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Liquor Licensing

Liquor licenses are approved based only on two criteria: character, record and reputation of the applicant; and needs and desires of the neighborhood surrounding the proposed license.

It takes approximately three to five months for a new or transfer license to be approved and there are several steps to obtain a liquor license:

1) Complete an application packet at the City Clerk's Office.
2) The Police Department then conducts a background investigation.
3) The City Clerk's Office schedules the application for a Liquor Authority meeting to designate the neighborhood boundaries and public hearing date.
4) The City Clerk's Office publishes the notice of hearing in the Arvada Press and on the city's web site.
5) The Applicant posts the public notice sign (prepared by the City Clerk's Office) on the proposed premises at least ten days prior to the public hearing and ensures that the sign remains posted for ten consecutive days by completing the Posting Affidavit supplied by the City Clerk's Office and submitting it to the Deputy City Clerk prior to the public hearing.
6) Evidence of the needs and desires of the neighborhood is presented at the hearing, which typically includes petitions circulated in the designated neighborhood by the Applicant, and submitted to the City Clerk's Office six days prior to the hearing.
7) If approved by the Liquor Authority, the City Clerk's Office forwards the application to State Liquor.
8) Once the state approves the application, the liquor license is sent to the City Clerk's Office at which time the Deputy City Clerk verifies that a Certificate of Occupancy has been issued for the premises, then an appointment is scheduled with the applicant for the Licensing Investigator to conduct an inspection of the premises and deliver the licenses along with the required warning signs.

Please contact Teri Colvin, at 720-898-7544, for more information, fee schedules and to obtain an application packet.

This information was brought to you by the City Manager's Office.


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