New Application for Liquor License

After a NEW application is filed with the Town Clerk’s office, the file is reviewed, and any deficiencies are reported to the applicant prior to the consideration of the application by the Liquor Licensing Authority. An application is deemed complete when the application is completed in full and ALL required documents have been provided, then your hearing will be scheduled before the Authority for consideration.  If necessary, a Zoom platform may be used to conduct the meeting. If necessary, a Zoom platform may be used to conduct the meeting.

 If the application is approved by the Liquor Licensing Authority, the Town Clerk’s Office will forward the application to the Colorado Department of Revenue, Liquor Licensing Division for review and approval.    Typically, the State will process the application and mail the State’s liquor license to the Town Clerk’s Office in 1‐2 months, unless concurrent review has been requested.   The Town of Erie license is then prepared, and both licenses are issued to the applicant once all inspections are complete.  A certificate of occupancy may be required before a license can be issued.

 While the Town Clerk’s office is available to provide some assistance in the application process, the Clerk cannot provide legal advice and cannot make any representations or assurances as to the final outcome of the process. It is certainly not essential that you seek the assistance of an attorney to guide you through this process; although you may strongly consider doing so. In many instances, legal assistance can help you move through the process more quickly and with fewer complications.

State Resources

License Types and Supporting Materials

New Application and Checklists

While the Town Clerk’s office is available to provide some assistance in the application process, the Clerk cannot provide legal advice and cannot make any representations or assurances as to the final outcome of the process. It is certainly not essential that you seek the assistance of an attorney to guide you through this process; although you may strongly consider doing so. In many instances, legal assistance can help you move through the process more quickly and with fewer complications.

Please be sure the entire application and supporting documentation is single-sided.

Please select one and submit your completed application to townclerk@erieco.gov

Additional Documents Required:

Proof of Possession of Property. Deed (or) Lease. The lease must match the applicant’s name.

Floor Plan. Floor diagram of premises (8½" x 11" only) with dimensions included. The diagram does not have to be to scale, but must accurately reflect the area to be licensed, including depictions of the following:

  • Show North orientation
  • Exterior areas showing control of the licensed premises (fences, walls, doors, gates, etc)
  • Separate diagram for each floor plan (if multiple levels), outlined in red to indicate the boundary (including external and internal walls, doors, fences, gates, restrooms, and etc.)
  • Must be an exact representation of the licensed premise. 
  • Include length and width of exterior walls and interior wall, including built-in bars
  • The diagram must identify the kitchen area if the applicant is applying for a Hotel and Restaurant class liquor license. The diagram of the kitchen must include the range, refrigerator, sinks, dishwashers, and other industrial equipment.
  •  Location of the proposed licensed premises designating where alcoholic beverages will be sold, served, stored, distributed, or consumed.
  • The diagram must have the licensed liquor area outlined in red.
  • Exterior areas must show the type of fencing, walls, etc.
  • The floor plan that is submitted must match the previous owner's floor plan that Excise and Licenses has on file

Financial Documents. The purchase agreement, stock transfer agreement, loan documentation, promissory notes, etc. Authorization and Consent Form

Background. Who needs to get fingerprinted? Do not complete fingerprint cards prior to submitting your application.

  • Individuals registering as manager for a hotel restaurant, lodging, and entertainment, or tavern liquor license
  • Officers, directors, managing members, and members of a corporation or LLC
  • Ownership interest in a liquor license of 10% or more.

Fingerprints taken and submitted to the appropriate Local Licensing Authority through an approved state vendor. There are currently 2 ways to electronically submit fingerprinting options:

Corporate/Ownership Documents

  • S‐Corporations
    • Certificate of Good Standing dated within last two years
    • Articles of Organization

Or

  • Partnership Documents
    • Attach partnership agreement (except for husband‐wife partnerships
    • Attach Certificate of co‐partnership (if applicable)

Or

  • Limited Liability Company Documents
    • Attach Certificate of Good Standing dated within last two years
    • Attach articles of organization (acknowledged by Secretary of State)
    • Attach a copy of the operating agreement (required if OTHER than sole member LLC or husband and wife LLC)

The operating agreement describes the operations of the LLC and sets forth the agreements between the members (owners) of the business.  It breaks down the business' financial and functional decisions including rules, regulations, and allocation.

