The attorneys at Rotole, Rotole & Blanchard, L.L.C. help restaurants, bars, hotels, grocery stores, drugstores, and other retailers in the Denver Metropolitan Area with all aspects of state liquor license laws, including obtaining or renewing a license or fighting an impending license suspension or revocation.
Colorado is a dual licensing authority, meaning that a retailer seeking to obtain a liquor license or permit must first obtain approval at the local level and then seek additional approval from the state. Local approval usually requires a showing that the neighborhood supports the granting of the license and that the needs of the neighborhood are not being met by the present existing licenses. Local authorities will typically conduct a background investigation of the applicant, including the applicant's criminal history and tax payment history, and any other ownership interests in the liquor industry or past violation of liquor license laws.
Once the local process has been completed, the application must then work its way through the State Liquor Enforcement Division. Assuming the application is not delayed due to problems or mistakes made in the filing process, it can take several months to acquire a liquor license, but filing the right application from the start can help prevent significant delays or even denials in the processing of an application.
Attorneys at Rotole, Rotole & Blanchard, L.L.C. are well-versed in entity formation, transactions, and other business law matters, and include criminal defense lawyers who deal regularly with the authorities and agencies regulating the state's liquor laws. Together, our firm helps clients obtain or renew licenses as smoothly as possible, or to keep licenses in the face of administrative attempts to suspend or revoke them.
Rather than wading through a 150-page codebook of administrative regulations and working through a dual system of applications and background investigations on your own, seek the assistance of qualified, experienced attorneys to help you through this process. If you wish to obtain a liquor license, or are confronting the possible loss of your license, contact Rotole, Rotole & Blanchard, L.L.C. for a free consultation regarding how we can help.