A business entity seeking to obtain ownership of an existing liquor license must go through the process of applying for a transfer of ownership.
An applicant may request a temporary liquor permit authorizing the applicant to continue selling such alcohol beverages as permitted under the permanent license during the period in which an application to transfer the ownership of the license is pending.
You must apply for the Transfer of Ownership before you would be eligible to apply for a Temporary Liquor Permit.
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 email@example.com 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.
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 Denver Department of Excise and Licenses.
Additional Documentation by Form of Business Entity
Limited Liability Company Applicants
Sole Proprietorship Applicants
State Application Fee: $1,550.00 + all other applicable fees
City Application Fee: $750.00 + all other applicable fees
Fingerprinting: $38.50 per person for full set of fingerprints
State fees made payable to Colorado Department of Revenue
City fees made payable to Manager of Finance
Persons new to the corporation or limited liability company who have not previously been qualified must be fingerprinted.
Liquor License Applicants require fingerprints for the following people:
If an officer or manager of a licensee has already been qualified and is only changing positions within the licensee entity, that person will not have to be re-qualified, and no fee will be charged unless the Department has reason to suspect that there has been a change in the record of the individual since the last qualification.
The Department may investigate the accuracy of information and/or documents submitted; the fitness of the applicant to conduct the business for which a license is sought; the character, record or reputation of the applicant or its officers or directors relating to the likelihood that violations of the liquor code may occur.
The Department will send a notification of a new application to the Denver Police Department, Division Chief of Patrol, for review.
The Department will issue written findings to the Applicant that address the following:
A copy of appropriate closing documents must be submitted to the Department prior to issuance of the license.
Notify the Department of Excise and Licenses, at firstname.lastname@example.org, that you would like your license emailed to you when all of the steps below have been completed.
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.
PLEASE NOTE: An applicant applying for a Liquor-Licensed Drugstore for a merger and conversion is NOT eligible for a temporary permit. (Effective 1/1/2017)
All documents must be submitted in duplicate – one copy for the City of Denver and the original copy for the Sate of Colorado. Documents must be printed in black ink or typewritten. Photocopies are accepted.
The applicant submits the request for a temporary liquor permit along with the application for change in ownership.
The application is reviewed by the Department and subject to investigations.
A temporary permit, if granted, by a local licensing authority will be issued within five working days after the receipt of such application and will be valid until the application to transfer ownership of the license to the applicant is granted or denied or for one hundred twenty days, whichever occurs first.
If the application to transfer the license has not been granted or denied within the one-hundred-twenty-day period and the transferee demonstrates good cause, the Department may extend the permit for an additional period not to exceed sixty days.
Inspections and paperwork can take longer than you expect. Plan extra time to get your license.