TO APPLY FOR A NEW LIQUOR LICENSE OR RENEW YOUR EXISTING LIQUOR LICENSE
PLEASE FOLLOW THE LINKS BELOW
Any business that sells alcoholic beverages must be licensed by the State of Colorado AND by the local jurisdiction where the business is located. The Colorado Revised Statutes contain separate articles addressing Fermented Malt Beverages, otherwise known as the Beer Code, and Alcohol Beverages, otherwise known as the Liquor Code.
APPLYING FOR A NEW LIQUOR LICENSE
Applicants are encouraged to allow SIXTY DAYS from the date their application is submitted to the Town Clerk/Treasurer for the licensing process to conclude.
Application: The application process begins by completing the Colorado Liquor Retail License Application, or the Colorado Fermented Malt Beverage (3.2 Beer) License Application, and submitting it to the Town Clerk/Treasurer. Applications must be accompanied by both the appropriate State fee (found on page 1 of the application) payable to the Colorado Department of Revenue, and the local (Silverton) fee of $250, payable to the Town of Silverton.
Checklist, Background Check, Fees: The Colorado license application contains a checklist of required items on page 2. Please review this checklist carefully, as all applicable items must be submitted at the time of application. All applicants are required to submit fingerprints to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, via the San Juan County Sheriff’s Department. The fee for this background check is $38.50, payable to Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Fees must be paid via cashier’s check, money order, or business check. To arrange for fingerprinting or to ask related questions, kindly contact the San Juan County Sheriff at 970.387.5531.
Public Hearing: Upon receipt of a completed application and fees, the Town Clerk/Treasurer will schedule a Public Hearing, during which time the Town Board of Trustees will consider the application. The Public Hearing may not be scheduled less than thirty days from the application date, and must be attended by the applicant. A Notice of Public Hearing will be published in the local newspaper, and also posted on the property to be licensed.
State Licensing: Upon approval by the Town Board of Trustees, the Town Clerk/Treasurer will forward the license application and fees to the Colorado Liquor Enforcement Division for further consideration and approval. Barring any application deficiencies, the State will forward the approved liquor license to the Town Clerk/Treasurer typically within two weeks.
RENEWING YOUR LIQUOR LICENSE
Approximately ninety days prior to the expiration of your current license, the Colorado Department of Revenue will send you a renewal application. If you have no changes to report (i.e. name change, new manager, alteration of premises), complete the application and return it to the Town of Silverton with the fee indicated on the renewal application, payable to the Colorado Department of Revenue.
The State’s Liquor Code requires that you submit your renewal application to the Town of Silverton forty-five days prior to the expiration of your license. This gives the Town and the State time to review and process the application. As a courtesy, Town of Silverton staff will contact you with a reminder of these deadlines, and to ensure that you have received your renewal application from the Department of Revenue. Upon receipt of your application and fees, your renewal application will be considered at the next scheduled Town Board meeting as part of the Consent Agenda. Applicants need not be present at these meetings. Upon approval by the Town Board, the Town Clerk/Treasurer will forward the application and fees to the Colorado Liquor Enforcement Division. Barring any application deficiencies, the State will forward the approved liquor license to the Town Clerk/Treasurer typically within two weeks.
You may submit your renewal application to the Town up to ninety days past the expiration of your license. However, a $500 late fee must be paid to the Department of Revenue if your application is submitted after the expiration date.
If your license is expired for more than ninety days, you must cease operations and apply for a new license (please see applying for a new license). All “new application” fees and requirements will apply.