The liquor laws of the State of Colorado restrict the sale and dispensing of alcohol beverages. Any person intending to manufacture, sell, or deal in spirituous liquor in the State of Colorado must apply for a liquor license. The City Clerk's Office is responsible for accepting and processing liquor license applications as well as holding administrative hearings.
Most liquor licenses in Greeley need to be granted by both the State of Colorado and the City of Greeley. Required state application forms must be submitted as well local Greeley forms for all licenses issued by the City. The State's Liquor and Tobacco Enforcement Division website can be another helpful resource, and includes links to state liquor code and rules.
In addition to following the State Liquor Code, Greeley has also adopted provisions in its Municipal Code governing liquor licensing, found in Chapter 13 - Alcohol Beverages of the Greeley Municipal Code.
Applying for a Liquor License
Review the appropriate checklist for your license application before beginning the process to understand the process involved in obtaining a license to sell alcohol beverages, and the steps that will need to be completed before a license will be issued.
When applying for a new license, it is helpful to contact the City Clerk's Office before submitting application materials. Incomplete applications cannot be accepted, and processing on an application will not begin until a complete application with all required fees is submitted. Call us at 970-350-9740 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment to walk through the licensing process.
The first required part of your application is the checklist above. This checklist asks for basic information about the entity and location to be licensed, as well as basic contact information. It also walks through all the documentation required to be submitted as part of the application, and helps ensure both the applicant and the City Clerk's Office have verified that information is submitted at the time of the application.
Forms that may be needed for New or Transfer Applications:
Forms needed for Transfer Applications:
2021 License Fees
Because licensing is done by both the City and the State, most license types require fees be paid to both entities. Some fees are only due one time, such as application fees for new licenses, while other fees recur each year, like license fees for both City and State, and local occupation fees.
For 2021 only, the State of Colorado has waived most State application and license fees for both new licenses and renewals, as a COVID-19 relief measure for businesses. This waiver does not apply to off-premise licenses, such as retail liquor stores, nor does it apply to transferred licenses.
Working with Other City Departments
As part of the application process, all alcohol beverage licenses are reviewed by multiple City departments. It is also required that all establishments obtaining a liquor license have a City business license through the Finance Department.
Liquor License Hearings
Business owners and managers as well as residents within a 1/2 mile radius of a new or existing liquor licensed establishment have the opportunity to participate in public hearings that determine the outcome of these applications.
Attend a hearing or submit petitions and letters, in support or opposition to the City Clerk's Office, 1000 10th Street, Greeley CO 80631, anytime prior to the scheduled public hearing. Applications are available for review in the City Clerk's Office.
Enter City Meeting Portal
Comments can also be submitted via email to email@example.com.
Liquor Licensing Authority agendas can be found in the City's Meeting Portal. You can access the portal by clicking the button below.
Special Events Liquor License
Application must be filed at least 30 days prior to scheduled event
These are for qualified organizations to sell or dispense alcohol beverages in conjunction with fund raising and other activities while ensuring full compliance with all applicable state and local laws and ordinances.
COVID-19 Related License Information
Liquor Variance Update - Temporary Modifications of Premises (COVID-19)
Emergency regulations were adopted to allow on-premises consumption licensed establishments to apply for temporary modifications in order to pre-plan for temporary outdoor seating areas to support social distancing requirements while complying with all
public health orders and other liquor laws and regulations.
Please review the attached documents for additional information.