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Special Event Liquor Permit Instructions

Special Event Liquor Permits for Non-Profit Organizations


The City of Boulder is committed to and prepared for providing all essential services to our community during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Most City of Boulder buildings and facilities are closed until Protect Our Neighbors-level Green status is achieved in Boulder County in an effort to help limit the spread of coronavirus, but all Regulatory Licensing Office staff members are still working and continuing to provide services via email and by phone. 

Given this, City Licensing Staff have developed new processes for receiving License applications through online submission using our EnerGov system via a customer's CSS account to ensure timely filings and payments.  The application packet in the menu to the right has been updated with online instructions and links for the submittal of this license application type.

We hope that these innovative and expedited processes for online application filing and payment continues to provide our customers with excellent customer service.

If you have any questions, please contact our Licensing Staff at [email protected]

*Please Note the New Application Appointment Timeline Requirements Below*

Pursuant to State Liquor Code and City of Boulder regulations, anyone that is selling and/or serving alcohol at an event (1) to which members of the general public have access, and/or (2) that has been posted to social media platforms or otherwise publicly announced are required to obtain a Special Event Liquor Permit. Nonprofit organizations are the only entities that qualify as an applicant. Each applicant is limited to fifteen (15) days per calendar year for special event permits.

You must submit BOTH the city & a state application, including all required documents according to the application checklists and a completed premises diagram, at your scheduled intake appointment with city licensing staff. Do not send the application directly to the State Liquor Division. At the appointment we will provide a poster that you will post at the event location for a minimum of 10 days for the required Public Comment period.

City staff requests that you call or email to schedule your intake appointment no less than 40 days prior to your event date, as per liquor code regulations, a legally complete application must be accepted no less than thirty (30) days prior to the event date, there are no exceptions to the 30 day deadline.

Please contact the Licensing Division at 303-441-4192 and select the Special Event option or email us at [email protected] making sure to put 'Special Event Liquor Permit Appointment' in the Subject Line.

Please note that the Licensing Division's goals for return voicemails is 48 business hours and return emails is 96 business hours due to customer volume and current license processing, so we ask that you plan your appointment requests accordingly.