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Medical Marijuana Licenses

Denver is currently issuing three types of medical marijuana licenses:

  • Medical Marijuana Infused Products Manufacturer
  • Medical Marijuana Testing Facility
  • Medical Marijuana Transporter

Denver is no longer issuing new licenses for the following medical marijuana license types:

  • Medical Marijuana Center
  • Medical Marijuana Optional Premises Cultivation

Businesses that currently hold a valid Denver license for a medical center, medical optional premises cultivation,  medical infused products manufacturer, or that hold a valid medical transporter license anywhere in the State of Colorado, may apply for a medical marijuana off-premises storage license.

Applications will be accepted Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 3:00pm.

Please bring your completed application package and all required documents to Denver Excise & Licenses. Our staff can answer your questions about licensing processes, but cannot provide legal nor business advice. An overview of the licensing process as well as required fees and forms can be found below.

Appointments for new licenses, renewals, transfers or modifications of existing licenses will be accepted Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 3:00pm.

Please Note: 1 application per appointment. You can check-in 15 minutes early to appointment. You will not be able to check-in late for an appointment.

 

Permitting & Licensing Tips

On March 7th, 2018, Denver hosted a presentation offering tips for marijuana businesses going through the city's permitting and licensing processes.

Representatives from all inspecting agencies were present. They gave attendees an overview of the elements contained in successful plan reveiw submissions, and also tips for passing inspections. 

Please click here to download a copy of the slide deck presentated. A video of the actual presentation can be found below.

Please feel free to reach out to marijuanainfo@denvergov.org with any additional questions you have.

On March 7th, 2018, Denver hosted a presentation offering tips for marijuana businesses going through the city's permitting and licensing processes.

Representatives from all inspecting agencies were present. They gave attendees an overview of the elements contained in successful plan reveiw submissions, and also tips for passing inspections. 

Please click here to view a recording of the actual presentation along with the Q&A that followed. The presentation slide-deck can be found separately above.

Please feel free to reach out to marijuanainfo@denvergov.org with any additional questions you have.

Applying For a New Business License

At this time, Denver is accepting license applications for new medical marijuana infused products manufacturers, medical marijuana testing facilities, and medical marijuana transporters.

Businesses wishing to obtain a medical marijuana business license must follow these steps.

1. Submit a completed Medical Marijuana Establishment New License Application along with all supporting documents and application fees to Denver Excise & Licenses.

2. The business will be issued an inspection notice that explains how to schedule applicable inspections. Please refer to the section below titled "Inspection Process" for more details.

3. Once all applicable inspections have been completed and approved, bring a copy of a valid corresponding state license to Denver Excise & Licenses. A local license will then be issued.

Please Note – all applications will be administratively closed if the application process has not been completed within 12 months.

Upon submission of an application for a new medical marijuana business license, applicants will be required to pay a $2,000 application fee, and a $3,000 license fee. Checks should be made payable to the "Manager of Finance." The city also accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover and cash payments.

Please note - application fees are non-refundable. If an applicant does not successfully obtain a license, they may request a refund of the license fee by emailing a completed Refund Request Form to exlapplications@denvergov.org.

In addition to the required fees, applicants must submit a completed Medical Marijuana Establishment New License Application, along with all required supporting documents. The required supporting documents are:

Floor Plan Requirements

Provide a floor plan, or multiple floor plans, drawn to scale on a standard 8 ½” x 11” piece of paper. Separate floors must be shown on separate pieces of paper and clearly identified (i.e. Basement, First Floor, etc.) Your floor plan submission must include:

  • The physical layout of the establishment with the principal uses of each room in the premises legibly labeled
  • The legible identification of all security cameras and DVR locations
  • The intended Licenses Premises must be contiguous and outlined in red
  • The intended Limited Access Areas must be contiguous and outlined in green
  • STORES/CENTERS ONLY each room that is Restricted Access Area must be clearly labeled as such and must identify POS and sales counter locations
  • A stamp of approval from Zoning (if providing multiple floor plans, the zoning stamp must only be on one set of floor plans)

If you choose to submit multiple floor plans to satisfy all of the requirements outlined above, the physical layout and room uses must be identical for each floor plan showing the same section of the premises. 

