New Retail Liquor Licenses
New Retail Liquor License
Colorado is a dual licensing authority. Liquor licenses must be approved by the local licensing authority. Additional information can be found at the Colorado Department of Revenue Enforcement Division website.
Allow at least 60 days for an application for a new license.
Brief Overview of Licensing:
Applications and fees must be filed with the Town Clerk. New liquor licenses require Town Council approval. Once a complete application is received, a public hearing before Town Council will be scheduled. All principals/owners are required to appear before Town Council.
NOTE: Public hearings cannot occur within thirty days of receipt of the complete application.
Application MaterialsPlease visit the Colorado Department of Revenue's Form Center for the most recent State forms.
- State Form DR 8404 Retail License Application
- State Form DR 8404-I Individual History Record
- State Form DR 8442 - Manager Registration (Required if someone other than an owner will be the registered manager.)
- Financial Affidavit
- Authorization and Consent to Release Information
- Acceptance of Boundaries
- Liquor Service Workshop Required
Applicants for new liquor licenses must demonstrate the “needs of the neighborhood and desires of the adult inhabitants.” 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. Fingerprints are submitted through the Universal Enrollment Platform Process through a third-party vendor. You must make an appointment with Colorado Fingerprinting.