Applying for a Liquor License
In order for the owner of an establishment to be eligible to sell malt, vinous or spirituous beverages, the following documents must be issued by the appropriate authorities:
A petition is not required. A posting is not required. A public hearing is not required. and there is no requirement that the application be held for 30 days before being presented to the Board of County Commissioners.
- State Liquor License: Issued by the State of Colorado Liquor Enforcement Division
- Local Liquor License: Issued by the Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder
- State Sales Tax License: Issued by the Secretary of State
- Federal Tax Stamp: Issued by the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearm Tax Processing Center
- Food Service License: Issued by the Pitkin County Health Department (when applicable)
Applying for a New Liquor License
- Obtain from the Clerk to the Board's Office (located in the Pitkin County Administration Office - e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org) a "new liquor license" packet, which includes the application and several other forms to complete.
- All applicants must be fingerprinted and a criminal history check will be conducted.
- Please use the check-off list on the back of the application (DR8404) to ensure that all required documents are submitted.
- A petition must be circulated in the surrounding neighborhood of the proposed licensed establishment. The petition must contain at least 15 signatures of representatives of the neighborhood in support of the license.
- Once completed, contact the Clerk to the Board's Office to set up an appointment to return the completed application. The Clerk's will need:
- The original, completed application packet with all accompanying documents
- One copy of this complete set
- At the appointment, the clerk will review the submitted documents (application, deed, diagrams, articles of incorporation, etc.) and determine if any additional items are necessary.
- Upon receiving the completed application, the Clerk will schedule a public hearing. An application is considered "received" when the submitted packet is complete. The hearing must take place no sooner than 30 days after receipt of the application.
- Prior to the public hearing, the applicant must post a sign on the premises to be licensed that gives notice of the hearing. The sign is provided by the Clerk and must be posted at least 10 days prior to the hearing.
- At the public hearing, bring the signed "Affidavit of Posting" document.
- At the public hearing, the applicant will appear before the Board of County Commissioners and be prepared to show why there is a need and desire to have an establishment selling alcohol in the proposed neighborhood.