DEFINITIONS

  • Licensed Premises - The premises in possession of the Licensee and within which the Licensee is authorized to cultivate, manufacture, distribute, sell, store, transport, or test Marijuana.
  • Limited Access Area - The contiguous area within the Licensed Premises where marijuana is grown, cultivated, stored, weighed, packaged, or processed.
  • Restricted Access Area - The area within the Licensed Premises where marijuana is sold, possessed for sale, or displayed for sale.

Proposed facility locations must comply with the restrictions laid out in the Denver Zoning Code, the Former Chapter 59 Zoning Code, and the Denver Revised Municipal Code.

The Marijuana Facility Location Guide has information to assist applicants in choosing an acceptable location.

Additionally, you can find the zone districts surrounding a proposed location using this map.

Upon submission of a completed application for a new medical marijuana business license, an inspection card will be issued that describes how to schedule inspections for all applicable agencies. Excise and Licenses will receive electronic proof from each of the inspecting agencies as the inspections are completed and approved. All five inspecting agencies must submit proof of successful inspection completion to Excise and Licenses before any license will be issued.

We recommend that you enlist the services of a professional to develop plans for the building, zoning, public health, and fire prevention elements of your building.

The following city agencies inspect proposed marijuana business locations:

Community Planning & Development: Building Inspections Division

Community Planning & Development: Zoning Division

Public Health & Environment: Public Health Inspections Division

Excise and Licenses

Fire Prevention

A brief guide including multi-agency common marijuana business inspection requirements can be found here.

Renew a Business License

Denver marijuana business licenses are valid for one year. Businesses are required to renew their license within 60 days of prior to its expiration date.

To renew a city-issued Marijuana Business License, follow these steps:

1.   Complete the Marijuana License Renewal Application.

2.   Bring the completed application along with all supporting documents and the required annual license fee to Denver Excise and Licenses. 

3.   If your business has had disciplinary actions imposed by the Marijuana Enforcement Division within the last 12 months, you may be subject to a public hearing as part of the renewal process.

4.   You will be issued a new license upon receipt of any completed application and successful completion of any hearing requirements.

Please Note - Medical Marijuana businesses are also required to renew their state-issued license on an annual basis (the exception being transporters which renew every two years at the state).

Please Note – all applications will be administratively closed if not completed within 12 months.

Upon submission of a renewal application for a medical marijuana business license, applicants will be required to pay a $3,000 annual license fee per license. Checks should be made payable to the "Manager of Finance". The city also accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and cash payments.                            

In addition to the required fees, applicants will need to submit a completed Marijuana License Renewal Application, along with all required supporting documents. The required supporting documents are:

Businesses are allowed to renew their license up to 90 days after its expiration date. They will have to pay late fees as determined by the Denver Revised Municipal Code. Additionally, the following law found in Chapter 24 of the Denver Revised Municipal Code applies:

Except where the director has received a complete renewal application along with the requisite fees, it shall be unlawful for any person to manufacture, sell, distribute, transfer, transport, or otherwise remove medical marijuana or medical marijuana products from the premises of a licensed medical marijuana establishment after the expiration date listed upon the face of any local license issued pursuant to this article XII for that location.

The Director of Denver Excise and Licenses may schedule a renewal hearing for an optional premises cultivation (grow) license located in a zone district where plant husbandry is no longer a permitted use. You may find a list of cultivation facilities located in a zone district where plant husbandry is no longer a permitted use by e-mailing marijuanainfo@denvergov.org.

Parties of interest that may request such a hearing are:

  • The applicant;
  • An adult resident of the ‘neighborhood under consideration’;
  • The owner or manager of a business located in the ‘neighborhood under consideration’;
  • An authorized representative of a registered neighborhood organization that encompasses all or part of the ‘neighborhood under consideration’; or
  • Any member of city council elected from a district that encompasses all or any part of the ‘neighborhood under consideration’.

The ‘neighborhood under consideration’ is defined as follows:

  • For premises located in the Central Business District and Lower Downtown (Lodo), the ‘neighborhood under consideration’ is determined by counting approximately nine square blocks from the cultivation facility location following the pattern of the block ends.
  • For premises located in any other neighborhoods in Denver, the ‘neighborhood under consideration’ is determined by counting five blocks from the proposed location to the north, five blocks to the south, five blocks to the east and five blocks to the west. All block sizes are approximate. These four points will then be joined by a straight line following the pattern of the block ends.

The Department may modify a Designated Area to avoid cutting through blocks, residences, or businesses. Any party in interest may also request the Director to modify an established Designated Area.

