Transfer of Ownership of License

If there is currently a liquor license at the premise you are thinking of occupying, you will need to apply for a transfer of ownership.

This is different from a change of stockholders with a 10% or greater ownership interest, officers, directors, managing members and members. When such a change occurs, you must report a corporation, LLC, or partnership change.

Application Items
An application to transfer a liquor license (PDF) consists of the following items:
  • Colorado Liquor Retail License Application, including all items on the checklist on page 2 of the application
  • Diagram of the premises to be licensed
  • The following documents completed by each individual applicant; all general partners of a partnership, and limited partners owning 10% (or more) of a partnership; all officers and directors of a corporation, and stockholders of a corporation owning 10% (or more) of the stock of such corporation; all limited liability company managing members, and officers or other limited liability company members with a 10% (or more) ownership interest in such company; and all managers of a Hotel and Restaurant or a Tavern License
    • Individual History Record
    • Affidavit - Restrictions on Public Benefits
    • City of Rifle Fingerprint, Background Check, & Disclosure Notice
    • Affidavit Concerning Criminal History
    • Fingerprints submitted to the Rifle Police Department
  • Affidavit of Transfer and Statement of Compliance (PDF)
  • Temporary Liquor Permit Application (PDF)
  • City fees
  • State fees
  • Verification of Responsible Serving/Selling of Alcohol Training

Application Process
The application process includes the following steps:
  1. Preliminary conference with City Clerk
  2. Completion and submission of application forms by applicant
  3. Review of documents for completeness by staff
  4. Background investigation by staff
  5. Review of results of background investigation by staff
  6. Formal acceptance of application; preliminary conference; and scheduling review by City Council
  7. Review by City Council
  8. Decision by City Council
  9. Submission of application to state by City Clerk
  10. State approval
  11. Issuance of licenses by City Clerk
 The process generally takes 3-4 months. For additional information, please contact the City Clerk.