Liquor Licensing

First Time/New License Application Process

 
Summit County Government through its Board of County Commissioners is the local licensing authority for all applicable liquor licenses within unincorporated Summit County.  All completed application forms and fees are submitted to the office of the Summit County Clerk & Recorder for processing.  Plan ahead: the application process can take multiple months for new applications, modifications and renewals.  Once you have paperwork and payments compiled for your application, e-mail Liquor License Coordinator Stacey Campbell (contact information to the right on this webpage) to set up an application review appointment.

​New [Fall 2018] Fingerprinting Process

No more messy black ink and paper cards!  All fingerprinting is conducted by approved Identogo facilities.  Applicants should make an appointment online first before going in to get fingerprinted.  There is currently one Summit County location: the Summit County Sheriff's Office, located at the Justice Center, 501 North Park Avenue in Breckenridge.  Applicants can get fingerprinted at any Identogo facility in Colorado using Service Code 25YQ6K.  Ensure the Summit County Clerk & Recorder receives the results by entering CBI Account number CONCJ4367.  Applicants are responsible for their own fees/billing for Identogo/CBI services.

Forms


For each situation, a combination of State and Local forms are usually required.  For Modifications, Special Event Applications and Transfers of Ownership, scroll toward the bottom of this page.

State forms are available through the Colorado Department of Revenue's Liquor Enforcement Division.
The most common forms used are:
DR8400 - Renewals (for existing licenses with no changes of ownership only)
DR8404 - New Application (also used for Transfers, see page 2 for all supplemental documentation required with application)
DR8404-I - Individual History (used for New Applicants & Manager Registrations)
DR8442 - Modification (Manager Registrations, Premises Modifications, etc.)
  
Local forms are used as well in combination with the State forms, depending on what type of application is being made.  These forms can be filled out at your application review appointment.

Fees


Click here for a schedule of Liquor Licensing Fees.  Calculate fees based on the Local and State fee columns, using the "County" not "City" values.  All fees and paperwork are submitted to the Clerk & Recorder's Office - including State forms and payment.  The Clerk's Office forwards State paperwork and payments for you at the appropriate time.



Timeline

Applying for a Liquor License takes time, we're here to help.  Our office can assist you in planning your timeline so you know what to expect from the process.  The Summit County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) meets regularly on the second and fourth Tuesdays at 1:30pm, but it's a good idea to confirm upcoming meeting dates with the Liquor License Coordinator at the Clerk's Office at the time of application.  New applications must be submitted completely and with all payments included at least 30 days prior to the date that the Public Hearing requested.  Concurrent Review is an option applicants can choose to pay extra for in their application payment to CDOR, provided through the State, that can expedite review turnaround time.  Concurrent Review allows for the State to review the application concurrently with the County.


   
Location Matters

If your business is located within the city limits of Breckenridge, Frisco, Dillon, Silverthorne, Blue River, or Montezuma you will need to contact the town's municipal clerk where the business is located for your liquor licensing needs.  The Office of the Clerk & Recorder for Summit County only handles Liquor License applications for businesses located in Unincorporated Summit County.  Fees, Local Forms and procedures can vary by jurisdiction.

Transfers of Ownership & Temporary Liquor Licenses


Requirements: 
DR8404 - Colorado Liquor Retail License Application (see page 2 for all supplemental documentation required with application)
DR8004 - Wholesaler Affidavit of Compliance for Transfers from every wholesaler
DR8404-I - Individual History (used for New Applicants & Manager Registrations)
Authorization to Release Form
Fingerprint-Based Criminal History Check (closest location: Summit County Sheriff in Breckenridge)

A Temporary Liquor License is issued based on the discretion of the Clerk & Recorder and can only be issued for a temporary/statutory amount of time.  Temporary Permits are issued only in the case of a Transfer of Ownership.  Temporary Liquor Licenses can only be issued once all paperwork and payment is submitted for a full application and said application is under review.

Special Event Liquor Licenses


Requirements:
DR8439 - Special Event Application (see page 2 for all required applicable supplemental documents including: diagram, legal presence/possession of premises, and one of the following: certificate of Good Standing from the Colorado Secretary of State/charter/filed statements)
$100.00 fee payable to "Summit County Clerk"

Renewals


Requirements:
DR8400 - filled out completely, any required supplemental information included, and signed under "Oath of Applicant", leave remainder blank
Appropriate renewal fees to County and State payable to "Summit County Clerk" and "Colorado Department of Revenue".

​Modifications

Modifications to Liquor Licenses including but not limited to: Manager Registrations, Trade Name Changes, Premise Alterations require a combination of paperwork and fees.  By law, the listed Manager for certain Licenses including but not limited to Taverns, Hotel & Restaurant, etc. must be kept up to date with Local and State Liquor Authorities.

Any modification: Start with the DR8442 form and follow the instructions.

Registering a Manager: Send the applicant to an approved Identogo facility first before submitting paperwork and payment (closest location: Summit County Sheriff's Office in Breckenridge).  Email liquorlicensing@summitcountyco.gov to give the Liquor Licensing Coordinator the heads up that we should expect to see that person's criminal history results in our CBI portal.

Fees: The DR8442 form only covers State fees, contact liquorlicensing@summitcountyco.gov or consult the Fee Schedule.  Make out County payments, if applicable, to "Summit County Clerk".