In order to submit a request for a renewal hearing, a party of interest must gather at least ten valid signatures of parties in interest using forms supplied by the Department. Please e-mail EXLApplications@denvergov.org for these forms. The party in interest must present the petition to the Department within ninety days of the licensee’s renewal date. Any Licensee who is required to attend a public hearing must post notice of hearing on the licensed premises for a period of at least ten days prior to the hearing.  At the public hearing, the incumbent licensee and any other interested party shall be entitled to speak and present evidence supporting or opposing renewal of the license. The optional premises cultivation license shall be eligible for renewal in its current compliant or nonconforming location unless it is shown by a preponderance of the evidence presented at the hearing that:

  1. The existence of the medical marijuana cultivation on the licensed premises has frustrated the implementation of the city's comprehensive plan and any adopted neighborhood plan applicable to the subject property;
  2. The existence of the medical marijuana cultivation operation on the licensed premises has negatively affected nearby properties or the neighborhood in general, including by way of example any adverse effects caused by excessive noise, odors, vehicular traffic, or any negative effects on nearby property values;
  3. The existence of the medical marijuana cultivation operation has caused crime rates to increase in the surrounding neighborhood;
  4. The continued existence of a licensed medical marijuana cultivation operation in the subject location will have a deleterious impact on public health, safety and the general welfare of the neighborhood or the city; or
  5. The applicant or any person from whom the applicant acquired a retail marijuana business failed to meet one or more of the requirements specified in D.R.M.C. § 24-510(a)(2). 

Transfer of Ownership

A marijuana business must file for a Transfer of Ownership with Denver Excise and Licenses when the license is sold, or when a new owner(s) or holding company is being added.

To file for a transfer of ownership, follow these steps:

1. Complete a Marijuana License Transfer of Ownership Application.

2. Bring the completed application along with all supporting documents and the required fees to Denver Excise and Licenses.

3. The Department will review the application and all supplemental documents. It is the goal to have reviews complete within 30 days of receipt of complete application, however given the large volume of applications and changes in regulations, the application review process may extend beyond such timeframe.

4. After the successful completion of the quality control review, the business will be issued an inspection notice that explains how to schedule applicable inspections. Please refer to the section below titled "Inspection Process" for more details.

5. Once all applicable inspections have been completed and approved, bring a copy of a valid State License with the new entity name to Denver Excise & Licenses. The state license will need to retain the same license number as it had before the transfer occurred in order to be accepted. A city license will be issued once these documents are submitted.

Please Note: If the business has a previous Transfer of Ownership application still pending, it will need to be withdrawn before a second Transfer of Ownership application will be accepted.

Please Note: All applications will be administratively closed if the application process has not been completed within 12 months.

Upon submission of a transfer of ownership application, applicants will be required to pay a $100 fee per license. Checks should be made payable to the "Manager of Finance". The city also accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and cash payments.                              

In addition to the required fees, applicants will need to submit a completed Marijuana License Transfer of Ownership Application, along with all required supporting documents. The required supporting documents are:

For all transactions

Additional Required Documents for transactions involving the sale of a license

  •         Affidavit of Corresponsing Retail License (CENTERS CO-LOCATED WITH RETAIL STORES ONLY)     
  •         Affidavit of State License Transfer of Ownership
  •         Copy of Burglar Alarm Monitoring Contract (must cover 12 months, or include written verification from the monitoring company that the contract is still in effect dated within the last 60 days)
  •         Copy of Burglar Alarm Permit
  •         Copy of City & State Sales Tax Licenses (CENTERS ONLY)
  •         Copy of Current State License (for each license being transferred)
  •         Lease or Deed (if leased, written consent of owner to lease the property to a marijuana establishment must be provided)         
  •         Purchasing Agreement

Floor Plan Requirements

Provide a floor plan, or multiple floor plans, drawn to scale on a standard 8 ½” x 11” piece of paper. Separate floors must be shown on separate pieces of paper and clearly identified (i.e. Basement, First Floor, etc.) Your floor plan submission must include:

  • The physical layout of the establishment with the principal uses of each room in the premises legibly labeled
  • The legible identification of all security cameras and DVR locations
  • The intended Licenses Premises must be contiguous and outlined in red
  • The intended Limited Access Areas must be contiguous and outlined in green
  • STORES/CENTERS ONLY each room that is Restricted Access Area must be clearly labeled as such and must identify POS and sales counter locations
  • A stamp of approval from Zoning (if providing multiple floor plans, the zoning stamp must only be on one set of floor plans)

If you choose to submit multiple floor plans to satisfy all of the requirements outlined above, the physical layout and room uses must be identical for each floor plan showing the same section of the premises. 

