New Retail Liquor Licenses

New Retail Liquor License

The following types of licenses and permits are issued in Colorado:
View types of licenses and permits

Allow at least 60 days for an application for a new license.

Brief Overview of Licensing:

  • File applications and fees with the Town Clerk
  • 30-day local review including:
  • Fingerprinting of all principals
  • Background checks
  • Completeness of application
  • Investigative report by departments
  • Reasonable requirements of the neighborhood
  • Desire of the adult inhabitants of the neighborhood: Petition.
  • Good moral character of the partners, officers of the corporation or individuals applying for the license.
  • Public hearing before the Town Council
  • If approved, the Town will submit your application to the State for approval or denial
  • Only after the State approves a license and that license is in the hands of the Town Clerk, are both licenses issued.


Applicants for new liquor licenses must demonstrate the “needs of the neighborhood and desires of the adult inhabitations.” You may circulate a petition of support for the license in the neighborhood. Staff recommends applicants obtain 100 signatures from residents, and managers/owners of businesses within the neighborhood who are at least 21 years of age.


Fingerprints of each owner, officer, director or manager must be provided to the Telluride Marshal's office. The cost for processing is $48.50 payable to the Town of Telluride, which includes $38.50 for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation fee. No application will be referred to the Liquor Licensing Authority until fingerprints have been taken by the Marshal's Department. They will ask for identification before taking fingerprints. Call 728-3819 for the days and times fingerprinting occurs.