Colorado liquor and beer retail licenses are issued by "dual" licensing authorities. A dual process requires review and approval from the Local Licensing Authority and State Liquor Enforcement Division. In La Plata County, the “Local Licensing Authority” could be one of four entities: La Plata County, City of Durango, Town of Bayfield, or Town of Ignacio, depending on where the business is physically located. Your local licensing authority must first approve all retail liquor and beer licenses before forwarding the applications to the State Liquor Enforcement Division. Businesses desiring a liquor license in La Plata County (outside of City or Town limits) need to submit their application to the La Plata County Board of County Commissioners first.
Obtaining a liquor license in the County is a privilege not a right. The Board of County Commissioners conducts hearings and makes findings on whether to grant or deny a liquor license based upon demonstration that the surrounding neighborhood needs and desires the issuance of the license. Applicants unfamiliar with the lengthy and detailed application process may want to consult an attorney. If you are submitting a new application or transfer of ownership application, please call to schedule an appointment with the Liquor Licensing Clerk at (970) 382-6219.
La Plata County Liquor License Code
Local Licensing Authority Fee Schedule
State Fee Schedule
How to Apply for a Liquor License
State Liquor Licensing Forms
State of Colorado Liquor Code
Special Event Permits
Alcohol Tasting Permits
Changes to a Liquor License