Liquor Licenses

General Licensing Information


A liquor license or permit is required for any sales or service of alcohol beverages to the public. Colorado liquor and beer licenses are issued by "dual" licensing authorities: The Town of Telluride and the State of Colorado. All applications for liquor licenses or permits are filed with the town. If approved by the town, your application will be forwarded to the state for their approval.

Descriptions of the types of licenses available in Colorado are available on the Colorado Department of Revenue website. For detailed information about applying for a liquor license, see:
  • Art Gallery Permits – To serve complimentary alcohol at a business that qualifies as an art gallery
  • Retail Liquor Licenses – For all types of commercial liquor licenses including taverns, restaurants, retail liquor stores and more
  • Special Event Permits – For non-profit corporations or certain other qualified entities to sell or serve alcohol

Training Workshops


The Town of Telluride requires all liquor license holders and managers to attend an alcohol training workshops at their own expense. Managers of special events are also required to attend liquor workshops. The town offers two TIPSTM alcohol service workshops a year, and there are also private providers in the region. Alternatively, the course may be taken online at eTIPS for On Premise Training.

Required Filings


You must notify the Town of any change in ownership, management, physical premise, or location.

Liquor License & Permit Renewals


Colorado State Liquor Law