Liquor Licensing

Colorado is a dual-licensing state, meaning liquor license applications are reviewed at both the local and the state level. The South Fork Town Clerk's office acts as a liaison between the applicant and the State. All applications for a new license or a transfer of a license must be submitted to the Clerk's office for local approval before being sent to the State Liquor Enforcement Division for review. Prior to approval by both local and state entities, a liquor license will be issued for a one year period from the date it was issued. All state and local liquor licenses must be renewed annually.

Liquor License

Timing:

The Liquor Licensing application process can take anywhere from six weeks to six months to complete depending on when the application is received, the complexity of the application, the timing of the public hearing, and the workload at the State Liquor Enforcement Division. Therefore, you must communicate with the Clerk's office well in advance of your opening date or, if buying an existing business, well in advance of closing on the sale of the business. Failure to contact the Clerk's office prior to closing on a business may result in interruptions to service and delays in licensing.

Applying for a liquor license requires attention to detail when completing the application and supplying the required supporting documents. Please visit the South Fork Town Hall to obtain an application and to schedule an appointment to go over the application, make revisions, be fingerprinted, and obtain additional documentation as needed.

Special Event Permits:

A Special Event Permit application must be submitted first to the Town of South Fork Clerk's office and can take anywhere from two weeks to thirty days depending on when the application is received. Depending on if there are no objections during the ten day public notification process, then the permit will be processed. If there are objections then a public hearing would take place within the next thirty days. Therefore you must communicate with the Clerk's office well in advance of the special event. Failure to contact the Clerk's office prior to the special event may result in the application being denied. In order to quality for a Special Event Permit, you must be Nonprofit and one of the following: Social, Fraternal, Patriotic, Political, Athletic, Chartered Branch, Lodge or Chapter, of a National Organization or Society, Religious Institution, Philanthropic Institution, Political Candidate, or Municipality Owning Arts Facilities. The Special Event Permit will only be good for the times and dates specified in the application. If the event is cancelled, the application fees and the day(s) are forfeited. All checks should be made out to the Town of South Fork and not to the state. (C.R.S. 12-48-102 and 12-48-106)

Special Event Permit Application

Liquor Law and Regulations:

We recommend that you become familiar with the Colorado Liquor Code and Colorado Liquor Rules.

These documents are available on-line at the Colorado Department of Revenue website .

Questions? Call 719-873-0152 or townadministrator@southfork.org