Special Event Liquor Permit Application

State law allows the City to issue Special Event Liquor Permits to qualified non-profit entities or political candidates to sell, serve, or distribute alcohol beverages in connection with fund raising events.

Qualified Applicants
A Special Event Liquor Permit may be issued to the following:
  • An organization which has been incorporated under the laws of this state for purposes of social, fraternal, patriotic, political, or athletic nature, and not for pecuniary gain
  • An organization which is a regularly chartered branch, lodge, or chapter of a national organization or society organized for such purposes and being nonprofit in nature
  • An organization which is a regularly established religious or philanthropic institution
  • Any political candidate who has filed the necessary reports and statements with the secretary of state pursuant to article 45 of title 1, Colorado Revised Statutes
Application Items
An application for a special event liquor permit (PDF) (NOTE: before printing this application packet, be sure your printer is set to print "Document and Markups," not just "Document") consists of the following items:
  • Application for a Special Events Permit
  • $100 fee payable to the City of Rifle
  • Diagram of the premises to be licensed
  • Copy of deed, lease, or written permission of owner for use of the premises
  • Certificate of good corporate standing (non-profit) issued by Secretary of State within last 2 years, OR if not incorporated, a non-profit charter, OR if a political candidate, copies of reports and statements that were filed with the Secretary of State
  • City of Rifle Special Events Liquor Permit Application  
Application Process
The application process includes the following steps: Preliminary conference with City Clerk
  1. Completion and submission of application forms by applicant
  2. Review of documents for completeness by City Clerk
  3. Scheduling the public hearing before City Council
  4. Publish legal notice and post property by City Clerk
  5. Public hearing before City Council
  6. Decision by City Council
  7. Issuance of permit by City Clerk
The process generally takes 2 months. For additional information, please contact the City Clerk.