Fees

  • State fees made payable to Colorado Department of Revenue
  • Town fees made payable to Town of Erie


Town of Erie

State

Application Fee

$1,000.00

$1,550.00

Application Fee with Concurrent Review

$1,000.00

$1,650.00

Application Fee Transfer of Ownership

$750.00

$1,550.00

Application Fee Additional Liquor Licenses Drugstore

$1,000.00

$1,300.00

Application Fee  Additional Liquor-Licensed Drugstore with Concurrent Review

$1,000.00

$1,400.00

Application Fee Manager Permit

NA

$100.00

Application Late Renewal Fee (Not more than 90-days of license expiration date)

$500.00

$500.00

Application Reissue Fee (More than 90-days but less than 180-days of license expiration date)

$500.00

$500.00

Application Reissue Fine (More than 90-days but less than 180-days of license expiration date)

$25.00 a day beyond

90-day expiration date

$25.00 a day beyond

90-day expiration date

Annual Renewal Application Fee

$100.00

$0.00

Annual Art Gallery Fee

$100.00

$0.00

Retail License Type - In Addition to Application Fees

Town of Erie

State

Beer & Wine

$48.75

$351.25

Hotel & Restaurant

$75.00

$500.00

Hotel Restaurant with one Optional Premises (OP)

$75.00

$600.00

Each Additional OP License

$0.00

$100.00

Liquor Licenses Drugstore

$22.50

$227.50

Retail Liquor Store

$22.50

$227.50

Tavern

$75.00

$500.00

Vintner’s Restaurant

$75.00

$750.00

Fermented Malt Beverage On Premises

$3.75

$96.25

Fermented Malt Beverage Off Premises

$3.75

$96.25

Fermented Malt Beverage On/Off Premises

$3.75

$96.25

Petitions

 It is the responsibility of the applicant for a new license to present sufficient evidence to the Liquor Licensing Authority that indicates the need for the license in the respective neighborhood.  

This is typically done by petitioning the neighborhood.  These petitions indicate support (or lack thereof) for the issuance of a license.  The Local Licensing Authority is requiring all new liquor applications to contract with a professional survey firm. Petitions must be submitted to the Town Clerk’s Office at least 10 days prior to the hearing date.

The following firms have appeared before the Authority. The Local Licensing Authority does not recommend one firm over the other:

NameAddressContact

LiquorPros Inc.

5515 Saddle Rock Place Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-390-8844
liquorpros@msn.com


Public Hearing Process

The Public Hearing will be called to order by the Local Liquor Licensing Authority (LLA). The LLA attorney will then advise the Authority on the completeness of the application and the date of its receipt. As the applicant, you should bring a complete copy of the application with attachments to the Public Hearing with you.

The Authority will ask the applicant to establish that the reasonable requirements of the neighborhood demonstrate a need for the issuance of the license. At this point, the applicant should present any petition, letters of support, or other evidence which demonstrates this need.

The Authority will ask for public comment, if any, from the adult inhabitants of the neighborhood concerning the application. The applicant will be afforded an opportunity to make comments on any statements made by members of the public. You should be fully prepared to answer any questions.

 At the conclusion of the Public Hearing, the Authority may take immediate action on the application or delay action until a later time. Action on the application must occur within 30 days of the Public Hearing.

Public Hearing Poster

The Public Hearing date is scheduled by the Town Clerk and published in the local newspaper 10 days prior to the hearing. The applicant must also post a Public Hearing poster, which will be provided by the Town Clerk, in public view on the property that is being licensed. A picture of the poster is visible to the public is required and the Affidavit of Posting should be emailed to townclerk@erieco.gov..

Hearings & Applications Deadlines

Please file your completed application including all documentation and payment to the Town Clerk’s Office no later than 45 days prior to the desired scheduled hearing.  The Erie Liquor License Authority holds public hearings on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at the Erie Municipal Court located at 1000 Tellen Avenue, Erie, Colorado, 80516. For more, see the Guidance on Appearing Before the Judge webpage.

 Application Deadline

Scheduled Public Hearing
before Local License Authority

Hearing Time

Friday, April 2, 2021

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

1:00 PM

Monday, May 3, 2021

Friday, June 18, 2021

1:00 PM

Friday, June 4, 2021

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

1:00 PM

Friday, July 2, 2021

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

1:00 PM

Friday, August 6, 2021

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

1:00 PM

Friday, September 3, 2021

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

1:00 PM

Friday, October 1, 2021

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

1:00 PM

Friday, November 5, 2021

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

1:00 PM


State Approval

If the Liquor License Authority approves the application in a public hearing, then local approval will be sent to the State Liquor Enforcement Division (State LED). If the State LED approves the state license after their application review, they will send the state license to local Licensing.

Town Approval

If the Liquor License Authority (LLA) approves issuance of the local license and the State Liquor Enforcement Division approves the state license, then local Licensing will schedule a premise inspection with the applicant. Local Licensing will confirm that the observed premise matches the diagram that the LLA approved, and if the inspection is passed, Local Licensing will provide the applicant with the original local and state liquor licenses.