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New Liquor License General Information

In addition to obtaining a General Business/Sales and Use Tax License, which can be obtained using our online portal (COMING SOON - November 7th!), businesses that will be selling/serving liquor are also required to obtain the appropriate Liquor License. 

There are several different types of Liquor Licenses (see fee schedule):

  • Art
  • Beer & Wine
  • Brew Pub
  • Club
  • Distillery Pub
  • Hotel & Restaurant
  • Liquor-Licensed Drugstore
  • Lodging & Entertainment
  • Optional Premises
  • Retail Liquor Store
  • Tavern 
  • Vintner's Restaurant
  • FMB (fermented malt beverage) On Premises
  • FMB Off Premises

For a description of each type of license refer to the Colorado Liquor Code Part 4.

To Apply for a liquor license:

To apply for a new or transferred liquor license the information and required forms can be found here.  For any questions please contact the City Clerk's office in person, by phone 303-658-2161 or licensing@cityofwestminster.us .  

Two copies of the application packet must be submitted to the City Clerk's office first for review and local approval. 

For specific Westminster liquor licensing requirements, refer to Title V, Chapter 14 of the Westminster Municipal Code.


  • The Special Event Liquor Permit process is only available to non-profit entities.  A maximum of 15 permits per year, per Non-Profit, can be issued.
  • The fee for each day is $100, payable to the City of Westminster.  Fee must be submitted with the application.
  • Use the “fillable” application  
  • The application with all supporting documents must be submitted a minimum of 30 days in advance of the event date
  • Please provide a brief description of the Non-Profit and why the event is being held.
  • Follow the checklist on the second page of the form to complete the application. 
  • During the 30-day period the property must be posted for 10 days prior to the hearing. A hearing before the Westminster Special Permit & License Board will be set
  • A written security plan from the applicant is required and must include:
    • attendance estimate at the event and how the permittee will ensure that no one under the age of 21 is served, sold to or allowed to consume alcohol;
    • how the permittee will control the premise and prohibit alcohol from coming onto the premise from any other source or from leaving the premise;
    • how many people will be involved in ensuring liquor laws will be followed;
    • what type of food will be served. 

Tasting Permit

  • Tastings shall be conducted only by a person who has completed a server training program that meets the standards established by the Liquor Enforcement division
  • Person conducting tastings may be an employee of a retail liquor store or liquor-licensed drugstore licensee, or a representative, employee, or agent of the licensed wholesaler, brew pub, distillery pub, manufacturer, limited winery, importer, or vintner's restaurant promoting the alcohol beverages for the tasting
  • Tastings must take place on the licensee’s licensed premises
  • Alcohol used in tastings shall be purchased through a licensed wholesaler, licensed brew pub, or winery, at a cost that is not less than the laid in cost of such alcohol
  • Alcohol samples must not exceed one half of one ounce, Malt or vinous liquor samples must not exceed one ounce
  • Tastings must be conducted between the hours of 11 a.m. and 9 p.m.
  • Tastings shall not exceed a total of 5 hours per day which need not be consecutive
  • Licensee shall prohibit patrons from leaving the premises with unconsumed sample
  • Licensee may securely store open and unconsumed alcohol beverage containers for future tastings as long as they are not stored in the sales area
  • Licensee shall not serve a person under 21 years of age or intoxicated persons
  • Licensee shall not serve more than 4 samples to a patron during a tasting
  • Alcohol samples shall be in open containers and shall be provided free to patrons
  • Tastings may not exceed 156 days per calendar year