Business & Liquor Licenses

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General License Information:

Business Licenses
The Town of Silverthorne has business licensing requirements for all business conducted within its corporate limits. The requirement extends to those businesses not physically located within the Town limits, but which send employees into the Town to sell, repair, or deliver merchandise and/or provide services to residents. It also extends to businesses operating on a year-round basis, a seasonal basis, or from a home. In an effort to maintain the residential character of Silverthorne's neighborhoods, businesses operating from homes within the Town (known as home occupations) require completion of the Supplemental Business License Regulations for Home Occupations and a review process by the Community Development Department.

Some business categories need to provide additional information, such as proof of liability insurance.

Town of Silverthorne business licenses expire on December 31 of each year and must be renewed by January 31 to avoid a late fee. The calendar year fee is $75.00.

License fees are not transferable to new ownership.

If you have any questions about our business license requirements please contact our Administrative Services Department at 970-262-7310.

Liquor Licensing
Liquor licensing requires twofold approval, which is initiated at the local level and is submitted for state review and approval once local approval is granted. Two tests must be met to qualify as the holder of a liquor license. First is the good moral character of the applicant, which is proven through fingerprinting and background investigations, conducted at the local, state, and federal levels. The second is the needs and desires of the designated neighborhood, which is proven by the circulation of petitions. Local and state application forms are available in the clerk's office at 601 Center Circle, Silverthorne or by calling 970-262-7304.  It takes approximately 60 days from the date of completing application to gain local and state review and approval. Fees vary depending on the class of license sought. Liquor licenses are issued for a twelve-month period beginning of the day of issuance of the state license.

Definitions And Specific Licensing Information:

Business: Includes all types of locations, occupations, professions, enterprises, establishments and all other kinds of activities and matters, together with all devices, machines, vehicles and other appurtenances used therein, any of which are conducted for profit or pecuniary benefit, either directly or indirectly, on any premises at a permanent location in the Town or anywhere else within its jurisdiction. Business shall not include the trade of a peddler or solicitor, as defined in the Town Code.

Exempt activities
No license shall be required for any temporary public exhibitions or entertainment, the proceeds of which are to be devoted exclusively to religious, education, political or governmental agencies, wholesalers or businesses delivering purchased goods or services in person or through special delivery mail as the result of sales, contracts or agreements originated by Town citizens, businesses, firms, companies or organizations.

Requirements For Business Licenses

A general business license shall be required at any establishment operating as a single enterprise. Separate general business licenses shall be required for each location of an enterprise operating at more than one location within the Town limits. A general business license is required for anyone conducting business within the Town limits regardless of the physical location of the business enterprise. General business licenses shall expire on December 31 of each year.

Business licenses are nontransferable with a change of ownership or change of location.

Posting And Exhibiting: Every license granted shall be posted in a conspicuous place at the business location for the full term of the license. Licenses shall be removed upon expiration. It shall be the duty of each person, or a designated representative or agent, to whom a license has been issued to show the same at any proper time when requested to do so by and Town official.

Renewal: Licenses expire on December 31 shall be renewed and fees paid annually by January 31. A late fee of $10.00 a month shall be assessed for renewals completed after January 31.