DEFINITIONS

  • Licensed Premises - The premises in possession of the Licensee and within which the Licensee is authorized to cultivate, manufacture, distribute, sell, store, transport, or test Marijuana.
  • Limited Access Area - The contiguous area within the Licensed Premises where marijuana is grown, cultivated, stored, weighed, packaged, or processed.
  • Restricted Access Area - The area within the Licensed Premises where marijuana is sold, possessed for sale, or displayed for sale.

Once an application successfully passes the quality control review, an inspection card will be issued that describes how to schedule inspections for all applicable agencies. Excise and Licenses will receive electronic proof from each of the inspecting agencies as the inspections are completed and approved. All five inspecting agencies must submit proof of successful inspection completion to Excise and Licenses before any license will be issued.

We recommend that you enlist the services of a professional to develop plans for the building, zoning, public health, and fire prevention elements of your building.

The following city agencies sign off on all marijuana business inspections:

Community Planning & Development: Building Inspections Division

Community Planning & Development: Zoning Division

Public Health & Environment: Public Health Inspections Division (Signature Required for Centers, MIPs, Testing, Transporter, and Off-Premises Storage Facilities)

Public Health & Environment: Environmental Quality (Signature Required for Cultivation Facilities Only)

Excise and Licenses

Fire Prevention

A brief guide including multi-agency common marijuana business inspection requirements can be found here.

Transfer of Location

Anytime a marijuana business wishes to change the location of their establishment they must file for a Transfer of Location with Denver Excise and Licenses. 

To file a Transfer of Location, follow the steps below:

1.     Submit a completed Marijuana License Transfer of Location form along with all supporting documents and application fees to Denver Excise and Licenses.

2.     The Department will review the application and all supplemental documents for completeness. It is the goal of the Department to have reviews complete within 30 days of receipt of complete application, however given the large volume of applications and changes in regulations, the application review process may extend beyond such timeframe. If 30 days have passed and you would like to check on the status of your application review, please contact CAOExciseandLicense@denvergov.org

3.     Medical Marijuana Centers will have a public needs and desires hearing coordinated by Denver Excise & Licenses.

4.     After any hearing requirements are met, the MED will be notified that they may accept a corresponding change of location application. Simultaneously, businesses will be issued an inspection notice that explains how to schedule applicable inspections. Please refer to the section below titled "Inspection Process" for more details.

5.     Once all applicable inspections have been completed and approved, bring a copy of a valid State License or change of location permit with the new address to Denver Excise & Licenses. A city license be issued once these documents are submitted if the new location complies with all applicable laws.

Please Note:

If the business has a previous Transfer of Location application still pending, it will need to be withdrawn or completed before a second Transfer of Location application will be accepted.

All applications will be administratively closed if the application process has not been completed within 12 months. 

Upon submission of a transfer of location application, applicants will be required to pay a $750 fee per license. Checks should be made payable to the "Manager of Finance". The city also accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and cash payments.                           

In addition to the required fees, applicants will need to submit a completed Marijuana License Transfer of Location Application, along with all required supporting documents. The required supporting documents for the new premises are:

  • Advisement and Acknowledgement Form (for each owner)
  • Affidavit of Corresponding Retail License (CENTERS CO-LOCATED WITH RETAIL STORES ONLY)
  • Affidavit of State License Change of Location (for each license being transferred)
  • A floor plan of the new premises, please see requirements below
  • Copy of Burglar Alarm Monitoring Contract for new premises (must be valid for the term of the license, or include written verification from the monitoring company dated within the last 60 days verifying that the contract is still in effect)
  • Copy of Burglar Alarm Permit for new premises
  • Copy of State License (for each license being transfered)
  • Copy of Zone Use Permit for new premises
  • Distance Waiver (CENTERS & CULTIVATION FACILITIES ONLY)
  • If the proposed change will result in the licensed premises of a cultivation facility being located in a zone district other than the following zone districts: I-A, I-B, OS-B, I-O, I-1, I-2, OS-1, or OS-2 then the following documents are required:
    • Proof that a zoning permit for plant husbandry was applied for upon the same zone lot on or before July 1, 2010
    • Proof that an optional premises cultivation license upon the same zone lot was applied for with the state medical marijuana licensing authority on or before August 1, 2010
    • Documentary or other empirical evidence that the cultivation of medical marijuana had commenced on the proposed zone lot prior to January 1, 2011.
  • Lease or Deed (if leased, the owner must provide written consent to lease to a marijuana establishment)
  • Secretary of State Certificate of Good Standing
  • Secretary of State Statement of Trade Name (if applicable)
  • State Notification Waiver

