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Retail Marijuana Licenses

Denver is currently issuing five types of retail marijuana licenses:

  • Retail Marijuana Store
  • Retail Marijuana Cultivation
  • Retail Marijuana Infused Products Manufacturer
  • Retail Marijuana Testing Facility
  • Retail Marijuana Transporter

Denver will also begin accepting applications for Cannabis Consumption Establishments and Cannabis Consumption Special Events by the end of August 2017. Please visit the social consumption page for more information.

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

Applications for new licenses, renewals, transfers or modifications of existing licenses will be accepted Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 3:30pm.

Please bring your completed application package and all required documents when you come to Denver Excise & Licenses. Our staff can answer your questions about licensing processes, but cannot provide legal or business advice. An overview of the licensing process as well as required fees and forms can be found below.

 

Applying for a New Business License

Notice: On May 1, 2016 a new ordinance took effect that prohibits Denver Excise and Licenses from accepting new applications for retail marijuana stores and retail marijuana cultivation facilities that would result in the creation of new storefront or cultivation locations. Applications for these license types at new locations will be accepted in the future via a lottery process. For more information, please review the laws outlined in Council Bill 16-0291 and the Denver Revised Municipal Code.

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

1. Submit a completed state application form along with all supporting documents and application fees to the State of Colorado's Marijuana Enforcement Division.

2. The Marijuana Enforcement Division will forward a copy of the application along with the required application fees to Denver Excise and Licenses.

3. Denver Excise and Licenses will review materials received by the state to determine wether or not you are eligble to apply for a retail marijuana license in Denver (this eligibility review does not have any bearing on whether or not a business will ultimately be granted a license). The applicant will either receive a letter from Denver Excise and Licenses rejecting the state application, or the applicant willbe notified that they may to come in to Denver Excise and Licenses to submit an application for a local license.

4. At this point, applicants who have not been rejected should submit a completed Retail Marijuana New License Application form along with all supporting documents and payment for the license fee to Denver Excise and Licenses.

5. 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. If 30 days have passed and you would like to check on the status of your application review, please contact CAOExciseandLicense@denvergov.org

6. Retail Marijuana Stores will have a public needs and desires hearing coordinated by Denver Excise and Licenses.

7. After any hearing requirements are met, 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.

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

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

Businesses will need to submit their Denver licensing application fees to the State's Marijuana Enforcement Division along with their state application. Checks should be made payable to the "Manager of Finance".

Please refer to the Marijuana Enforcement Division's Fee Schedule to determine the applicable applications fee.

Once the applicant receives approval from Denver Excise and Licenses to submit a city application, an additional $5,000 licensing fee will need to be paid. This fee must be paid at the time of city application submittal. 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 e-mailing a completed Refund Request Form to exlapplications@denvergov.org                                           

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

  • Advisement and Acknowledgement Form
  • Affidavit of Corresponding Medical License (STORES ONLY)
  • Affidavit of Lawful Presence for each owner
  • A floor plan of the current licensed premise, drawn to scale on 8-1/2” x 11” paper, showing the layout of the establishment and the principal uses of each section of the floor area. Please include dimensions, security cameras, and separate pages for each floor level. The floor plan must be stamped by the Zoning Department, and the intended licensed premises must be contiguous and outlined in red.
  • Bylaws, Operation, Partnership Agreement (as applicable)
  • Copy of Burglar Alarm Permit 
  • Copy of Burglar Alarm Monitoring Contract
  • Copy of City & State Sales Tax License (STORE ONLY) 
  • Copy of State License 
  • Copy of Zoning Use Permit
  • Copy of Government Issued ID for each owner
  • Distance Waiver (STORES & CULTIVATION FACILITIES ONLY)
  • Lease or Deed (If leased, you must attach the written consent of owner to lease property to a marijuana establishment)
  • 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.
  • Secretary of State Certificate of Good Standing
  • Secretary of State Statement of Trade Name (if applicable)
  • A community engagement plan that contains the following items in a clearly delineated format. Using this community engagement plan template is strongly recommended.
    • The name, telephone number, and email address of the person affiliated with the applicant who is responsible for neighborhood outreach and engagement.
    • The names of all Registered Neighborhood Organizations whose boundaries encompass the location of the proposed licensed premises, and a statement that the applicant shall contact the Registered Neighborhood Organizations prior to commencing operations. Note - Here is a RNO Finder Tool.
    • An outreach plan to contact and engage residents and businesses in the local neighborhoods where any license is located.
    • A detailed description of any plan to create positive impacts in the neighborhoods where the licensed premises are located, which may include by way of example, participation in community service, volunteer service, and active promotion of any local neighborhood plans.
    • Written policies and procedures to timely address any concerns or complaints expressed by residents and businesses within the neighborhood surrounding the licensed premises.
    • Written policies and procedures designed to promote and encourage full participation in the regulated marijuana industry by people from communities that have previously been disproportionately harmed by marijuana prohibition and enforcement in order to positively impact those communities.

