licenses
  • Brew pubs
  • Arts licenses
  • Beer and wine licenses
  • Club licenses
  • Public transportation system license
  • Vintner's restaurant licenses
  • 3.2% beer licenses

A 500 foot distance restriction from public and parochial schools, colleges, universities, and seminaries applies to new tavern applications.  

Application Fees:

State - $600.00

City - $750.00

Annual License Fees

State - $750.00

City - $75.00


Fees for the Managers:

State - $75.00

City - $75.00 

Complete set of Fingerprints:  $38.50

See documents required for a liquor license application.

Manager Registration Form. A manager cannot be listed on more than one Tavern or Hotel and Restaurant liquor license.

Individual History Form for Manager

Manager - Complete set of Fingerprints mailed to Colorado Bureau of Investigations (CBI)

Additional documents may be required for this class of license.  Check with the Department of Excise and Licenses for specific requirements.

  • The names of all managers must be provided to the local and state licensing authorities whether a principal to the licensee or someone else manages the licensed premises.
  • The manager of a tavern may only manage one tavern.
  • A manager is required to file a manager registration form, an individual history form, fingerprints and pay a $75 fee to both the City and the State.
  • Any changes in mangers of taverns must be reported to both the City and the State within fie (5) days and a new manager must be registered within thirty (30) days of the change in manager.
  • A manager is required to submit a complete set of fingerprints.




State Statutes

Colorado StatuesColorado Liquor
and Beer Laws


Plan Extra Time!

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