Off Premise Permit - Auto Industry Division

REQUIREMENTS

Off Premise Permits are governed by the following Laws & Regulations. Colorado Revised Statutes may be found on the Secretary of State website.

  • C.R.S. 12-6-102 (23) - Definition
  • Regulation 12-6-102 (16) - Off Premise Permit Regulation
  • C.R.S. 12-6-504 (16) - Definition
  • Regulation 12-6-502 (16) Off Premise Permit Regulation
  1. The board recognizes two classes of off-premise permit based upon specific sales-related conditions and restrictions.  These are:
    1. Class One --- a Limited Sales Activity Off-premise Permit.  The following conditions and restrictions apply to this permit:
      1. Licensed salespersons or owners authorized to sell must be present at the off-premise location at all times when the public is present; and,
      2. Licensed salespersons or owners authorized to sell may negotiate the terms of a sale at the off-premise location; and,
      3. The parties shall not execute sales-related documents at the off-premise location, but must return to the dealership to execute any sales-related documents.
    2. Class Two --- a Full Sales Activity Off-premise Permit.  The following conditions and restrictions apply to this permit:
      1. Licensed salespersons or owners authorized to sell must be present at the off-premise location at all times when the public is present; and,
      2. Licensed salespersons or owners authorized to sell may negotiate the terms of a sale at the off-premise location; and,
      3. The parties may execute sales documents at the off-premise location.
  2. The board issues an off-premise permit for a restricted number of days, as follows:
    1. Up to six calendar days from start to finish is allowed for an off-premise permit, except as provided below;
    2. Up to twenty calendar days from start to finish is allowed for an off-premise permit for the National Western Stock Show, the Colorado State Fair, the Greeley Stampede, or the Denver Auto Show.
    3. The board may, in its informed discretion, approve consecutive off-premise permits for a recurring special event at the same location for a limited period of time.
  3. By no later than fourteen calendar days prior to the off-premise event, a motor vehicle dealer must submit a completed application form for an off-premise permit.  The board shall reject for filing any application for an off-premise permit that is not accompanied by a remittance in the full amount of the fee for the permit.  The board may reject for filing any application that does not completely satisfy the requirements of the application form and its instructions.
  4. A motor vehicle dealer may occasionally display vehicles without an off-premise permit at an event or location away from the dealership.  Sales activity is prohibited.  However, a person may be present to provide security or to distribute information about the dealership and its vehicles.
Consecutive permits for the same location are not allowed.

C.R.S. 12-6-302. Sunday closing
No person, firm, or corporation, whether owner, proprietor, agent, or employee, shall keep open, operate, or assist in keeping open or operating any place or premises or residences, whether open or closed, for the purpose of selling, bartering, or exchanging or offering for sale, barter, or exchange any motor vehicle, whether new, used, or secondhand, on the first day of the week commonly called Sunday. This part 3 shall not apply to the opening of an establishment or place of business on the said first day of the week for other purposes, such as the sale of petroleum products, tires, or automobile accessories, or for the purpose of operating and conducting a motor vehicle repair shop, or for the purpose of supplying such services as towing or wrecking. The provisions of this part 3 shall not apply to the opening of an establishment or place of business on the said first day of the week for the purpose of selling, bartering, or exchanging or offering for sale, barter, or exchange any boat, boat trailer, snowmobile, or snowmobile trailer.

FORMS REQUIRED

DR 2043 – Off-Premise Permit Application

  • Any date falling on a Sunday subjects the applicant to the provisions of the Sunday closing law as stated above. This permit should NOT be construed as permitting Sunday sales in violation of that law.
  • Approved permits will be mailed to the Dealership, or if presented in person, may be approved at the Auto Industry Division counter located at 1881 Pierce St. #112, Lakewood, CO 80214
  • Once permit is approved, the approved permit must be posted for inspection at the sale location.
  • The form must be signed by an: Owner, Partner, LLC Member/Manager, or Corporate Officer (president, vice president, secretary or treasurer). The title of the person signing the form must be provided and form must be dated.
  • Failure to complete all sections of the application may result in a rejection or delay in processing.
*Note this form can also be found in the Forms and Publications section of this website.
 
FEE REQUIRED
 
See current fiscal year Fee Schedule
A late payment will be applied to all off-premise applications not received prior to the event start time. Checks should be made to: Colorado Department of Revenue

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Dealers
Can a Dealer get a Monday through Saturday permit this week and another one for Monday through Saturday next week?
No, that would be consecutive permits, even though Sunday breaks the two events. 
 
Can a Dealer purchase only one permit to cover a Wednesday through Tuesday show?
Yes. In this case, the permit is within the six-day limit, so it can be approved, but the Dealer can only display the vehicles on Sunday – NO SELLING.
Are the requirements different for “Out of State” Dealers who want to sell motor vehicles in Colorado at one of the upcoming Colorado events?
 
Out of State Motor Vehicle Dealers should see 12-6-108.5(2) for out of state requirements. Powersports Dealers should see 12-6-509(2).
 
Manufacturers
Can I sell or display my manufactured motor vehicles in Colorado at one of the upcoming Colorado events?
Yes, if you are currently licensed as a Colorado Manufacturer and have an existing franchise agreement with a Colorado franchised Dealer. The Dealer must obtain the Off Premise Permit. 

 

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS

 If you have additional questions concerning exception processing of Off-Premise Permits e-mail your question to: dor_dealers@state.co.us or call our main office number: 303-205-5604