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.

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 Denver child care facility licenses 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.

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

Please Note – The criteria for successully completing a transfer of location have recently changed with the passage of Council Bill 16-0291. We strongly recommend that you seek legal council to ensure compliance with the law.

Upon submission of a completed application for a new retail 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 sign off on all marijuana business inspection cards:

Community Planning & Development: Building Inspections Division

Community Planning & Development: Zoning Division

Environmental Health: Public Health Inspections Division (Signature Required for Stores, MIPs, Testing Facilities, Transporters, and Off-Premises Storage Locations Only)

Environmental Health: 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.

Renew a Business License

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

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

1.   Complete the Retail Marijuana Business Renewal Application.

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

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

Please Note - Retail 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 retail marijuana business license, applicants will be required to pay a $5,000 annual license fee. 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 Retail Marijuana Business Renewal Application, along with all required supporting documents. The required supporting documents are:

  • Advisement and Acknowledgement Form
  • Bylaws, Operation, Partnership Agreement (as applicable)
  • Copies of any Orders to Show Cause, Summary Suspension, or Administrative Hold issued by the Marijuana Enforcement Division within the last 12 months. 
  • Copy of Burglar Alarm Permit
  • Copy of Burglar Alarm Monitoring Contract
  • Copy of State License
  • Lease or Deed (If leased you must attach the written consent of owner to lease property to a marijuana establishment)
  • Secretary of State Certificate of Good Standing
  • Secretary of State Statement of Trade Name (if applicable)
  • A community engagement plan that contains the following items in a clearly deliminated format. Using this community engagement plan template is strongly recommended.
    • The name, telephone number, and email address of the person affiliated with the applicant who is responsible for neighborhood outreach and engagement.
    • The names of all Registered Neighborhood Organizations whose boundaries encompass the location of the proposed licensed premises, and a statement that the applicant shall contact the Registered Neighborhood Organizations prior to commencing operations. Note - Here is a RNO Finder Tool.
    • An outreach plan to contact and engage residents and businesses in the local neighborhoods where any license is located.
    • A detailed description of any plan to create positive impacts in the neighborhoods where the licensed premises are located, which may include by way of example, participation in community service, volunteer service, and active promotion of any local neighborhood plans.
    • Written policies and procedures to timely address any concerns or complaints expressed by residents and businesses within the neighborhood surrounding the licensed premises.
    • Written policies and procedures designed to promote and encourage full participation in the regulated marijuana industry by people from communities that have previously been disproportionately harmed by marijuana prohibition and enforcement in order to positively impact those communities.

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 6 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 marijuana or marijuana products from the premises of a licensed retail marijuana establishment after the expiration date recorded upon the face of any local license issued pursuant to this article V for that location.

The Director of Denver Excise and Licenses may schedule a renewal hearing for a 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. § 6-214(a)(2). 

Transfer of Ownership

A retail marijuana business must file for a Transfer of Ownership with Denver Excise and Licenses when the legal entity that owns the license changes or when the legal entity that owns the business changes its entity name or structure type. To file a Transfer of Ownership for a retail marijuana business license, follow the steps below:

1. Complete a Retail Marijuana Business 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 is not completed within 12 months.

Upon submission of a transfer of ownership application for a retail marijuana business license, applicants will be required to pay a $100 fee. 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 Retail Marijuana Business Transfer of Ownership Application, along with all required supporting documents. The required supporting documents from the buyer are:

  •         Advisement and Acknowledgement Form
  •         Affidavit of Corresponsing Medical License  (STORES CO- LOCATED WITH MEDICAL CENTERS ONLY)     
  •         Affidavit of Lawful Presence for each owner. 
  •         Affidavit of State License Transfer of Ownership
  •         Articles of Amendment, Statement of Conversion, or other Statement of Change document filed with the Colorado    
            Secretary of State (REQUIRED IF THE BUSINESS ENTITY NAME OR STRUCTURE TYPE CHANGED AND NO SALE        
            OCCURRED)
  •         Bylaws, Operation, Partnership Agreement (as applicable)
  •         Copy of Burglar Alarm Permit
  •         Copy of Burglar Alarm Monitoring Contract
  •         Copy of City & State Sales Tax Licenses (CENTERS ONLY)
  •         Copies of any Orders to Show Cause, Summary Suspension,  or Administrative Hold issued by the Marijuana    
            Enforcement Division within the last 12 months
  •         Copy of Seller’s State License
  •         Copy of Government Issued ID for each owner
  •         Copy of Zoning Use Permit
  •         Lease or Deed (If leased, you must attach the written consent of owner to lease property to a marijuana establishment)
  •         Purchasing Agreement (Required if the business was sold)
  •         Secretary of State Certificate of Good Standing
  •         Secretary of State Statement of Trade Name (if applicable) 

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 inspection cards:

