Liquor Licensing

Liquor Licensing

If you plan to sell alcohol or serve alcohol to the general public, Colorado requires you to obtain license approval. The Clerk's Office coordinates liquor licensing for the City of Gunnison for both retail licenses and special event permits.  The Clerk's Office is here to guide you through the process. For questions, please call 970-641-8080.
State liquor code, rules, and most liquor license applications and renewal applications can be found at the State of Colorado Liquor Enforcement Division's website at: https://sbg.colorado.gov/apply-for-a-license-or-permit-liquor-enforcement-division
For special events: Are you organizing an event and wondering if you need a liquor permit?  Call the Clerk's Department at 970-641-8141 or use this online worksheet here  to help you determine if a permit is required.
For retail businesses:
Fingerprint Information for Retail Liquor License Applicants

Types of Liquor Licenses issued by the City of Gunnison:

Special Event Liquor Permit
The City may issue a special event permit to particular types of organizations, permitting them to sell or serve alcohol for a limited number of days at specific locations.
Do I need a Special Event Liquor Permit?
For Special Events Liquor Permit, at least 30 days should be allowed for processing.
To obtain a special event please read through the Informational Packet, fill out the Application, and have the persons serving at your event sign the sheet stating that they have read and understand the Server Information.
Special Event Liquor Permit: Online Application I Hardcopy Application I Server Information & Managers Training Certification
Public Consumption Permit

A Public Consumption Permit allows alcohol consumption within certain Gunnison City Parks for:
  - private (invite only/not advertised) events where alcohol will be consumed by invited guests 21 years or older
 - public events where the public may bring their own personal alcohol (no service or sales by the organizer).
The City issues public consumption permits for events at the following locations only:
- Jorgensen Softball Fields –  limited to the areas in between playing fields but not extending past outfield fencing, and excluding dugouts, parking lots, public rights-of-way, and any area within 20 feet of the playground.  See map.
- Jorgensen Gazebo -  Within the gazebo at Jorgensen Park and a 75-foot radius from the center of the gazebo thereof, except where limited by Pac Man Pond.   See map.
- Legion Park – Within the pavilion structure at Legion Park and within the boundaries of Legion Park on the north, east and south, and no closer than 20 feet from the playground and athletic courts to the west. See map

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Tavern License
A tavern license authorizes the sale of malt, vinous, and spirituous liquors for on-premises consumption. Sandwiches and light snacks at all times of alcohol sales, but need not offer full meals.  Removal of a partially consumed bottle of wine allowed.  Employees must be 21, unless full meals are sold. Primary business is the sale of alcohol.
Brew Pub License

A brewpub license authorizes the retail and wholesale sale of malt liquors by establishments that manufacture not more than 1,860,000 gallons of malt liquor on the premises annually.  A brewpub may also sell malt, vinous, and spiritous liquor for on-premises consumption if food sales comprise at least 15% of the gross on-premises income. Brew pubs can sell sealed containers of beer manufactured at another location, if the location is under the same ownership.

Club License

A club license authorizes qualifying non-profit corporations to sell malt, vinous, or spirituous liquors by the drink to members and their guests for consumption on the club  premises. No food requirements.  Removal of partially consumed bottle of wine allowed if sandwiches and light snacks are served.

Lodging and Entertainment (L&E) License
A Lodging and Entertainment (L&E) license permits the sale by the drink of malt, vinous, and spirituous liquors for consumption to customers for on-premises consumption.  Sandwiches and light snacks must be available for consumption at all times during business hours, but need not have meals available.  Not to include rooms for alcohol service.  Removal of partially consumed bottle of wine allowed.
Fermented Malt Beverages (Beer) (FMB)
Fermented Malt Beverages (Beer) (FMB) licenses are issued for two types of consumption; on or off-premises.  Off premises is the most common, being held by convenience or grocery stores. Starting on January 1, 2019 it will also allow for the delivery of such beer to the consumers if they meet the 20% food requirements. No Christmas Day sales of FMB allowed. Allows for sales by persons 18-20 yrs. old, no adult supervision required.
Distillery Pub License
A distillery pub license authorizes the retail and wholesale of spirituous liquor by establishments that not more than 2,700 liters per spirituous liquor product on its premises each year. A distillery pub may also sell malt, vinous, and spiritous liquor for on-premises consumption if food sales comprise at least 15% of the gross on-premises income.
Retail Liquor Store (RLS) License

This license authorizes the sale of malt, vinous, and spirituous liquors in sealed containers for off-premises consumption. Retail liquor stores may sell any non-alcohol products, but only if the annual sales of non-alcohol products do not exceed 20% of gross sales revenue.  Alcohol delivery may be offered.

Hotel & Restaurant (H&R) License
This license authorizes the sale of malt, vinous, and spirituous liquors for on-premises consumption. A licensed restaurant may serve only its own customers, it must regularly serve meals, and the sale of food must provide at least 25% of its gross income.  Between 8am and 8 pm, if the restaurant is open and serving liquor, it must also be serving meals. If it remains open after 8pm, it must continue service light snacks and sandwiches. Customers may reseal and remove opened containers of partially consumed wine.

A licensed hotel may sell malt, vinous, and spirituous liquor only to its customers and, except in hotel rooms, only on the licensed premises where meals are served as described for restaurants.

A hotel can request to be designated as a resort complex or campus liquor complex with related facilities.
Beer and Wine License
This license authorizes the sale of malt and vinous liquors only to the public for on-premises consumption. License holders must serve sandwiches and light snacks for consumption on the premises during business hours, but need not be full meals.
Liquor-Licensed Drug Store (LLDS) License
Issued only to drug stores also licensed by the state Board of Pharmacy. This license authorizes the sale of malt, vinous, and spirituous liquors to the public in sealed containers for consumption off the premises. Allows for alcohol delivery.
Arts License
Arts license authorizes qualifying non-profit organizations to sell malt, vinous, and spirituous liquors to patrons of artistic and cultural performances for consumption on the premises in connection with such productions or performances.  No food requirements.  Special event permits can be issued for public consumption
Art Gallery Permit
Art Gallery permits allow complimentary alcohol beverages to be provided for consumption on the premises if their primary purpose is the exhibit and sale of works of fine art, semi or precious metals or stones.  15 days a year only, no food requirements, no more than 250 people allowed at one time.
Bed and Breakfast (B&B) Permit
Bed and Breakfast (B&B) permits allow complimentary alcohol beverages to be provided only to overnight guests during limited hours for consumption on the premises.

Welcome to Gunnison

Gunnison is a small mountain community on the western slope of Colorado with a population of approximately 6,560 full time residents. The population increases annually with the influx of tourism and Western Colorado University students numbering an additional 2,500. The City of Gunnison is the county seat for Gunnison County. Gunnison has a rich history of ranching, agriculture, mining, tourism and outdoor recreation opportunities that bring many more people through the community.
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