Floor Plan Requirements

Provide a floor plan, or multiple floor plans, drawn to scale on a standard 8 ½” x 11” piece of paper. Separate floors must be shown on separate pieces of paper and clearly identified (i.e. Basement, First Floor, etc.) Your floor plan submission must include:

  • The physical layout of the establishment with the principal uses of each room in the premises legibly labeled
  • The legible identification of all security cameras and DVR locations
  • The intended Licenses Premises must be contiguous and outlined in red
  • The intended Limited Access Areas must be contiguous and outlined in green
  • STORES/CENTERS ONLY each room that is Restricted Access Area must be clearly labeled as such and must identify POS and sales counter locations
  • A stamp of approval from Zoning (if providing multiple floor plans, the zoning stamp must only be on one set of floor plans)

If you choose to submit multiple floor plans to satisfy all of the requirements outlined above, the physical layout and room uses must be identical for each floor plan showing the same section of the premises. 

DEFINITIONS

  • Licensed Premises - The premises in possession of the Licensee and within which the Licensee is authorized to cultivate, manufacture, distribute, sell, store, transport, or test Marijuana.
  • Limited Access Area - The contiguous area within the Licensed Premises where marijuana is grown, cultivated, stored, weighed, packaged, or processed.
  • Restricted Access Area - The area within the Licensed Premises where marijuana is sold, possessed for sale, or displayed for sale.

Proposed facility locations must comply with the restrictions laid out in the Denver Zoning Code, the Former Chapter 59 Zoning Code, and the Denver Revised Municipal Code.

The Marijuana Facility Location Guide has been put together to assist applicants in choosing an acceptable location.

The map at the bottom of this webpage displays active medical marijuana center and retail marijuana store licenses.

A list of pending marijuana applications can be found on the Denver Open Data Catalog.

Additionally, you can find the zone districts surrounding a proposed location using this map.

A list of proposed locations for pending medical marijuana center and retail marijuana store transfer of locations can be obtained by e-mailing marijuanainfo@denvergov.org.

A list of active child care facility licenses in Denver can be found on the Denver Open Data Catalog.

A list of all licensed childcare facilities in Colorado, including preschools, can be found on the Colorado Office of Early Education website under Licensed Facility List.

Once an application successfully passes the quality control review, an inspection card will be issued that describes how to schedule inspections for all applicable agencies. Excise and Licenses will receive electronic proof from each of the inspecting agencies as the inspections are completed and approved. All five inspecting agencies must submit proof of successful inspection completion to Excise and Licenses before any license will be issued.

We recommend that you enlist the services of a professional to develop plans for the building, zoning, public health, and fire prevention elements of your building.

The following city agencies sign off on all marijuana business inspections:

Community Planning & Development: Building Inspections Division

Community Planning & Development: Zoning Division

Public Health & Environment: Public Health Inspections Division (Signature Required for Centers, MIPs, Testing, Transporter, and Off-Premises Storage Facilities)

Public Health & Environment: Environmental Quality (Signature Required for Cultivation Facilities Only)

Excise and Licenses

Fire Prevention

A brief guide including multi-agency common marijuana business inspection requirements can be found here.

Modification of Premises

A Modification of Premises is required when any of the following occurs:

  • Changing the square footage of the building/licensed premises
  • Altering the layout of the facility (including modifying doorways, adding/removing walls) or any other action that would require a building permit.
  • The addition or reconfiguration of a point of sale location
  • The addition or replacement of electrical fixtures for the purpose of increasing power for cultivation activities.
  • The addition or removal of a cultivation or MIP facility from the premises
  • The addition, alteration, or removal of extraction equipment, including any extraction ventilation system components
  • Additions, alteration or deletion of any enrichment system(s).

