Skip to main content

When the COVID-19 public health emergency officially ended in Colorado on May 11, 2023, certain rules for the takeout and delivery of alcohol from Colorado restaurants went into effect. Restaurants are allowed to sell alcohol for takeout and delivery until July 1, 2025, however, in order to do so, they must adhere to the following requirements:

  • On-premises license holders MUST apply for and be granted a Colorado “Takeout and Delivery Permit.” The application and renewal fee is $11 and the application can be filled out online.
  • If your local government has created a takeout and delivery permit, you must also apply for and be granted that permit. Please contact your local licensing department to determine if a local permit applies to your business.
  • Per-transaction limits on alcohol beverages are as follows:
    • No more than one liter of spiritous liquor
    • No more than 144 fluid ounces of malt liquor, fermented malt beverage, or hard cider (approximately two standard six-packs)
    • No more than 1,500 milliliters (two 750-ml bottles) of vinous liquors
    • No more than 50 percent of the business’s gross annual revenues from total sales of food and alcohol beverages can come from the sales of alcohol beverages through takeout and delivery orders.

These requirements are in effect now, and if you are not in compliance with all of them, you must stop selling alcohol for takeout and delivery until you are able to fully comply.

If you have any questions, please contact the CRA at

Don’t miss out on deals and insider info for the Denver Food + Wine Festival!

Subscribe to the Colorado Restaurant Foundation (CRF) Party List to get the scoop on all CRF events, including access to discounted tickets!

By filling out this form, you agree to receive marketing emails and texts from the Colorado Restaurant Association & Foundation. You’ll get insider info about our events, special offers, and a whole lot more! You can unsubscribe at any time, we promise.