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Denver’s Department of Excise and Licenses is creating online applications for business licenses. This will streamline how the department collects information and it will reduce the amount of information you have to provide when you renew or make changes to your licenses.

The new Licensed Establishment record captures information about where your business/organization operates. When you fill out your first online business license application package, you will be required to complete a Licensed Establishment application. If you complete another online business license application that will operate at the same location in the future, you will have the opportunity to select your existing Licensed Establishment record and skip that application

Basic Information

If you have applied for a Retail Tobacco Store License through Denver’s Permitting and Licensing Center, then you have a Licensed Establishment Record ID. To find it:

  1. Log in to Denver’s Permitting and Licensing Center.
  2. Under the “Business, Short-Term Rental, and Occupational Licensing” section, select “Renew or Manage.”

Here you will see all records associated to your user account, including your Licensed Establishment and its corresponding Record ID. The record ID will be in a YEAR-LE-####### format (ex: 2020-LE-1234567). 

A Zoning Use Permit is required to complete the Licensed Establishment application portion of a business license online application. For more details on acquiring a Zoning Use Permit, please visit Denver Development Services.

If you do not have a Zoning Use Permit but need to submit your application for a business license, you may instead submit an Acknowledgement of Zoning Use Permit, the form can be found here.

Please be aware that no business license will be issued without a Zoning Use Permit provided by Denver Development Services. The Acknowledgement of Zoning Use Permit only allows you to submit your application, it will remain pending until you submit your actual Zoning Use Permit to Denver Department of Excise and Licenses.

An on-site manager is any individual that has the authority to make decisions regarding the licensed establishment and must have access to and control over the licensed establishment at all times.

As part of your licensed establishment application, you will have the opportunity to list a minimum of one and up to three on-site managers for your licensed establishment. This information must remain up to date.

No, there is no fee for a Licensed Establishment Application. But, please note: You will be required to pay fees for individual business licenses. Fees vary by license type. 

Yes, your Licensed Establishment does expire. Each year you will be asked to renew your licensed establishment alongside any applicable business licenses.

The Licensed Establishment Application

The first time you use Denver’s new Application Package License Wizard, we will automatically add a Licensed Establishment application to your Application Package. After you submit your application package, we will strive to review the information you provided within seven to ten business days. If we need any further information to approve your Licensed Establishment, we will reach out to you via the e-mail address(es) you provide during the application process.

In order to successfully complete your Licensed Establishment Application, you will need to provide the following information:

General Establishment Information

On-Site Manager Information

The following information for individual(s) you designate as on-site managers:

  • Details including their name, date of birth (DOB), home address, and contact information

Keeping Your Information Up To Date


You must file an Application Package Update application in order to:

  • Remove an existing on-site manager
  • Add additional on-site managers
  • Update on-site manager's contact information

This application must be filed within 30 days of any on-site manager change taking place.


Please complete a Retail Tobacco Store License Amendment Application. Please use the link on the right-hand side of this page to access our online licensing portal. Once you arrive at the "My Licenses" page, select the "Amendment" action for the record you wish to update, and then follow the prompts. You will select "Notification" and click on "Continue Application". On the next page, select "Other" and then "Upload" the completed Retail Tobacco Store License Amendment Application. Don't forget to click on "Continue Application" and check the box next to "Oath" and then "Submit".