Liquor Licenses

Types of Licenses and Permits

The Glendale City Council acts as the Glendale Liquor Licensing Authority. Colorado liquor and beer retail licenses are issued by "dual" licensing authorities. The Glendale City Clerk can provide applications and answer questions concerning the application process. The City of Glendale must first approve all retail licenses before forwarding liquor and beer license applications to the State Liquor Enforcement Division. You must have all necessary paperwork and payments to the City of Glendale at least 30 days prior to the City Council meeting at which you are seeking approval of the license. Failure to file applications far in advance of your opening date will result in a delay.

Colorado liquor and beer licenses may be issued in the name of natural persons, corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies. Applicants and other persons involved with partnerships, corporations, or limited liability companies must be at least 21 years of age. Persons under 21 may be involved with an established trust as long as the trustee is at least 21, and the person under 21 cannot benefit from the trust until that person reaches the age of 21.

All corporations and limited liability companies must be registered with the Colorado Secretary of State's Office and be authorized to do business. Foreign corporations and limited liability companies must also register with the Secretary of State and be authorized to do business in Colorado.

Applicants do not have to be a United States citizen or a Colorado resident to acquire a liquor or beer license, and the existence of a criminal record does not preclude a person from licensure. Applicants with criminal records must be able to provide evidence of rehabilitation, or the license may be denied.

Background investigations of liquor license applicants typically include a review of:

  • Applicant criminal history
  • Liquor license violation history
  • Ownership interests in other liquor industry members (Colorado has statutory ownership limitation)
  • Tax payment history

Colorado Liquor Code and Rules

Colorado State Publications: 

Food Service Requirements

3.2 % Beer Licenses: 3.2% Beer Licensees are not obligated to serve food at any time.

On-Premises Liquor Licenses: Club licensees, Arts licensees, Optional Premises licensees, and Public Transportation System licensees are not obligated to serve food at any time.

Hotel and Restaurant licensees must have full meals available until 8:00 p.m. every day, and snacks and sandwiches after 8:00 p.m. Food sales must provide at least 25% of the gross income from the sale of food and beverages.

Brew Pubs must serve meals and must derive 15% of the on-premises gross sales from the sale of food.

Taverns, Gaming Taverns, and Beer and Wine licensees must have sandwiches and snacks available during operating hours.

Racetracks are required to have food available during hours of operation.

When food is required to be served, it must be available wherever alcoholic beverages are served.

Forms and State/Local Fees

Most liquor licenses and permits require a local and a state fee. Normally, two checks will be required: one made payable to the City of Glendale for the local fee and one to the Colorado Department of Revenue for the state fee. The check(s) and appropriate form(s) should be sent or delivered to the City of Glendale, 950 South Birch Street, Glendale, CO 80246.

Application for New Liquor License 

$625.00 to the City of Glendale
$1,100.00 to the Colorado Department of Revenue

Application for Concurrent Review of New Liquor License (quicker review)

$1,100.00 to the Colorado Department of Revenue

Application for New 3.2 Beer License

$625.00 to the City of Glendale
$1,100.00 to the Colorado Department of Revenue

Application for Concurrent Review for New 3.2 Beer License

$1,200 Application Fee to Transfer 3.2 Beer License

$1,100.00

Transfer of Ownership

$625.00 to the City of Glendale
$1,100.00 to the Colorado Department of Revenue

Change of Location

$625.00 to the City of Glendale
$150.00 to the Colorado Department of Revenue

Corporate/LLC Changes

$100.00 to the City of Glendale

Annual License Renewal

Beer and Wine: 

$123.75 to the City of Glendale
$351.25 to the Colorado Department of Revenue

Hotel and Restaurant: $150.00 to the City of Glendale

$500 to the Colorado Department of Revenue

Drugstore: 

$97.50 to the City of Glendale
$227.50 to the Colorado Department of Revenue

Retail Liquor Store: 

$97.50 to the City of Glendale
$227.50 to the Colorado Department of Revenue

Tavern: 

$150.00 to the City of Glendale
$500.00 to the Colorado Department of Revenue

Late Renewal Application

$500.00 to the City of Glendale
No charge for the Colorado Department of Revenue

Modification of Premises

$100.00 to the City of Glendale
$150.00 to the Colorado Department of Revenue

Change of Manager Registration

$100.00 to the City of Glendale
$75.00 to the Colorado Department of Revenue

Trade Name Change

$25.00 to the City of Glendale
$100.00 to the Colorado Department of Revenue

Duplicate License

$25.00 to the City of Glendale
$50.00 to the Colorado Department of Revenue

Temporary Permit

$100.00 to the City of Glendale
No charge for the Colorado Department of Revenue

Special Event Permit (per day, per event) (Beer, Liquor)

$100.00 to the City of Glendale

Colorado Bureau of Investigation (for background investigations)

$38.50 to the City of Glendale

Alcohol Tasting - Annual

$100.00 to the City of Glendale

Other state fees may be found on the . [Please note that the charges allowed to the local entity (City of Glendale) on the state listing are the maximum allowed by law and not necessarily what the City charges.]

Special Events Information

Questions???

Call Barbara Valdez-Villagomez
Liquor Licensing Specialist
City of Glendale
950 South Birch Street
Glendale, CO 80246
303-639-4700 phone
303-639-4707 fax

or

Colorado Department of Revenue
1881 Pierce Street Number 108A
Lakewood, CO 80214
303-205-2300 phone
303-205-2341 fax