Frequently Asked Questions

In total, there are over 100 business and liquor licenses issued by the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses. 

 

Some of the license types include retail and wholesale food operations, emergency and non emergency vehicles, body artists and facilities, boarding homes and childcare centers, merchant guards, pedal cabs and peddlers, taxi/limousine drivers, central alarm operators and apprentice,  and medical marijuana centers (in conjunction with the State of Colorado.)

 

Click here for a complete list of business licenses.  

A zone use permit  (PDF) is a document granting the applicant/owner of a lot, building, or structure permission for the requested use of the land. "Use" can be defined as any activity, occupation, business or operation transacted in a building or on a lot/tract of land.  The Zoning Department issues the zone use permits.

 

If the business license you are applying for requires a zone use permit, be sure to check with Zoning first to get approval  of the use of the land before submitting an application to the Department of Excise and Licenses.  

 

Office Hours and Location

General Hours:  8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Webb Municipal Office Building

201 W. Colfax Avenue, 2nd Floor

 

Phone

All City Services:  (720) 913-1311

General:  (720) 865-2915

 

Email

developmentservices@denvergov.org

Liquor and Cabaret Licenses

  • All payments submitted with applications for liquor and/or cabaret licenses must be submitted with certified funds. 
  • Application and license fees for the City of Denver should be made payable to the Manager of Finance.   
  • Application and license fees for the State of Colorado should be made payable to the Manager of Revenue. 
  • (Personal or business checks will not be accepted for these purposes,  with the exception of checks remitted by a law firm on behalf of their client.)

 

 

Business Licenses

  • Business licenses may be purchased with cash, check or credit card.
  • Application and license fees for the City of Denver should be made payable to the Manager of Finance.   

Denver Department of Excise and Licenses office.

Fingerprinting and background checks are performed daily between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. 

Click here for more information

Sales, Lodgers, Use, Occupation Privilege Tax Information

201 W. Colfax Ave.

Denver, CO  80202

 720-865-7018 

720-865-7075 Taxpayer Service Unit
Click here for the Treasury Division's website

Denver Department of Excise and Licenses

201 West Colfax, 2nd Floor

 

You will need to apply for the Retail Food Establishment license.

A special event permit is a permit issued to non profit organizations and political candidates to sell alcohol at a specific event where the facility does not currently hold a liquor license.

Denver Department of Excise and Licenses

You will need to apply for the Retail Food Mobile License.

Duplicate License Fees

A duplicate license may be issued one time for a fee of $5.00.

Each additional request for a duplicate license - $50.00

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