If you are simply updating your security plan to add or remove cameras, please e-mail a completed Request to Amend Floor Plan application to EXLApplications@denvergov.org. 

Anytime a marijuana business wishes to modify their premises they must file for a Modification of Premises with Denver Excise & Licenses.

To file for a Modification of Premises for a medical marijuana business, follow the steps below:

1. Submit a Marijuana License Modification of Premises Application along with all supporting documents and application fees to Denver Excise and Licenses.

2. The Department will review the application and all supplemental documents for completeness. It is the goal of the Department to have reviews complete within 30 days of receipt of complete application, however, the application review process may extend beyond such timeframe. 

3. Once the quality control review is complete, the MED will be notified that they may accept a corresponding modification of premises application. Simultaneously, the business will be issued an inspection notice that explains how to schedule applicable inspections. Please refer to the section below titled "Inspection Process" for more details.

5. After all applicable inspections have been completed and approved, bring proof that the State’s Marijuana Enforcement Division has approved the modification of premises to Denver Excise and Licenses. The city will then update the businesses file to reflect the completed modification.

Please Note – all applications will be administratively closed if the application process has not been completed within 12 months. 

Upon submission of a modification of premises application, applicants will be required to pay a $150 fee per license. Checks should be made payable to the "Manager of Finance". The city also accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and cash payments.                                   

In addition to the required fees, applicants will need to submit a completed Marijuana License Modification of Premises Application, along with all required supporting documents. The required supporting documents are:

Floor Plan Requirements

Provide a floor plan, or multiple floor plans, drawn to scale on a standard 8 ½” x 11” piece of paper. Separate floors must be shown on separate pieces of paper and clearly identified (i.e. Basement, First Floor, etc.) Your floor plan submission must include:

  • The physical layout of the establishment with the principal uses of each room in the premises legibly labeled
  • The legible identification of all security cameras and DVR locations
  • The intended Licenses Premises must be contiguous and outlined in red
  • The intended Limited Access Areas must be contiguous and outlined in green
  • STORES/CENTERS ONLY each room that is Restricted Access Area must be clearly labeled as such and must identify POS and sales counter locations
  • A stamp of approval from Zoning (if providing multiple floor plans, the zoning stamp must only be on one set of floor plans)

If you choose to submit multiple floor plans to satisfy all of the requirements outlined above, the physical layout and room uses must be identical for each floor plan showing the same section of the premises. 

DEFINITIONS

  • Licensed Premises - The premises in possession of the Licensee and within which the Licensee is authorized to cultivate, manufacture, distribute, sell, store, transport, or test Marijuana.
  • Limited Access Area - The contiguous area within the Licensed Premises where marijuana is grown, cultivated, stored, weighed, packaged, or processed.
  • Restricted Access Area - The area within the Licensed Premises where marijuana is sold, possessed for sale, or displayed for sale.

Once an application successfully passes the quality control review, an inspection card will be issued that describes how to schedule inspections for all applicable agencies. Excise and Licenses will receive electronic proof from each of the inspecting agencies as the inspections are completed and approved. All five inspecting agencies must submit proof of successful inspection completion to Excise and Licenses before any license will be issued.

We recommend that you enlist the services of a professional to develop plans for the building, zoning, public health, and fire prevention elements of your building.

The following city agencies sign off on all marijuana business inspections:

Community Planning & Development: Building Inspections Division

Community Planning & Development: Zoning Division

Public Health & Environment: Public Health Inspections Division (Signature Required for Centers, MIPs, Testing, Transporter, and Off-Premises Storage Facilities)

Public Health & Environment: Environmental Quality (Signature Required for Cultivation Facilities Only)

Excise and Licenses

Fire Prevention

A brief guide including multi-agency common marijuana business inspection requirements can be found here.

Businesses that currently hold a valid Denver license for medical center, medical optional premises cultivation,  medical infused products manufacturer, or that hold a valid medical transporter license anywhere in the state, may apply for a medical marijuana off-premises storage license.

Off-premises storage licenses allow for the storage of finished products only. No sales, cultivatiion, manufacutring, processing, testing, consuming, repacking, or opening of sealed containers may occur at these locations.

Off-premises storage locations must comply with the same safety, security, and inspection requirements as all other licensed marijuana establishments. 

