Special Event Cabaret Permit

Special event cabaret permits are required if a liquor licensee wants to have entertainment or dancing, other than adult entertainment, on the premises on a limited or one-time basis, or if a special event liquor permit is going to provide live entertainment or dancing.

How to Submit an Application

There are several ways to submit a new or renewal application to the Department of Excise and Licenses. If renewing, include your business file number.

  1. All license applications not available online can be submitted by email to EXLSubmit@denvergov.org. When applying, attach all documents to one email. Visit the email application process page for more information.
  2. You can mail your application with fees to:

City and County of Denver
Department of Excise and Licenses
201 W. Colfax Ave., Dept. 206
Denver, CO 80202

Make checks payable to: Manager of Finance

3. You can pay fees online or by phone after the application has been submitted. You will receive an invoice and you can pay virtually. Visit the online payment process page for more information.

For questions, email licenses@denvergov.org or call 311.

Steps to Apply for a Special Event Cabaret Permit

Step 1: Application timeframe

Applications must be filed at least four days before the day of the event. These applications must be presented to the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses.

Action will be taken on an application within three days of the filing of the application.

The approved permit will be emailed if there is enough time. Otherwise, the applicant will need to make an appointment to pick it up at the office of the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses.

Step 2: Limitations

A special event cabaret permit can be issued for 10 days in a calendar year, except for events held on public streets, highways, roadways, and sidewalks, which can be issued for 15 days in a calendar year.

Step 3: Required documents

Step 4: Fees

License fees:  $50 per day made payable to the Manager of Finance

Step 5: Approval

If the application is approved by the Department of Excise and Licenses, the permit will be emailed if there is enough time.  Otherwise, the applicant will have to make an appointment to pick it up at the office of Denver Department of Excise and Licenses.