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Proposed Legislation: Liquor Common Consumption Pilot Program

In 2011, the Colorado General Assembly passed a state law that authorizes local jurisdictions to license designated areas where patrons over the age of twenty-one can drink alcoholic beverages in an enclosed common space, serviced by existing liquor-licensed establishments. Several other jurisdictions in Colorado have adopted this amenity, including Aurora, Carbondale, Central City, Fort Collins, Glendale, Greeley, Leadville, Salida, and Telluride.

Over the past two years, the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses has sought feedback on the adoption of such a license type from city agencies and elected officials, public safety groups, citizens, registered neighborhood organizations, business and tourism groups, and industry members.

Learn more about the proposed pilot program for the licensing and regulation of common consumption areas within the City and County of Denver by exploring the links below.

All updates on the legislative process and opportunities to participate will be announced via the Department's Liquor Bulletin, which anyone may sign up for using this link.

The Department of Excise and Licenses has submitted an ordinance request to City Council to consider a pilot program for liquor common consumption in Denver. As part of this request, the Department has been asked to give a presentation to City Council's Business, Arts, Workforce & Aviations Services (BIZ) Committee.

The Department will give our presentation on a pilot program for liquor common consumption at the BIZ Committee meeting on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. The meeting will take place in Room 391 of the City and County Building, located at 1437 Bannock Street. There will be time on the agenda for public comment.

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