Community Planning & Development: Building Inspections Division

Community Planning & Development: Zoning Division

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

Environmental Health: 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 retail 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 for a retail marijuana business, follow the steps below:

1.     Submit a completed Retaill Marijuana 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. 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. If 30 days have passed and you would like to check on the status of your application review, please contact CAOExciseandLicense@denvergov.org

3.     Retail Marijuana Stores 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 not completed within 12 months. 

Upon submission of a transfer of location application for a retail marijuana business license, applicants will be required to pay a $750 fee. 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 Retail Marijuana Business Transfer of Location Application, along with all required supporting documents. The required supporting documents for the new premises are:

  • Advisement and Acknowledgement Form
  • Affidavit of Corresponding Medical License (STORES CO-LOCATED WITH MEDICAL CENTERS ONLY)
  • Affidavit of State License Change of Location
  • A floor plan of the new premises, drawn to scale on a 8 ½" x 11" paper, showing the layout of the establishment and the principal uses of each section of the floor area. Please include dimensions, security cameras, and separate pages for each floor level. The floor plan must be stamped by the City and County of Denver Zoning Department, and the intended licenses premise must be contiguous and outlined in red.
  • Copy of Burglar Alarm Permit for new premises
  • Copy of Burglar Alarm Monitoring Contract for new premises
  • Copy of State License (at current premises)
  • Copy of Zone Use Permit for the new premise
  • Distance Waiver (STORES & 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, you must attach the written consent of owner to lease property to a marijuana establishment)
  • Secretary of State Certificate of Good Standing
  • Secretary of State Statement of Trade Name (if applicable)
  • State Notification Waiver

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.

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 Denver child care facility licenses 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.

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

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 inspection cards:

Community Planning & Development: Building Inspections Division

Community Planning & Development: Zoning Division

Environmental Health: Public Health Inspections Division (Signature Required for Stores, MIPs, Testing, Transpoter, and Off-Premises Storage Facilities)

Environmental Health: 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

Anytime a retail 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 retail marijuana business, follow the steps below:

1. Complete a Retail Marijuana Business Modification of Premises Application 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, 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 not completed within 12 months. 

Upon submission of a modification of premises application for a retail marijuana business license, applicants will be required to pay a $150 fee. 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 Retail Marijuana Business Modification of Premises Application, along with all required supporting documents. The required supporting documents are:

  • Advisement and Acknowledgement Form
  • A floor plan of the current licensed premise, drawn to scale on a 8 ½" x 11” piece of paper, showing the layout of the establishment and the principal uses of each section of the floor area. Please include dimensions, security cameras, and separate pages for each floor level. The current licensed premises must be outlined in red.
  • A floor plan of the proposed licensed premises, drawn to scale on a 8 ½" x 11” piece of paper, showing the layout of the establishment and the principal uses of each section of the floor area. Please include dimensions, security cameras, and separate pages for each floor levelThe floor plan must be stamped by the Zoning Department, and the intended licensed premise must be contiguous and outlined in red.
  • Copy of your Zoning Use Permit
  • Distance Waiver (STORES & CULTIVATION FACILITIES ONLY)
  • Lease or deed ( If leased, you must attach the written consent of owner to lease property to a marijuana establishment) 
  • Secretary of State Certificate of Good Standing
  • Secretary of State Statement of Trade Name (if applicable).
  • State Notification Waiver

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 inspection cards:

Community Planning & Development: Building Inspections Division

Community Planning & Development: Zoning Division

Environmental Health: Public Health Inspections Division (Signature Required for Stores, MIPs,  Testing, Transporter, and Off-Premises Facilities)

Environmental Health: 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 retail store, retail cultivation,  retail infused products manufacturer, or that hold a valid retail transporter license anywhere in the state, may apply for a retail marijuana off-premises storage license.

Off-premises storage permits 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 Renewal License 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 Process

Anytime a retail marijuana business wishes to update its trade name, change its corporate structure type, or change the ownership structure, they must file for a Corporate Structure Change with Denver Excise & Licenses.

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

1. Complete a Retail Marijuana Business Corporate Structure Change 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. After the successful completion of the quality control review, you will be notified.

4. Return to Denver Excise and Licenses with proof that the State’s Marijuana Enforcement Division has approved the corporate structure change. 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 for a retail marijuana business license, applicants will be required to pay a $100 fee. 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 Retail Marijuana Business Corporate Structure Change Application, along with all required supporting documents. The required supporting documents are:

The following supporting documents are also required if the business owners have changed:

  • Affidavit of Lawful Presence for each NEW  owner
  • Copy of Government Issued ID for each NEW owner
  • Purchasing Agreement (NOT REQUIRED IF ONLY REMOVING 0% OWNERS) 

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 with the State’s Marijuana Enforcement Division.

Withdrawing, Extending, or Appealing the Denial of an Application

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.

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.

 

Medical and Retail Marijuana Map

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