Application for New License

Application Information
An application for a new liquor license (PDF) consists of the following items:
  • Colorado Liquor Retail License Application, including all items on the checklist on page 2 of the application
  • Diagram of the premises to be licensed
  • The following documents completed by:  each individual applicant, all general partners of a partnership, and limited partners owning 10% (or more) of a partnership, all officers and directors of a corporation, and stockholders of a corporation owning 10% (or more) of the stock of such corporation, all limited liability company managing members, and officers or other limited liability company members with a 10% (or more) ownership interest in such company,and all managers of a Hotel and Restaurant or a Tavern License.
    • Individual History Record
    • Affidavit – Restrictions on Public Benefits
    • City of Rifle Fingerprint, Background Check, & Disclosure Notice
    • Affidavit Concerning Criminal History
    • Fingerprints submitted to the Rifle Police Department
  • Petition
  • City fees
  • State fees
  • Verification of Responsible Serving/Selling of Alcohol Training 

Application Process
The application process includes the following steps:

  1. Preliminary conference with City Clerk
  2. Completion and submission of application forms by applicant
  3. Review of documents for completeness by staff
  4. Background investigation by staff
  5. Review of results of background investigation by staff
  6. Formal acceptance of application; preliminary conference; and scheduling the public hearing by City Council
  7. Publish legal notice and post property by City Clerk
  8. Public hearing before City Council
  9. Decision by City Council
  10. Submission of application to state by City Clerk
  11. State approval
  12. Issuance of licenses by City Clerk

The process generally takes 3-4 months. For additional information, please contact the City Clerk.