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, Black Hawk, Carbondale, Central City, Cripple Creek, Edgewater, Fort Collins, Glendale, Greeley, Leadville, Salida, and Telluride.
Liquor Common Consumption Pilot Program
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.
Denver City Council adopted an ordinance approving liquor common consumption on Tuesday, November 12, 2019.
All updates regarding liquor common consumption will be announced via the Department's Liquor Bulletin, which anyone may sign up for using this link.
Should you have any questions or comments, please email us at EXL_Notifications@denvergov.org.
The Denver Department of Excise and Licenses has formed a Liquor Common Consumption Work Group (LCCWG) to develop agency rules and hearing policies and procedures for the certification of Promotional Associations, the licensure of Common Consumption Areas, and the creation of Entertainment Districts in the City and County of Denver.
The LCCWG was formed through an open application process after passage of the ordinance.