Liquor Licenses

A liquor license is required to sell or distribute alcoholic beverages for commercial purposes. All liquor licenses are considered by the Town of Erie Local Liquor Licensing Authority. The Municipal Judge serves as the Licensing Authority. The Town Clerk serves as Secretary to the Local Liquor Licensing Authority.


First, applicants are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the Town Clerk to review the application, process, and fee schedule. State and local fees are due to the Town Clerk’s Office upon submitting the final application.

  1. Who May Apply?
  2. Fees
  3. Renewals
  4. New Applicants
  5. Liquor at Events
  6. Transfer of Ownership
  7. Bulletins from the State
  8. Deadlines

Colorado liquor and beer licenses may be issued in the name of natural persons, corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies who are:

  • At least 21 years of age
  • Registered with the Colorado Secretary of State's Office
  • Able to provide evidence of rehabilitation if the applicant has a criminal record


Obtaining a liquor license in the Town of Erie is a privilege and is issued by 'dual' licensing authorities. The licensing process generally takes months or longer to complete. The instructions for each step are included in the application packet (provided by the Town Clerk via an appointment). Plan accordingly and communicate with the Town Clerk far in advance of your anticipated opening date to avoid delays.

In addition to the application and the fees, applicants must post a public notice, petition, and attend a public hearing. Final applications, approved by the local authority, are then forwarded to the State Liquor Enforcement Division.

  1. Public Notice
  2. Public Hearings
  3. Petitioning

Posting Public Notice

A notice must be posted at the physical location of the premises seeking a license 10 days before the public hearing on the liquor license.