Special Event Permits

Colorado Law


The City of Wheat Ridge follows the Colorado Revised Statutes for Special Event Permits as follows:
12-48-101. Special licenses authorized. The state or local licensing authority, as defined in articles 46 and 47 of this title, may issue a special event permit for the sale, by the drink only, of fermented malt beverages, as defined in section 12-46-103, or the sale, by the drink only, of malt, spirituous, or vinous liquors, as defined in section 12-47-103, to organizations and political candidates qualifying under this article, subject to the applicable provisions of articles 46 and 47 of this title and to the limitations imposed by this article.
Qualifications of organizations for permit:
A. Organizations that are incorporated under the laws of this state for nonprofit purposes, including but not limited to, for social, fraternal, patriotic, political, educational or athletic purposes, and not for pecuniary gain.
B. Local governmental entities, including special districts.
C. Any non-profit or charitable organization that is incorporated or registered with the Colorado secretary of state.
D. A regularly chartered branch, lodge, or chapter of a national organization or society organized for such purposes and being non-profit in nature.
E. A regularly established religious or philanthropic institution.
F. A state institution of higher education, to include each principal campus of such institution.
G. Any political candidate who has filed the necessary reports and statements with the secretary of state pursuant to article 45 of title 1, C.R.S. political as used in article 48 of title 12, shall mean any political organization as defined in section 1-1-104, C.R.S. However, no permit shall be required for those individuals or candidates campaigning or running for public office and who sponsor fund raising activities when such activities are held in a private residence and there is no cash bar in operation.

Liquors – SPECIAL EVENT PERMITS, Article 48, Title 12, C.R.S.

It is strongly recommended that anyone considering applying for a Special Events Permit read the Colorado laws first.

Applications and Fees by Event Type:


Malt, Vinous & Spiritous Event


Special Event Permit Application
$50.00 per day to the City of Wheat Ridge 

Fermented Beer (3.2% Only)


Special Event Permit Application
$10.00 per day to the City of Wheat Ridge