For those insterested in obtaining a new off-premises storage license, or in managing an existing license, please use the following applications:

Off-Premises Storage New License Application

Off-Premises Storage License Renewal Application

Off-Premises Storage License Transfer of Location Application

Off-Premises Storage License Transfer of Ownership Application

Off-Premises Storage License Modification of Premises Application

Off-Premises Storage License Corporate Struture Change Application

Corporate Structure Change

A corporate structure change application must be filed whenever a marijuana businesses wishes to:

  • remove an existing owner
  • change the ownership percentages of existing owners
  • update its legal entity name
  • update its corporate structure type
  • update its trade name

To file for a Corporate Structure Change, follow the steps below:

1. Complete a Marijuana License Corporate Structure Change Application.

2. Bring the completed application along with all supporting documents and the required fees to Denver Excise and Licenses.

3. Either return to Denver Excise and Licenses with proof that the State’s Marijuana Enforcement Division has approved the corporate structure change, or e-mail proof to EXLApplications@denvergov.org. The city will then update the businesses file to reflect the new corporate structure.

Please Note – all applications will be administratively closed if not completed within 12 months.

Upon submission of a corporate structure change application, applicants will be required to pay a $100 fee per license. Checks should be made payable to the "Manager of Finance". The city also accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and cash payments.                                   

In addition to the required fees, applicants will need to submit a completed Marijuana License Corporate Structure Change Application, along with all required supporting documents. The required supporting documents are:

For All Transactions

Additional required documents for those changing their business's entity name or structure type:

  • Articles of Amendment, Statement of Conversion, or other Statement of Change document filed with the Colorado Secretary of State
  • Copy of Burglar Alarm Monitoring Contract (must cover the full term of the license, or include written verification from the monitoring company dated within the last 60 days verifying that the contract is still in effect)
  • Copy of Burglar Alarm Permit 
  • Copy of City & State Sales Tax License (CENTERS ONLY)
  • Copy of Current State License (FOR EACH LICENSE)
  • Lease or Deed (if leased, the owner must provide written consent to lease to a marijuana establishment)

Additional required documents for those removing owners or changing the ownership percentage of existing owners

  • Purchasing Agreement (REQUIRED IF OWNERSHIP PERCENTAGES ARE CHANGING)

Surrender a License

A marijuana business may decide to surrender its license at any time. In order to complete this process, please follow the steps below.

1.     Complete the Affidavit of Surrender form.

2.     Either bring the completed form to Denver Excise and Licenses, or e-mail it to EXLRecordsManagement@denvergov.org

3.     Your license status will be updated to reflect its surrender.

Please Note – When a city license is surrendered, the corresponding state license should also be surrendered to the State’s Marijuana Enforcement Division.

Withdrawing, Extending or Appealing the Denial of an Application

All license applications expire if not completed within one year. A marijuana business may request an extension of an application within 30 days prior to its expiration date. In order to complete this process, please follow the steps below.

1.     Complete the Request for Extension of Application Period form.

2.     E-mail the completed form and supporting documents to EXLApplications@denvergov.org.

        In the event that your file size exceeds 10 MB, the documents should be brought in person to Denver Excise and Licenses.

3.     Your request will be reviewed, and Excise and Licenses will contact you with their decision.

Any applicant whose application has been denied without a hearing is entitled to a hearing upon written request to the Director of the Department of Excise and Licenses (the “Department”), and completion of certain requirements. To be eligible for a hearing, the applicant must not have had a hearing previously, and must complete the followng steps within ten (10) days of the mailing date of the Denial Order.

1.     Complete the Request for Appeal Hearing form.

2.     Either bring the completed form to Denver Excise and Licenses, or e-mail it to EXLRecordsManagement@denvergov.org and CAOExciseandLicense@denvergov.org

3.     Your request will be reviewed, and Excise and Licenses will contact you with details regarding your requested appeal hearing.

A marijuana business may decide to withdrawn an application at any time. In order to complete this process, please follow the steps below.

1.     Complete the Request for Voluntary Withdrawal of an Application form.

2.     Either bring the completed form to Denver Excise and Licenses, or e-mail it to EXLRecordsManagement@denvergov.org.

3.     Your application status will be updated to reflect its withdrawl.

Please Note – When a city application is withdrawn, the corresponding state application should also be withdrawn with the State’s Marijuana Enforcement Division.

 

Medical and Retail Marijuana Map

This map displays both licensed medical and retail marijuana stores in the City and County of Denver.